About Us

Minnesota Hands & Voices is a community of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Our staff are themselves 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. And, we know this – there are no limits to your child’s potential.

You, as parents, know what is best for your child. We’re here alongside you to provide information and share resources, helping you explore the full range of choices to find those that work best for your family.

A private, not-for-profit program of Lifetrack, Minnesota Hands & Voices has been guiding families like yours since 2000. Funding is provided through the Minnesota State Legislature, grants, and the financial investment of our community members and local businesses.

Minnesota Hands & Voices is a chapter of Hands & Voices Headquarters. Our membership includes families who communicate with sign, cue or listening and spoken language. From children thriving in their neighborhood school to flourishing in a school specialized for deaf and hard of hearing, our organization represents people using all different approaches, and values all those experiences.

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Our Mission

Minnesota Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. 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 deaf or hard of hearing children to reach their highest potential.

Our Values:

  • We all want the best for our children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • We deserve respect and honor for our role as parents/families.
  • We require a beneficial, successful educational experience for our kids.
  • We need information from a wide variety of sources.
  • We want to know about opportunities and resources.
  • We need training and support to become effective advocates for our kids.
  • We are stronger united by our common interests than divided by differing communication choices.
  • We must lend our organized support to all kinds of efforts that promote our common interests--strength in numbers!

About MN Hands & Voices

Minnesota Hands & Voices is a community of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Our Minnesota Stories

Read about the experiences of other families in the Minnesota Hands & Voices community.

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Advocacy Training

We provide support & resources to families who have questions about the special education law.

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Jul 21, 2017

Lifetrack’s: Deaf Mentor Family Program and DHH Role Model Program Lifetrack’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Outreach Services include our MNH&V, along with offering two other programs specific to families with a child who is dhh; Deaf Mentor Family Prog…[more]

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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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