We are delighted you are here! We will use this site to keep our members up to date on what’s happening within California Hands & Voices and other related news. Check back often! In addition to this site, our CA Hands & Voices Facebook group is a great online community where you can network with professionals and families raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing children throughout California. We also invite you to visit the Hands & Voices Blog.
We invite you to come to one (or all!) of our Family Camps and enjoy quality time with your family in a safe and beautiful natural setting with other families raising Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children. Family Camp is fun for all ages and it has become an anchor for many families throughout California and beyond! Please visit the Family Camp tab on our website for more information. https://cahandsandvoices.org/camps-calendar/family-camps
California Hands & Voices wrote a letter of support for AB 598, which would require health insurance plans and policies to cover hearing aids for children up to 18 years of age.
In California, the cost of a hearing aid is the most significant barrier preventing families from accessing hearing aids and hearing aid services. Only one in ten children in privately funded plans has coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services, which costs a family up to $6,000 every three to five years. This is a heavy financial burden for working families. Some families are forced to forego hearing aids for their children or postpone services such as fittings and maintenance. Other families have to deplete their savings or seek out other charity assistance for a device that should be covered by their medical insurance. This is why 24 other states have already passed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover the expense of hearing aids for children.
Observe, Understand & Respond: the O.U.R. Children's Safety Project
We don’t like to think about it, but our kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a higher risk for maltreatment — bullying, abuse and neglect. California Hands & Voices is committed to doing our part to keep all kids safe from harm. We will host a webinar in early August which will be parent focused and provide specific tips that we feel will benefit every family throughout California. More information will be released soon!