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Texas Hands & Voices

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Ear & Throat Diseases, Education, Health, Human Services

Mission: Texas Hands & Voices (TX H&V) offers support, information and resources in an unbiased manner to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Our outreach activities, parent/professional/community collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.

Results: Our Guide By Your Side program offers direct Parent to Parent support and direct support from Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults to parents. 120 matches to date in this fiscal year. Webinars for families and professionals on the importance of family involvement in the education of a Deaf/HH child's life. Monthly FB chat with topics affecting our families and a FB page dedicated to the Hispanic families of Texas. Parent support events across Texas. Co-host Family Weekend Retreat with ERCOD and TSBVI Partnering with DSHS TEHDI program to reduce loss to follow up rates for Texas newborns who refer on their newborn hearing screening. Over 2000 families reached. Second annual ASTra training to 40 Level 1 attendees

Target demographics: families of children birth to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing

Direct beneficiaries per year: (FY 16-17) 99 families matched with Guides through our GBYS program and hosted over 20 family events in seven geographic areas with a total of over 660 attendees and reached over 1200 families and professionals in our eNews contact database. Our FTGs have reached 2000 families to assist with reaching the "next steps" in their child's hearing screening.

Geographic areas served: Texas

Programs: We offer unbiased support to families through networking, resource sharing, a website & Facebook pages, parent & professional trainings, newsletters, social events and workshops. Our parent to parent support program Guide By Your Side TM, matches specially trained “Guides” to work directly with families in need of the unique support that comes from someone else who has walked the path him/herself and can share from direct experience and wisdom. Enrolling in the Guide By Your Side TM program is easy, confidential and free of charge. Additionally our Follow Through Guide program works to support families who have recently been referred for additional hearing screening through direct parent to parent contact. Our new ASTra program offers trainings on D/HH issues in educational advocacy in the Hands & Voices context: a commitment to unbiased support of families regardless of language and communication approaches used by their children and across the full continuum of educational placement options, so that every child who is D/HH has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. ASTra content is derived from years of direct advocacy experience working with families in schools, attending advocacy trainings from legal experts, providing trainings, and the Hands & Voices Educational Advocacy Guidebook. Fall of 2017 we will begin matching families with ASTra Advocates to help with advocacy resources, support, and in some cases, attend an IEP meeting with the family.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been working with TXHV for almost 10 yrs now. Not only am I able to support families across Texas, but our team has been a great support for my family and each other. I have been blessed to be a part of the growth of this organization and to meet so many wonderful families, professionals and Deaf adults along the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has many tools to help parents be more aware of what to ask in an ARD meeting. The ASTRA by your side still checks on us to make sure my family is receiving the services and to help in whatever she can. I hope that in the future they can get more funding so advocates can attend ARD meetings with the families they send information to.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the administrator for a non profit that also helps with the deaf and hard of hearing community and we often refer applicants to Texas Hands & Voices. This amazing group of people is able to help families navigate their child's diagnosis and find resources. Their experiences and knowledge are so comforting to families just beginning their hearing journey. They are often a lifeline for the parents going through a roller coaster of emotions. What a great group!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Texas Hands & Voices is a great organization that fosters a wonderful community of deaf & hard of hearing children and adults across the state. As a parent of a hard-of-hearing child, I have often felt alone in navigating the challenges of doctors, hearing aids, speech therapy, schools, etc for my child. Texas Hands & Voices has been great in providing me with a "guide", who has faced many of these same challenges with her child, as well as having a wealth of other resources available to share with me. It is truly a grass-roots organization, with many dedicated members and volunteers, who are always seeking to help others in similar situations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this organization! They have given me great resources and direction in being a better advocate for my child. The Guide by your side program has been invaluable for my family as we learned how to manage my son’s diagnosis and determine the next steps. They are always so encouraging and helpful. We would not have our fantastic community of support without them!

1 Aimee R. E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So grateful to Texas Hands and Voices for all they have done to support our family since our son's diagnosis one year ago and their ongoing public outreach and support for deaf and hard of hearing kids in Texas. The Guide by Your Side program was a lifeline for us when our son was diagnosed. Our questions were answered and the volume of information shared was instructive and supportive and anticipated questions we did not know to ask.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You have helped provide information that isn’t always public and available. Your resources help us so much. The news letters we receive are so helpful. You have amazing people working for you. I met wonderful people at Deaf Educators conference year. Your presentations there were good as well. Knowing y’all are there for us deaf parents is so comforting - love y’all

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization!! Not only does Texas Hands and Voices provide incredible resources, gatherings, and information, they also provide a vibrant community for families and their children, which is a lifeline to anyone navigating hearing differences. We love Texas Hands and Voices!!

Jaci K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped our family so much. We are so greatful for their continued support and resources.

Brian156

Advisor

Rating: 5

This group has a heart of gold and a passion for families. I’ve been severely hard of hearing my entire life. H&V is proud to stand with families who are walking through the journey of hearing impairment/ deafness. I’m proud to work with them and I recommend them for new or experienced families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization that support parents of deaf/hard of hearing children. They provide resources and support that parents wouldn't have gotten if this organization didn't exist. There is a huge need for this in our state and we are so blessed to have these people who work hard to support these parents!

Sarah216

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the board of Texas Hands and Voices for 2 years, and am so proud to work with this amazing group of parents, professionals, and Deaf adults. The board's passion for serving families in Texas is unmatched.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Texas Hands & Voices has changed our lives. When my son was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 4, we had no idea what to do or who to turn to. With the help of Hands & Voices and their Guide By Your Side program, we were able to connect with other families in our situation, and get all the information we needed. Since then, we have become more involved, and I have moved on to serve on the board of the organization. Texas Hands & Voices is there for families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and I'm proud to be a small part of that.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field of Deaf Education, I am ALWAYS referring parents to this amazing organization.

terryterrymyers

Advisor

Rating: 5

wonderful organization, many resources. available to the community. I have the honor to be a part of organization. As a Parent Guide with my experience and the guidance of the organization and all the wonderful mentors, I have learned we have the ability to reach out to help those in need. I have received multiple resources for my own life experience with a successful outcome.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Its great to be a part of a great organization that provides wonderful resources to families in need.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been on the receiving and giving ends of support with Hands & Voices and Texas Hands & Voices for over a decade now. I am so glad that i found this family of support and can share it with others!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a recipient of Texas Hands & Voices services in the past and am now honored to be working for them and to serve as part of the board. This organization truly cares about the families it supports and works hard to connect parents of deaf/hh kids to the multitude of resources available to help their children succeed - and all without an agenda toward which options any family should choose. "What works for your child is what makes the choice right!" It is a perfect blend of direct parent support with input from professionals and from D/HH adults available as well!

Advisor

Rating: 5

It’s great to be a part of an organization that brings together families and professionals for the good of the child!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization that helps countless families all across Texas! From events, to resources, and emotional support...you'll find just what you need!

Advisor

Rating: 5

It’s great to be part of an organization that brings families and professionals together!

Wendy165

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am ever so thankful to know about Texas H&V for the connections to those with information on raising my child with hearing loss. We didn't know what to do or think, but it helps knowing there are resources and others going through the same.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands and voices was the first organization that I found after my son was identified. They have continued to be a great resource for information and socials. Absolutely amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Texas Hands & Voices is AMAZING! They do so many wonderful things to help all of the families they serve however they can, from socials, to great information, to workshops and so much more!
Love them and all they do!!! I am glad my family got to benefit from their events and resources and that is why i volunteer now!