Friends For Life

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Our graduates go on to do great things

For 25 years, we have watched graduates go on to their mainstream schools, attend college, continue with their education, get jobs – and even go to the Deaflympics! Alumni keep in touch with us and with each other, and many return to Child’s Voice to visit, volunteer, teach, and guide the organization on our Board of Directors.

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We Want To Hear From You

Child’s Voice Alumni: send us your good news! Did you recently graduate? Get a new job? Receive an honor? Or do you want to stop in for a visit?

Our First Graduate: Adam Ballent

Child’s Voice opened in 1996 in a church in Elmhurst with six students. In 1998 Adam Ballent became our first graduate. Click on the video below to hear Adam congratulate long-time Executive Director Michele Wilkins on her retirement.

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Meet up on Facebook

The Child’s Voice School Alumni Facebook page is a closed, moderated group where alumni can connect with former classmates and share stories and experiences as people with hearing loss.

Sharing their stories, sharing their time

Over the last 25 years, alumni have progressed from elementary to high school, into college, and now into the workforce. Child’s Voice’s friends and supporters love to hear from graduates as speakers at events or meetings. Alumni are also volunteers at events and share advice during seminars and gatherings. We look forward to more alumni taking leadership roles on our committees and boards. After all, we know what they are capable of!

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One alum even teaches here!

Child’s Voice staff is always pleased to see alumni when they visit or attend events. But for the past few years, we have had the distinct privilege of having a former student return as a teacher.

Mitch Olsen is a Primary II teacher, working with students ages 5-8. His role involves facilitating and promoting growth in language, speech, and self-advocacy skills while also teaching vocabulary, reading, and math.