Delaware Hands & Voices Board Member Application
Delaware Hands & Voices is looking for families and professionals from all over the state to serve on our board. There may be funds available to help with transportation and childcare during our board meetings, described below. Your application will be considered and voted upon by acting Board members. You will be notified in writing of your acceptance to a two-year term. 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 Hands & Voices Board meetings, which are held the last Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at TLK in Peoples Plaza every month except August and December. These meetings are also online with Google Hangouts for members unable to attend in person. If you are unable to attend, you will contact the Board President. A participation of at least 70% of general Board meetings per year is required (seven out of ten meetings).

You will participate on subcommittees, at least one per year as needed. Subcommittees could include advocacy, Resource Guide committee, public awareness/advertising, finance, grant writing/search, others, as needed.

Hands & Voices depends on the continuing support of parents and professionals, and we value greatly your input to this organization. Please fill out the enclosed questionnaire and return it to Hands & Voices.

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Why are you interested in serving on the H&V board?
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How will you support a family’s or individual's communication choice that is different from your own personal belief system about modality/methodology?
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Tell us about your personal philosophy of communication choices:
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Explain any experiences you have had with communication choices that are different from your personal belief system?
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Tell us about your child/children or the children you work with and your current approach to communication methods (if applicable):
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