Guide By Your Side
Guide By Your Side is a program from Hands & Voices that provides emotional support and unbiased information from trained Parent Guides to families of newly identified children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
THE POWER OF PARENT-TO-PARENT SUPPORT
Every family who has a child who is deaf or hard of hearing has a different story to tell, yet we all share a common bond. At Hands & Voices, we understand the power of parents coming together to support and learn from one another. Families who are just beginning the journey can learn from veteran parents about the challenges as well as the joys of raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. For many parents, their only regret in the ‘early years’ is not connecting to other parents sooner!
In Louisiana, this program is free to any family who has a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
GUIDE BY YOUR SIDE PROVIDES:
A Parent Guide to listen and share resources
Compassion and knowledge from parents who have a child with hearing loss
WHY IS PARENT SUPPORT IMPORTANT?
Helps families identify options without telling them which option to choose
Offers experience from a Parent Guide who knows what it is like to raise a child who is deaf or hard of hearing
Gives the family a chance to meet others who are traveling down the same path
Nicole DeLeon, Coordinator
"The best thing we did for our family was to get involved with the Guide By Your Side program.
It made a huge difference in our knowledge
and outlook regarding our daughter's future."