Hands & Voices has joined several other parent organizations worldwide to form the Global Coalition of Parents of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children (GPOD). Our goal is to increase awareness of the need for and improve the effectiveness of programs of support to families with children who have hearing loss.
The GPOD has developed a survey that you can complete on-line.
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, and mail it in, please download the following PDF file.
Please forward this link, or document to as many parents of deaf and/or hard of hearing (DHH) children as you can. The responses received will be analyzed at the University of Colorado/Boulder (USA) and the data derived from it will help form the foundation of recommendations for best practice to the various industries serving DHH children and their families including universal newborn hearing systems, early intervention programs, government agencies, and educational programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Research shows that the strongest indicator of successful outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing is the effective involvement of their parents in all aspects of their lives (Yoshinaga-Itano, 2000). Thank you very much for helping us promote this message to parents and professionals.