COLORADO FAMILIES FOR HANDS AND VOICES

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

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Location: PO Box 3093 Boulder CO 80307 USA

Mission: Colorado Families for Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We're 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.
Results: We completed a handbook on the Bridge to Preschool in 2012 with critical information for families when their child turns three and they are considering preschool services. more than 300 families received personal parent to parent support through phone calls or home visits for their young children with hearing loss last year.
Target demographics: Serving families raising children with any kind of hearing loss from birth to age 21 in the state of Colorado, and the professionals and systems who serve them.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1200 families and professionals, with approximately 150 new family contacts each year.
Geographic areas served: Statewide in Colorado, with experienced parent mentors both statewide and regionally, including a Spanish speaking parent guide.
Programs: Guide By Your Side Program Advocacy Support and Training (ASTra Program) Parent to parent networking, resources, and support from experienced families who also have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing Informational support for professionals and school districts.
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EIN 84-1393822
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands and Voices has been a wonderful way to hear from other parents with children that struggle with many of the same things our son does. Sara Kennedy has been particularly amazing in her knowledge, kindness and availability to help us with all kinds of issues surrounding raising a child with a hearing loss and other disabilities. She and her coworkers helped us with IEP paperwork, calmed me down in times of frustration with the school system, provided information on fun get togethers where I have met other parents to connect with and where our son has met new friends. I look forward to getting the online newsletter (which I quickly scan) and the newspaper which I try to read cover to cover as I get a few minutes here and there. There are several times I don't know who I would have turned to if not for Hands and Voices. I will forever be grateful for their organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so I could help them help more kids.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands and Voices is a wealth of knowledge and has a wonderful support staff. They did not tell us what to do, but gave us the resources to decide what was best for our child. The parent advocates were professional and very helpful. IEP/504's are so important to the success of our children. They really helped us through the process. Thank you members for all of the work you do!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was having problems with the school following the IEP, Hands & Voices came to the IEP meeting to help me navigate this confusing area. Often, you attend these meetings with your spouse and there are a whole table full of professionals who tell you what can be done. When a representative from Hands & Voices came to the meeting, we felt that we had an expert on our side.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

For over 12 years, I have felt completely and utterly alone while navigating my way through how to best serve my son who has unilateral hearing loss. That all changed when I got a phamplet from our audiologist about this fantastic organization. When I received a call from
Sara and a follow up email with all kinds of helpful information, I began to cry. My son is not alone. I am not alone. The things I ask for from his school are not absurd or far reaching. They are quite normal. The 'quirks' that my son has are related to his hearing impairment. I honestly saw a light at the end of a very dark tunnel that I had been in since moving to Colorado. So thank you to hands & voices and especially to Sara for giving me such a priceless gift.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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