Parent Organizations

Guide By Your Side is a Hands and Voices program that is offered free to families in BC as part of the BC Early Hearing Program. The BC Early Hearing Program’s Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side program is designed to provide emotional support, unbiased information and specialized knowledge from trained parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to families of children newly identified through hearing screening. Trained Deaf & hard of hearing guide role models are also available for families to connect with.  Exposure to DHH adults can provide families with invaluable perspectives that come from personal experience. For more information visit the BCEHP website at

or call 1-866-612-2347.


BC Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing (birth to age 5).  We are a parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods, believing that families will make the best choices for their children if they have access to good information and support. For more information visit our website at or email us at


CHHA BC Parents’ Branch is a parent group focused on connecting & supporting families throughout BC who have school-aged children living with hearing loss.  Through fun family activities our children develop sustaining friendships as they grow into young adults.  We educate and support parents through our newsletters, workshops and other events.  As a parent group, we understand the power of learning from one another. We are working to revive our group, and would love to hear from you at

Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) is a parent-run, charitable organization supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children in B.C. that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language.  We manage the Deaf Youth Today (DYT)summer program that focusses on social opportunities and language development for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Even though technology and methodology have changed over the years, we seek the wisdom of parents, professionals and d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals so that common themes of access, equity and a sense of belonging continue to be highlighted in areas such as: social/recreation, leadership, education, employment, general services and community involvement.  Our main focus is on families with deaf & hard of hearing school age children (kindergarten to grade 12), but we welcome everyone to join our mailing list!  Visit our website at where you will find our Deaf Youth Today Summer program brochure!   Email us at or call 604-684-1860.

Family & Community Services (FCS) offers a supportive and language-rich environment for learning and skill development and family, youth and community development.

Core Programs and Services:

  • Language and Literacy Services (ASL and English) in 1:1 and class settings. Families connect day-to-day experiences with language learning.
  • Family and Parent Services support strengths and skills in 1:1 and group settings while encouraging parents to find solutions to parenting questions and balance in their personal lives.
  • Children and Youth Services provide a supportive environment for growth and learning through youth mentoring, youth transition and topic-focused groups.
  • Community Awareness and Development provides education and community opportunities to youth, families and service providers who work with deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind clients.
  • Family Immersion Experience is filled with ASL classes; topic-specific workshops; deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind role models/mentors; and resources.

More info at