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

Cheers for Ears – Around the World

- Columbia College Stage 2 618 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il 60605

We have had to postpone the 9th annual Cheers for Ears – Around the World, FHSR’s free family concert celebrating the joy of music and the power of hearing, until Fall 2020. We hope to have a new date soon!

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Move for the Kids with Mal’s Pals and FHSR

Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00 am - Your own neighborhood

Over the years we have been so inspired by the FHSR Move for Kids participants. Our community has come together under blue skies and rainstorms, because we’d do anything to provide a healthier future for every child. And this year, due to COVID-19, we’ll be rallying our community in a way we never have before …

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In the news

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 …

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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 … Read

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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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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