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Minnesota Hands & Voices provides information, support, and referral to families at any point in their journey with their child who is deaf or hard of hearing, but especially for those families just starting on their path. If this is your first time visiting our website, start with these three categories for answers to general questions and an idea of what to expect.

About Us

Minnesota Hands & Voices is a community of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Our staff themselves are parents of diverse and wonderful children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Together, we share the same emotions, decisions, and questions as the families we serve across the state.

A program of Lifetrack, Minnesota Hands & Voices has been guiding families like yours since 2000. You, as parents, know what is best for your child. We're here along side you to provide information and share resources.

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Children born D/HH each year in MN

200

In-Person visits in 2016

112

blankets given to new families in 2016

143

number of MNH&V EVENTS in 2016

25

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Oct 26, 2018

Many of us look forward to the holiday season and all the memory-making activities that go along with family gatherings. Whether your tradition is to gather as a big group with extended family and friends combined, or a smaller intimate group; there are w…[more]

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Hands & Voices' ASTra Educational Advocacy Training

ASTra stands for Advocacy, Support, and Training. Minnesota Hands & Voices provides educational advocacy support and resources to families who have questions about special education law and how it applies to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program provides information and resources for parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing that address the needs of these learners.

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From our Families

Our Minnesota Stories

Ben's Story

Hearing loss was not the first or last diagnosis for our family. Our son Ben was our first-born. We were thrilled to be new parents, and we looked forward to sharing music, laughter, and being an active family. When Ben wasn't rolling over at four months, we knew something was wrong. When he still wasn't at six months, we were told that he had cerebral palsy on one side of his body. But they also warned us he might have many other challenges, including hearing loss.

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Minnesota Department of Health

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. Infants not passing the screening receive diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) laws or voluntary compliance programs that screen hearing.

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