Upcoming December Special Events and Winter Programs for the Chicago Park District . . . . .


December Special Events

Friday, Dec 13th – Teen Holiday Bonfire – Open invitation to all Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teens, 8th Grade through High School.

  • Location:  Sauganash Park  5861 N. Kostner Ave.  Chicago, IL 60646
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Fee:  FREE

Sunday, Dec 15th – Breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Deaf Santa Claus – Open to all children who have all types of hearing loss with their hearing siblings and families and hearing children of Deaf or Hard of Hearing parents. Infants – 12 years of age.

Winter Programs – (please see flyers for additional information and fees)

If you have any questions about the special events or programs, please contact Tim at timothy.owens@chicagoparkdistrict.com or Sarah at sarah.faber@chicagoparkdistrict.com


Special Kids Day Visit with Santa, December 4th Elmhurst . . . .

Special Kids Day Visit with Santa event:  December 4th in Elmhurst.

visit www.skd.org for more information

Upcoming 2019-2020 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

Education Series for Families of Children with Cochlear Implants . . .

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.  

*****During this month’s topic which will be led by Dr. Lia Ferro, MED-EL Audiologist and she will be covering the purpose and the meaning behind the Ling Sound Test.*****

CLICK HERE for flyer

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


Hot off the Press -The IL E.A.R.S. Newsletter is packed full of information just for you …..

The most recent publication of the IL E.A.R.S newsletter is now available.

For English CLICK HERE

Para español HAGA CLIC AQUÍ


Have something to add to the publication for our next issue?  Contact our editor at ilhvgbys@gmail.com

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 

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: