High Five Awards
Nominations for High Five Awards are accepted annually from May 1st to July 1st.
Help us recognize the amazing individuals in our community.
Nominate a parent, teacher, interpreter, medical provider, community advocate, role model who is deaf or hard of hearing, child who is deaf or hard of hearing—anyone who inspires you!
Email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “High Five Award,” explaining why you think this person deserves recognition.
MNHV staff and members of our Advisory Board will review all submissions and select one or more winners. Awards will be handed out at our Annual Family Picnic at Como Park in St. Paul.
2012 MN Hands & Voices’ “High Five” Award Winners
Amy Caslow (Parent), Amber Frome, Candace Lindow-Davies (MNHV Support Coordinator)
Amber Frome - Speech Therapist for Children's Therapy Center (dually licensed in WI and MN)
Amber has been seeing my little guy since he was 3 months old...she goes out of her way to always provide the tools we need to continue advancing his speech...and signing. She has been one of his strongest advocates and goes out of her way for all of her patients.
On her own time, she has organized a monthly Play Group for all of the local DHH children and families to come together to let the kiddos play with their peers and allow the parents to have fellowship with other parents...asking questions and helping each other out.
I am thrilled that I have made local connections with several friends for [my son]...Amber is young and full of energy....always on her toes!!! We are so blessed to have had her be a part of our Birth to 3 team here.
Heidi Wefel, Amy Caslow (Parent), Candace Lindow-Davies (MNHV Support Coordinator)
Heidi Wefel - Teacher for the Deaf/hard of Hearing (Wisconsin border)
She just took us on about 8 months ago and the work she puts in to lessons for our family is tremendous!! She always has tools for us and works very hard at making everything applicable to our lifestyle! She has a huge heart for her kids...and it shows!!
Heidi is contracted with our local B-3 program and with New Richmond Schools as well...
Emily Anderson and family, Jackie Hanson
Jackie Hanson - Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (NE Metro)
Since last year when all three of our children were diagnosed with a mild/moderate hearing loss and they all got hearing aids she has been an outstanding support and advocate for all of our children. Even though my oldest didn't qualify for services, she stepped into her classroom and helped [my daughter] tell her class about her hearing aids, she made sure the teacher was prepared to help her with them if she needed it. She has helped my son in using the FM system at his private preschool which ended up being a big job because it took several times to get all the programs working together. She has been there for support as my baby was constantly taking out her hearing aids whether it was through ideas to get them to stay on or encouragement for me to keep putting them back in.
Right now, she's making a really neat book with pictures from [my other daughter’s] environment and putting the sign on the page too so we can be practicing that. She is always giving me interesting things to read, ideas for activities to do with the children, and other resources that are available. Jackie is kind, gentle, patient, and has helped hearing aids become normal in our house.