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Watch this space for news about ALDA Chicago business and events and other news of interest to people who are late-deafened or have other hearing loss. 
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  • 27 May 2016 4:18 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Early Bird registration rate has been extended and is now available until June 30, 2016. The Early Bird registration rate is $275 for ALDA Inc. members (that's separate from ALDA Chicago membership) and $305 for nonmembers. Complete an online registration form here.

  • 24 May 2016 7:47 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    ALDA Chicago will have their next board meeting on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library. All are welcome to attend.

    This board meeting is scheduled on a Sunday at this location to coordinate with the ALDA Chicago booth at the Day in the Village event being held in Scoville Park, next door to the Oak Park Library.

  • 24 May 2016 7:36 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    ALDA Chicago is sponsoring an outing to Chinatown on Saturday, June 18, 2016. You can choose to join the group ahead of time and take a water taxi ride across the Chicago River or you can meet up with the group at the restaurant for lunch. All the details can be found on this event page where you can register online to let us know you will be coming.

    Questions can be directed to Michelle Donnelly ( or Dawn Linder (

  • 24 May 2016 7:26 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Did you know there is a Facebook group for the upcoming convention this fall in Milwaukee?

    Here is the link:

    On this site, you can enjoy viewing photos from past conventions and participate in conversations regarding the 2016 ALDAcon.

  • 15 May 2016 9:12 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Accessible CTA, Metra, and Pace buses and trains are easy to use and the RTA would love to show you how! Stay informed about public transportation options in order to get to appointments, maintain social connections, and enjoy independent travel!

    Topics covered include:

    · Benefits of using accessible travel on CTA, Pace, and Metra

    · How to plan trips on CTA, Pace, and Metra

    · Overview of Ventra

    · Information on how to get a reduced fare or a ride free permit

    · Q&A session with the RTA presenter

    Printed materials and an ASL interpreter will be provided!

    Monday, May 16th at 1:30 p.m. at AIM Center for Independent Living, 3130 Finley Road, Suite 500, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

    RSVP to Laura Thompson at 630-984-4251 (VP) or (email)

    News item courtesy of Linda Belice

  • 15 May 2016 8:51 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois.

    Their core functions are to:

    1. Promote independence for individuals with a hearing loss;
    2. Increase quality and number of sign language interpreters and CART providers;
    3. Provide educational awareness regarding hearing loss; and
    4. Provide statewide resources.

    IDHHC May 2016 newsletter

  • 15 May 2016 8:46 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Do you shop on If yes or you are willing to do so, you can now shop and help raise money for ALDA Chicago at the same time. We recently set up an AmazonSmile account where ALDA Chicago receives 0.5% of purchases made via To ensure your purchase benefits ALDA Chicago, use the link above and then do your shopping. It's a great way to support ALDA Chicago and enhance our fundraising efforts. Thank you so much.

    News item courtesy of Linda Belice 

  • 06 Apr 2016 7:25 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Spring 2016 edition of ALDA Chicago Style is now posted to the website. In addition to regular features like "Listening with Liz", we introduce you to Tom Garvey, one of our more recent members and Treasurer, via the "In the Spotlight" feature. This edition also has photos from our winter social events and Heidi Adam's review of a book published by member Beth Botts. Find this issue in the Members only section. (Login to the website is required.)

  • 13 Mar 2016 6:26 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Scholarships to ALDAcon 2016 are now available. Financial need is a requirement, as well as being a current member of both ALDA Chicago and ALDA Inc. (if selected). You are encouraged to complete an application if you qualify. Priority is given to first time ALDAcon attendees. Only those with true financial needs need apply.

  • 11 Feb 2016 11:00 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    President Joe Linder has announced that the next board meeting will take place at Acorn Public Library in Oak Forest. Meeting time is from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 9. ‎

    The library's address is 15624 Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL 60452.

    All members are welcome to attend.

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