Hello Parents

When your child is diagnosed with hearing loss it can be a stressful time where you are inundated with new information. As parents, relatives and professionals who work with deaf/hard of hearing children, our Board is uniquely aware of the challenges families face when a child has been identified with hearing loss. For over  60 years we have been a foundation dedicated to providing support to both the child and the family through our wrap around services.

Communities Matter

We believe in the power of community.
Therefore the over arching goal of FHSR is to create a community for families in Illinois who have children with hearing loss. Both the Board of Directors and the Associate Board are highly involved in finding interesting and unique ways to bring this group together. From free family concerts to outings at local venues, social media and mentorship programs, our goal is to make sure no child with hearing loss feels isolated or alone. We work to find opportunities for kids of all ages to bond and create strong ties that provide support in their daily lives.

Get involved… As important as it is for these kids to have a community, it is equally important for parents to find other like situated parents. Parents’ insight and experiences are crucial to keeping the conversation going. By joining our community we will work together to create awareness around issues of pediatric hearing loss and support our kids in their journeys.

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Programming Matters

FHSR focuses on the following areas to support Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children with our work in Clinical, Education and Music Programming.

FHSR directly funds clinical programming at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago by supporting key support positions:

  • Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator
  • Loaner Hearing Aid Bank
  • Bilingual Social Workers

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FHSR’s educational programming supports the READ & DEAR literacy programs in conjunction with Chicago Hearing Society/ CHOICES, putting books in the hands of the children who need them the most. Our funding allowed for the expansion of the program into Central and Southern Illinois, two areas that lack many resources to address the needs of the deaf/ hard of hearing child.

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FHSR supports music programming with the launch the Music To My Ears Scholarship Program commemorating the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary, in partnership with the Merit School of Music and The Old Town School of Music.

Research has shown the benefits of children being exposed to music in early childhood. These benefits are increased for a child with hearing loss. From language acquisition to sentence structure, inflection and tone, exposure to music provides indelible positive benefits.

The Music To My Ears Scholarship Program will allow all children, regardless of financial need, to attend weekly music enrichment classes and experience the joy of music with their caregivers and hearing peers.
The scholarship will provide one year of tuition-free music classes to (up to 8 years of age) who are deaf/hard of hearing and living in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

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FHSR also supports music programming with the 2020 launch of the music classroom program in partnership with Childs Voice and Holy Trinity School for the Deaf.
The MTME Classroom program is the first of its kind in the Chicagoland area supporting the integration of school based music programs for deaf/hard of hearing children.  By bringing together top professionals in the field of music and hearing loss educators, the school program stands to change the trajectory of the lives of deaf/ hard of hearing children.  FHSR is providing music classes, either within in the curriculum or afterschool, allowing deaf/ hard of hearing child to be exposed to all the benefits of a music program while encouraging an environment where music is a normal part of a child’s life.

Sound experience.

Cheers for Ears, our free family concert that celebrates the powerful intersection of hearing and music was created six years ago. It brings children with hearing loss together for an afternoon of entertainment and community. Music not only provides an opportunity for the kids to connect with each other, it opens the door to so many possibilities. As parents our first instinct may not be to integrate music into our deaf/ hard of hearing kids lives. Seeing a group of kids with hearing loss reveling in the joy of a concert reminds us of the powerful connection music creates. As a Foundation, we are dedicated to making music a part of the community.

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Resources

It can be hard to locate all the resources when your child is first diagnosed with hearing loss. FHSR works to streamline this process so that you may concentrate on your child and not be lost in a maze trying to find out crucial information about services that address pediatric hearing loss.

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Upcoming events

Connections Webinar: Creating a music rich environment in homes for infants with hearing loss

- virtual event

Creating a music rich environment in homes for infants and young children with hearing loss. Through sharing a variety of musical techniques and approaches, Sally and Kristen will dig into the science-based pedagogy that further enhances the overall development and habilitation of young DHH children.

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

- 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

The first book in the FHSR literacy library – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hear and See How the Grinch Stole Christmas being read and captioned and in ASL

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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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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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