Events and opportunities
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June 6, 2020
A fun day for children who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing and their families to learn about local resources, meet other families, build a social network, and engage in fun activities!
All are welcome…bring the whole family!
Food and Fun for all!
ASL, English, and Spanish accessible!
Details coming soon....
Drop Everything And READ (DEAR) Day
December 4, 2020
Join us in our annual Drop Everything And Read event...a statewide reading day for all deaf and hard of hearing students!
On the first Friday of December, drop everything you are doing and READ! By hosting this annual event, we hope to spark creativity and instill a sense of fun around reading!
Let’s see how many deaf and hard of hearing students statewide can collectively come together and READ on the same day!
A child’s most important learning takes place during the first years of life. With over 90% of deaf babies being born to hearing parents, the hearing levels can create communication barriers that may delay a child’s emotional, cognitive and social development. We believe that one way to minimize this impact is through an early exposure to books.
Sponsored by Patrick Murphy of the American Library Association (ALA), Paul Graller of the Exposition Management company Hall-Erickson, and John Loveless of GES Exposition Services.
Sign Language Classes
CHOICES for Parents offers American Sign Language classes taught in spoken Spanish and English. These classes are for parents whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. Family members are welcome!
Classes meet one time per week for 6 weeks.
Classes are ongoing at various locations.
READ Kit Classes
CHOICES for Parents offers classes for parents, toddlers, and their family members. We will focus on strategies you can use while reading books with your deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind child using sign language, spoken language, or cued speech. We will demonstrate strategies using all modalities. The classes are free and will run for six weeks.
For more information about these classes, please contact Karla Giese, Coordinar, at karlag@CHOICESforParents.org.
CHOICES sponsors this annual event that highlights the importance of early identification and intervention of children with hearing loss. We seek providers who go above and beyond in the field of early intervention. The Governor of Illinois declares March 5, 2020 as IL EHDI Day to bring awareness to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) efforts throughout the state of Illinois.