Hands & Voices Leadership Annual Conference, Gelena IL September 15 – 17….. Looking for local sponsors and vendors now ….

Did you know that Illinois Hands & Voices is hosting the annual Hands & Voices Leadership Conference??


Yes, we are…  

We are also looking for sponsors and vendors for this annual national conference.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available online at:



If you have questions or to become a sponsor or exhibitor please contact:
Helen Cotton Leiser
Hands & Voices
PO Box 3093
Boulder, CO 80307


HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Illinois E.A.R.S. Newsletter – Spring 2017 edition…..

Check out the latest Illinois EARS newsletter…

CLICK HERE for English

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para Español

Northwestern Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning Summer Camp Opportunity ……….

The Pediatric Clinical Faculty at Northwestern Center for Audiology, Speech,
Language, and Learning are excited to announce a new summer aural rehabilitation camp for children who have hearing loss and communicate using listening and spoken language. Camps are facilitated by a pediatric audiologist and speech language pathologist.
See the attached flyer for details and registration information.


CLICK HERE to download the flyer

Institute for families of children with hearing loss, Jacksonville, IL – June 11-16….

See the below flyer for information about a great, free event being held June 11-16, 2017!  Institute is for families of children, age 6 months to 5 years with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss in both ears. The Institute brings together families from all over the state.  At Institute families spend 5 days with the best staff in the field of deafness in the state. The staff gives information needed to help families make choices along the path of raising a child with a hearing loss. Topics for the week cover:

  • Language development
  • Communication options
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Reading to a child with a hearing loss
  • Working with a child’s behavior
  • Working with the school
  • Reading an audiogram and learning about the reports from the audiologist

Children receive audiology, psychology, speech/language, vision and education testing. All are free of charge! It is a week of learning and getting to know others who are going through some of the same things.

Institute is a team effort of: Illinois Department of Human Services: Department of Rehabilitation Services, Illinois School for the Deaf and Bureau of Early Intervention; Illinois State Board of Education; Illinois Department of Public Health; University of Illinois at Chicago – Division of Specialized Care for Children; and other state and local groups for people with a hearing loss.

Call now to join us June 11-16, 2017 at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Illinois!  For more information about the Institute and to enroll, contact UIC- Specialized Care for Children at: 1-800-322-3722. Or email: Institute@exchange.dscc.uic.edu. If your child is enrolled with UIC – Specialized Care for Children, please contact your Care Coordinator.

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Med-El “OPEN HOUSE”…. Starting February 1st…. 2 locations….

Med-El open houses will be an opportunity for MED-EL users or people who are considering a cochlear implant to come in and learn more about their devices, including how to troubleshoot, change cables and microphone covers, do listening checks, order replacement parts, and learn more about rehabilitation materials.  We will have a Spanish interpreter present – I’d love for this to be a way for Spanish speaking families to become empowered to really understand and use their MED-EL devices.


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Chicago Park District Upcoming Events for Children who are d/hoh …..


Dads Among Dads of Deaf Students

for deaf or hard-of-hearing youth & teens with their Dads, Grand-dads, Uncles, or other Men in their lives

FIRST MEETING, Friday Night 7pm-9pm

Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave

A unique opportunity for Dads/Men to meet other Dads/Men & participate with their kids in some fun-filled activities of special events happening within the city!

CLICK HERE for Flyer in English

CLICK HERE for Flyer in Spanish

Chicago KIDS & Parents Club

Saturday, January 21st

Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island

1521 S. Linn White Drive (indoor/outdoor activities!)



Parking $3

CLICK HERE for flyer


Sunday, February 12th

Family Art at Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell




Sunday, March 18th

Family Bowl at Diversey River Bowl



Gallaudet Summer Youth Camps ……


Here’s the Gallaudet University 2017 Summer Youth Camps (SYC) Flyer. You can learn more about our Summer Youth Camps by checking their website:


If you have any further questions about Gallaudet’s Summer Youth Camp, please contact them at youthprograms@gallaudet.edu.