"When our daughter was diagnosed with a congenital hearing loss, we felt so alone. We had wonderful professionals to educate and guide us, but we felt like we were the only parents going though the guilt, confusion and sadness of our little baby not being able to hear. When we found Kentucky Hands & Voices, it really gave us a sense of community and support that could only come from another parent going through the same things. We are so thankful for the relationships we have fostered with this group of families and we will have these connections the rest of our lives."
—Taylor’s Mommy and Daddy
"Our family has no history of hearing loss, so when we learned about Abby's hearing loss we were shocked, scared, sad, confused, all sorts of things. I remember thinking, "I don't know anyone else who has been on this journey, no parent we can seek support from or ask questions." Through Kentucky Hands & Voices we have been able to connect with families going through this same experience. Some further along the journey, some just starting. We feel so blessed to have a group of parents to reach out to for support and to offer some guidance to families just learning of their child's diagnosis. We truly believe Kentucky Hands & Voices is a blessing to families of deaf and hard of hearing children in Kentucky."
—Abby's Mom and Dad
"Our son is 32 years old, deaf with additional disabilities. We adopted him, knowing he was deaf but learned about all the other challenges afterwards. I would love to have been able to contact other families for information, help, support and simply knowing there were other folks out there dealing with the same problems we were. I worked with families who have young deaf and hard of hearing children for 32 years. I have seen with my own eyes how much family to family support and interaction benefits the parents, the siblings and most of all, the deaf or hard of hearing child. Being actively involved with Hands & Voices will benefit you more than I can explain."
—The Bruce family
When my daughter Molly failed her newborn hearing screening, I told my husband, "We'd better hope she's not Deaf, because if she is, she's got a long, hard road ahead of her." Nearly twelve years later, I now prefer to think of that "long, hard road" as a journey. There have been bumps in the road, but there has also been some beautiful scenery. Hands and Voices has provided some of that beautiful scenery in the form of a support network made up of those who have "been there, done that." I am thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of that "been there, done that" support network for new families who are just beginning their unique journeys.
—The Jones family
"Our experience with Hands & Voices has truly been a blessing to our family. When our daughter was born with profound hearing loss we were devastated and felt as though we were thrown into a world we knew absolutely nothing about. At our first Hands & Voices meeting we met many other families who were going through or who had been through the very same thing. We have formed incredible bonds with these families and feel it is invaluable to be connected with this wonderful group of people."
—The Baker Family
Hear Monique Baker share her experience of learning about her daughter's hearing deficit and the journey that followed.