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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Upcoming events

Bowling with Friends

Sunday February 10, 2019 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.

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Rock the Town for Hearing

Saturday April 6, 2019 6:30 pm - Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave • Chicago, Il 60625

Join FHSR as Rock the Town to raise money for early childhood Music Scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing children

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Cheers for Ears – A Hearing Hoedown

Sunday April 7, 2019 11:00 am - Columbia College Stage 2 600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il 60605

Join the FHSR and the FHSR Associate Board at the 8th annual
Cheers for Ears : A Country & Western Jamboree – Our free family concert!
Grab your cowboy boots and be ready for some country western fun!

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Holiday Travel with CIs and Hearing Aids – A Handy Checklist

The holiday season is upon us! December is one of the busiest travel months of the year. How can you assure that you have a successful, low-stress vacation with your Cochlear Implant (CI) or Hearing Aid (HA) kid?  Plan, plan, plan, and then prepare!

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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.

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Join FHSR for an Evening of Merit and Music!

FHSR is proud to welcome legendary musician Richard Reed on Friday, November 2nd for our An Evening of Merit and Music featuring the Merit School of Music students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for a night of music and storytelling.

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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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