A Note to Parents

Dear Parent,

If this is your first time visiting our website, you may have recently learned that your child is deaf or hard of hearing. This can be an uncertain and unsettling time. You’re sure to have many questions and concerns as you begin this journey. You will be faced with numerous decisions for your child, and you must learn to navigate communication opportunities, education, development, and more. There is a great deal of complex information to digest, and at times, you will feel overwhelmed.

We want you to know that where you are, we have been, too. You are part of a community.

We are parents of deaf and hard of hearing children, sharing powerful common experiences, hopes, and dreams. We’re here to support families like yours across Minnesota. It is our strong belief that you, as parents, know what is best for your child, and we are here to guide you to the resources and information that will help you make sound, knowledgeable decisions.

There are no limits to your child’s potential.

Take some time to explore our website. Many of the topics and terminology may be unfamiliar to you, or you may be a parent who is deaf or hard or hearing yourself and have been on this journey for yourself. Bookmark pages or write down your questions. Watch the two videos below. Read about our services and contact us to learn more.

We’re here to help you explore the many opportunities available to help your child, recognizing that you know best what will work for your family.

Minnesota Hands & Voices Community Snapshots

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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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News

Apr 10, 2017

Calling on all the Superheroes in the MN Hands & Voices Community! We know you’re out there! We’ve seen you in action! Adults who are deaf and hard of hearing advocating for change. Parents making huge sacrifices out of love for their child. And our k…[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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