Arizona Hands & Voices a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization Annual Report January 2011 – December 2011 - Our Organization supports: Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Program Parent advocacy, education, and support Parent/Professional collaboration Organization expansion and sustainability Board of Directors: President – Molly Romano-Homoki Vice President - Shelby Willa Treasurer – Maria Yenerich Secretary - Jeanne Hollabaugh Arizona Hands & Voices respectfully submits its Annual Report for 2011. This document highlights all the activities that were supported throughout the year. Arizona Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing without a bias toward communication methods or methodology. We are a parent driven, nonprofit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. We are focused on outreach activities and parent/professional collaboration to enable deaf and hard of hearing children to reach their highest potential. Board Members: Lylis Olsen Carla Zimmerman Megan Macpherson Steve McLeod Cheri Basset Address: P.O. Box 50423 Phoenix, AZ 85076-0423 Phone: 1-866-685-1050 Website: azhv.org Guide By Your Side (GBYS): Program Coordinator – Jeanne Hollabaugh Guides: Carrie Gilbraith, Lisa Pettit, Jeanne Hollabaugh, Anita Jones, Shelby Willa, Barbara Roth, Diana Wright, Cynthia Elliot, Helen Cartwright, and Maria Yenerich The Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Program • Provides unique one-on-one family support from a trained parent guide (PG) • Free to families due to donations and grants • Serves children birth to 21, so there is no other parent and family support program in Arizona that is specific to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing regardless of communication mode or method Parent Match Program Follow-Through Program • Served 42 total families with • Served an average of 38 children who were identified with families per month with babies hearing loss who failed inpatient screening • Supported by grants from the • Supported by EHDI grant Arizona Community Foundation through the EAR Foundation of and the Arizona Blind and Deaf Arizona Children’s Foundation Family and Organizational Development • Sponsored 2 children to attend a deaf/HH summer camp • Sponsored 2 members to attend the LRP National Institute on Legal Issues in Educating Individuals with Disabilities • Hosted GBYS monthly playgroups in Tucson • Underwrote Family Retreat fees for 17 families • Disseminated the Hands & Voices publication, The Communicator, quarterly with an insert highlighting Arizona Hands & Voices news and events • Planned the development of the Arizona Resource Guide for Families and Professionals supporting deaf/HH children • Purchased one personal computer to house financial and historical information • Migrated the azhv.org website to WordPress for ease of use • Began planning a contacts database Community Outreach and Events for Parents and Professionals Community Outreach by Board Members Events • Served on: January – March, 2011 • • • • Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) board University of Arizona Advisory Committee for Teachers of the Future (teachers of the deaf) ACDHH task force for Deaf Education in Arizona AZ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) stakeholders group • Collaborated with: • University of Arizona Dept. of Speech, Hearing and Language professors to raise community awareness of childhood hearing loss • Presented at: • • • The EAR Foundation of Arizona's Annual Conference for Audiologists (Phoenix) AZ EHDI training for screeners (Flagstaff) Tucson Unified School District Interpreter In-Service • • Literacy for Children with Hearing Loss in Chandler (75 parents and professionals attended) Ben's Bells in Tucson April – June, 2011 • • • • • Family Picnic in Tucson Family Picnic in Chandler Fundraising with Style at Markley Salon in Tucson Family Swim Party in Tucson Build Your Own Pizza in Tucson July – September, 2011 • • Language Acquisition and Raising a Child in a Language Rich Home in Tucson Family Retreat in Lakeside (17 families attended) October – December, 2011 • • • • • Family Picnic in Tucson Family Picnic in Scottsdale Annie's Apple Orchard Halloween Party in Tucson Holiday Potluck in Tucson Statement of Activities • – – – – – Grants Memberships Contributions Event Registrations Fundraising TOTAL • • Revenues (Estimates) – – – – – – GBYS Program Services Outreach Activities Utilities Mailings Conference Attendance Scholarships TOTAL – – – – – $27,668 $920 $1,804 $2,780 $1,377 Arizona Community Foundation Sertoma, Inc. Midtown Sertoma Sponsorship Fund Robert Markley Salon & Spa Arizona Blind & Deaf Children's Foundation, Inc. – EAR Foundation of Arizona $34,549 Expenses (Estimates) $29,800 $1,101 $1,355 $220 $425 $357 $33,258 Major Contributors • 37 official members THANK YOU!!! We want to thank everyone for their memberships and donations. Without your support, we would be unable to carry out our activities and achieve our goals.