You Are Always Invited

NoVa Parents and Professionals Luncheon


Please join us on Saturday, June 1 at 12:00 pm for lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille located in Tyson's Corner, McLean. 
Be sure to reserve your seat at the table by registering here by May 29.


Central VA Parents and Professionals Night Out

Please join us on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm for dinner at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar located in Willow Lawn, Richmond.  
Be sure to reserve your seat at the table by registering here by May 27.


Virtual Learning Opportunity

Please join us for a video conference call focusing on Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children on Tuesday, June 4 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  Presenting on this important topic will be Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe, Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.  Dr. Tharpe's primary research emphasis has been on furthering our understanding of the developmental impact of hearing loss on young children.  This presentation will review what is known and what is not yet known about children with unilateral hearing loss.  Parents and professionals who support deaf and hard of hearing children are encouraged to join us for an informative afternoon.

In attempts to make this presentation accessible to all, we will be meeting via Zoom video conferencing. You will have the option to join via computer, tablet or phone using video or an audio-only option.  For our deaf and hard of hearing participants, an ASL Interpreter has been secured for Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) thanks to Civic Access in Charlottesville.  Remote Conference Captioning (RCC) will be available through Hamilton Relay thanks to the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  A computer, tablet or smartphone with access to the Internet is all that is needed.   There is no software to download.

To register for this event please visit: by June 2.  Upon registration, you will receive detailed instructions on how to connect to the Virtual Learning Opportunity. 

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Please join Virginia Hands and Voices for a fun-filled day at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach. We will meet at 9:00 am when the doors open and do our best to stay together as a group. With animals representing hundreds of species, the Virginia Aquarium has gallons of fun for anyone! Join us for a self-guided tour while we visit the Main Building and the Nature Trail. Free parking is available and your ticket and sticker are good for admission all day long.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is very excited to welcome our group and is hopeful to offer open-captions on an educational documentary entitled Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D that is suitable for all ages. Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. This movie will be shown on a six-story Giant Screen, the largest in Virginia. If open-captions can not be accommodated, our group will have access to 8 closed-captioning devices that project the text to a hand-held device along with 7 pairs of headphones that can provide increased volume.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet will be shown at 9:45 am and 12:35 pm, however, we are planning to see the 9:45 am showing.


Discounted ticket information is as follows:

Admission only (no movie): $6 for Child (ages 1-11) and $9 for an Adult

Admission with movie: $9 for Child (ages 1-11) and $12 for an Adult

Children under 1 are free

Due to limited funds, these discounted ticket prices are only available for the first 15 children and the first 15 adult tickets sold. Once all tickets are reserved at this price, tickets must be purchased through our Eventbrite link to receive the group rate.

Group rates are as follows:

Admission only (no movie): $12 for Child (ages 1-11) and $18 for an Adult

Admission with movie: $17 for Child (ages 1-11) and $23 for an Adult


Please meet our group by the main doors to receive your ticket and sticker for admission. If you will be arriving later than 9:00 am, please let us know so we can make arrangements for your tickets to be held at will-call.

Ticket sales will close June 5 and all sales are non-refundable. 

An ASL Interpreter is available upon request.

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!

Do You Live in or around Roanoke?

We are hoping to coordinate an event in the beautiful city of Roanoke in 2018...planning is underway. Stay tuned for more information...



More Events are Coming!

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


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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