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Are you interested in becoming a Hands & Voices

Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Guide?

What are the goals?

  • To provide exposure to D/HH adults modeling a variety of communication modes and methods to families with children who are D/HH

  • To increase awareness and sensitivity to issues faced by individuals who are D/HH

  • To share from the perspective of D/HH individuals

  • To create a safe place where children, parents and professionals can ask questions about hearing loss or deafness

  • To provide trained, relevant and appropriate input from D/HH Guides to families seeking a better understanding of deafness and hearing loss

  • To provide a mechanism for the skills, abilities and experiences of adults who are D/HH to influence the development of more effective programs and services


DHH Guide program is based on the Hands & Voices mission and vision of providing support without communication bias through parent/peer networking to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Who should apply?


Deaf or Hard of Hearing adults using ASL, Cued Speech, Total Communication or Oral who are interested in working with families, who can:

  • provide their own transportation and must be willing to travel

  • have access to the internet and/or a fax machine, and be willing to do business via email and internet technologies

  • attend mandatory initial training and required on-going trainings

  • be members of and maintain good standing within the Hands & Voices organization

  • treat all families with kindness and respect regardless of the family’s choices even if they differ from their own


For DHH Guides to provide support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, DHH Guides will undergo necessary specialized training, including:

  • We Are Hands & Voices: Intro to Guide By Your Side

  • Supporting Families Without Bias

  • The Role of the D/HH Guide

  • D/HH Guides -- Working With Parents

  • State and Local Resources

If this sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please submit your contact info (link above) so we can share more about this exciting opportunity.


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