"Who are we? We are parents of ASL signers, cued speech users.... parents of kids with
cochlear implants or total communicators... we are people who have common interests
connected through the community of deafness. Hands & Voices is a safe place to explore
options, get unemotional support (although we can be emotional about it!), learn from one
another and share what we have in common. We value diversity and honor the role of parents
and family as the single greatest factor in raising a WASK:
(our favorite acronym: W ell- A djusted S uccessful K id).
"There is room in the community of deafness for an organization like Hands & Voices, and in
fact, I think parents, and even many professionals, have been crying out for a group like this,"
says Leeanne Seaver, Executive Director. "Somehow parents connecting to other parents
provides an element of credibility; there's a level of 'knowing & feeling' that only a parent
experiences. And parents, especially parents of babies newly identified with deafness or
hearing loss, need a way to connect like this without being wary of a sponsoring agenda from a
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven national organization dedicated to supporting
families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication
methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have
access to good information and support. Our membership includes families who communicate
manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, our organization
represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing
loss. We are one of over 30 statewide chapters comprised mainly of parents along with
professionals. Please contact us through this website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"What works for your child is what makes the choice right."