Chicago Hearing Society Featured on Comcast Newsmakers!
October 04, 2016
BENEFITING: Anixter Center
Chicago Hearing Society (CHS)-a division of Anixter Center, needs your help to change the lives of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children and their families living in Chicago and throughout the state.
We have received part of the funding needed to launch our Deaf Mentor program. However, we must raise at least $40,000 in order to ensure that the families who participate in the program receive the unparalleled caliber of service they need and deserve.
YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS WILL COVER...
The provision of critical Deaf Mentor services to ensure that deaf/deafblind (db)/hard of hearing (hoh) children achieve their full potential in both the hearing and deaf worlds.
CHS' DEAF MENTOR PROGRAM IS…
Essential for every deaf child growing up in hearing family!
Vital, supportive, family-centered, connections between deaf/hoh) (“Mentors”) and Illinois families who have deaf, deafblind (, and hard of hearing children, ages 0-17.
- Minimize barriers to learning and development;
- Create deaf/db/hoh children's homes barrier-free communication environments;
- Alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness as a result of being deaf children in hearing families;
- Connect Deaf/DB/HOH children to deaf adults, the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture;
- Help families learn to self-advocate;
- Foster children’s development of the various skills needed for independence;
- Assist families in helping their children to achieve their maximum potential in both the hearing and deaf worlds.
WHY THERE ISN'T A DEAF MENTOR PROGRAM IN ILLINOIS...
A Deaf Mentor program to serve families with deaf/db/hoh children ages 0-3 was established in Illinois in 2001, with 50 Deaf Mentors initially trained. Sadly, in 2010 the state entities operating the program made the decision to stop enrolling and training additional Deaf Mentors. Today, there is only ONE Deaf Mentor still actively working in Illinois.
ILLINOIS NEEDS A DEAF MENTOR PROGRAM...
10 years following a SKI-HI Institute research study on the impact of a Deaf Mentor program, all 36 families involved in the original research project who had Deaf Mentors reported that their early intervention experience with their Deaf Mentor was the most impactful of their child’s life.
With your help, Chicago Hearing Society can fill this cavernous gap in critical programming!
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