Minnesota Hands & Voices provides neutral parent-to-parent support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing to prevent family and child isolation. Our Parent Guides are located throughout Greater Minnesota and in the metro area and are parents themselves of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are the only resource of its kind in the state.
Through the Minnesota Department of Health we serve families of newly diagnosed infants and children. Annually Minnesota Hands & Voices serves over 800 clients by connecting families to other parents in their area, providing a library of materials and resources, providing a monthly newsletter addressing current issues and research, and providing educational and fun activities for children and their families. We are a chapter of the national organization, â€œHands & Voices,â€ which enables us to link families identified with hearing loss.
Minnesota Hands & Voices is a program of Lifetrack Resources, Inc. Lifetrack Resources is a nonprofit human services organization in St. Paul committed to working with people to overcome poverty, trauma, and health challenges to achieve their goals.
What new functionality we are looking for
The most needed functionality in a new website is for a online library of our research materials, monthly newsletters, and taped webinars. We would like to provide an easy method for parents across the state and nation to access information so that they can research their choices and make decisions for their child's future.
It is important that the site is easy to navigate and search but also provide our Parent Guides and staff the opportunity to focus on different topics weekly. We would like to see the site as a place where parents want to visit to get the most up-to-date research.
Our audience of parents of newborns is young and tech-savvy and would be interested in connecting to Minnesota Hands & Voices as well as other parents. It is important to not only provide a link to social networks but really integrate them as part of the site. We would like this community to feel like it has a home.
How the new functionality will help
Hearing loss is very unusual in that it is a condition that can be overcome if parents have access to readily available, reliable, trustworthy and comprehensive information delivered in a family-friendly way. We have all the tools but lack the means to disseminate this information easily to parents. A new website can help us achieve our mission of providing families with support.
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