Welcome to CHAT and thank you for your interest in us! It’s my privilege to tell you why we’re here, and how you can help.
Children with learning differences are often overlooked or misunderstood, especially those from families with limited resources, limited English, or who are unsure about their rights. As the only greater Chicagoland nonprofit dedicated to speech and language services, we have a unique responsibility to serve and advocate for those children, particularly now as COVID-19 widens social justice disparities. The opportunity to do this brought me to CHAT.
It took me years to figure out the right supports and services for my own children. During that time, it often occurred to me – if it’s this hard for me despite years of legal training, how do families with greater financial obstacles and language barriers manage? School services are complex to navigate, and many families have no access to private therapy because providers won’t take Medicaid or because they are underinsured. CHAT exists to help them.
Our special team of therapists and advocates all bring their passion for social justice to our unique nonprofit through work in the space we call “communication justice.” We’ve served children for over 40 years, and we're growing our programs and services to reach those who need them most. Our newest offerings include teletherapy expanded to 100% of CHAT services, webinars to help families and teachers of diverse learners to navigate online learning, and transgender voice therapy. We are expanding our community partnerships to reach children impacted by societal inequities, including the criminal legal system, domestic violence, and homelessness.
Karine Faden Fiore
Karine brings more than fifteen years of professional training and experience in advocacy, negotiation, client service, strategy, and management to support and grow CHAT’s team and impact for good. She joined CHAT from GG+A, a fundraising consultancy for nonprofits, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Client Officer. Previously, Karine was Managing Director at United Airlines, first in the Legal Department and then in Finance. Before joining United, Karine practiced antitrust law at the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she focused on aviation.
Karine holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Master's of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Amherst College. She is licensed to practice law in New York, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as President of Quest Academy’s Parent Student Association. Before law school, Karine worked as a writer and as a translator, and she speaks fluent Spanish and Catalan. She lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with her husband and four children.