Listen ... Hear
The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is focused on funding programs that allow children and young adults with deafness/ hearing loss to fully participate in all aspects of life. From education to equipment support to social interactions our goal is for these children and young adults to be on par with their hearing peers.
To make this a reality the Foundation focuses on three areas of programming
Clinical Services * Education * Music
FHSR Clinical Programming: FHSR directly funds these key support positions at The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago:
The Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator, Bilingual Social Workers and the Loaner Hearing Aid Bank.
FHSR Education Programming: FHSR partners with the Chicago Hearing Society through their CHOICES program to fund the expansion of the READ literacy program and DEAR Day throughout Central and Southern Illinois.
In 2020 the Foundation will be launching an on-line early childhood CI and hearing aid tool-kit which will assist families and educators to support and place these children on the path toward academic success.
FHSR Music Programming: To commemorate the Foundation’s 60th anniversary 2018 the Music to My Ears Program was created. In 2019 the first early childhood music scholarships were awarded to deaf/ hard of hearing children ages’ birth to 4 years, in partnership with the Merit School of Music and Old Town School of Folk Music of Chicago.
2020 brings the expansion of this successful programming into individual instrument lessons for children 4 years and older. In addition, the Foundation continues its commitment to bringing music into the lives of children living with hearing loss with the introduction of classroom and after school programming at Child’s Voice Oral Deaf School and Trinity School for the Deaf.
FHSR strives to assure that children and young adults with hearing loss have the opportunity to develop to their full potential, enjoy the same social, educational and economic opportunities as their peers, and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We accomplish this important purpose by identifying and then raising the funds to support the most innovative clinical services, programming and educational training programs in the Midwest.
FHSR Speaker series Presents: Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children: From Identification to Education
Thursday February 6, 2020 6:00 pm - Columbia College 1014 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago Il
The FHSR Education Committee is proud to present the 2020 Speaker Series
Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children: From Identification to Education
A moderated panel of medical and education professionals in pediatric hearing loss will be addressing these topics
Bowling with Friends
Sunday February 9, 2020 1:00 pm - Pinstripes 100 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook Il
Calling all kids with Hearing loss ages 5 and up
Join the FHSR Associate Board on Sunday February 10
at Pinstripes in Oakbrook 1-3pm
for a fun gathering of Bowling and Pizza.
“The reason Ethan is doing so well with his communication and language skills is his implant,” she says. He’s not a typical kid with hearing loss because he has so many other medical issues, so giving him access to sound has been amazing.”
Payton – created and illustrated her own book on how much she loves her CIs. Her family drives 275 miles for Payton’s annual audiology appointments but they do not mind. “It’s a real comfort to now that Lurie Children’s has a whole team of physicians, audiologists, education coordinators, social workers, and other working together,” says Payton’s mom, Crystal. “Its especially important when you’re a new parent being drawn into the hearing loss world.”
“Our girls would not be where they are today without the wonderful doctors, audiologists and hearing aid technicians at Lurie Children’s.