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    Annual KidFest in June 2020

    Plant the Seeds for Summer So Your Child Can Grow!

    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....


    Free parking!

    For more information, please contact Karla Giese at
    karlag@CHOICESforParents.org │ www.CHOICESforParents.org



    sponsored by Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR)

    Join CHOICES for Parents 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! One of the main goals of CHOICES for Parents is to encourage literacy and a love for books among deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages. 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!


    DEAR Day is Friday, December 6, 2019...SAVE THE DATE!!


    Some ideas:

    • Designate 15 minutes when all the students and staff in your deaf education class/program will stop what they are doing and READ!
    • Bring in a deaf adult to read a story to your class!
    • Organize a Read-A-Thon within your class/program….Use December 1st as a kick-off event and encourage your students to complete a reading log and track how many books they read before Winter Break!
    • Pair older students with younger students to become book buddies!
    • Collect donated books for a book giveaway (contact us if you need help!)

    Whatever you decide to do, READ on DEAR Day and send us some pictures! We will create a collage and share so you can post in your classrooms! Sign up to participate at DEAR DAY.

    Questions? Contact Karla Giese, Coordinator, at karlag@CHOICESforParents.org

    READ Day

    Sponsored by Polk Bros Foundation

    Through the generosity of Patrick Murphy of the American Library Association (ALA), Paul Graller of the Exposition Management company Hall-Erickson, and John Loveless of GES Exposition Services, exhibitors at the annual ALA conference donated their new books to CHOICES for Parents to promote literacy among children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Volunteers sort through the donated books, stamp them with CHOICES information, and box them for distribution to programs throughout the state of Illinois that serve children with hearing loss. In 2009 our program grew to an international level, as additional books were sent to the newborn hearing and early intervention program of Saipan.

    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 loss 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. To request books for your program, contact Karla Giese, CHOICES for Parents Coordinator at karlag@CHOICESforParents.org.

    All Smiles After a Fun Morning!

    A group of students pose with the deaf guest reader, Sheri Cook.

    The Big Bad Wolf Huffs and Puffs!

    Deaf guest reader Sheri Cook reads a story about the Big Bad Wolf.


    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. Classes meet one time per week for 6 weeks. For more information about our classes, please contact Karla Giese, CHOICES for Parents Coordinator at karlag@CHOICESforParents.org.

    Classes are ongoing at various locations. Please see below for more information!


    3420 W. 63rd St., Chicago 60629

    Saturdays 10 am to Noon

    August 17, 24, 31

    September 7, 14

    October 5

    Sponsored by Illinois Service Resource Center

    NEW!!! Waukegan-

    Waukegan High School: Brookside Campus

    2325 Brookside Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085

    Dates are pending....

    NEW!!! Chicago-

    Friend Family Center, 800 E. 55th St.,Room B101

    Chicago, IL 60615

    Wednesdays 5-7pm

    Dates are pending....

    Sponsored by UChicago Medicine-Comer Children's

    Class is FULL! Future dates pending...

    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 February 28, 2019, as IL EHDI Day to bring awareness to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) efforts throughout the state of Illinois.

    When: Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Where: Chicago Marriott Naperville

    1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60563


    Time: 12:30 to 2:00pm

    Lunch and Learn (you bring lunch and we'll provide drinks and dessert!)


    EHDI Day is being held in conjunction with ISD Outreach’s Early Intervention Pre-Conference Workshop at ITDHH’s Annual Conference

    **IL EI credit and CPDU's pending**


    Who's Who in Illinois: Resources for Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children


    CHOICES for Parents is hosting our annual EHDI Day celebration! Join us this year for an all-new Lunch and Learn! You bring lunch and we'll provide drinks and dessert.


    Hear from a panel of representations of organizations throughout Illinois that can provide support to you and your families of children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind. Leave with up to date information that you can share with your families immediately!


    We will also honor professionals who go above and beyond the Illinois Early Hearing Detection and Intervention goals in their work with families and children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.


    This project is supported in part by the Health Resources and services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H61MC04498 , Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention. This information or content and conclusions are those of the presenter and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, not should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    A special Thank You to IL EHDI Program for their generous support!

    Dr. Maribeth Lartz, Jill McCue, Dr. Wendy Deters

    EHDI Day 2019

    Karla Giese, Michelle Mendiola

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