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Special Kids Day Halloween Dance, October 27 . . .

Special Kids Day Halloween Dance

Children and adults 12 and older with special needs are invited to this free event. Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, games and snacks. Costumes Optional! Must be accompanied by an adult or chaperone. Registration is required since space is limited.




Educational Series for Parents of Children with Cochlear Implants – Wood Dale……

Are you a parent of a child with a cochlear implant?  This educational Series is for you!  Regardless of what brand of Cochlear Implant you use, you are invited.  Series of 6 educations sessions.  Dinner served and childcare provided.  

CLICK HERE for flyer

For more information and to register:  https://cvent.me/ExBe8


Mom’s – Save the Date for the 2020 Mom’s Night Inn…. April 25th in Lisle…

Good news Moms!!!

Mom’s Night Inn has been booked. 

Registration will open in early 2020 but you might as well block your calendars now! 

This is a once a year opportunity to let your hair down, connect with other moms and just relax!

This year will be a NEW EXPERIENCE so you don’t want to miss it!

Questions:  Contact us at ilhandsandvoices@gmail.com 

Sign Language Classes in Spoken Spanish! CHOICES for Parents sessions start August 17th……

Sign Language Classes in Spoken Spanish!

These classes are for Spanish speaking parents of deaf and hard of hearing children who want to learn sign language.

Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm
August 17, 24, 31
September 7, 28
October 5

3420 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629
In the Police Station Community Room


Generously sponsored by Illinois Service Resource Center (www.isrc.us)
To reserve your space or if you have questions, please call Karla Giese at 224.765.9496 or email info@choicesforparents.org or contact Lucy Rodriguez-Lopata at 630.689.6569



Upcoming Fall ASL interpreted performances at Paramount Theatre in Aurora…..

There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language at the following performances:

Tickets are on sale now.  Call 630.896.6666 or visit www.ParamountAurora.com for more info. Please share this info with your contacts who serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

  • See each show for $30 each. Purchase online using instructions below, or email mariew@paramountarts.com.
  • Click the performance you wish to purchase: Newsies – Beauty and the Beast – The Secret of My Success – Kinky Boots
  • Enter promo code: ASLPARAMOUNT
  • Click on the ASL Interpreted Section
  • Select your seats and click PROMO $30
  • Add to order and proceed through checkout
  • You must enter promo code to unlock ASL Interpreted section and special $30 price.

Questions?  Contact Joel Friend  tel:  630-723-2470 or contact via email at:  JoelF@paramountarts.com

Parent Advocacy App


Families of deaf and hard of hearing children attend meetings—Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, 504 meetings, and other types of meetings. What are these meetings about? How can you be the best advocate for your child? The Parent Advocacy app helps you to understand your child’s rights and to prepare you to work with the school in the best interest of your child.


  Note: Apple version videos will open in your web browser. The next update will allow the videos to open within the app.

The Parent Advocacy app is a collaboration between:

Seeking D/HH Study Participants – Purdue University – Age 10-18. . .

Purdue University is conducting a research study to learn more about personality characteristics in Deaf/hard-of-hearing (HOH) children using an online survey.

The study is for parents and their children ages 10-18 years who are Deaf/HOH who DO NOT have any other learning disability. T

he link to the survey is https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dQ2IvOZrYh7W17

you have the option to receive a $5 gift certificate for completing the survey. This study is a Purdue University project and is not related to the individual sending you this e-mail.

Please only take this survey once, even if you receive the invitation more than once.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Professor Lata Krishnan at krishnal@purdue.edu

Your participation in this study will be greatly appreciated!!