THE HART FAMILY COCHLEAR IMPLANT EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Started in 2008, with key funding from Louise Hart, founding Board Director for FHSR, the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is one of 13 such specialists in the U.S. The Education Coordinator plays a crucial role in educating professionals in the community so that children with cochlear implants get the appropriate support level they need. This position assists families in advocating for their children to ensure they receive appropriate services at school, classroom placements and helps school staff to support the unique learning needs of each implanted child. In addition, she trains frontline school personnel; supports educational planning and the creation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs); works with families to educate and assist them in managing their child’s needs; and facilitates communication between the child’s school and the parents.
This past year the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator assisted over 150 patients and worked with more than 50 schools across Chicago and the suburban districts.
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The education coordinator works closely with:
- Parents, teachers, administrators and other staff at schools
- Special education cooperatives throughout Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin.
- Organization of in-service programs, including sessions for teachers and school staff on new equipment and/or techniques.
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.
In 2007, Mrs. Hart provided the initial funding for a crucial support position at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator.
In 2018, the Hart Family Foundation stepped forward to support the creation and initial funding drive for the Music To My Ears program to honor the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary.
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