Guide By Your Side™ is a program from Hands and Voices that provides emotional support and unbiased information from trained Parent Guides to families of newly identified children who are deaf or hard of hearing and to the systems that serve them. Key Elements of the Program:
Provide early support to parents after confirmation of hearing loss
Offer unbiased resource dissemination about hearing loss
Emotional support from another parent who “understands”
Creation of a Guided Family Notebook
Ensure smooth entrance into Early Intervention and services
Opportunity for continued support through Hands & Voices Chapter
Benefits of the Program: To Families
Early, local, and unconditional family support by a trained Parent Guide
Statewide parent contacts
Parents will be assured that information is shared in a timely and unbiased manner and is accessible to all
Families will experience a smooth entrance into Early Intervention
Support to help families identify their options and goals for their child
Help for families to discover their strengths and their child’s strengths
Creation of a Guided Family Notebook of resources and information specific to their child
To the State
A pool of trained parent leader
Sustainable capacity to support families statewide
A model for sharing a full continuum of communication options
Improve loss to follow up rates
Improve the gap between diagnosis to intervention
Ability to connect parents to other parents
Guides will be embedded in the rural areas to identify holes where we need to locate resources for families
What are Families Saying that Supports the need for the GBYS Program:
Parents are begging for timely information – Guides will be available for families immediately after diagnosis.
Parents are being “bogged down” with biased information – All parent guides will be trained through Supporting Families Without Bias.
Parents are reporting feeling overwhelmed – Parent Guides will assist parents with developing the skills they need to feel empowered and confident.
Parents are reporting that their Audiology appointments are feeling rushed – GBYS will utilize the Regional Consultants through the EHDI program for help in supporting the family’s additional Audiology questions. Guides will also work with the families to train them on how to prepare for a visit and how to better work the professionals that are now in their child’s life.
For more information about Guide By Your Side or to refer a family, please contact Mariana Barquet Guide By Your Side™ Program Coordinator at: 317-233-7686, 888-815-0006, or Email: email@example.com.
IN Hands & Voices GBYS Team:
Guide By Your Side Program Coordinator
ASTra Program Coordinator
Parent Guide Central Indiana
Spanish Guide Statewide
Mariana is the mother of two children, her youngest was born profoundly deaf. Her biggest passion is to ensure that every child with hearing loss in Indiana has access to and receives qualified services to meet their needs and achieve successful outcomes.
Parent Guide West Central Indiana
Joanna is the mother of five children. She has a daughter who was born profoundly deaf. She loves meeting families and providing parent to parent support. Joanna enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Parent Guide Deaf Plus
Lisa is the mother of 3. Her youngest is deaf-plus. Lisa loves spending time in nature with her family (including her son’s service dog) and riding her horse.
Parent Guide Northwest Indiana
Jamie is the mother of 2 children, 1 of which is hard of hearing. She loves to hike, traveling and the beach.
Parent Guide Northeast Indiana- Fort Wayne Area
Jenny is the mother of 2 children, 1 of which was born with a hearing loss. She has been a Parent Guide since 2010. She and her family love traveling, playing board games & camping.
Deaf Parent Guide Central Indiana
Carlina has a 2 year old son who is also Deaf. She loves soaking in nature, cooking, do-it-yourself/ restoration projects, and getting to know people
Parent Guide Southeast Indiana
Laura is the mother of four children, including one with hearing loss. Laura loves music and traveling with her family.
Parent Guide Central Indiana
Leann is the mother of two teenage children. Leann is passionate about providing parent-to-parent support opportunities for families, and is excited to help families with their journey of having a deaf/hard of hearing child.
Rebecca P. Mitchell
Guide By Your Side Outreach Coordinator
Guide Parent Guide Central Indiana
Rebecca is the mother of two boys, her oldest was born with bilateral progressive hearing loss. She loves spending time with her family, water sports, DYI projects and spending time outside.