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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved to the Dallas area about 4 years ago from another state that had a Hands & Voices organization so I kind of new about them and how they could help my daughter and our family. When we got settled in Texas and finally got in contact with Texas Hands & Voices I was so happy to hear from my guide and get connected! My guide got me plugged into the deaf community here in DFW and helped with finding new doctors and specialist for my daughter. Since we have been here we have moved forward with one cochlear implant and one hearing aide. Having someone to talk with and get information from has been so very helpful!!! I am so thankful for all their help and support in all they have done for my family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is the go-to for all unbiased information for the Deaf/HH community and parents. Its GBYS program has been invaluable to me, educating me on options for my HH daughter and connecting me with the resources. I encourage anyone who needs guidance to contact this organization, join the organization and fully support their programs. There is not another comparable and generous organization in its field!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my daughters are hearing impaired and require hearing aids. The resources and support that TH&V has provided has been beyond belief. The incredible fear and concern new parents have to endure when their child is diagnosed can be overwhelming. Having an organization like this not only removes the fear but provided confidence that we can overcome and thrive!

God Bless Texas Hands and Voices and all parents and children experiencing hearing loss.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They come up with wonderful ideas on how to help families and to bring them together. My life has changed in a good way and I'm very grateful.

Yuliana T.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Texas hands & voices is a dedicated organization that has touched so many lives, including mine. They've provided me with so many resources and tools to become a better advocate for my 12 year old deaf child. Not only they've empowered me, but they gave me the confidence to better assist other families that I work with.

M F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The leaders of this organization provide such a great resource for the families of individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing. I have worked with families who have told me how much this organization has impacted the strength of their relationships between the families and their loved ones who is deaf/hard of hearing. Seeing this--is a blessing as we didn't have this during my upbringing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been an invaluable tool and resource in supporting both our child who is hard of hearing and also our family.

Advisor

Rating: 5

EVERYONE AT TX HANDS& VOICES WORK SO HARD AT PROVIDING THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND TOOLS PARENTS NEED IN ORDER TO DO WHATS BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THEY MAKE SURE THEY ARE SUPPORTIVE AND SENSITIVE TO EVERYONE'S NEEDS, IT IS A VERY REWARDING JOB WHEN YOU GET TO SEE A PARENT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE DECISIONS BEING MADE REGARDING THEIR CHILD'S HEARING NEEDS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Texas Hands and Voices is a great organization because of the initiatives to think outside of the box to reach families all across the state of Texas. It's not easy serving a state as big as Texas but this group is connecting with families regardless of geographic location. May TX Hands & Voices continue to find success in growth!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love how the experienced parents share resources with the other parents. It is a great support group and is greatly needed!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the parent of 2 deaf daughters, living in the middle of nowhere, it's been hard to connect with others. Thanks to TH&V, and their workshops and retreat, I've made some incredible friends and connections. I've learned so much, and look forward to being able to continue to learn and grow with and for my children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TX Hands and Voices has been incredibly helpful to me after learning that my baby had hearing loss. I quickly was matched with a donor, whom I now consider a friend. She is there to answer any questions and give me guidance if I need it. I also was grateful for the free books they sent that are full of personal stories of hearing loss. They organized a moms weekend retreat this year that was such a blessing to me as it allowed me to connect with other moms in similar situations and also to rest and relax! I'm so thankful for this organization!

Rosalia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a new parent to a 8 year old deaf boy. Prior to his adoption, I had no experience with a deaf person nor deaf culture. Thankfully I found Texas Hands and Voices. My husband and I met with a TH&V Liason , Pamela, who very patiently answered all of our questions.....even the silly ones! Her reassurance gave us confidence to go forth! It has been five months now since we picked up our new son and we have learned so much and have so much to learn! It is a great feeling knowing that someone is just a phone call away to help me!

Lucky Us!
Georgetown Texas

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with hearing loss, it was a huge shock for us. I didn't know what was going to happen or what to expect. Texas Hands & Voices has given my family access to the resources we needed to get on the right track. I'm especially thankful for the Guide By Your Side program. It has allowed me the ability to ask the questions I wasn't sure how or who to ask. Being able to talk to someone who's already been down this road has calmed my fears and given us so much hope for my son's future.

Amy_202

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a hard of hearing child. When we learned of our son's hearing loss at age 3, it was a struggle to get him to wear his aides. We connected with the parent guide program and Texas Hands and Voices, and both groups have helped us so much. The regularly planned social gatherings where the children can play with other children in aides really improved my son's attitude about his aides! Of course meeting other parents has helped us. And we have also really appreciated being kept informed about services, educational opportunities, webinars, facebook chats etc. Both groups do a great job synthesizing services/what is out there so families can choose which ones to participate in.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we found out our daughter was born with a hearing loss, I had no idea who to turn to for support. Luckily, Texas Hands & Voices was right there to lend a much needed helping hand! They provide a wonderful and necessary service to parents who are new to this world, and I value them greatly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have been benefited from the parent guide program and the news letter. The support from the guide and the experience shared by other parents are highly appreciated. At the very beginning of knowing the fact that my son was born of hearing loss, I was lucky to be connected to the parent guide program and was paired with a guide. I have also gone to several learning events. All these comfort me and let me realize that I am not the only person on the journey.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a current board member of Texas Hands & Voices and I am involved in this organization because both the National Hands & Voices organization and the Texas state chapter truly embrace the mission of providing unbiased support to families who have deaf or hard of hearing children. As a parent of a young deaf adult I know how important it is to receive encouragement and information, not only when you first discover that your child is d/hh but for many years afterwards! Hands & Voices is a wonderful place for parents and other family members to find information and a community of parents and professionals that can offer amazing support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Texas Hands and Voices is an amazing organization! I am a professional in the field of Deaf Education. Our district has held many events in the past and this group has participated in each one. They are dedicated to helping families of students with hearing loss. I am proud to know these folks and to benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

Misty Johnson
Deaf Educator/Educational Diagnostician

Dawn97

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 4. Texas Hands and Voices has been a great resource in many ways. They have provided and steered our family toward great resources and programs.