While we work with parents and provide education and support, we aren’t parents of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing…but a connection with another parent is a vital lifeline. The national parenting network Hands and Voices’ website explains “Who are we? We are parents of ASL signers, cued speech users…. parents of kids with cochlear implants or total communicators… we are people who have common interests connected through the community of deafness.”
Here in our state, we are thrilled to have a partner! We work closely with the SC Chapter of Hands and Voices.
SCHV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit parent-driven organization with the mission of supporting families with children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing without a bias around communication mode or methodology. SC Hands & Voices primary goal is to support families. Support to include the three cornerstones of emotional support, information and resource dissemination, and modeling by other families.
SCHV is working hard building a community of support for families with children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who serve them. SC Hands & Voices is working to help our children reach their highest potential.
SCHV does this through:
The aim of these meetings is to create a supportive, fun, low-stakes environment where families of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing (children and adults) or children of deaf adults (CODA) can come together and get to know one another. Meetings are held at various locations across the state alternating between the Upstate, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry regions. Visit the SCHV website for event details.
Virtual Communities: Online “Lunch Break”
Monthly mingles via Audio/Visual Conferencing. Take a “lunch break” with SCHV and join a supportive and sharing environment where parents/ guardians of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing come together without the barriers of location and connect with others on a similar journey. Visit the SCHV website to register and receive the meeting access information.
Virtual Communities: FACEBOOK
“SC Hands & Voices Parents Group”: a private Facebook group aimed to be an open, safe space for these caregivers to come together and share; or the “SC Hands & Voices” public Facebook page for families and the professionals who serve them.
Local / State Resources:
Information online via the website and newsletter.