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  • 06 Jan 2017 7:23 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Information courtesy of Michelle Donnelly and the Abilities Expo website:

    Chicago Abilities Expo will take place June 23-25, 2017 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

    Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer? 

    Register for free today.

  • 06 Jan 2017 7:14 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA) is currently accepting proposals for presentations at its annual international convention to be held in Orlando, Florida at the B Resort and Spa on October 11-15, 2017.

    ALDAcon is held annually by and for a diverse group of people who have various degrees of hearing loss. All events will be fully accessible through sign language interpreting, real-time captioning and the availability of audio loop systems. The convention will have dozens of exhibitors, offer a wide variety of workshop presentations, and feature keynote speakers at each meal.

    We welcome and encourage innovative and creative ideas of all kinds. We invite you to submit a workshop proposal using the Call for Proposals (CFP) form.  Email it to program chair, Steve Larew, at Completed CFPs will be accepted through March 31, 2017. Our goal is to have our program line-up completed and posted on the ALDA, Inc. website by May 1, 2017.

    ALDA regrets it is not able to offer stipends or honoraria to workshop presenters. Presenters who plan to attend the convention must pay appropriate registration fees (daily or full) and are responsible for their travel, meal and lodging expenses. Presenters who do not plan to attend ALDAcon events or workshops other than their own workshop are not required to pay a registration fee but must register to receive a nametag. For more information about ALDA and ALDAcon please go to

  • 04 Dec 2016 8:21 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    At the December ALDA Chicago board meeting, the schedule of meetings for 2017 was discussed. The schedule as it has been proposed so far is as follows:

    • Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest with the time TBA
    • Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Lombard Public Library from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 4 at Oak Park Library to coordinate with having a booth at the Day in the Village of Oak Park festival with the time TBA
    • Thursday, August 3 online from 7-9 p.m.
  • 21 Oct 2016 8:27 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    A graduate student is working on a short documentary about the relationship of music and people within the deaf community. Do you or anyone you know play an instrument, sing, or have a general interest in music? Could you help as an interpreter for the shoots or in adding subtitles in post production? If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Chad at

  • 01 Oct 2016 11:21 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Congratulations, Liz! Linda Belice received word this week that ALDAn Liz Booth won the Oticon 2016 Focus on People Award for Advocacy. She thanks her ALDA friends for their support over the years and votes for her in the Oticon contest. 

    Read her bio on the Oticon website here.

  • 01 Oct 2016 10:22 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The following information is courtesy of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC).

    Resources continue to expand for the DeafBlind population in Illinois. Below are some resources:

    Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind
    The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) gives people who are DeafBlind tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. HKNC has a regional office, known as Region 5, in Moline, IL that also covers some surrounding states including Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. 

    Judy Knisely, who is the representative for Region 5, is available for assistance and is able to connect DeafBlind individuals, their families, and service providers to programs, services, assistive technology, and more. Judy can be contacted at or 419-951-6020/419-951-0474 (VP).

    HKNC maintains a confidential National Registry of people who are DeafBlind. The collected information assists in their research, program planning, and enhances their advocacy efforts.

    HKNC offers a variety of programs: the traditional programs, youth programs, senior adult services programs, DeafBlind Individuals with Cognitive Challenges programs, professional development programs, and some online courses including “Confident Living: A Course for Individuals Supporting Older Adults with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss” and “Working with Individuals who are DeafBlind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals.

    In addition, HKNC is accepting applications for their Confident Living Program for Senior Adults to be held at the headquarters in Sands Point, NY. This on-site training will be provided on October 3-8, 2016. Please contact Judy Knisely for more information.

    Chicago Lighthouse
    The Chicago Lighthouse (CLH) provides educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services for children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired including DeafBlind and multi-disabled. Their DeafBlind program provides communication support, crisis intervention, adaptive technology training and advocacy. The program serves people throughout the state of Illinois with varying degrees of visual and hearing losses, providing access to other Lighthouse programs, services within the community and appropriate referrals to agencies. The DeafBlind program offers the following services: telecommunication assessment and training, job readiness preparation, braille phone/Deafblind communicator training, sign language training, braille training, basic counseling and functional assessment.

    CLH also administers the iCanConnect Program (The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program) which is a national accessibility program providing communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss. Individuals work with qualified program specialists to identify hardware, software and applications that best suit their communications technology needs.

    CLH also operates a north side facility in Glenview, IL, known as the Chicago Lighthouse North that sponsors a parent support group facilitated by psychologist Dr. Joseph Wallach for parents with children who are blind or visually impaired. Their Children's Enrichment Program also offers music therapy for children ages 6 months to 3 years old, a teen transition program, and social events designed to connect families.

    Project Reach
    Project Reach is a federally funded grant program that provides technical assistance, information, and training to address the early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services needs of DeafBlind children and enhance state capacity to improve services and outcomes for children and their families. Technical assistance is designed to assure that service providers more effectively provide special education services, provide in-service training to paraprofessionals and professionals, provide activities to facilitate family involvement, provide consultative services, and promote the integration/inclusion of children with deaf-blindness with children with other disabilities and without disabilities. Project staff members include DeafBlind specialists and family specialists with many years of experience. This grant program is currently funded until September 30, 2018 and is located at the Phillip J. Rock Center & School in Glen Ellyn, IL. They distribute newsletter bi-annually and you can find this information at this page.

    Illinois Service Resource Center
    The Illinois Service Resource Center (ISRC) provides behavior support to Deaf, Hard of Hearing & DeafBlind students in Illinois. Behavior support can be for individual students with challenges, or at the preventive level with classrooms or school programs. ISRC serves students with hearing loss regardless of communication mode.

    ISRC provides free training, onsite assistance and resources for parents and educators of students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind. ISRC team members visit homes and schools to work with families and educators in developing positive behavior support plans for DHH students in need of intensive level supports. ISRC team members work with DHH programs and classrooms to develop positive behavior support plans that teach appropriate expected behaviors for all students. The ISRC logo now includes printed braille letters as well as sign language. Stay posted for more information as ISRC expands its mission.

    Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
    The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) has a Service Animals Resource page on its website. For information, please check this page. In addition, IDHHC has a Statewide Services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind page that gives brief information on each agency including its mission that provides services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind in the state of Illinois.

  • 26 Sep 2016 5:37 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Source: Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC). Visit their website at

    In light of recurring situations where there is miscommunication between law enforcement and Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind citizens, it is critical to know and understand some tips in order for the interaction to go smoothly. Below are some resources:

    ·The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Communication Card for Law Enforcement & Citizens can be used by both law enforcement and Deaf citizens. This communication card holds some quick communication tips, resources on how to obtain auxiliary aids and services, communication symbols where one can point to assist with communication during a traffic stop. This is available for printing and can be found on IDHHC’s website under Programs & Services: Information for Service Providers.

    ·J88 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Drivers License- J88 is a notation on a drivers license that alerts law enforcement officers before approaching a vehicle that a motorist is deaf or hard of hearing. Below is information on how the J88 notation works. The information is found on the Secretary of State’s website in its manual, “A Guide to Services Serving Senior Citizens, Persons With Disabilities and Veterans.

    • Request the J88 notation be added to your drivers license at any Secretary of State Driver Services facility. J88 will appear on both the front and back of your drivers license.

    • Include your drivers license number on your vehicle registration to link the two together.

    • If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, he/she will run your license plate or drivers license number, and a “Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Uses Alternative Communication” message will appear. The officer will then know to use alternative communication.

    • You must request the J88 notation if you want the option. (The SOS office will not ask you if you want to include the J88 option.)

    · Marlee Matlin On Deaf And Police Interaction- This is an ASL video signed by Deaf actress, Marlee Matlin, who is the wife of a police officer. This video provides tips on how Deaf people should know their rights when interacting with law enforcement.

    This information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for appropriate legal advice. IDHHC does not control, monitor or guarantee the information contained in these sites or information contained in links to other external web sites. The existence of these links are provided for the convenience of visitors signed up on the IDHHC email listserv and should not be construed as an endorsement by IDHHC of the content or views of the linked materials.

  • 03 Aug 2016 7:32 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is currently accepting applications to the next Leadership Institute to be held in early 2017. Applications are open until August 31st, 2016.  

    The Leadership Institute seeks emerging leaders with disabilities who meet the following criteria:

    · 5-10 years of management and/or leadership experience demonstrated in one or a combination of professional, civic or community service contexts.

    · Self-identifies as a person with a disability (both apparent and non-apparent disabilities, defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities).

    · Is a resident of the Chicago region (this includes six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry Counties).

    · Is committed to becoming engaged, or expand current engagement, in the civic life of metropolitan Chicago, and is seeking the possibility of voluntary participation on a board, commission, or other leadership position in public, private or non-profit sectors.

    Additional details are also available at

  • 03 Aug 2016 7:21 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Are you a Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind individual that has a passion in providing support to families that have children who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind?  The statewide Deaf Mentor program “Connections” will be under the Youth Program at Chicago Hearing Society (CHS).  Through this program, mentors will provide support to families by sharing their perspective as an individual, help families achieve their individualized program goals, provide information and resources, and so much more.  This great opportunity is applicable to the entire state of Illinois.

    For further information, download this job description. If you have questions, contact Karen Aguilar at

  • 03 Aug 2016 7:09 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    You are cordially invited to Empowering Lives: Past, Present, and Future on August 19, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. This event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chicago Hearing Society will take place at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL. Tickets are priced at $115 and can be ordered at

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