Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my Walk4 Hearing Page!! As you know, I have had a profound hearing loss since I was very young, and both of my daughters have a hearing loss as well. I have worked for the KY Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for almost 20 years and I am passionate about educating and advocating for hearing loss in both my professional and personal life.
I am most passionate about working with families who have deaf and hard of hearing children and I been fortunate enough to be involved with Hands & Voices which has allowed me to meet these families from all over the world. I am currently the president of the state chapter here in Kentucky and on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Board for the national organization. I plan to stay involved until they bury me. :-)
Anyway...our KY Hands & Voices is an affiliate for the HLAA Walk4Hearing and we will get a percentage of any funds that our teams raises. Will you join us!?! Know anyone that would be interested in becoming a sponsor for you? Or if you cannot walk, would they sponsor me?
Below is a short description of Hands & Voices that you can use to explain who we are to potential sponsors. If you need more information dont hesitate to let me know!
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. Our membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, our organization represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss.
For more information about H&V, please visit www.handsandvoices.org
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States.
- Approximately 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss
- Hearing loss is the third largest issue behind arthritis and heart disease.
- It is currently the #1 war wound of our veterans returning from overseas
- An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.