What works for your child is what makes the choice right!Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side ™ is a replicable family support program that embodies the mission and vision of Hands & Voices ™, which is to provide unbiased support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Guide By Your Side (GBYS) does this through specially trained parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. These parents work as “Guides” directly with families who have just learned of their child’s hearing condition, or who have older children and are in need of the unique support that comes from someone else who has walked this path him/herself and can share from direct experience and wisdom. GBYS programs can also include an option for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Guides (DHH Guides) who are deaf or hard of hearing adults and specially trained to provide support to families.
All GBYS programs are based on the Hands & Voices mission and vision of providing support without communication bias and parent/peer networking to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. All GBYS programs are formally and officially linked to Hands & Voices Chapters and Hands & Voices HQ.
How to Request Services:
Parents and family members can request services in English or Spanish.
Professionals can also request services for staff or families they serve with faxed consent.