Hands & Voices
Guide By Your Side

Statewide Parent Guides are Guides available to all families in Colorado, whether related to unilateral hearing loss questions, Spanish speaking families, a representative of Deaf culture, or interested in questions about the state school for the deaf.

Statewide Unilateral Hearing Loss
Parent Guide:

This parent guide is available for families who have children with unilateral hearing loss/Microtia throughout the state of Colorado.


Chresta Brinkman

Chresta has had an active passion to work with children and Early Childhood Psychology. She pursued this passion and attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.  Following her desire to work with kids she was accepted as a paraprofessional in a program that worked with children who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).  In 1999 she relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado and in 2000 applied to the University of Northern Colorado to work on her Masters Degree in Special Education.  She graduated in 2002 with her M.A. in Moderate Needs Special Education and completed various course work in Early Childhood Special Education.  She began a program in the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado in a K-6 program for children who have Emotional Disabilites as well as PDD.  She continued to pursue further coursework from UNC in Severe Affective Special Education.  In 2004 she had her first child and decided to work from home.  In 2006 she had her second child, a son, who was born with Goldenhar Syndrome.  He presented with Hemifacial Mircosomia and Torticollis. Her background helped her to connect with various resources for her family and she became a strong advocate for her son.  It was from here they began their journey as a family with a child who has a Unilateral Hearing Loss. He continues to receive services for Speech Language and Physical Therapy through an Individualized Education Program.  He is followed by a specialist from The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado who specializes in Craniofacial Abnormalities.  They have added to their family, and in 2009 she became a Statewide UHL Parent Guide by Your Side for Colorado Hands & Voices. The Brinkmans have pursued ear reconstruction surgery for their son and now live in Steamboat Springs, but is available to families statewide with unilateral hearing loss or Microtia/Atresia.

- Chresta's Story


Lyn Bopp

Lyn continues to volunteer with us to assist any families with unilateral loss, particular as older children or with school issues. She currently resides in Longmont with two sons, one of whom has a unilateral loss. She worked for Hands & Voices as the Statewide Unilateral Hearing Loss Parent Coordinator from 2002 to 2008. As one of the first official “Guides” for unilateral loss, Lyn has supported families all over the United States and in a few other countries.

As she states, “Though the Hands & Voices chapter of my life is coming to a close, I will always be open to sharing my experiences and offering support to families as they find their way through the maze of doctors, schools, services, emotions, and day-to-day life with a child with hearing loss.” Lyn wrote several articles that can be found on these topics on the national website,

- Lyn’s story -


Statewide Spanish Speaking Parent Coordinators:

This coordinator is available for families who speak Spanish throughout the state of Colorado.

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Maria Rodriguez

This coordinator is available for families who speak Spanish throughout the state of Colorado.

Por tel: 720-207-3661 (voz o texto)
Correo Electronico:

Un poco sobre mi
Bueno me llamo María Rodríguez: Yo soy la Coordinafora De Padres De Habla Hispana para Manos & Voces en el estado de Colorado. Soy la madre de una niña de 10 años que tiene pérdida auditiva profunda bilateral. Ella tiene un implante coclear. La operación se le hizo cuando ella cumplio los 2 años. Ella ah estado en una escuela publica desde pre-escolar (preschool) ahora está en el 1er grado.

A little about myself
My name is Maria Rodriguez; I am the Spanish Speaking Parent Coordinator for Hands & Voices in the state of Colorado. I am the mother of a 10 year old daughter who has bilaterally profound hearing loss. She has a cochlear implant which got when she was 2yrs old. She has been mainstreamed since preschool and now she’s in 1st grade.


Statewide Deaf Parent Coordinator

Position Open

This guide will be a fluent ASL user and available to communicate directly with Deaf parents of children who are deaf/hh


CSDB Parent Involvement Coordinator:

This guide has a child who is a student at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and serves as a contact for the school as well as parents statewide. If you have questions about a child attending the school or about school activities or supports from Hands & Voices, this parent guide serves a specialized role on the campus.

Tracy McGurran