Texas Guide By Your Side™ (GBYS) is a family support program that embodies the mission of Hands & Voices, which is to provide support in an unbiased manner to parents/guardians with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 


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Texas Guide By Your Side serves parents/guardians with children who are deaf or hard of hearing:  (including extended family members)

     * Living in the state of Texas 
     * From birth through age 21
     * With any degree of hearing loss
     * Attending any kind of educational setting
     * Using any type of communication mode


Parent Guide and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Guide services to families include:

  • Direct parent-to-parent emotional support
  • Sharing information and resources in an unbiased manner
  • Workshops, trainings, and events for parents and children
  • Networking opportunities with other families
  • Referrals to other programs that serve deaf or hard of hearing children

Parent Guide and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Guide services to professionals can include:

  • Program information and outreach materials 
  • Partnership opportunities for family/parent events

“Parent Guides” are specially trained parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They work directly with families in need of the unique support that comes from someone else who has walked the path him/herself and can share from direct experience and wisdom. Parent Guides can provide emotional support at the time of screening and/or confirmation of a hearing loss, as well as provide a continuity of support to families throughout the child’s life, especially at times of transition. Guides offer resources, information, encouragement, and an opportunity to network with other families.     

“Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Guides” are specially trained to provide families and children with invaluable perspectives that come from personal experience.  Their role is not the provision of service (i.e., to teach families sign language or to share oral training techniques), but to provide helpful examples drawn from direct experience of life as an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing. Like Parent Guides, DHH Guides are often an important link for extended family members who do not have direct contact with service providers, but do need to increase their understanding of the unique needs of a family member who is deaf or hard of hearing. 

Contact information:

Michaela Hamaker –Texas Guide By Your Side™ Program Coordinator

512-350-5435 voice or text
800-921-8948 fax

 or email

Texas Guides By Your Side

Our Guides provide free support and services to parents and families throughout the state of Texas, in person when possible, as well as via phone/video phone and email. 

Our Texas Guides are:

Coordinator: Michaela Hamaker 



Jennifer Peterson

Parent Guide (Outreach), FTG

Katie Rapp

Parent Guide 

Sarah Milem

Parent Guide 

Linda Lartigue

Parent Guide (Spanish), FTG

Terry Myers

Parent Guide (Spanish)

Sara Goodman

Parent Guide

Yuliana Trujillo

Parent Guide (Spanish), FTG

Tiffany Savage




Cori Smith

DHH Guide 

Jonathan Leach

DHH Guide

Brian Rapp

DHH Guide

"Occasionally we are on the look out for potential Guides from various regions across the state. If you are interested in learning more about a Guide position and any possible opportunities with Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side, please visit this page or contact the program coordinator at coordinator@txgbys.org to see if there are any current openings."   Guide emails are generally first initial last name @txgbys.org 


Follow Through Guide Program

Our Follow Through Guides (FTGs) have the same training as our Parent Guides but also work with the DSHS TEHDI program and providers to reach out to families whose child has possible hearing loss or has just been diagnosed.  Our FTGs encourage these families to follow through on their appointments and to enroll in some form of early intervention (such as ECI) if their child has hearing loss.  The FTGs also work with providers by providing technical assistance, education and outreach to improve the role of the early hearing detection and intervention process in Texas.

Contact information:

KELLIE BERGER - Executive Director 
936-463-8948 (voice)  or email  


Sarah Wainscott - FTG Program Manager