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Anixter Center's Fundraiser:

Change the Lives of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Children

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October 04, 2016

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BENEFITING: Anixter Center

THE STORY:

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.

“Deaf Mentors are an incredibly valuable resource and should definitely be offered after age 3. Considering our daughter was born to hearing parents, there is an area of her life that we can't adequately expose her to and teach her about - we'll never be able to...”- Parent interviewed for a 2014 Illinois Deaf Mentor Services Survey conducted and reported on by a Gallaudet University Regional Center Student

 

DEAF MENTORS…  

  • 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.
“This is a definite must in the life of a bilateral profoundly deaf family especially when other complications exist and there is no family history or experience. Our Deaf Mentor is truly the person who helped change our life and got us through the "steps" we struggle with every week and she helps us pick up and move on.” - Parent interviewed for a 2014 Illinois Deaf Mentor Services Survey conducted and reported on by a Gallaudet University Regional Center Student

 

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!

 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY! 

 

Thank You!

P.S. Please share this link with your networks and be a champion for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children!

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To This Fundraiser

$2,060

MONEY RAISED
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  • Comcast

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Teresa Garate

    $50

  • Eric T. Gastevich

    $500

  • Rene Firmin

     

  • Terry Hockett

    $25

  • Dennis and Laura O'Brien

    $50

  • The Calub Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Coleen Hogan

    $100

  • Lou Scott

    $100

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5% Raised of $40,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,060 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Lou Scott

Lou Scott

DONATION: $100

Emily Slobodecki 11 months ago

Coleen Hogan

Coleen Hogan

DONATION: $100

Deaf Mentors are key! 12 months ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

The Calub Family

The Calub Family

12 months ago

Dennis and Laura O'Brien

Dennis and Laura O'Brien

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Terry Hockett

Terry Hockett

DONATION: $25

12 months ago

Rene Firmin

Rene Firmin

1 year ago

Eric T. Gastevich

Eric T. Gastevich

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Teresa Garate

Teresa Garate

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

1 year ago