“What works for your child is what makes the choice right.”
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.
Interview with Helen Cotton-Leiser, Executive Director, Hands & Voices of Oregon
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.
Bullying Prevention Program
Children with hearing loss are 4-6 times more likely to be a victim of bullying, versus a typical hearing child. This workshop will give you and your children the language they need to protect themselves. This program will help to educate parents on “what signs to be looking for” that may indicate whether their child is being bullied. This is a critical workshop for you and your children to attend. H&V of Oregon will be conducting several workshops throughout the state.
Please refer to our events tab and calendar for more information and updated schedules.