Creating and funding programs that help children and young adults with hearing loss participate fully in all aspects of life.
I hope everyone had a lovely summer and everyone is settled in their classes or school. We had a busy summer at FHSR with the highlights including the launch of our music therapy program and the return to in person events with our beloved Cheers for Ears free family concert!  
Fall always seems like a transition time as the leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler, I am sure you are seeing transitions in your child's development as well. FHSR is committed to supporting our DHH families through all these transitions. 
I encourage you to utilize the vast amount of information on our website to support your family, join us for an upcoming event, or apply for our Music To My Ears Scholarship.,which provides a year of tuition-free music classes for deaf and hard of hearing children. 
Community is powerful and we are thankful to have you here with us!

Happy Fall! 
Kristen Van Dyke
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Kristen Van Dyke, Executive Director
The Foundation for Hearing & Speech Resources (FHSR) develops and funds innovative programs to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Young Adults.

FHSR is excited to once again have in person
Fall Music Classes! 
for kids age 6 months - 16 years
Early Childhood Classes
Individual & Group Instrument Classes
Start your child on their musical journey!
Our Tuition-FREE Music to My Ears (MTME) scholarship for Deaf & Hard of Hearing children, places them in classes with their hearing peers to encourage socialization. All of the teachers have been versed on the DHH child.

Early childhood classes (ages 0 - 4) feature unique small group music enrichment programs, where the focus is on creating a musical experience for your child. Singing and playing songs to support speech and language development; making music together as part of social and cultural connection with others; music making as part of personal enrichment and self-esteem. Listening to and making music with friends and family can provide fun adventures and new, exciting sounds to explore.

Individual Instrument & Group classes (4-16) will encourage continuing your child’s music education. Our partner schools have classes at the entry level up to expert for a wide range of instruments. Learn piano, strings, guitar or drums;
Be a part of a Band or Participate in musical theatre.
There are so many options!
Join the FHSR Associate Board
and raise funds for Local Hearing Aid Banks at
Cheers & Beers for Ears!
Live Music - Drinks - Food - FUN!
cheers and beers 2021

Cheers & Beers for Ears!

All proceeds for Donations & Raffles will benefit
Local Hearing Aid Banks
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Little Owl Social Pub
3747 Grand Blvd, Brookfield, IL 60513
What is your WHY?
Getting to know the FHSR Board of Directors
and why they joined our Board
Anna Tess, Secretary
Board of Directors
Anna Tess has been involved with FHSR in many ways. As a volunteer, an Associate Board Member and now as the Secretary for the FHSR Board of Directors. Anna exemplifies success both personally and professionally.
Anna was thinking about her “why” and told us:
Being deaf does not define me but it is a part of me. Joining the FHSR Board has given me the opportunity to give back to individuals that have a hearing loss like me. 
Being deaf has presented me with challenges in my life, many of these I have overcome and they have made me who I am today. My educators, family and therapist have given me the tools to be successful and I want to do that for individuals like myself. I am passionate about helping my students, parents and co-workers.
HLAA Walk for Hearing The Walk raises funds to support people with hearing loss, while providing a venue for participants to meet hearing care professionals, learn about hearing technologies and resources, and share experiences. 
Team's Raq 'n Roll and Hear for Emma are walking again Saturday September 24th in Lincoln Park to raise funds and awareness for Hearing Loss.

Walk Day Schedule (CT)
9:30 a.m. Registration Starts
10:30 a.m. Stage Presentation
10:45 a.m. Walk Starts

Join FHSR at Child's Voice for a FREE
Musical Halloween Storytime 

FHSR & Child's Voice inivte you and your DHH child
to a FREE Family Musical Halloween Storytime
Saturday October 15th at 10:00 am.
Costumes Welcome!
Featuring the fabulous Mr Miro and Mr Tim from The Merit School of Music
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