Parent Educator Profile: Gheydis Parades

Posted Tuesday September 21, 2021 by Beginnings

Q: Tell me a little about your background. 

I was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when I was 13 years old. I have a sociology degree with a minor in Psychology but have always worked in the Language Services field for different settings like Local Government and Health Care. I am married, I have a 10-year-old son and I reside in Cabarrus County.

Q: You’ve been at BEGINNINGS for a year. Whom do you serve in your work? 

As a Hispanic Outreach- Parent Educator, I serve families that are native speakers and those with limited English proficiency, (LEP). I work with many families new to this country that face not only the language barrier but also the cultural change. In these cases, my role is not only to teach about the hearing loss diagnosis but to also make sure they learn how to navigate the health care and school systems in the US.  My goal for all of my families is to be their support system through empowerment as they learn to be their  best self advocates in all areas.

Q: What motivated you to join BEGINNINGS? 

Coming from the Language Services field as an interpreter, I was always somebody else’s voice and not my own.  While I loved what I did, I always felt like I could do more for my community. Beginnings was the pathway that helped fulfill my passion for helping, guiding, and supporting families.  Now, as a parent educator, I am “the voice” that families assigned to me hear when they start their journey with Beginnings.

Q: Is there a family whose situation has really inspired you? 

Knowing the struggles of an immigrant myself, I was on a mission when I learned of a family that had just moved to the US with a toddler with profound hearing loss. She needed it to be amplified bilaterally as time was against her for language development. Together with the help of my co-workers, another local non-profit agency, and a private audiologist, we were able to find this child a brand-new pair of hearing aids at no cost to the family. No words can describe the happiness and appreciation of this family and I can not wait to see what the future holds for this sweet child now that she was given the gift of hearing through technology.