About the Program
The Hands & Voices Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra) Program
ASTra is a replicable Deaf and Hard of Hearing Educational Advocacy Program providing parents and professionals with resources that focus specifically on D/HH issues in educational advocacy in the Hands & Voices context: a commitment to unbiased support of families regardless of language and communication approaches used by their children and across the full continuum of educational placement options, so that every child who is D/HH has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. ASTra content is derived from years of direct advocacy experience working with families in schools, attending advocacy trainings from legal experts, providing trainings, and the Hands & Voices Educational Advocacy Guidebook (©2013).
Level 1 Trainings
We offer Level 1 trainings for parents, professionals and community members to increase knowledge and skills to advocate for their own child, and/or students they work with.
Next training is 6/16/18 @ St. Edward's University in Austin.
This training is in conjunction with Family Weekend Retreat and is open to parents and caregivers of D/HH children across TX. Cost $15 for parents not attending FWR.
ASTra Advocate Services
You will need to sign and return this release document before services can be initiated. You can upload it within the form or check your confirmation email for email/fax/mail options.
If you have these documents on hand, you can upload them as well:
- Communication Plan
- Written correspondence with school
Click here to purchase the Hands & Voice Guidebook.