- Virginia Guide By Your Side Program
Guide by Your Side (GBYS) is a trademarked parent to parent program of Hands & Voices that provides emotional support and unbiased information to families of infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing through screened and trained Family Guides (experienced parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing).
- Virginia Hearing Aid Loan Bank
The Virginia Hearing Aid Loan Bank (VHALB) was established in May 2005 by the Virginia Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (VEHDI). The VHALB is housed at Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children in Charlottesville. These two programs work closely together to provide hearing devices to children across the Commonwealth free of charge. The goal of the loan bank is to get amplification on a child as soon after diagnosis as possible. This will help to prevent speech and language delays. There are only three requirements for using the loan bank. The child must meet the age requirement, be diagnosed with a hearing loss and be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.