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Hands & Voices: Non-biased Support for Families of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Hands & Voices is a national, parent driven non-profit organization that includes parents of American Sign Language signers, cued speech users, kids with cochlear implants, and total communicators. The organization values diversity and honors parents while creating a safe place to explore options and receive unbiased support. Parents learn from each other and are linked by their common interest related to raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. More information about the national organization can be viewed at www.handsandvoices.org.

A Michigan Chapter of Hands & Voices has been formed. A board is in place and by-laws are under development. Now is an excellent time for parents to become involved in creating an organization that meet their needs. Future activities may include outreach events, educational seminars, advocacy, parent-to-parent networking, and a newsletter. By connecting families with resources and information, informed decisions can be made around the issues of deafness and hearing loss.

The chapter's motto is: what works for your child is what makes the choice right. The chapter will strive to network with families of Deaf/Hard of Hearing people and professionals. They would like every child identified with a hearing loss to have access to all the options available for communication and resources. It is important that children and families are able to talk with others who have similar experiences and have access to resources.

The Chapter's support comes from the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program of the Michigan Department of Community Health with grant funds from the Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The board meets the fourth Saturday of every month in Holt, Michigan. For more information or to become a part of this dynamic and necessary organization, contact Amy Lester, Parent Consultant for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program at lestera@michigan.gov or 517-335-8273. You may also contact Michigan Association for Deaf Hearing and Speech services (MADHS) at 1-800-YOUR-EAR.
     

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