SAVE THE DATE!!! 2nd Biennial IL Hands & Voices, Guide By Your Side Silent Auction/Charity Dinner… April 22nd 2017…

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Visit our Auction Page for more information about sponsorship, volunteering at the event and current status of the event:

Parent-Child Class in Wheeling!

CHOICES for Parents offers READ Kit Classes for Toddlers!

These classes are for infants/toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families who want to learn more about reading to their child using Sign Language, Cued Speech, or Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).  You will learn signs, cues, and LSL strategies for various books that you can incorporate into your reading routine at home!

When:       Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am

October 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12

Where:     Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School-AEHI

9300 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090

Cost:          Free

To reserve your space or if you have questions, please call Karla Giese, Coordinator, at 866.733.8729 or email

The use of classroom space is generously donated by AGBMS-AEHI


Did you know…………..

We have many recorded webinars from our Guide By Your Side “Call For All” series.  They are available for you to view when you need new information or just a refresher.  It’s easy, just


and start learning today…

Many recordings in both English and Spanish are available,take advantage of the invaluable resource of knowledge.


Audiology Symposium!

Audiology Symposium

For more details, click here.

CORRECTION!! Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Chicago Park District specializes in serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community throughout the city of Chicago. The parks offer year-round programming to meet the recreational needs of individuals who are who have all types of hearing loss, from early childhood through adulthood.

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist
773.796.3525 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)

Timothy Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator
773.273.6617 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)


All Year Programs & Summer Camps

Mom, Dad & Toddlers
Art & ABC’s
ASL Story Time
Fun & Games
Lil’ Campers, summer day camp

Youth & Teen Programs
Teen Leadership Clubs for 8th graders & high school students
Citywide Seasonal Sports
Fun & Games
Nature & Art
Summer Day Camps; Camp Sign, Sports Camp, Camp Sign Adventures & Teen Leadership

Citywide Track & Field Spring Event (associated with schools)
Cubs Care – Pitch, Hit, Run & Catch (associated with schools)

Adult Arts & Crafts and Social Club
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, visual impairment and intellectual disabilities

Judo Program
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, and for individuals who are DeafBlind

Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Men & Women’s Basketball programs
Our teams: Chicago Rebels, Chicago Ravens & Lady Panthers compete on a competitive level and scrimmages. The teams participate in local Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing basketball tournaments as well in Regional & National Tournaments.

American Sign Language Class for Adults
Learn the basic course of ASL.

FALL PROGRAMS begin the week of September 19 thru November 26

Horner Park Programs
Fall Programs

Adult American Sign Language Class
Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm
$51 one-time fee
Encouraged to purchase own book, A Basic Course in American Sign Language (ISBN# 0-832666-42-6) Second Edition

Deaf Adult Arts & Crafts
For Adults with Deafness and Intellectual Disabilities
Wednesdays, 7pm-830pm
$20 one-time fee // Seniors age 60 & over receive a 50% discount

Judo Program
For individuals with primary diagnosis of blindness or visual impairment & have all types of hearing loss
Thursdays, 7pm-8pm
FREE, ages 15 & up

Pre-Teen Club
Fridays, 630pm-930pm
$7 one-time fee, Ages 9-12

Teen Club
Fridays, 630pm-930pm
$7 one-time fee, Ages 13-18(8th graders thru-High School)

Early Childhood Program
Saturdays, parents/caretakers are encouraged to attend
$6 per class, ages 3-5
Art & ABC’s, 9:30-10:15am
ASL Storytime, 10:15-11am
Fun & Games, 11-11:45am

Saturday Programs for Youth
$6 per class, Ages 6-12
Seasonal Sports, 1-2pm
Fitness & Nutrition, 2-2:30pm
Nature Fun, 2:30-3:15pm
Arts & Crafts, 3:15-4pm

Please register in person at Horner Park

Special Events

Cubs Care – Pitch, Hit, Run & Catch (associated with schools)
Horner Park, 2471 W. Montrose Ave
Wednesday, October 12, 10-2pm
k-8th grade

Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn
Wednesday, October 19, 10am-2pm
k-8th grade

Chicago KIDS & Parents Club
All deaf and hard-of-hearing youth & hearing siblings, and their families, as well as hearing youth of deaf parents (up to age 14) will be in for fun-filled programs of special events happening within the city of Chicago; held every third Saturday or Sunday of each month.

Upcoming Fall events:
Family Art Making Activity
Sunday, October 9, 1pm-4pm, Free (NOT October 2nd as previously stated)
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue

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Saturday, October 8, 1130am-6pm
Bus Transportation provided from Horner Park to Summit, IL

Family Bowling
Sunday, November 20, 1-3pm (FEE TBD)
Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey Parkway

Winter Wonderland Zoo Lights
Sunday, December 18, 4-9pm (free entrance into the zoo)
Lincoln Park Zoo
Bus Transportation will provided; TBD

For more information about the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Park Programs & Family Events, please contact Sarah B. Faber.

Sarah B. Faber
Program Specialist
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Chicago Park District
4434 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
773.796.3525 Direct VP & Voice
312.399.9574 cell (text only)
312.745.1303 Fax

Click here to visit the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing website

“Play is the way in which children best prepare for the challenges of life.”`

Indiana Listening and Spoken Language Conference



Consider attending on Saturday, September 24th at the Hear Indiana office for networking, support, and encouragement. This is a unique opportunity for parents only!

This informal get-together is a way to connect with other parents from all over the state who understand what it’s like to raise a child or children with hearing loss.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentation with Lynn Wood, MA, CCC-A, LSLS Cert AVT

12:00 – 1:00 pm Meet & Greet Lunch

Explode The App! Guiding Families To Use Apps as Interactive Tools For Listening and Language Learning

There is no limit to the listening, language and learning possibilities available through apps. Apps are common tools in auditory verbal practices, clinics, schools, and homes. If you own a device that runs apps, you have valuable resources at your fingertips (and at your child’s fingertips too!). Lynn will present strategies to engage, extend and expand on apps designed to promote listening and spoken language. The session will provide parents with ideas for making connections with apps to meaningful conversations and experiences, strategies to consider, the pros and cons of using apps over traditional materials and how to integrate the benefits of both. Key factors in choosing apps will be discussed. Lynn will share suggestions for “exploding” some of her favorite apps through themes and with traditional books, songs, crafts, games and more. The format of the session will be interactive using iPad apps, hands-on materials, and audience participation. If you have an iPad or tablet, bring it to the presentation.

To register, click here.

Fall 2016 Calls for All

Take a look at our Fall 2016 Calls for All. Calls in English and Spanish. Click on the link below for the flyers. Hope you’ll join us! Feel free to share…

Calls For All Fall 2016 ENGLISH

Calls For All Fall 2016 SPANISH



Hot off the press!!! Illinois E.A.R.S Newsletter

Take a look at what is happening around the state! Both English and Spanish versions are available.

Aug 2016 E.A.R.S ENGLISH

Aug 2016 E.A.R.S SPANISH

August 2016 E.A.R.S. ENGLISH

August 2016 E.A.R.S. SPANISH