Andrea Marwah

Andrea Marwah received her BA degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Since her daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2002, she has taken a special interest in educating parents and professionals on matters concerning working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She specializes in IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act), special education rights, and advocacy for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Andrea is in her eighth year as President of Illinois Hands & Voices, is the IDEA/Advocacy expert in her position at the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Department, is a trainer for Illinois EITP, Early Intervention Training Program and is on the Speakers Bureau for Hands & Voices National Organization. She is an IDEA liaison for the Illinois Guide By Your Side Program where she provides unbiased information and one-on-one advocacy and IDEA support to families and provides individual technical assistance to families who have children with multiple disabilities that include hearing loss. Andrea is published nationally on topics surrounding children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She also served on the Advisory Commission on Disabilities in her home town of Naperville for 6 years. Andrea has lived in Naperville for 20 years with her husband Ajay and three children Samantha, Julia and Andrew.