Ongoing Events

Family-to-Family Communities (F2FC)
  • F2FC brings families together to connect, share information and resources, and offer support to one another in the journey of supporting their family member with deaf-blindness. 
  • Each F2FC is comprised of 8-10 family members; is guided by trained Facilitators; meets once per month for 90 minutes via video conference or phone; topics are chosen by the group and include structured conversation and open sharing. 
  • Registration is open now until August 20, 2021. 
  • To learn more about this class and register, view the following event flyer: F2FC 7 registration flyer 2021.docx
  • Visit the F2FC Facebook page at the following link: F2FC Facebook Page 
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center (BSBPTC) Virtual Tours
  • Tours are available upon request. Tours are routinely scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (ET). The tour usually takes half an hour.
  • The BSBPTC is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is a residential training institute that assists persons who are legally blind increase their marketable skills through onsite technical training programs.
  • Due to current restrictions, tours are limited to virtual hours. 
  • Use this link to learn more about BSBPTC virtual tours!

December Events

Family Engagement Dinner & Training
Family Zoom Winter Party: Deck the House
  • December 4, 10:00 am 
  • DeafBlind Central, Michigan Hands & Voices, and MDE-LIO are proud to present this virtual winter party!
  • Decorate and share your own gingerbread creation with other families of children who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.
  • Watch a recorded story in ASL and spoken language during the event, and play a winter scavenger hunt too! 
  • Use this link to register for this event by November 24!
Q&A Drop-In Sessions: Advocating for Your DHH Child/Students
  • December 6, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (ET) 
  • Join Michigan Hands & Voices for this free Zoom event to learn how to advocate for your child or students effectively and collaboratively!
  • Drop in to the meeting at your leisure where Hands & Voices chapter advocates trained to support families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing will answer your questions.
  • Use this link to register for the Q&A Drop-In Session!
Keep Calm & Ask Me: Your Child's Rights
  • December 7, 8:00 pm (ET) 
  • Join Michigan Hands & Voices for this free Zoom event to learn about what rights your child has regarding their disability.
  • A representative from MI Division of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing will provide valuable information regarding the accessibility rights of your children.
  • Though this is a MI Hands & Voices members only event, you can become a member for only $25 a year, and scholarships are available too!
  • Use this link to register for the Keep Calm & Ask Me event!
Hands & Voices New Year Virtual 5K: Make a Run for It
  • December 31 - January 2
  • Proceeds from this race will go straight to participating chapters of Hands & Voices throughout the United States!
  • Hands & Voices represents people from all different appproaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss.
  • Choose between registering for either the Virtual 5K or Sleep in & Support events for a cost of $35!
  • Use this link to register for this Hands & Voices event by January 2!

January Events

Hands & Voices New Year Virtual 5K: Make a Run for It
  • December 31 - January 2
  • Proceeds from this race will go straight to participating chapters of Hands & Voices throughout the United States!
  • Hands & Voices represents people from all different appproaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss.
  • Choose between registering for either the Virtual 5K or Sleep in & Support events for a cost of $35!
  • Use this link to register for this Hands & Voices event by January 2!
T.O.M. Talks: Technology, Orientation, and Mobility. A Virtual Seminar for Ages 18-24
  • January 10-14, 8:00 pm (ET)
  • This weeklong lineup of partly self-guided, partly live virtual Zoom events focuses on the next steps independent travel, professional readiness, and networking for people ages 18-24!
  • Activities include a Q&A session with Leader Dog's guide dog mobility instructors, a game night, and a LinkedIn support group to foster connections after the seminar. 
  • Apply for this free event by December 3 at 5:00 pm (ET) and be sure to check your email for updates!
  • Use this link to register for the T.O.M. Talks weeklong program!
Deafblind International Youth Network (DbIYN): Virtual Forum Event