2019 FOCUS Newsletter

March/April 2019: Hands & Voices - Observe, Understand & Respond Children's Safety Project

January/February 2019:
Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Who, What, When, Why, and Where


2018 FOCUS Newsletter

November/December 2018: Minnesota Manners and Holiday Social Cues for Children Who are DHH

September/October 2018: Congratulations to the 2018 MNH&V High Five Award Recipients

July/August 2018: Language Access for Kids Who are DHH, We Don't Know What We Don't Know

May/June 2018: Supporting Self-Advocacy Skills in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

March/April 2018: Families Can Help Develop Social-Emotional Skills

January/February 2018: Transition: A Parent's Journey, to Raise a Happy Healthy Adult, Begins With the End in Mind


2017 FOCUS Newsletter

November/December 2017: Consider Making an Investment in Our MNH&V Community

September/October 2017: Congratulations to the 2017 MNH&V High Five Award Recipients

July/August 2017 ADA: Awareness, Compliance and Responsibility

May/June 2017: Hats Off to Siblings of Children Who are DHH

March/April 2017: Flipped Classroom Model and the Challenges Facing Students who are DHH

January/February 2017 The Ins & Outs of Genetic Testing


2016 FOCUS Newsletter

November/December 2016: Consider Becoming a Donor to Our Minnesota Hands & Voices Community

September/October 2016:Congratulations to the 2016 "High Five" Award Recipients

July/August 2016: TEAMWORK, Parents are Essential Members on their Child's IEP Team

May/June 2016: Minnesota Transition Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Students

March/April 2016: You Are Not Alone, The Benefits of Making Family - to - Family Connections

January/February 2016: The Role of Parent Advocacy and Parent's Impact on the Legislation


2015 FOCUS Newsletter

November/December 2015: Real-Time Speech-to-Text Translation Software & CART

September/October 2015: Congratulations to the MNH&V 2015 "High Five" Award Recipients

July/August 2015: Positive Impact of Hands & Voices Headquarters to Our MNH&V Chapter

May/June 2015: Community Impact of Minnesota Hands & Voices' Cultural Parent Guides

March/April 2015: Minnesota Connection to Legendary Audiologist Marion Downs

January/February 2015: SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Collaborative Plan Professional Symposium and Parent Conference


Select Past FOCUS Newsletters that May Be of Interest to Parents:

July/August 2014: MNH&V: The Role of the Adult Role Model

May/June 2014: Importance of Socialization for the Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

March/April 2014 MNH&V Presents Hands & Voices HQ: ASTra Advocacy Training

May/June 2013 Parents Experience Range of Emotions Upon Learning Their Child Has Hearing Loss

December 2012: Common Means of Communication Helps Reduce Stress for Whole Family

October 2012: IEP Should Include Plan for Substitute Interpreter

June 2012: Students, Teachers, Share Thoughts on Being Hard of Hearing in Mainstream Schools

April 2012: For Kids Who Do Well in School, Grades Can't Be Only Goal in IEP

September 2011: Adults with Hearing Loss Share Tips for Mainstreamed Students

July/August 2011: Hearing Loss in Just One Ear Has it's Own Challenges

June 2011: Teenage Years Can Mean New Challenges

April 2010: Kids Need Deaf, Hard of Hearing Role Models in Sports

December 2009: ADHD, Not Hearing Loss, Could Be Reason for Child's Inattentiveness





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    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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    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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    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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