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Parent Institute for Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Preschool Institute for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, often also known as Institute, is traditionally held the second week of June. The Institute is for families of children, age 6 months to 5 years with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss. This one week (Sun- Fri)  program including meals and housing is provided at NO charge to families. The Institute brings together families from all over the state. At the Institute, families spend 5 days with the best staff in the field of deafness from all over the state. The staff gives information needed to help families make choices along the path of raising a child with a hearing loss.

Topics for the week cover:

  • Language development
  • Communication options
  • Reading an audiogram and learning about the reports from the audiologist
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Reading to a child with a hearing loss
  • Working with a child's behavior
  • Working with the school

Children may receive audiology, psychological, speech/language, vision and educational testing. All of these are free of charge! It is a week of learning and getting to know others who are going through some of the same things.

Institute is a team effort of: Illinois Department of Human Services: Department of Rehabilitation Services, Illinois School for the Deaf and Bureau of Early Intervention; Illinois State Board of Education; University of Illinois at Chicago - Division of Specialized Care for Children; and other state and local groups for people with a hearing loss.

Call now to join us in 2019 at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Illinois! For more information about the Institute and to enroll, contact UIC-Division of Specialized Care for Children at: 1-800-322-3722 Or email:

2019 PSDI Information Brochure - English (pdf)

2019 PSDI Information Brochure - Spanish (pdf)