Observe, Understand and Respond:
the O.U.R. Children's Safety Project

A H&V Project

We don't like to think about it, but our kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a higher risk for abuse, neglect and bullyingAs children who might not always be able to communicate easily and fluently, or understand the nuances of conversation with neighbors, caregivers, or strangers, they are at an even higher risk of being victims of someone, somewhere... 

If we can stop that cycle with even one child, one family... our efforts are more than worthwhile. 


Hands & Voices HQ and chapters are working closely with researcher Harold Johnson at Michigan State University to understand the scope of this problem, partner with supporting agencies (who often need to learn more about deafness), and teach ourselves how best to Observe, Understand, and Respond to our children. As a result they have a section of articles addressing this issue. To keep them safe. To keep them free to grow up in the innocence of childhood. 

[ Check out the O.U.R series of articles ]


~ October is National Bullying Prevention Month~

Here are some more videos and resources from Hands & Voices and others that may help you talk to your children about bullying. The effects, the risks and how to handle it -

Bullying: captioned videos from DCMP https://dcmp.org/search?t=m&q=bullying 

three Pacer Bullying Center Videos  

What Bullying Ishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KX-Q8JIq0c ,
How Bullying Feels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vON092Bm4PE , and
What You Can Do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGpMtnThkVI


KID POWER https://www.kidpower.org/ Self advocacy skills, personal safety tips and bullying and abuse prevention

OUR Children Quilt Project

Child maltreatment is a tough topic to talk about.  Most adults avoid the topic. This avoidance results in a lack of awareness and understanding of maltreatment risk factors and prevention strategies. This project relates to the design, creation and sharing of quilts to provide an informal, ongoing, visually rich, and emotionally comfortable context to discuss, learn, and share how to enhance the safety and success of our children.

Contact us if you would like to participate!