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.
This year, we have chosen Kentucky Hands & Voices to receive a portion of our fundraising efforts. Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We're 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 DHH children to reach their highest potential. As many of you know, I work closely with Kentucky Hands & Voices because their mission is so close to my heart. Hands & Voices supports kids who both sign and speak, and we believe that choice is different for every family based on that child's needs.
When we found out Luke was deaf shortly after birth, we were bombarded with information and nowhere to turn. My hope is to help other families in the same situation, and Hands & Voices does just that. Please join us in our goal of reaching more and more families!
- For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org
- For more information about Kentucky Hands & Voices, visit www.kyhandsandvoices.org