March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  Topical Session 2   |  Pacific Salon 3   |  7 - Family Perspectives and Support

Intro to Hands & Voices Programs

Hands & Voices is known organizationally for their parent to parent support for families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This support happens everyday across all the Chapters of Hands & Voices. Hands & Voices offers the local Chapters two formalized training programs that include; Guide By Your Side (GBYS - a parent to parent support program) and Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra - an educational Advocacy program). This session will discuss the foundational values, program goals, training components, and program evaluation of each program. Session participants will leave with an understanding of how Hands & Voices provides training to both their chapter's leadership as well as parents and professionals interested in supporting either their own child or a child they serve.

  • The conference participants will be able to name the two formalized training programs of Hands & Voices.
  • Conference participants will be able to identify the foundational values and program goals of both the ASTra - Educational Advocacy and Guide By Your Side Programs of Hands & Voices.
  • The conference participants will be able to list the training required for each Hands & Voices program and how each program is evaluated annually.

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Lisa Kovacs (Primary Presenter,POC), Hands & Voices , lisakovacs@handsandvoices.org ;
Lisa lives in Indiana with her husband Brian and four children. Her son has severe hearing loss and Auditory Neuropathy. Lisa is the Director of Programs for Hands & Voices HQ, founding board member of IN Hands & Voices, and she’s been with Hands & Voices since 2004. She serves on the AAP EHDI Task Force, co-chair of the Indiana Department of Education Special Education Advisory Council, and board member of Coalition for Global Hearing Health. Lisa has extensive training and experience in special education advocacy. She is passionate about training other parents to recognize their strengths and abilities so they feel confident to make educated decisions and advocate for their children. Most importantly, Lisa hopes that through training parents, there will ultimately be more children who can advocate for themselves. Lisa enjoys reading, running, watching her children participate in sporting events, and spending time with her family.


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