Hands & Voices announced the release of The Hands & Voices Parent App, an app designed to provide daily support to families with Deaf and Hard of hearing children.
“This app was designed in collaboration with Deaf and Hard of hearing students from National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology,” said Karen Putz, Co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion at Hands & Voices. Putz worked with a team of students over the course of a year to develop an app that provides four key resources on a day by day basis. Parents and caregivers of Deaf and Hard of hearing children who download the app receive a daily prompt with resources that provide a quote from a seasoned parent, a quote from a Deaf/Hard of hearing adult, an article to read, and a website/resource to explore.
“I wish I had an app like this when my daughter was first diagnosed,” said Janet Des Georges, Executive Director of Hands & Voices. “I love that this app provides 90 days of wisdom from parents and Deaf and Hard of hearing adults as well as articles to read and websites and resources. The app is perfect for busy parents and they can literally use it for 60 seconds or 60 minutes in a day. For a parent or caregiver who is new to the journey of having a Deaf/Hard of hearing child, this daily app is a wonderful way to empower parents with the knowledge they need to navigate the journey with confidence.”
The Hands & Voices Parent App is available to download at no cost via the Apple Store or Google Play.
Hands & Voices is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing support without bias to families with Deaf and Hard of hearing children. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling DHH children to reach their highest potential.
The Hands & Voices Military Project, https://handsandvoices.org/resources/military/index.html will be presenting via Zoom: BOOTS ON THE GROUND: Supporting Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in the Context of the Military Lifestyle. Open to all family leaders and professionals who work with families of D/HH children living the military lifestyle! Families are welcome, as well! This one hour event will be on November 11, 2020, Veteran’s Day, at 11am MT (adjust to your current time zone). Feel free to share any of your specific questions in your registration form, or reach out to the parent leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Learn how challenges for D/HH children and their families are compounded by the military lifestyle and vice versa.
Through an interactive exercise, obtain a sense of how the military lifestyle compounds the challenges of repeatedly establishing medical & educational homes for families with D/HH children.
Learn how to best support military families with D/HH children through local resources, military programs, and the Hands & Voices network.