Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communciation modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potentional.
Hands & Voices continues to be driven by the need to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life for our children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
How did we get to where we are today?
Louisiana Hands & Voices was incorporated November 1, 2007
Guide By Your Side program (GBYS) implemented 2013
Advocacy Support Training (ASTra) implemented 2016
We began as a group of parents and professionals who were seeking change in the Deaf education system in Louisiana. This group worked together to raise interest among family members, audiologists, speech therapists, teachers, early intervention specialists, and other professionals across the state. In 2007, we were honored to become an official chapter of Hands & Voices. Since that time we have continued to raise awareness for our cause while increasing our membership, creating family events and supporting parents state-wide.
Today, Louisiana Hands & Voices is a network of parents, family members and professionals with a strong commitment to the deaf and hard of hearing education community. We serve those who use American Sign Language, spoken English, total communication, cued speech, cochlear implants, hearing aids and/or no hearing technologies from Louisiana (and the rest of the nation). Louisiana Hands & Voices is a safe place to explore options, get unbiased support, learn from one another and share common experiences. We value diversity and honor the role of parents and family as the single greatest factor in raising a well-adjusted, successful child.