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2023 Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing


Sunday, June 11, 2023 - Friday, June 16, 2023    
All Day


Illinois School for the Deaf
125 S. Webster Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois, 62650

Event Type

A free, one-week program providing support and information for families of young children with hearing loss

The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a one-week program for parents of children ages 7 and under who have significant hearing loss. It takes place on the campus of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville from June 11-16, 2023.

Participating parents and caregivers will attend daily lectures by experts in the field to learn about raising a child with hearing loss.  Lecture topics include:

  • Child development
  • Types of hearing loss
  • Language development
  • Communication choices
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Deaf culture
  • Parent rights
  • School programming

During the Institute, children attend classrooms with experienced teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They have the opportunity to receive hearing, vision, psychological, speech, language and educational evaluations. They also can play with other children who have hearing loss.

Siblings are also welcome to attend. They can stay with their families in the dorms and go to recreational activities.  There is no cost for families to participate.

UIC’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) supports the Institute along with other sponsors.

See the 2023 Institute brochure for more details. (The brochure is also available in Spanish.)

To sign up or find out more, contact us at (800) 322-3722 or