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Guide By Your Side Newsletter

October 3rd, 2014

Guide By Your Side is by parents, for parents. Trained parent guides offer information, support, and resources. Check out their latest newsletter for several upcoming events, many focused on hearing loss.

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Get Paid for Your Thoughts

October 3rd, 2014

Offer your suggestions on the redesign of the National Survey of Children’s Health. An important survey about children’s health is being redesigned to improve the questions. If you have an hour of time and you’re…

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Keeping Insurance for Young Adults

October 3rd, 2014

Learn about insurance options available as your child ages to a young adult. This Family Voices article describes the different types of insurance coverage available for young adults with special needs. In some cases, your…

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Cleft Lip & Palate Linked to Smokingsun-icon

September 24th, 2014

Researchers found smoking during pregnancy can cause cleft lip and palate. Cleft lip and palate are physical birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. The 2014…

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Special Olympics News

September 23rd, 2014

See what’s new with Special Olympics. The September 2014 newsletter has several exciting articles. Find out about the new online process to register for competitions. Like roller coasters? You’ll love the Six Flags fundraising coaster…

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Grants Available to Pay for Services & Equipment

September 18th, 2014

Apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment. This grant is offered by United Healthcare Children’s Foundation. It helps families who have private insurance, but need financial assistance…

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Enterovirus On the Rise

September 9th, 2014

An NPR blog confirms rise in enterovirus cases. Enterovirus (also called EV-68) is on the rise. It causes severe respiratory infections and the CDC says it’s “evolving quickly.” Seek medical attention if you notice symptoms…

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Pictured above (from left to right): Dr. Denise Goodman; Cynthia Booth, APN; Thomas Jerkovitz, Director of Specialized Care for Children; Dr. Zehava Noah;  Patrick Magoon, President & CEO of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital; Cindy Budek, RN; Susan Navarro, RN; and Dr. Barbara Bayldon.

Home Care Program Presented at Grand Roundssun-icon

September 9th, 2014

Students and physicians learned about the Home Care Program. Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine  invited UIC Specialized Care for Children’s Director, Thomas Jerkovitz, to share the vision for the Home Care Program during Grand…

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Mental Health Education & Support in Southern Illinois

September 5th, 2014

Attend free courses on emotional disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a 6 session course that covers ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Substance Abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more….

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Miss You Can Do It McKenzie 2014

Pageant Inspires Confidence

September 4th, 2014

At the Miss You Can Do It pageant, contestants get more than a day of glamour. The theme of the pageant is a “can do” attitude. Contestants participate to their fullest ability and feel great…

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