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Conference set for those who have deaf children

ROCKFORD – A free one-day conference for northern Illinois families of children from infants through age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford.

Conference topics include a Father Panel, Circles of Support, Understanding Illinois Resources, How to Use the Illinois State Board of Education Parent Handbook, and Transitioning EI Through Adulthood.

The conference is a unique opportunity for parents to learn more about topics of interest, to network with other parents, and to meet professionals from a variety of agencies related to hearing loss.

Although the conference is targeted to parents, professionals may attend with CPDU and EI credits available.

There is no registration fee for the conferences. However, financial assistance may be available to help families with costs related to attending, such as travel, lodging, and child care. Child care is not provided at the conference, which is intended for adult family members only.

Contact information for possible funding sources is included in the conference flier, available at http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html.

The conference is co-sponsored by Center for Sight and Hearing, Illinois School for the Deaf, Moline Public Schools, STARNET Regions I and III, Guide by Your Side, and Hearing and Vision Connections.

For information or for registration, call Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach at 877-339-2686 or e-mail michele.westmaas@illinois.gov.

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