Originally named Advocates for Deaf Oral Programs, hear ME now! was organized by a group of parents and professionals in 2003. These dedicated parents knew from personal experience how overwhelming it was to choose a listening and spoken language outcome for their child, and then struggle to find the professionals in Maine to support their goals for their family. These dedicated parents worked endlessly, not only for their own children but for all children who are deaf or hard of hearing in Maine. They wanted to ensure that future families could make informed decisions and partner with qualified providers that supported their desired outcomes.