Resources & Links

Resources & Links for Students with Hearing Loss

Articles & Informational Tools

Early Sign Language Exposure and Cochlear Implant Benefits
Discusses the benefits of spoken language education for children with cochlear implants.
by A. Geers et. al., 2017

Music as a Teaching Tool
Learning Through Singing
by Jeanette Castro Hachmeister, 2012

Early Educational Placement & Later Language Outcomes for Children with Cochlear Implants
by J Moog and A. Geers, 2010

Musical Expereince Stregthens…Sounds…
by Alexandra Parbery-Clark, et al. 2012

Resources for College Age Students

Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Listening & Spoken Language Organizations

Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Heard of Hearing (AG Bell)
AG Bell has rolled out the Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center for children and adults with hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them.

Resources & Links for children ages 0-3 years old:

Child and Family Connections
Child and Family Connections help families with children between birth and age three to obtain evaluations and assessments. They help determine eligibility for early intervention services. If eligible, an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) will be developed to help a child learn, grow and receive needed services.

Illinois Hearing and Vision Connections
Hearing and Vision Connections is a statewide training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois. Their goal is for all children in Illinois who are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired will have appropriate Early Intervention Services.

Provider Connections
Provider Connections is contracted by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Early Intervention to credential, enroll, and provide technical support to EI providers interested in the credentialing and enrollment process.


Family Support Resources in Illinois:

Choices for Parents
CHOICES for Parents is a statewide coalition of parents and professionals providing immediate access to support, information, and resources to families of children with newly identified hearing loss.

Illinois Hands and Voices
Illinois Families for Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families that have children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing without a bias toward communication modes or methodologies.

Guide by Your Side
Guide by Your Side (GBYS) is a parent-parent guide program that provides unbiased information and one on one supports and resources. Parent Guides are adults who have children with a hearing loss. They provide unbiased information and resources regarding communication, educational technological choices, and navigation of the system in ILLinoies for children with hearing loss.


For information regarding cochlear implants, please see links below:

Cochlear Corporation
Advanced Bionics
Med El Corporation


For information regarding hearing aids or FM systems, please see link below:



For audiology resources, please see links below:

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
Speech language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Educational Audiology Association (EAA)
Illinois Sound Beginnings
Better Hearing Institute


For information regarding resources for parents, please see links below:

Many of our students and alumni have participated in the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.