Finding the right organizations with which to partner is crucial in any support setting, and more so in the pediatric world. For over sixty years the FHSR has sought out leading organizations on the forefront of addressing issues surrounding pediatric hearing loss. With this focus, the Foundation places the highest priority on its strategic partnerships working in tandem with clinics, schools and other non-profit organizations to deliver the highest quality programming available to deaf and hard of hearing kids.
FHSR continues to vet potential partners to help us support our mission and vision, creating life changing social service programs and community outreach for our community.
FHSR is proud to partner with local music schools and schools that have deaf programming to create the Music To My Ears program which includes early childhood music enrichment classes, instrument and group music classes and curriculum and after school music programs for children with hearing loss.
Community School of the Arts – Wheaton
FHSR partners with Chicago Hearing Society – Connections expanding their literacy program for School-Aged deaf and hard of hearing children in Central and Southern Illinois. This Program tackles the critical issue of early exposure to books and reading.
FHSR partners with local hospitals and clinics to stock hearing aid banks, providing loaners to children whose hearing aids are being replaced or repaired. In addition, we partner with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Audiology department funding the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator.
FHSR began funding:
- Hearing Aid Technician Providing fittings, repairs and ear molds
- Bilingual Social Workers Supporting newly identified families of children with hearing loss
- Special Equipment Purchases such as an Auditory Brainstem Response machine allowing infants to be tested un-sedated in the clinic
DR. NANCY YOUNG, MD
In 2000, seeing a need and lack of services for pediatric hearing loss, the FHSR Board of Directors created a strategic partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide funding for a series of one of a kind services and programs.
Working with their Audiology team and Dr. Nancy Young, MD, Section Head of Lurie Children’s Section of Otology and Neurotology and Medical Director of Audiology & Cochlear Implant Programs, the goal was to remove barriers by helping children with hearing loss communicate more effectively and ease their access to services.
BECOME A PARTNER
We are always seeking partners to help us expand our reach and increase our services while maintaining the highest caliber of programming. Organizations looking to fund in the areas of pediatric hearing loss support need look no further than FHSR. By creating a strategic partnership with FHSR other hospitals, private foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations can affect meaningful change in deaf and hard of hearing children’s lives.