Iowa Hands & Voices Board Member Application
Iowa Hands & Voices is looking for families/professionals/consumers from all over the state to serve on our board. Your application will be considered and voted upon by acting Board members. We are asking for a commitment from those wishing to serve as Board members to minimally include:

You understand and adhere to our mission statement:
“Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias towards communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.”

You can support communication choices made by individuals and families that are different from your own personal belief system and you will not allow bias to interfere with your function and participation on this Board.
You will regularly attend scheduled Iowa Hands & Voices Board meetings, which may be held at different locations in the state and/or via virtual technology (Zoom, etc.). If you are unable to attend, you will contact the Board President via our Chapter email address: A participation of at least 75% of general Board meetings per year is required (four out of six meetings, or as determined by the Board).

You will participate on subcommittees, at least one per year as needed. Subcommittees could include advocacy and education, resource guide committee, public awareness/advertising, finance, grant writing/search, website, activity planning, legislation, and others, as needed.

Iowa Hands & Voices depends on the continuing support of parents and professionals, and we value greatly your input to this organization. Please reach out with any questions:

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Professionals (Organization and Title)
Check applicable statements:  
Indicate areas of interest to you:
Why are you interested in serving on the Iowa Hands & Voices Board? *
How will you support a family's or individual's communication choice that is different from your own personal belief system about modality/methodology? *
Tell us about your personal philosophy of communication choices:   *
Explain any experiences you have had with communication choices that are different from your personal belief system. *
Tell us about your child/children or the child/children you work with and your current approach to communication methods (if applicable):  
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