What is Hands & Voices all about?

We are a parent-driven nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.

We seek to improve:
- The quality of life for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) -
- The educational outcomes for D/HH kids through deaf education reform -
- Educational advocacy efforts through parent/ professional training -
- The national movement which will once and for all get beyond the question of which communication philosophy is best for all D/HH infants, children and teens. -

Our Mission:

We are a parent-driven nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.
We believe our Deaf or hard of hearing children have a fundamental human right to communication, regardless of their mode or method of communication.

We believe that there is no one communication choice that will work for all children who are deaf or hard of hearing, so we work to provide access to good information that's free from a sponsoring agenda or ideology.

We get meaningfully involved in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs (EHDI), educational advocacy, and other systems to improve them from an end-user perspective as only a group of determined parents can.

What can Hands & Voices do for my family?

We provide connection, information, advocacy, and community.
Our Guide By Your Side program matches families with parent guides trained to provide nonbiased information and support for whatever path each family chooses.

We maintain a free lending library, produce a monthly e-newsletter, and send out the quarterly national newspaper The Communicator, all packed with resources specific to the needs of parents raising deaf and hard of hearing children.

We sponsor speakers and workshops to teach advocacy, safety, and other topics vital to our members.

We also host free social events to foster community and prevent isolation. Many parents of deaf and hard of hearing children report that they had never even met a deaf or hard of hearing person before they met their own child. Meeting other families overcoming similar challenges can be a powerful and affirming experience. 

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