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Guide By Your Side Program

Providing unbiased emotional support and resources by trained Parent Guides to families with children with hearing loss.

The Power of Parent Support


Every family who has a child who is deaf or hard of hearing has a different story to tell, yet we all share a common bond.  At Hands & Voices, we understand the power of parents coming together to support and learn from one another.  Families who are just beginning the journey can learn from veteran parents, the challenges as well as the joys, of raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  For many parents, their only regret in the ‘early years’, is not connecting to other parents sooner!


There is no fee to request or recieve support from one of our Parent Guides.

Guide By Your Side Program Provides:

  • A Parent Guide to listen and share resources.
  • Unbiased Support.
  • Compassion and knowledge from parents who have a child with hearing loss.

Why is Parent Support Important to Families?

  • Families realize they aren't alone as Parent Guides share their own experiences.
  • Support provided by parent helps to validate and empower other parents because they see what is possible.
  • Information and support offered allows families the tools to navigate challenging systems.

Who is Elegible for Guide By Your Side Support?

  • We support all families in Washington State who suspects their child may have a hearing loss, or whose child has been identified Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind.
  • We support families whose children are ages birth to 21 years.

Family Responses to Our Support Services


"The Parent Guide reached out to our family and, quite honestly, changed our lives. She offered guidance and support to help myself and my son cope with being DeafBlind, as well as offered a plethora of amazing resources that continue to enrich our lives. I cannot possibly thank Guide By Your Side and my Parent Guide enough. It's an amazing reource for parents." 

"Thanks again for your knowledge and time.  You have been so helpful!"

"Thank You for the resources!  My husband and I felt, in regard to programs it needed to make sense for our whole family."

"Thanks for reminding me that I'm my Child's best advocate and for being by my side."

How to Contact Guide By Your Side 

Christine Griffin, Program Coordinator

Phone: 425-268-7087

Email: GBYS@WAhandsandvoices.org

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