Support & Resources During COVID-19

Dear Families,

MNH&V wishes to let you know that we are taking measures to make sure that our families remain safe and healthy. We have suspended events and in-person visits until further notice, but all of our Parent Guides and DHH Guides are working remotely and are available to support you.

Our Parent Guides can meet with you face-to-face via a private online video service as access is available. If you are interested, please contact your Parent Guide. In addition, Robin Coninx and Shannon Hohrman, our Trained Statewide Educational Advocacy Guides are available to support you regarding your educational advocacy questions/concerns.

We will also continue to post information on our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and continue to send out our weekly emails regarding resources for access, social connection, and activities to do with your kiddos while we all weather this new situation together. Please feel free to contact us.

Take care and be well,

The MNH&V Team

Ways to get in touch with us:
Facebook Messenger
Instagram Messenger @MNHandsAndVoices
Contact your local parent guide

How to Contact Robin and Shannon
regarding educational advocacy:
or call: 651-210-6959
or call: 218-350-0771

How to set up a connection with a DHH Guide:
Contact: Heidy Nazario, DHH Guide Supervisor


***This list will be updated as resources become available to us. The resources compiled here are additional online help during the COVID-19 Pandemic and are only a selection of the resources available to families who have children with a hearing difference. For an even more complete list of resources, see our online Resource Directory.

Hands & Voices National:

Resources compiled by Hands & Voices National
From Hands & Voices National: PDF Download: Considerations for Families with DHH Children during COVID-19

Reputable Sources of information on COVID-19
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Talking to your child about COVID-19

Child-Friendly VIDEO
Talking to Kids about Coronavirus: ASL & English Resources (American Society for Deaf Children)

Lists Compiled by Other Trusted Organizations

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

MN State Academy for the Deaf

Lists Compiled by Parents and Teachers:

Resource List 1

Resource List 2: Parent-made List of online activities and learning. To see the list, bypass the top links to her Facebook page and scroll down to the list.

ASL Resources:

ASL eBooks and Resources for Parents and Kids (Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre)

Cued Speech Resources:

VIDEO : Ashley reads and cues Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewis with permission of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.

LSL Resources:

From Hearing First:
Videos: "Our LSL Life series shows what positive LSL outcomes can look like. Explore stories of different families celebrating children with hearing loss who use LSL to reach their full potential."
Podcast: Powering Potential
Family Support Community Group

Other Misc.

Coloring Pages for Kids by Crayola

6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids

Crisis Text Line : Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

Virtual Field Trips

Cincinnati Zoo goes Online: "Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3 pm (Eastern Time) where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home."

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