You Are Always Invited

* Pre-registration is required for all events


We are excited to announce that we have some fun and educational events lined up for the coming months! Look for more information to come for each event and we hope that you can join us for one, or all, of these events!


You joined us to "Make a Run for It" in 2022.

Will you join us to "Freeze Your Fanny" in 2023?


Virginia Hands & Voices is pleased to partner with our fellow chapters once again from around the country to "Freeze Your Fanny 2023" in the third annual Hands & Voices New Year Virtual 5K. All proceeds generated from registrations within our state and under our team will go directly to our chapter. We encourage you to join us (virtually) and support the important work that we do as the largest parent organization for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 


You can complete the event between December 30, 2022 - January 2, 2022. Registration is $35 and includes a super-soft race t-shirt, which will ship prior to the event if you register before Dec. 1, 2022. Also, the first 500 registrants will receive a custom, diecast finisher's medal. (There is also an option to "sleep in and support" if completing a 5K isn't one of your New Year's resolutions!). 


Note: Register by December 1 to receive your shirt prior to the event and before prices increase!


NEW THIS YEAR! Get a custom Hands & Voices fanny pack! Add on a fanny pack to your registration for only $10...or use your custom link and when 10 friends sign up you'll earn one as a Referral Reward!


Help us ring in the New Year by "freezing your fanny" for a good cause!


Register below and then share your personal referral link to encourage others to join! Make sure you register under our Virginia chapter!

We will be bringing this event to our community in 2023. Look for more information to come in the near future!


Saturday, November 12

Educational Empowerment Seminar

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

5 Points Music Sanctuary

Roanoke, VA


This seminar is intended for parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) children who are currently advocating for their children in school or who are transitioning from an IFSP to an IEP - or who are planning to do so in the near future. 


This seminar will feature two D/HH speakers and community leaders, Tresses Bateson and Tyler Godsey. Topics may include:


  • How to think outside the box when it comes to eligibility, accomodations, IFSP/IEP transition
  • Active engagement in the IFSP/IEP process
  • Social/Emotional health for D/HH children
  • Struggles and barriers, and triumphs in the educational setting
  • Self-advocacy skills for D/HH students
  • Encouraging self- expression in our D/HH children

Note: This event is intended for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. There will not be any onsite childcare available.

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!

Stayed tuned for more!

Have an Idea for an Event?

If you  have an idea for an event, or know of one we might want to promote to our members, please email us at We'd love to hear from you! 

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