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


IL Hands & Voices is looking for JUMPERS!!! What a fun way to get your wiggles out and meet other kiddos who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Register today, space is limited, Lisle May 2nd. . . .


Are you looking for a fun opportunity for your child to meet other kids who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing?  

Our family event is coming soon, reserve your spot today.  Siblings jump too!  

If you are a current member, your kids jump FREE!

If you are no a member, your kids can still jump for a small fee!

REGISTER TODAY by clicking here:  https://fs4.formsite.com/rh1RZR/PumpItUp/index.html 

pumpitup 2020.05 Flyer FINAL (.jpg)

pumpitup 2020.05 Flyer FINAL Spanish (.jpg)


REGISTER TODAY by clicking here:  https://fs4.formsite.com/rh1RZR/PumpItUp/index.html 

Questions?  Contact us at:  ilhandsandvoices@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)

Guide By Your Side: Upcoming FEO (Family Education & Outreach) Events just for your family NOW 3 locations, 3rd LOCATION JUST ADDED: Bloomington, Wheeling and Buffalo Grove . . .

One of the biggest requests we get here at IL Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side is to host family events.

Parents want their kids to have friends like them who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your child socialize with kiddos just like them!!!

2 upcoming FEO (Family Education & Outreach) Events.

***A 3rd Location in Buffalo Grove just added***



February 8th in BLOOMINGTON 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Text Anita (309) 531-9941 before February 5th to guarantee your child’s spot!!!  RSVP is required as their is a limited number of spots… 



February 23rd in WHEELING 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Call or text Christen BEFORE 2/15 at (330) 715-7685 or cnolfi.gbys@gmail.comRSVP is required as their is a limited number of spots… 



March 14th in BUFFALO GROVE 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Call or text Jaclyn BEFORE 3/10 at (847) 877-1298 or jurbanski.gbys@gmail.comRSVP is required as their is a limited number of spots… 

Parent Achievement Awards 2020 . . . Do you know an amazing parent worth nominating? . . .

Since 2011 IL Guide By Your Side has presented an award to a parent who has gone above and beyond to support children in IL who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.  Do you know a parent who has done something exemplary, someone who deserves to be recognized?  This is your change to nominate them.  All nominations, once compiled will be open to public voting.  The winner is chosen by families of and professionals who work with children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

para ver y enviar en español use este documento y envíelo por correo electrónico a ilhvgbys@gmail.com:

Final 20 Parent Nomination form SPANISH(.pdf)

Past Parent Achievement Award Recipients:

2011- Michele Westmaas

2012- Alison Rollins

2013 – Tory Burrows

2014 – Jody & David Wolfe

2015 – Andrea Marwah

2016 – Michelle Tjelmeland

2017 – Jaclyn Urbanski

2018 – Andrea Stambaugh

2019 –  Ramona Martin

Nominations can be entered via online at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2VCPNZS

Or simply print the nomination form and forward it per the instructions.

The winner will be awarded on Sunday April 26th.

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

SuperHEARo 5K Dash to support IL Hands & Voices… May 30th, register today . . .

Our main fundraising event for 2020 is our SuperHEARo 5K Dash..  Join us in Aurora on Saturday, May 30th.  Find more information on our SuperHEARo 5K tab above or by clicking this link: