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Illinois Guide By Your Side 
Parent Guides
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Guides

What is Guide By Your Side?


Carrie Balian

Program Coordinator

Guide By Your Side (GBYS) is a program that provides:

  • Unbiased information

  • One on one support and resources

  • Trained Parent Guides to talk and/or meet with you

What are Parent Guides?

  • Parent Guides are adults who have children with a hearing loss.

  • They provide unbiased information and resources regarding communication, educational and technological choices.

  • They help families identify their options…not tell them which options  to choose.

  • They support families.  Support is all about listening first…not  judging, and it’s always done without bias.

  • They help families navigate through the many systems and services available in Illinois.

  • They work as a team with professionals offering a well rounded care system for families.

Who is Eligible to Participate in the GBYS Program?

  • Families who have a child who has a hearing loss or who you suspect has a hearing loss.

  • Families that live in Illinois.

How much does the GBYS program cost me?

  • This program is FREE to participating families.

How does the GBYS Program benefit me and my family?

  • One-on-one consultation via phone, email or home visits with a regional Parent Guide.

  • The opportunity to network with other families.

  • Notification of, and opportunities to participate in, local and   statewide educational events.

Meet the Parent Guides

Meet the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Guides

Request a Guide

Downloadable Forms from Guide By Your Side

E.A.R.S. Newsletter

Help Fund our Program

Guide By Your Side 

Quarterly Reports

Illinois Guide By Your Side (GBYS) is brought to you by:

Illinois Hands & Voices


The Illinois Newborn Hearing Program (IL EHDI)

Working Together To Support Illinois Families



phone:  224-343-1873


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