My name is Al Proo, I am the founder of Happy Hands. I have served the deaf community for 30 years as a pastor and interpreter. My deaf friends include many accomplished and wonderful people. However, I was heartbroken over the functional illiteracy caused by the fact that the average deaf adult was reading at the 3rd grade level. Research indicated the root of the problem was lack of language development in the critical ages of 0-6 years. Unfortunately, there were no full-time services available to address this issue – so the idea of Happy Hands was born. Our story has grown from one borrowed room in 1994 serving 5 children to achieving accreditation, awards, and accomplishments. Over the past 20 years we have served over 500 children who are being successful in life, with many students successful in higher education and advanced training.
Hello, I am Jan Pride, the executive director of Happy Hands Education Center. Without specialized early intervention, children who are deaf and hard of hearing or have communication disorders have a high probability of being developmentally and socially delayed, unsuccessful in school, and facing a life of underemployment or government assistance. We are committed to expanding language ability in these children so they can enter elementary school with the same language as their hearing peers. We are the only provider in Oklahoma with full-time services for these children in the critical 0-6 age when 75% of brain volume is developed. I am pleased to say that we have been able to change that outcome for an entire generation of children. Many of our graduates are now in higher education and being very successful.
We serve 67 children in a state-of-the-art facility in Broken Arrow, OK. We are fully accredited, licensed, audited and an award-winning program. We partner with many institutions of higher education, therapy agencies, and research institutions to intern future professionals and integrate the most current scientific methods into our programs. I invite you to join us at one of our See the Story tours so I can share more about our program to help these precious children.
We are doing incredible work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing or have communication disorders every day. We also realize there’s more that needs to be done to support these children and their families. We see Happy Hands growing and developing into a regional “one-stop shop” for these children where they will be able to receive all the necessary therapies, education, and audiology services in one building. In addition, we will have expanded resources and support groups to strengthen families. Our dream is that families will be able to find all their services in one location with faculty and therapists who can provide a coordinated and seamless program that addresses the whole child and their family. With your partnership, we can change the future for the next generation of these precious children.
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Greetings from the board of Happy Hands Education Center!
We commit to you as the children, the families, and the community that we will guide Happy Hands Education Center in the following manner: