GBYS – Denver / North Metro
Liesel Thomas, Guide By Your Side Program Coordinator
Liesel lives in Henderson with her husband, Mike, and three daughters; Sophie (born in 2001), Sarah (born in 2005), and Sylvia (born in 2008). Sophie and Sylvia are profoundly deaf and Sarah is hearing. After Sylvia was born deaf, a genetic test revealed the cause of hearing loss for the two girls is an autosomal genetic mutation called Connexin 26. The Thomas family goal is bilingualism with both girls having bilateral cochlear implants and ASL as a second language.
GBYS – Denver / South Metro
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Other Parent Stories
Dessie Berry – past South Metro Parent Guide
Katherine Baldwin – past Colorado Guide
– Click for Katherine’s story – When Parents are Hearing and Deaf
Jeannene Evenstad – (Administrative Assistant for CO H&V and H&V HQ)
– Click for Jeannene’s story – When Two of Three Children are Deaf in a Family