Texas Hands and Voices provides a great resource for parents that are navigating life with a child with a hearing loss.
I am a mother of a Deaf child as well as an interpreter in the Deaf community, but when I needed answers that would best fit my family, Texas Hands & Voices made sure that I know I had options. They gave me the support & encouragement I needed to make the decisions that would best meet the needs of my child. They made sure I had access to a parent advocate as well as a Deaf advocate that would understand my desire to ensure that my child received the best education possible in an environment that would meet his academic needs as well as challenges. They also sent me a book with the stories of other parents that had had to face the same challenges that I faced in dealing with a Deaf child in a hearing world, so I would know that I was not alone & that with the right support & resources I could successfully navigate through the system. I am eternally grateful to this organization for all the help, information, activities, & support they continue to give to families like mine at a time when we need it most.
Love all of their articles, facebook is great, always willing to help out parents. It's the best non profit for a parent with a deaf or hard of hearing child. Recently I wrote with a question on their facebook wall and they immediately answered my question and helped me help my daughter with her math homework.
Hands and Voices is an organization that is dedicated to increase awareness and discourage bias relate to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. I am a member of the public who has gained information and awareness as well as being humbled to learn that I did have misinformation that led to bias. My personal experience is that their style to teaching and advocating, while passionate, is also very positive and approachable. This is so important when attempting to increase awareness and advocate for change.
Texas Hands and Voices and their Guide By Your Side program was a wonderful resource for our family when we found out our daughter was deaf. I felt connected immediately to people that understood the path that I was walking and I could not place a value on the support I received!
Texas Hands and Voices and their Guide by Your Side program have been VERY beneficial to our family from the moment we got the diagnosis that our daughter was deaf. They provide parent to parent support and paired us with another parent that has walked this journey before us as well as a local professional that is always available to answer specific questions we might have. This organization serves many families in Texas and has a strong leadership team. If you have a deaf or hard of hearing child, being a part of this organization is a MUST! They are amazing!
I was very lost and overwhelmed and Texas Hands and Voices really helped show me a way through. Their materials and volunteers are oustanding: phone calls, emails, events, books and more. I'm very grateful for their help.
As a mother of a child with hearing loss, I've found this non profit organization very beneficial for myself and family members. As well as their events and annual family weekend retreats, and supporting families in a non biased manner which brings families together and helps build lifetime friendships. THANK YOU!
A great "Go To" support group for Deaf / Hard of Hearing children and adults, their families, friends, teachers, professionals, and coworkers. A must-need for a successful life-long transition and networking source.
As a parent of a child with hearing loss and as coordinator for another family support program in Texas, I find great value in the resources and support that Texas Hands & Voices strive to provide for families. Their program is well-organized and comprehensive as they reach out to educate and provide emotional support to those affected by hearing loss.
As a consultant who has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and their families for many years, I have seen firsthand the results the programs and services offered by Texas Hands & Voices has on families. To see the look of concern on the face of the mother of a deaf child change into a smile with the realization that everything is going to be OK on this manageable journey with their child is a blessing. The organization is parent-driven and allows access to diverse possibilities for any family choice when it comes to seeking out answers to help deaf or hard-of-hearing children.
As a provider who works every day with families of deaf and hard of hearing children, I lean heavily on Texas Hands and Voices GBYS program to help make sure families have the critical support they need from other families. The feeling of isolation as a parent of a deaf child can be overwhelming, and GBYS addresses it immediately and thoroughly. The executive staff at Texas H&V is a very passionate a commuted group of parents, and it has been a real pleasure to collaborate with them!
My son was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in both ears and after searching for support groups, I found Texas Hands & Voices. The information they provide is invaluable and so informative. As a parent of a hard of hearing child, it is comforting to know that there are organizations out there to turn to for support.
Texas Hands & Voice has helped our family by providing workshops and family weekend retreats where my husband and I can learn how to become our child's advocate and educate ourselves in how to help him succeed in life. By attending the workshops we have the opportunity to meet families facing similar challenges and know we are not alone. During the family retreats held each June our son has the opportunity to be with deaf role models and be in a world that is just like him-wonderful. We have seen his self esteem and language skills jump to higher levels just spending a weekend at the retreats. Thank you Hands & Voices--we love you all.
Texas Hands and Voices offers the best information and support to parents and professionals that work with students who have a hearing impairment. They have become the go to source for many people all around the state and outside the state and this type of involvement and genuine interest is appreciated. Keep up the good work.
As an Advocate Educator, I teach parents about the laws and services regarding their child in Special Education. The good people I know at Texas Hands & Voices are always there to help me do a better job of serving these families. While I don't often encounter parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, when I do, I look to TXHV as a great resource and referral for these families. It's all about networking and I'm pleased to have such a great relationship with the Abilene area representatives from Texas Hands & Voices!
As a professional serving parents and their children who are deaf and hard of hearing for more than twenty years, I see incredible value in Texas Hands and Voices in meeting the needs of families. They provide parent-to-parent support, education and resources, and simply connect families in a way that empowers them. I especially appreciate the mission-mindedness of the organization, and the value placed on family decisions without promoting a specific philosophy. My new favorite feature is the Tuesday evening Facebook chats that inform and support in such practical ways.
As a kid growing up with partial hearing loss I sometimes struggled with the challenges of being hearing impaired. As an adult, Texas Hands & Voices has given me the opportunity to help parents of children with severe hearing loss become more confident about facing their challenges. This is a great family-focused organization and they provide a valuable resource to parents and hard-of-hearing children.
My family including my two hard of hearing sons ages 3 and 5 attended the weekend retreat this past summer. The Texas Hands & Voices representatives were very helpful and caring. My boys had a great time and my family and I learned a lot. We started to learn more about the services and support and will continue to attend some events around the Houston area. I hope anyone with deaf or hard of hearing children learns more about this organization.
This non-profit is true to it's mission and provides support to the families that I work with in countless ways throughout this HUGE state of Texas. Texas Hands & Voices is by parents and for parents of Deaf and hard of hearing children, but demonstrate a true collaboration between parents and professionals working toward common goals for this group of parents and children that starts with their dedicated Executive Director and Board of Directors. They demonstrate an impressive use of social media to bring families together and provide a broad range of needed resources to families. Their website is full of valuable information about upcoming events around the state and resources for families, and has become the "go-to" site for families with Deaf or hard of hearing children in Texas. I'm proud to be affiliated with this wonderful organization.