Mariana (parent guide), Stacy (parent guide & executive director) & Wendy (president) at the Hands & Voices National Conference.
What is Guide By Your Side?
Guide By Your Side™ is a program from Hands & Voices that provides emotional support, technical assistance, networking, and unbiased information from trained parent guides to other families and to the systems that serve them.
At the foundation of Guide By Your Side™ is our Hands & Voices value of peer support and a parent driven agenda. There is a comfort level that happens very naturally between parents who can relate to the experience of raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Facing the challenges of navigating an unfamiliar service system can be confusing to the families and the benefit of having someone who’s ‘been there and done that’ is inestimable.
Parent Guides are specially trained parents of children with deafness or hearing loss who work as “Guides” directly with families who have just learned their child cannot hear and want the unique support that comes from someone else who has walked this path him/herself and can share fromdirect experience and wisdom.
Meet the Parent Guides
GBYS Coordinator - Lisa Condes
Outreach Coordinator/East Central Parent Guide - Mariana Barquet
Parent Guide Central - Sandra Lerman
Parent Guide Central/Spanish - Mariana Barquet
Parent Guide Northwest - Jamie Donsbach
Parent Guide Northeast - Erin Fallat
Parent Guide Northeast - Jenny Scheiderer
Parent Guide West - Joanna Sichts
Parent Guide Southeast - Laura Ryan
Parent Guide Central/Deaf Plus - Sara MacGregor
Parent Guide Statewide Unilateral - Stacy Allgeier
Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ of Indiana is supported by the Indiana Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Guide By Your Side has an office at the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education.
There are many wonderful resources on the Hands & Voice website, click here to be connected http://www.handsandvoices.org/
Click here to be linked to testimonials about Guide By Your Side.