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Article posted: 12/28/2012 4:22 PM

Signing Santa visits hearing-impaired kids

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A sign language Santa brought presents to 100 hearing-impaired kids and their caregivers in Aurora Dec. 13.

Santa greeted kids and adults at the eighth annual pizza and gift party for 200 persons at Luigi's Pizza in Aurora.

The party co-sponsors were the Aurora Noon Lions Club and Sycamore-based Northeastern Illinois Association. Santa's appearance was courtesy of Don Bassalone of Lisle.

The Northeastern Illinois Association, a regional special-education cooperative, serves children with special needs -- autism, hearing impairment, vision impairment -- from Kane County communities including Aurora, Geneva, Elgin, and Sandwich, as well as nine other northern Illinois counties. For more information on the NIA and its services, visit www.thenia.org.

Aurora University students also volunteered for the event.

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