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.
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.
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.
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.
Change of Focus
A focus on Pediatric hearing loss.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center
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