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
This parent guide is available for families who have children with unilateral hearing loss/Microtia throughout the state of Colorado.
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.
Statewide Spanish Speaking Parent Guides:
This coordinator is available for families who speak Spanish throughout the state of Colorado.
Por tel: 720-207-3661 (voz o texto)
Correo Electronico: email@example.com
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 16 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).
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 teenage daughter who has bilaterally profound hearing loss. She has a cochlear implant which got when she was 2yrs old and later went bilateral. She has been mainstreamed since preschool.
Another Spanish speaking Parent Guide position is currently open.
Partner Project Coordinator
This program connects families and schools with Deaf/hard of hearing adult partners who can educate hearing people on the experience of growing up with a hearing loss. A variety of Partners are available, including Partners who communicate in ASL, spoken English, simultaneous communication, and Cued Speech. Contact Carmela directly to learn more.
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.
Also, consider contacting the Family Involvement Coordinator (a parent employed by the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Outreach Coordinator
Kelly is a mom to two boys, one of whom has a unilateral hearing loss (UHL). She serves a unique role in the organization: ensuring that families referred from audiologists get connected with information about early intervention at the same time they are referred to the CO-Hear and Early Intervention system in the county where they live. As such, she also offers a connection to our GBYS program. Research shows that a majority of parents find that contact with experienced, prepared parents ranks as the most helpful support they receive after their child’s identification.
Kelly joins us with a wealth of experience in the support/nonprofit world. She will also be adding her experience to our resources supporting families raising kids with UHL.
Learn more about Kelly’s family story here. (coming soon)