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Guide By Your Side™

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What is the Iowa Guide By Your Side™ (GBYS) program?

The Iowa Hands & Voices GBYS program provides emotional support and unbiased information to families of infants and toddlers with a hearing loss. Iowa Hands & Voices and the Iowa Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program work together to provide the GBYS program.

Who is eligible for the program?

Families of Iowa infants and toddlers (ages birth to 3) who have a hearing loss.

What can the Iowa GBYS program do for my family?

GBYS Parent Guides give direct parent-to-parent support and GBYS Deaf or Hard of Hearing Guides give you a chance to meet adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. GBYS Guides will provide emotional support and unbiased information. They can also direct you to other services and resources for your child and family.

GBYS Guides are trained to give unbiased information. They cannot tell you what is right for your child, but they can help you find information that will allow you to decide what is best for your child and family.

Who are the Parent Guides?

Our Parent Guides are parents of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. They bring the experience, knowledge and compassion that come from raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. They have been where you are and are willing to listen and share their experience. They can provide support and guidance through the early childhood years.

Who are the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Guides?

Our DHH Guides are adults who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. They can share their personal experiences with you and answer your questions about living with hearing loss. They can also connect your family to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

How much does the GBYS program cost?

The GBYS program is free to families.

How do I request a GBYS Guide?

Call the GBYS EHDI program at (866) 219-9119 or complete and return the GBYS referral form available at the link below.


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This website is supported in part by Iowa's Cooperative Agreement for EHDI, UR3/CCU724779-01 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.