Micro Grant Recipient Shows Families She Cares…One Box at a Time

Diana Knott, who’s youngest son has hearing loss, started the non-profit Asher’s Gift Box just over a year ago. The mission of Asher’s Gift Box is to support and empower newly diagnosed Deaf and Hard of Hearing children under 3 years old and their families. With support from donors, including the September 2021 Family Empowerment Micro Grant from Wisconsin Families for Hands and Voices, Diana has been able to send a gift box at no cost to families who reside in the US and internationally. Some items included in the gift box are a stuffed toy wearing homemade hearing aides or cochlear implants, a book, a 3D hand signing “I Love You,” and a t-shirt. We congratulate Diana on bringing her passion to life and sharing the joy that is raising a Deaf and Hard of Hearing child!

“Grateful and understood. Your story made me cry because I can relate so much. I don’t know anybody with a child with hearing loss locally. I’ve met some amazing people online, including yourself and your package made me feel hopeful and not so alone. I think what you’re doing is a beautiful thing and you’re an amazing human for it. I wish I didn’t have animals because I would love to help you.💗


“I’d just like to say thank you SO much. You have made our month! He was a little scared of Teddy at first, but now they’re buddies. Thanks again, as I said before, this will be a memorable moment to look back on. Thanks for caring like you do 🧡


Asher helping his Mom, Diana Knott, pack up Gift Boxes to mail to other newly diagnosed DHH children.

“Now she won’t even let me look at the unicorn and hold it because she won’t let it go! She keeps touching at the hearing aids too 😭 and running around with the books!!!!

Thank you so so much for what you do!!!!!! 💜💜💜💜


Free Hands & Voices App

Hands & Voices Has Created a FREE APP for Families!

Hands & Voices has an app for families with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The app is available on iOS and Android. Download it on your phone or device from your app store. The app provides 90 days of four items: Wisdom from a parent, wisdom from a Deaf/Hard of Hearing adult, a Hands & Voices article to read, and a website/resource to explore. 

New Middle School Camp Opportunity Offered by RIT!

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Hello, Educators:

Registration for RIT/NTID’s tech camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students is open now! TechGirlz and TechBoyz are week-long summer camps happening July 23-28, 2022 for students entering grades 7, 8, or 9 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.At TechGirlz and TechBoyz, students will:Learn about chemistry, computers, engineering, science, and more!Meet other girls and boys like them who are interested in science and technology.

Use high-tech lab equipment to solve problems.Stay in RIT college residence halls.Have fun!Camp classes are taught in English and sign language, and the program incorporates National Science Education standards. Parents of the campers are invited to the opening and closing activities.

Encourage your students to learn more about TechGirlz and register here:

or, learn more about TechBoyz and register here: 

Registration for both camps ends on May 15, 2022.

After applying, there are several forms that need to be completed and mailed by May 15, 2022. For a complete list of the required forms, check here for TechGirlz or here for TechBoyz.For any questions or concerns, reach out to Linzie Fuechtmann at lkfnca@rit.edu.

We can’t wait to see your students at tech camp!

Mark A. Sommer
Senior Director 
NTID Pre-College Outreach
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf 
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Rochester Institute of Technology – NTID Outreach Consortium – 52 Lomb Memorial Drive – Rochester, NY  14623
585-286-4602, 585-448-9651 (Text/FaceTime)        NTIDOutreach@rit.edu