Parent leaders - Leeanne Seaver

Leeanne Seaver - Kalamazoo, Michigan

Leeanne Seaver, M.A., Chair, is a founder of GPODHH and Hands & Voices where she served as its first Executive Director from 1997 to 2011. Her son Dane’s deafness propelled her into roles of advocacy and family support not only in the United States but internationally.  Leeanne writes a regular column on DHH issues for The H&V Communicator, and is editor/contributing author of The Book of Choice: Support for Parenting a Child Who Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and Educational Advocacy for Students Who Area Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as the writer/producer/director of numerous training videos about deafness. She is the co-winner of the 2009 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for contributions to the field of EHDI in the US. Leeanne is on the executive committee for the International Conference on Family Centred Early Intervention and has consulted on deaf education in New Zealand. In 2011, Hands & Voices created The Seaver Vision Award that is given annually in her honor. Currently, she sits on the H&V board of directors and works professionally as a writer/ghostwriter.