Grassroots group rally for deaf and hard of hearing rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky participated in a nationwide rally for the deaf and hard of hearing on Thursday.

Activists with the Deaf Grassroots Movement were in Frankfort to bring awareness for the need for equal access to communication, education and jobs.

Similar rallies were held across the country on Thursday.

The group says there are more than 700,000 people in Kentucky who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was among those joining advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing at the state capitol.

She was there to urge the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child’s Bill of Rights.

Supporters of the bill say it would help children who are deaf or hard of hearing have the same educational opportunities as that of a hearing child, including participating in programs and activities.

Seventeen states currently have a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child’s Bill of Rights.

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