2020 was a Banner Year for Bowling with Friends!

Bowling with Friends FHSR and the FHSR Associate Board hosted Bowling with Friends at Pinstripes in Oakbrook on February 9th 2020. Bowling with Friends brought together over 24 families and more then 35 children with hearing loss and their siblings on a cool winter afternoon in Chicago. The purpose of the event was to promote community and create friendships for kids with hearing loss.    This free family event encouraged shared experiences among families who have children with hearing loss. One of FHSR goals is to provide opportunities to support these children and their caregivers.  This was the 4th successful year FHSR …

Listening, Language, and Speech: Activities for At-Home Learning

This is a troublesome time for the world right now, with a lot of uncertainty surrounding what will happen next. Schools have shut down and parents have taken on the unique role to support student learning in a way like never before.Have no fear! There are so many activities you can do with your child that are simple and benefit their learning. As a Teacher of the Deaf, my job is to help you continue to build on those listening, language and speech skills.Here are a few activities that you can do right at home! 1. Listening for elements You …

A Move for the Kids Interview with the Evangelides Family

Mallory and Jennifer Evangelides with Mallory's father and brother

FHSR sat down with the amazing Mallory Evangelides, team captain for Mal’s Pals, and her mom Jennifer Evangelides, to chat about the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Move for the Kids 5K Run/Walk event. Please join us at Move for the Kids on Sunday, May 19th at 9:00 am on the Chicago Lakefront!

Thank You!

A big thank you to everybody who helped make Rock the Town and Cheers for Ears 2019 smashing successes!

An Interview with Jen Haney, Family Education Liaison

FHSR interviewed Jen about her role as a Family Education Liaison and tips for parents about navigating accommodations and special education plans. She is the Hart Family Education Liaison for the Cochlear Implant Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is a licensed teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a credentialed Early Invention evaluator and provider.

Rock the Town for Hearing with FHSR

Join us as we Rock the Town for Hearing on April 6 with a concert featuring singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, backed by roots rockers The Bottle Rockets. A portion of the ticket sales and all donations from this event will go towards funding the FHSR Music to My Ears Scholarship Fund.

Bowling for Friends – A Big Hit!

A big thank you to everybody who made Bowling with Friends 2019 a great success! The FHSR Associate Board was so happy to see so many children come out and bowl with new and old friends.

What to Look For When Signing Up for Health Insurance

The 2018 open enrollment period for the healthcare marketplace ends after December 15, 2018. As the parent of a child with hearing loss that has been forced to get new health insurance every year for the last seven years (our plans were “no longer offered,” i.e., cancelled, each year), I understand how hard it can be to choose a health insurance plan.  If possible, work with your employer’s human resources department to pick a plan.  For the rest of us without that option, here are a few tips to consider when choosing an insurance plan for you and your family.  We provide additional resource links for more tips.