Hands & Voices of Oregon
Hands & Voices (H&V) is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing without a bias around communication modes or methods. We are a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling deaf and hard-of-hearing children to reach their highest potential.
Guide By Your Side
GBYS is a Hands & Voices program that embodies our strong values of direct peer connections and networking. Hearing loss is the most common birth defect in the United States, yet little information is available to parents. GBYS or “Parent Guides” are parents of children that are deaf or hard-of-hearing that are trained to help families navigate an unfamiliar and sometimes confusing system. Our GBYS program offers parents emotional support from peers, unbiased resources about hearing loss, assistance with early intervention options, education information, and invaluable networking opportunities.
Stand Behind Our Vision
We envision a world where children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing have every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Most organizations for or of the deaf rally around common interests that usually include a philosophy of communication that is promoted by that group. Hands & Voices does not promote specific communication choices or methodologies, but we have information about them and can direct families or professionals to other fine support organizations for specific information like the Alexander Graham Bell Association or The American Society for Deaf Children, just to name a few. Our rallying points are areas of interest that are common to all people, but especially parents, connected by the interests of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and include these values…