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baby H ands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We are a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling deaf and hard-of-hearing children to reach their highest potential.


Hands & Voices is a national organization.  You can visit their website at www.handsandvoices.org.

The Indiana Chapter of Hands & Voices came about after a gathering of parents who have deaf or hard-of-hearing children felt inspired to begin a local chapter as a means to unite parents throughout Indiana and provide a venue in which information could be easily shared.  Creating a strong network of both parents and professionals gives us strength and influence, creating the power to change.

In our organization you will find a safe sounding board for the choices you are making as a parent.  You will find non-judgemental support, feedback, input, and validation.

Our organizations board consists of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals.  We are parents with deaf and hard-of-hearing children.  We are also professionals from the health and educational fields who work with this special population.

Hands and Voices is an instrument for representation, collaboration, and advocacy.  Here parents give "hands" & "voices" to a constituency of minors and put a "face" on the issues.


Hands & Voices Indiana Chapter

Gary Swaim
Vice President
Guide By Your Side Coordinator
Lisa Condes

Adam Gersak & Jamie Kerkhof
Sarah Kiefer

Indiana Hands & Voices Staff Member
Lisa Kovacs

Reagan Dixon Katie Franssen Shireen Hafeez
Kelli Link Wendy Schmitzer-Torbert Scott Condes

I was devastated when I learned about my son’s hearing loss. Thanks to Indiana Hands & Voices I know it is going to be ok!