We are the Nebraska Chapter of the National Hands & Voices™ organization. Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families that have children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies. We want to provide Nebraska families with the necessary resources, networking, and information in order to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our statewide activities, advocacy efforts, and parent/professional collaboration are all focused on enabling our deaf and hard-of-hearing children to reach their fullest potential!
“What works for your child is what makes the choice right.”™
Who are we?
We support many different types of communication modes:
Auditory Verbal • Auditory Oral • Cued Speech • American Sign Language
Signed English • Simultaneous Communication • Total Communication
We are families with children who have all types of hearing loss
We are deaf and hard-of-hearing adults
We are professionals
We are from every corner of the state of Nebraska
We are united, because we are Hands & Voices
This H&V chapter and its website may publish articles or commentaries from authors presenting their own perspectives. All contributed material is solely the viewpoint of the authors and may not reflect the viewpoint or indicate the sponsorship of Hands & Voices. It is intended for informational purposes only.
Our organization is parent-driven, and highly collaborative with professionals and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing represented on the advisory board. We work at local and national levels. We provide local and regional support consistent with Hands & Voices’ non-biased philosophy and mission. In addition to family support, we also strive to be involved at the systems development level.
Families within the same geographic region within the state can share experiences and information as they support each other. They will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge and direction from families who have faced the same challenges and choices.
Our membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, our organization represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with deafness or hearing loss.
National Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices™ is the parent organization of all H&V chapters across the US. We are a parent-led, professionally-collaborative organization infused with the life experiences of adults who are D/HH, and dedicated to serving families with children who are D/HH without a bias around communication modes or methodology.
Meet our Board
Our board is comprised of volunteer stakeholders with a vested interest in helping parents navigate the challenges of raising a child who is D/HH to help each one reach their full potential. We are advocates who provide oversight, leadership, and inspiration to the organization's activities and operations.
We are funded by grants from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (NE-EHDI) program. We also receive funds from private donors including Omaha Gives!, Amazon Smile, United Way, TAGG, Bakers, local SERTOMA clubs, corporate matching, and individual donations.
Q: If you could go back to you when your child was newly diagnosed, what is one thing you would tell the past you?
A: "That although this path is different and at time more difficult it is not always a bad path."