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Happy New Year!

We are pleased to present our first virtual event of 2021!



Visual Phonics



Join us for this three-part series beginning

February 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm!


Virginia Hands & Voices is pleased to present a unique opportunity designed for parents to learn about See-the-Sound Visual Phonics from the comfort of their own home. We welcome you to join us for a virtual, three-part training series on Wednesday, February 3, February 10, and February 17th from 8:00 pm- 9:30 pm. This live and interactive training, presented by Ann Hughes, is designed to help parents understand and use STS-Visual Phonics with their child(ren) at home. We kindly ask that you commit to the entire three-part training series.

This opportunity is available to current 2021 parent members for $15 and parent non-members for $25 (current members will be sent instructions on how to receive the discounted rate). Only 20 spots are available for this unique training so be sure to register early. If you are not a 2021 member and would like to join our chapter, please visit our "Become a Member" page to submit an application and payment.

STS-Visual Phonics is a tool that may help the teaching of: Reading through learning sound-letter connections and decoding skills; Writing through the development of spelling and word study skills; and Speech through the development of articulation and speech-reading skills. Training explores the multi-sensory STS-Visual Phonics system of 50+ hand cues that are suggestive of the 44 English phonemes (basic sounds of English) and more. Whether the child is using STS-Visual Phonics in their school setting or not, it may be fun for both parent and child to learn the STS-Visual Phonics hand cues and written symbols, and for parents to see how this may support the child’s literacy development.

This training is designed especially for parents interested in supporting the literacy needs of their children who are deaf/hard of hearing and considered at risk in reading. Participants will learn to recognize, make, and start to blend the STS-Visual Phonics hand cues and printed/written symbols. Each participant must have a stable internet connection and be seated in front of his/her device with the camera turned on to allow for active participation and corrective feedback. Two adults per household on the same computer are permitted. The trainer must have a good view of each participant’s hand cue productions so it’s important to be able to see each person clearly. 

*Pre-registration is required for this event and, if you require accommodations, please indicate that while registering. Registration closes on January 31.

Events & Activities

While Virginia Hands & Voices hosts some of our own events, we often take advantage of, and meet at, programs offered by other organizations that will benefit our members. We do our best to keep this page up to date, but we encourage you to visit our Facebook page for the most current information. 


Social Opportunities

We seek to connect children with other children and families with other families. Often, through fun, family-centered activities we make strong friendships and realize we are not alone on the journey.


Learning Opportunities

Have you thought, "I'm confused, but I'm too afraid to ask," during an IFSP, IEP or 504 plan meeting. Do you ever wish you could just talk to someone who's a few steps ahead of you on this journey or a professional in the field of childhood hearing loss? Virginia Hands & Voices seeks to provide opportunities to learn and explore with others like you.  


When will Hands & Voices be in your area?

If we have not been in your area and you'd like to help us plan an event, please contact us at The events we plan are often based on finding a volunteer in the area who can help us. We'd love to hear from you!

More Events are Coming!

More information about upcoming events will be posted soon. Stay tuned!


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