You Are Always Invited

* Pre-registration is required for all events

We'd love to have you join us for any, or all,

of the events listed below!

Attention Dads and Male caregivers!!

Join us on April 13, 2021

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Virtual Panel of Father's of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children


 A Q&A for dads of newly diagnosed children

that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing


We are pleased to announce a virtual event designed with fathers in mind.  We invite all fathers, and grandfathers, of deaf and hard of hearing children to join us for a casual, virtual panel on Tuesday, April 13 from 8:30-9:30 pm.


This event will feature a panel of fathers from across the state sharing thoughts and experiences related to raising children with hearing loss.  Whether you are a first-time father with a newly diagnosed infant, or a veteran Dad looking to meet others traveling the same path, this event is for you!  Come connect with fellow dads, ask questions, and learn from each other.
Topics covered by the panel will include the early days following diagnosis, decision making, successes/challenges, and ways to get involved.  The panel will be hosted by Virginia Hands & Voices parent, Jacob Thornton, father of two deaf children as he welcomes Erik Rodriguez, father to a hard of hearing son, Robin Ramirez, father to a deaf son and Colin Wells, Deaf adult, father and Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  All communication modes and methodologies are welcome.  Remember, what works for your child is what makes the choice right! 
An ASL interpreter will be provided thanks to Civic Access and Remote Conference Captioning will be available thanks to VDDHH's Virginia Relay Program through Hamilton Relay.  If you require additional accommodations, please be sure to indicate your needs while registering.
We encourage you to share this with the fathers in your life who may benefit from casually connecting with others who share their same journey!  

TO:  Parents and Caretakers of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children


The newly created Virginia Deaf Mentor Pilot Project team is currently seeking parents and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing children (ages 0-18) to complete a brief survey about your family's interest and preferences with regard to a Deaf Mentor/Role Model program here in Virginia.  Your responses will be used to help inform the development of a Deaf Mentor/Role Model pilot program for the state. The goal of a Deaf Mentor is to support families of deaf and hard of hearing children and introduce families to American Sign Language, deaf culture and the deaf community.  Deaf Mentors will also be focused on the whole family dynamic and not only the deaf or hard of hearing child.  Working with a Deaf Mentor will empower you to self-advocate and to advocate for your child throughout a variety of settings. 
To access the survey, please visit:  The survey period closes April 9 so please take a few moments and indicate if the Virginia Deaf Mentor Pilot Program would be of interest to you.
Stay tuned for a survey in the coming weeks to gauge the interest of Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults to participate as Mentors/Role Models in this pilot program.
Thank you in advance for your survey responses and please let us know if you have any questions!
The Virginia Deaf Mentor Pilot Project team is comprised of volunteers across multiple state agencies and organizations including:

Meet the Author of Padapillo by Valerie Abbott, a new Virginia based author

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm


Padapillo is the story of how one family discovers and comes to terms with their youngest child's hearing loss

Registration info coming soon!

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!

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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