Covid-19 Pandemic Information from Hands & Voices Headquarters:

The below information was provided by our Hands & Voices Headquarters in collaboration with chapter support.  We here in IL are watching the developments closely, know that we are here for you if you have any questions.  contact us at ilhandsandvoices@gmail.com today.  We hope this information helps to guide you and give you some piece of mind.

We are Community.

We are Family.

We are Strong.


Talking to Kids about Coronavirus: ASL & English Resources ASDC 

Talking to Children about COVID-19 A Parent Resource from NASP 


Language and Literacy Tip Sheets 

Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet

DISH, COX, join comcast and others easing broadband for at-home workers 



Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Information page from NDC 

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 


Teaching Remotely to DHH Students CEC

#DeafEdTip: E-Learning Accessibility Indiana CDHHE 

Captioning options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems Dr. Tina Childress 

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators NDC

Center on online learning and students with disabilities 

E-Learning & Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss 


A letter to the community from H&V HQ 

New HQ Guideline – Accessibility of Online/Phone Meetings 

Considerations for Families with DHH Children during COVID-19

Other Info

A Message from the NAD About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DCMP can help ensure that educational videos are accessible for students learning at home


All contributed material is solely the viewpoint of the authors and may not reflect the viewpoint of Hands & Voices.

Let’s think of some fun!! Summer picnic opportunity – July 25th. Register today….

Summer fun picnic for your whole family!!!

Saturday, July 25th in Chicago

click here to register [registration site]

Join us, we know that the date is far from now but as we are all in lock down, this is a great thing to look forward to.

2020 family picnic [pdf]

2020 family picnic Spanish [pdf]

click here to register [registration site]


Research study for parents of 3, 4, and 5-year-old children who are deaf and hard of hearing


Invitation to participate in a research study for parents of 3, 4, and 5-year-old children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

We are interested in learning more about your perspective and experience in the information gathering and decision-making process in learning about the communication approaches used with deaf and hard of hearing children.

Who are we looking for? Parents or guardians who have a child that meets all of the following criteria:

  • 3, 4, or 5 years old,
  • identified as deaf or hard of hearing,
  • received early intervention supports and services in Illinois for at least one year, and
  • has exited the early intervention system within the past two years.

What does the study involve? You will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey to provide information about you and your child. The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the survey, you will be given the option to participate in an individual interview with the researcher.

How do I start the survey or learn more? You can access the survey at


To learn more, email questions to Karla Giese at kgiese@ilstu.edu or Dr. Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh at sjgardi@ilstu.edu.


Research Study flyer .pdf

Research Study Northwestern University – infants/toddlers bilateral HL, age between 6 and 13 months……

Research Opportunity:

Early Intervention Research Group (EIRG) at Northwestern University, a research group studying parent-implemented language interventions for children with language delays. This research study is provided with funding from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  This research study is for infants with bilateral hearing loss between 6 and 13 months old. The children can be using any communication modality.

Participation in this study is in addition to what families already receive. Parents may receive information about their child’s development, compensation for their time, and possibly additional speech therapy.

You can learn more about your eligibility and the study in the following ways:

  1. Complete the recruitment survey found: 1) on ourwebsite, 2) by completing this recruitment survey link, or 3) by scanning the QR code on the attached flyers
  2. Call us at 847-491-3183
  3. Email us at ei@northwestern.edu


click to download flyer .pdf

Hot off the Press… The February 2020 “We’re All E.A.R.S.” Newsletter…

Enjoy the February edition of the IL E.A.R.S. Newsletter (Events and Resources Statewide)  

2.20 IL EARS (.pdf)

2.20 IL EARS SPANISH (.pdf)

Do you have something to add to our next newsletter?  Contact Carrie Balian at ilhvgbys@gmail.com


Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Session, Full Day ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW… RSVP to reserve your spot today . . . .

The most successful IEP teams are those teams that have knowledgeable parents. 

Do you know what you need to know to successfully advocate for your child’s education?

Are you familiar with IDEA, The Rehabilitation Act  and ADA?

Are you a professional working with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing?  Are you looking for ISBE Professional Development, LSLS Credit or EI Credit?  

This advocacy training course is for you!!

To register, use this link:  REGISTER NOW (CLICK)

SpecEd CV 2020 Spring (.pdf)

 SpecEd CV 2020 Spring Spring SPANISH (.pdf)

RSVP today, this is the only full day session offered this spring, if you child’s is turning 3 in the next 6 months, transitioning from EC to Kindergarten, elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school – you could benefit from this session.

This session is trained by our very own IL Hands & Voices President Andrea Marwah who is also a staff trainer and consultant for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach.  She also does national ASTra Training with Hands & Voices.  First and foremost, she is a dedicated parent of a young woman who is deaf.  Her sessions can prepare you for your child’s educational future.

Questions?  Contact Andrea at andrea.marwah@illinois.gov

To register, use this link:  REGISTER NOW (CLICK)

IL School for the Deaf Outreach Statewide Parent Conferences . . 4 locations to choose from . . .

The IL School for the Deaf Outreach Department is hosting their annual statewide conference,

4 locations to choose from.  Register today..

Parent Conference 2020 flyer FINAL(.pdf)

Parent Conference 2020 flyer Spanish FINAL(.pdf)

Register Today


Questions or requests – Contact: desa.johnson@illinois.gov