READ Expands the Imagination

CHOICES for Parents’ READ Program for School-Aged Children tackles the critical issue of early exposure to books and reading.  In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), Paul Graller of the Exposition Management company Hall-Erickson, and John Loveless of GES Exposition Services, exhibitors at the annual ALA conference donate their new books to CHOICES for Parents to promote literacy among school aged children who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing. Volunteers sort through the donated books, stamp them with CHOICES for Parents information, and box them for distribution to school programs that serve children with hearing loss. Each child receives two books and a book-bag filled with helpful information related to hearing healthcare and encouraging a love of books.

On READ Program days at Chicago Public Schools, the deaf guest reader brings to life stories related to healthy habits and talks with the students about taking care of their hearing equipment, advocating for their communication needs, living healthy lifestyles through good eating and exercise habits. In FY16 CHOICES held READ Program Days at 24 schools and distributed 10,115 books to predominantly children from low-income families who are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing.

In addition to fostering an appreciation of books and motivation to read, the students are exposed to successful deaf adults using a variety of communication modes, working in a variety of fields. In FY17 our healthcare theme is expanding to include accessing emergency healthcare such as: how to find a first aid kit, what to do in an emergency, how to call 911, etc. The successful READ Program has, to date, distributed over 30,000 books to encourage early literacy, setting these children on paths to reach their full potential as happy, successful, fulfilled adults.

FHSR has chosen to partner with CHS and expand the READ program to Central and Southern Illinois to reach children in need of this outstanding program.

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Cheers & Beers for Ears!

Friday September 14, 2018 6:00 pm - The Little Owl Social Pub 3747 Grand Blvd. Brookfield, IL 60513

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Cheers & Beers for Ears!
This fun night with drinks, entertainment, and raffles will fundraise to support Chicago-land loaner pedatric hearing aid banks

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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!

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Thank You!

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

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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.

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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