“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, Board member. “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 service provider.”
“Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven 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.”
Learn More About Our Alberta Chapter
We strive to host events all over the province for our members. Check out what events are scheduled! If you’re interested in hosting an event, reach out to us. We are always interested in suggestions to meet your interests.
Our Alberta Hands & Voices Board of Directors is a dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about supporting families of children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH). Our directors include parents, professionals, and members of the Deaf/HoH community who are all focused on enabling Deaf/HoH children to reach their highest potential!
Becoming a member is not only free, but is also supports our community and you can sign up to receive a copy of the quarterly Hands and Voices newsletter to learn more about the organization and it’s families.
Needing support or simply can’t find the answer to your questions? Feel free to reach out us at any time through social media or our main email contact.