We are connected and united through our stories

Our members are diverse and we thank the families below for sharing their unique journey with us.

Trakhman Family

Diana, Alex, Phillip, and Nickolas

We are a Trakhman family. Diana is a registered nurse and Alex is self-employed. We are parents of 2 boys. Phillip is 16 y.o. and Nickolas is 8 y.o. Nickolas is normal hearing. Phillip is our child who is hard of hearing and has special needs. He was born in 2002, had normal newborn hearing test at birth. Growing up, he had speech and articulation difficulties, and we initially thought it was an English learning issue as we are a bilingual family and spoke Russian at home mostly.

Ambriz Family

Ruben, Elena, and Luna

Before having Luna, her father and I knew that we wanted our little girl to feel connected to us and to have a strong relationship of communication. That of course did not happen as we planned it and at three years old she did not speak to us. She grew distant, withdrawn, disconnected, and quite frustrated with a world that just did not know how to understand her. She was non-verbal and oftentimes, non-compliant with the way we approached communication. We did not yet know that her lack of understand was not due to a lack of trying. She was trying harder than we knew. She just could not hear enough to understand us, and we did not yet know she was this special child that would give us the adventure of our lives!

About CA Hands & Voices

California Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in a respectful and non-judgmental manner regarding language opportunities, communication tools or educational approaches. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.

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California Hands & Voices
c/o Cora Shahid
15274 Andorra Way
San Diego CA 92129


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