Resources, Advocacy, Information, Services, and Support
CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition of parents and professionals ensuring that children who are Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing and their families connect with the necessary resources, advocacy, information, services, and support.
Join us for a Coalition Meeting!
We meet approximately every 6-8 weeks. You can join us onsite or by phone/video conferencing.
Sign language interpreters will be available at each meeting.
Meeting dates for 2019
January 29, 2019 @ CHS 10am
February 19, 2019 @ ISRC 10am
April 2, 2019 @ CHS 10am
May 14, 2019 @ ISRC 10am
June 25, 2019 @ CHS 10 am
August 6, 2019 @ ISRC 10 am
September 17, 2019 @ CHS 10 am
October 29, 2019 @ ISRC 10 am
December 3, 2019 @ CHS 10 am
CHS: 1444 W. Willow St., Chicago, IL 60642
ISRC: 3444 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact CHOICES at info@CHOICESforParents.org or text us at 312.523.6400 to be added to the mailing list to get additional information.
Meeting ID: 651 946 8308
Children & Hearing Loss Notebook
Free for parents of children with hearing loss
A key goal of CHOICES for Parents is to support parents in the early stages of literacy development with their deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind child and foster a love of books.
What is it?
The READ Program for pre-literacy aged children (0-3) provides parents with the learning opportunities and tools (READ Kits) needed to engage, relate, and build on vocabulary that is part of the story telling process. In executing this program we are providing parents with successful strategies to create language rich, interactive memories with their infants/toddlers and giving children the communication skills needed to start school on par with their hearing peers.
CHOICES for Parents has created two instructional videos that specifically target reading with a deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind child. The children and parents in the videos are shown using various reading strategies and the information presented is completely accessible in spoken language, sign language, and captions. The first video focuses on how to read to deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children aged 0-18 months and the second video focuses on reading with toddlers from 18-36 months. In addition to the videos, we created several webinars to share more detailed information about the reading strategies presented in the videos.
See what we have to offer!
Books for every child!
Every year, through amazing partnerships with Polk Bros Foundation and Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation, CHOICES for Parents is able to donate books to children in deaf and hard of hearing programs throughout the state.
Offered in various locations throughout the year
CHOICES for Parents offers American Sign Language classes taught in spoken Spanish. These classes are for Spanish speaking parents whose children are deaf or hard of hearing.
CHOICES for Parents also offers READ Kit Classes for toddlers and their families.
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