Ohio Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies. We are a parent-driven, non-profit organization offering families the resources, networks and information they need to improve communication access and education outcomes for their children. Our focus is to enable Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to reach their highest potential through outreach activities, parent-professional collaboration and advocacy efforts.
Who are we?
We began as a group of parents and professionals who were seeking change in the Deaf education system in Ohio. This group worked together to raise interest among family members, audiologists, speech therapists, teachers, early intervention specialists and other professionals across the state who were also seeking change. In 2009, we were honored to become an official chapter of Hands & Voices. Since that time we have continued to raise awareness for our cause while increasing our membership, creating family events and supporting parents state-wide.
Today, Ohio Hands & Voices is a network of parents, family members and professionals with a strong commitment to the Deaf community. We serve those who use American Sign Language, cued speech, cochlear implants and total communication from Ohio and the rest of the nation. Hands & Voices is a safe place to explore options, get unbiased support, learn from one another and share common experiences. We value diversity and honor the role of parents and family as the single greatest factor in raising a well-adjusted, successful child.