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The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is a private non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all children affected by hearing and communication disorders through support, education, and advocacy. Since its founding in 1958, the organization has become an indispensable voice and source of services in the Midwest region for parents and professionals seeking help for children who are suffering and marginalized with hearing and communication disorders.  Early intervention, medical attention, educational and support services are critical needs that FHSR has supported for over 60 years.

Partners Matter:

Seated on the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation’s Board of Directors, are parents of children with hearing loss, adults living with hearing loss and industry professionals committed to our mission. This group strives to assure that all children with hearing loss attain the same levels of education and social integration as their hearing peers. The Board believes in the intrinsic strength of children to change not only the public’s perception of living with hearing loss but to be change agents in their communities through all they accomplish.

The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation Associate Board is comprised of young adults directly affected by hearing loss, either personally or professionally. We proudly have some of the first generation of cochlear implant recipients sitting on our Associate Board, guiding and giving back. In addition, our dedicated Associate Board members are early intervention experts, teachers of the deaf/ hard of hearing in both private and public schools in Illinois, and professionals with a family connection to hearing loss. Through their mentorship program and community gatherings, the Associate Board works to create connections for kids with hearing loss.

Created to provide strategic support to the Foundation, the Advisory Board is comprised of key individuals from top industries and universities who work in the field of hearing loss.  This includes educators, researchers, manufacturing professionals and mentors who work to directly support individuals with hearing loss or program related areas.  The members will provide guidance and feedback on public policy, population needs, research, and emerging issues to assist the Foundation in effective program development. Our goal is for the Advisory Board members to act as advocates for the populations we serve and the work of the Foundation.

Sound Experience:

Timeline

2020
Mar 12

Expansion of the Music to My Ears Program

In 2020 FHSR expanded the music program to include individual instrument lessons along with classroom and after school music programming in two Chicagoland deaf/hard of hearing schools.

2018
Jan 10

Music To My Ears Scholarship Program

FHSR commemorates the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary by announcing the Music To My Ears Scholarship Program with a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months.

2016
Oct 01

Read Literacy Program Funding

Thanks to funding by FHSR the CHS Read Literacy Program is expanded to support deaf /hard of hearing children in Central and Southern Illinois.

2014
Oct 28

Honoring our long term Board Directors

FHSR A Night of Service honors the dedicated Board Directors with a reception to highlight their years of service.  Honored that night were Pat Livingston, whose parents were founding members of FHSR and Louise Hart who has sat on the Board for over 50 years. In addition, Carey Gelfand who served as Chair for over 10 years and Jim Borovsky who has been a Director for over 25 years.

2012
May 28

Move for the Kids

Lurie Children’s Move for the Kids:  FHSR participates in the inaugural 5K walk celebrating the move from the original location of Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago in Lincoln Park to the new hospital in the Streeterville neighborhood.  In moving to the new facility, FHSR was honored to have 5 of the 7 new state of the art sound testing booths named in its honor.

2011
Mar 01

Cheers for Ears

Cheers for Ears – started the free family concert series to encourage music appreciation for children with hearing loss

2010
Mar 15

Hart Family

Creation of the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator position

2002
Mar 06

Partnership with the Children’s Memorial Hospital

FHSR Partners with Children’s Memorial Hospital now renamed the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to support Dr. Nancy Young’s Audiology Department and Cochlear Implant clinic.

2000
Aug 17

Change of Focus

A focus on Pediatric hearing loss.

1990
Jul 03

Hearing Screening for Newborns Act

The Illinois Legislation passes the Hearing Screening for Newborns Act requiring all hospitals to conduct hearing screening of all newborn infants. If a child fails the screening they are referred for additional hearing screening.

Feb 22

Supporting Critical Medical Research

FHSR makes the decision to support critical medical research 1990, beginning with support for Dr. Nina Krause through seed funding to establish her laboratory at Northwestern University and her Auditory research. Dr. Krause has since gone on to be one of the top researchers in the world in Auditory related issues.

1989
Jul 12

Northwestern University

Siegel Institute programs are formally established at Northwestern University.

1980
May 21

Changing Times

FHSR adapts to the changing times and strategically steers the organization forward into a new decade. This period also marks the start of a multi-year process to migrate the programs from Michael Reese to Northwestern University.

1970
May 22

David T. Siegel Institute

The Henner Center becomes the David T. Siegel Institute at Michael Reese Hospital and Dr. Henner partners with renowned researcher Lazlo Stein to continue to advance its mission.

1964
Mar 28

Team Approach

1960
Oct 04

New Building

The Siegel family offered to build a building at Michael Reese. Michael Resse Hospital requested that a stand-alone clinic be built to house the Henner Center.

1958
Jan 01

The FHSR is born

The board of friends, family and individuals with hearing loss formally becomes the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation with the mission to serve all individuals with hearing loss and speech issues, both adult and pediatric.

1950
Jan 11

Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center

Establishment of the Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center at Michael Reese Hospital of Chicago. The Center answered a great need: the organization developed speech and rehabilitation programs and classes for children and adults, most of which had hearing loss.

Jan 04

The beginning

Dorothy Meyer and Morton Schamberg starting holding lip reading classes in the basement of the Meyer house. Dr. Robert Henner, Otologist, at Michael Reese Hospital had a vision of establishing a clinic to support individuals with hearing loss and speech issues. As a precursor to FHSR, Meyer and Schamberg started a board comprised of their family and friends to start to raise money to see Dr. Henner’s vision become a reality

Listen and Learn

Upcoming events

Live from Merit: Music Education for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children

Thursday November 19, 2020 7:00 pm - virtual event

Visionary music educators are finding that the benefits of music education are especially beneficial to children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).
Join us for this free virtual seminar hosted by Merit in partnership with FHSR examining the power of music education for deaf/hard of hearing children.

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In the news

A conversation with FHSR Music Program Coordinator & Merit School Teacher, Sally Blandon

With all that is happening in today’s world one constant that everyone can relate to is music.  In 2019 FHSR made a commitment to bring music classes for deaf/hard of hearing children through our Music To My Ears program (MTME).  We started with Early Childhood music classes with our partners at The Old Town School of Folk Music and The Merit School of Music to provide a year of tuition-free music classes for children up to four years of age.  In 2020 we expanded our program to include a school-based program where we provide the curriculum music program at Child’s …

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In Memory of FHSR founding Board Member, Louise Hart

Louise Hart, long time Board Director, passed away peacefully at her home on May 1, 2020 at the age of 99.  As a founding member of the Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR), Mrs. Hart helped to shape the mission of the Foundation and provided an unmatched level of commitment to helping individuals who are living with hearing loss.

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Tips for Successful Virtual Learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids

tips for home learning for DHH kids

2020 has not looked like any other year we have seen, causing parents and caregivers to wear even more hats when it comes to their children’s education.  Parents and Caregivers have become science teachers, gym teachers, lunch room helpers and art instructors (to name a few) as schools have moved to online classrooms.  With a deaf/hard of hearing child we are asking Parents and Caregivers to also become the hearing itinerate, speech language pathologist and interpreter.  As I write this my 14-year old, who was born deaf and was bilaterally implanted at 6 months of age, is attending his Freshman …

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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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