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Anne Barlow has been with Minnesota Hands & Voices since December of 2013. She loves the family education events held by Minnesota Hands & Voices, and has enjoyed creating literacy information packets. An important part of Anne’s role is fostering connections between families that help them know that they are not alone; they are part of a warm community.She values her role as Event Coordinator where she supports all Guides as they create and hold family events so that parents can receive additional information as well as connect with other families and expand their support network.

Anne lives in the northwest Metro area. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children, the older of whom is profoundly and bilaterally hard of hearing, and are grandparents to 2 KODA's (Kid of a Deaf Adult). They are also “staff” to one cat.

She is a “retired” OTR (Occupational Therapist), and has also worked as a para and/or volunteer in special education at the elementary level for many years. She loves to read mysteries, bake, bike, swim, and swing in a hammock. She tries to learn something new every day.

A note from Anne: “Because Minnesota Hands & Voices did not exist when we were learning about our son’s hearing loss, I had deep feelings of isolation and anxiety about how to proceed. I feel honored to be able to help support new parents on their own journey to find information and resources as quickly as possible so that they feel empowered and confident to make choices that work for their children.”

Name : Anne Barlow
Designation : Event Coordinator
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