Lifetrack believes parents, in partnership with just the right support, have the power to help their child who is deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential.
Through its interconnected programs, Lifetrack offers unbiased parent support, connections to the deaf and hard of hearing community, instruction in American Sign Language and the opportunity to develop relationships with successful D/HH Role Models.
These programs are recognized as playing a critical role in the Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention System.
Minnesota Hands & Voices
Minnesota Hands & Voices is a community of support for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. As parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing themselves, the staff shares the same journey and commitment to helping a child meet their full potential. Parent Guides assist families by providing information about the full range of options, support, family to family connections, educational workshops, and networking opportunities.
Deaf Mentor Family Program
The Deaf Mentor Family Program (DMFP) is focused on facilitating early language through American Sign Language (ASL) instruction and sharing valuable insight about the social-emotional development of children who are D/HH.
The program brings together the love of family and the wealth of knowledge from a trained mentor who is D/HH to provide a rich language environment for children who are DHH. The goal of the DMFP is to work closely with families to improve their child’s access to language. We know parents are the best language models and the services provided by the DMFP can help children who are DHH to reach their full potential.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Role Model Services
Lifetrack’s D/HH Role Model Program is founded on the belief that children who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit from a positive relationship with a trusted adult who is also D/HH. Role Models help children who are D/HH practice important, age-appropriate self-advocacy skills and help develop their sense of identity.
We believe parents are their child’s first and most important role models, but for children who are D/HH, a Role Model can offer a unique inside perspective.
Minnesota Employment Center
Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) is a joint effort of Lifetrack, Rise, Inc., and Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services. For 15 years, the MEC team has worked with clients who are deaf or hard of hearing to find the best job matches. MEC provides clients with free, on-the-job training in American Sign Language (ASL) and assists with finding job opportunities, resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills, job coaching, on-the-job support and more.