ISRC Digital Update
December 2012 / January 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES!!! **All classes are offered in English**
WHERE: St. Charles East High School 1020 Dunham Road St. Charles, IL 60174
WHEN: Wednesday Evenings (10 week session) January 16, 2013 - March 20, 2013
Class Dates as Follows: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20
COST: $35/person $50/immediate family
LEVELS TO BE OFFERED: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advanced Sign; 6:00 pm. - 7:30 p.m. Level I
SPONSORED BY: Northwestern Illinois Association
For more information or to register for a class, please call Brigid Young 630-402-2014
15 CPDU credits available for 100% attendance. Registration cutoff will be 1/16/13. 630-513-5012

~ Education Rights Training for parents and professionals
January 19, 2013 at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville
Cost $25 and includes text book and lunch - Register at
Have children with a disability who will enter or are currently in a public school

  • Want the most appropriate education services for their child with special needs
  • Want to know their rights as a parent in today's education system
  • Need a refresher course on the skills
  • needed to get your child what is needed to succeed
  • Want to go into their IEP meeting more prepared
Training for professionals who...
  • Want to know what parents' rights are
  • Want to learn from a parent's perspective
~ Guide By Your Side January Family Fun Days
All families with children who have a hearing loss are welcome to join us! Check out the dates and locations below to find one near you! While we try to provide most of these events for free some of them may have a small fee to be paid by the participating family. Please call to get all the details and to RSVP.
Sign language interpreters available upon request. Interpreter requests are needed two weeks before the date of the event. Requests after this time are not guaranteed.
Bloomington - Pepsi Ice Center, 201 S. Roosevelt Ave. January 12th from 12:30-2. Come ice skating with us! Skate rental is only $2 and admission is covered by us! Contact Anita at 309-319-7700 to RSVP and for more information! Sign language interpreter will be available.
Chicago - McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California. January 20th from 3:30-6:30. Join us for family Ice skating! Skate rental is $3 (cash only) and admission is covered by us! Contact Eliza at 847.530.9809 to RSVP and for more information!
Downers Grove - McDonald's, 225 East Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove. January 26th from 2-4 pm. Contact Pauline at 630-248-2407 to RSVP and for more information!
Peoria - McDonald's, 4007 W. Barring Trace. January 26th 2-4 pm. Contact Melissa at 309-453-7928 to RSVP and for more information!

~ Chicago KIDS & Parents Club 2013 Events
*January 20th - Family Indoor Ice Skating
McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
*February 23rd - Maple Tree Tapping
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
*March 17th - Family Bowling
Dr. Martin Luther King Dr Park & Family Entertainment Center 1219 W. 76th Street 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Contact Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing
773-273-6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice [email protected]

~ After-School Program: Park Kids - for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing Elementary School Age Only - Age 6 & over
Horner Park 2741 W. Montrose Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60618 773-478-3499
September 24, 2012 - June 7, 2013 (open during school days only) $50 per session, per child (Fall, Winter & Spring) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 3pm - 6pm Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm - 5pm Homework time & assistance, reading time, table games, arts & crafts, variety of recreational sports activities & more! For further information contact: Joseph Ruiz [email protected] 773.273.6617 VP/Direct & Voice 773-478-3499 Voice

~ February 15, 2013 Deaf Comedian Crom Saunders - Cromania!
Oakdale Elementary School Gymnasium. 2230 McAree Rd. Waukegan, IL 60087
Tickets are $7 adults and Children 12 and under $5. Make checks payable to: Waukegan Public Schools
Oakdale Elementary School
Attention Kristen Rivera
2230 McAree Road
Waukegan, IL 60087
Email [email protected] for payment confirmation

~ The 49th annual ITHI conference will be held in Lisle, IL at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center on March 1 and 2, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Dream, Create, Activate, Achieve." Keynote Speakers: Dr. Karen L. Anderson & Sheri Cook Friday Night Cultural Event: C.J. Jones, Deaf Performer.


"Teaching Deaf Students with Disabilities" - Gallaudet University Outreach Center will be presenting a 2-day university credit course.
Registration is due by February 1, 2013 by clicking here.
Scholarships are available through GURC and ISRC, apply now.

Dr. Karen L. Anderson will be presenting on Thursday, February 28, 2013 on topics including classroom access, communication repair and social/emotional aspects of a child with a hearing loss in a mainstream setting.

"Management of Hearing Loss" - Lynne Price will once again be with us at ITHI! If you missed her amazing presentation in Springfield last year, now is your chance to get the information first-hand!

Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach (HV/EIO) will also be presenting for those looking to earn EI credits.

~ Guide By Your Side statewide conference calls for families with children who have a hearing loss.
What: Statewide calls for families with children who have a hearing loss.
When: January 28th at 8:30pm— Dr. Waggoner will be discussing genetic testing for children who have a hearing loss.
February 25th at 8:30pm— What is IL Hands & Voices and how is it different from IL Guide By Your Side? Get to know your state re- sources!
March 18th at 8:30pm— Do you qualify for to attend Parent Institute? Find out about this exclusive IL conference for families with children who have a hearing loss held the week of June 9th, 2013.
April 22nd at 8:30pm— "Build them up - How to boost your child's self esteem with better communication." We will discuss communi- cation skills, both taking in what your child has to say and helping them understand what you are saying, as well as how to boost their confidence by engaging them in conversation.
Where: From your home, call toll free 888-494-4032 enter guest code: 4231446909
This conference call is organized by the Illinois Hands & Voices, Guide By Your Side program. The toll-free line is graciously made available by the IL DSCC /EHDI program. For more information please call 866-655-4588, visit us on the web at or email [email protected].

~ Gesture, Sign and Language Conference on March 8 and 9 at the University of Chicago Classics Building, Room 110. 5 presentations will be given over the course of two days, with the participation of scholars from the University of Chicago as respondents and session chairs. ASL-English interpreting will be provided for all conference events. The conference is open to the public and free of charge.

~ It's never too early to start thinking about SUMMER CAMPS for 2013! Click here to see what camps are available in Illinois and nationally for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, families, as well as camps for KODAs (Kids of Deaf Adults). Registration has already started for some of the camps and some registrations are opening up soon! Be sure to check this site periodically as information will be updated when it becomes available.

~ ALDA afternoon showing of the ASL Films movie "Versa Effect" on February 9, 2013. Popcorn and pop will be available. For more information please contact Kitty or Kim

~ Conferences for Parents:
North of Eighty - Rockford - March 23, 2013
South of Seventy - Mt. Vernon - April 13, 2013
To register:
by phone, call toll-free 1-877-339-2686
online, go to:

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. Sign Language Resources
  4. Teach Me Idioms and Teach Me Driver's Ed in ASL coming soon to the ISRC Library!!
  5. Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!
  6. Contests for DHH students
  7. Video Series from HLAA
  8. Deaf Worker at Boeing
  9. Caption You Tube Videos
  10. Processing and Responding to Tragedy
  11. In Our Library: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Thank you Erin Barham for sharing this amazing young ladies story!
Sara Siddiqui, A 10 Year Old and Bi-Lateral Cochlear Implant recipient speaks about her life at a fundraising event for Child's Voice. Sara attended Child's Voice School for 5 years until she was mainstreamed into 1st Grade in 2008. Sara, credits her Family, Friends, Doctors, Teachers, Therapists, and School Administrators for providing her the foundation she needed for success. Today, Sara can speak multiple languages, is interested in music, has learned to read Arabic, and enjoys being an exceptional student. As Sara says... "Yes, having hearing loss may be a challenge, but it is also a joyful journey full of memories." NOTE: After her introduction, the video includes a photo slideshow before Sara's speech which shows her with some of the people she mentions in her speech.

Thank you Judy Pierce for this wonderful and inspirational piece of Deaf Art!
See the amazing Thousand-Hand Guanyin dance performed by 21 deaf women. The tight coordination is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. The dancers rely only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage. The first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. The Thousand-Hand Guanyin has long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.

Veronica Kraus suggested the following website on Facebook:

(From the website)
" is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!
Apple, The New York Times, Disney Family Fun Magazine and Fox News have featured’s award-winning games and apps."

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Sign Language Resources

Why do sign language interpreters look so animated? Signers are animated not because they are bubbly and energetic, but because sign language uses face and body movements as part of its grammar. Read more here:

Petition to Recognize ASL as legit language: For more than a hundred years, American Sign Language (ASL) has been persecuted as a "lesser" language. It is a homegrown and complete language that has survived efforts to wipe it out. Yet today, ASL is still considered "foreign" and not given the respect and protection it needs. Many states have passed laws allowing credit for ASL classes as a foreign language but they have stopped short of recognizing its benefits as a language of instruction in schools, despite studies proving its benefits for students. See the official petition here that encourages federal recognition of ASL.

Everyday ASL You Tube Channel - Everyday ASL Productions is a New York based company founded by a team of ASL educators with varied experiences throughout both Deaf and hearing communities. This team brags of understanding the importance of promoting and educating American Sign Language (ASL) to ensure successful communication with others using the language. Free educational videos will be released occasionally for everyone to enjoy. to learn more about their products and programs.

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Teach Me Idioms and Teach Me Driver's Ed in ASL coming soon to the ISRC Library!!

Teach Me Idioms in ASL provides a comprehensive way for individual students to learn common English idioms on 5 DVD discs. With easy-to-read meanings and examples of 500 of the most common idioms in English, this program provides the individual student these major features and benefits:
  1. The convenience of studying at home, library, or other desirable location.
  2. The ability to understand a short definition and sample sentence of each idiom.
  3. The opportunity to repeat lessons as often as necessary to master concepts.
  4. An ever-expanding foundation for increasing knowledge.
  5. A fun learning experience, which motivates a greater desire and ability to learn.
An all-inclusive program for driver's education for the deaf, this simple, straightforward DVD system is intended for use by anyone who wishes to learn how to drive safely. The Driver's Education in American Sign Language DVD set offers individuals the opportunity to learn the same essential skills as any school or community driver's education program, but in American Sign Language. These 12 DVDs may be used either in the classroom or at home and feature exciting easy-to-understand directions – all offered by a deaf instructor.

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Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!

Merle Reskin Theater
60 E. Balbo Drive , Chicago, IL 60605

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy - KID'S SHOW
Thursday - Feb 21 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday - Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM (followed by ice cream social $7.00)

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Sunday Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM

The Coral King - KID'S SHOW
Saturday Apr 27 @ 2:00 PM (followed by ice cream social $7.00)
Tuesday Apr 30 @ 10:00 AM

Measure for Measure
Sunday Apr 28 @ 2:00 PM

MFA - to be announced
Sunday May 26 @ 2:00 PM

Box Office TTY: 773-325-7975
Voice: 312-922-1999

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Contests for DHH students

SpiRIT Writing Contest To enter, please download this form, fill it out and mail it in along with your application package, which must include:

a. This entry form
b. A copy of your high school transcript
c. The final version of an essay or a report written for school, as well as the first unedited version of the same essay or report.
d. A short writing sample (under 300 words) completed in class without assistance. This can be a personal statement about your writing, something you wrote for class for an exam question or a topic of your choice.

Please label your writing pieces to correspond with the letters (c and d) above and submit along with your Entry Form and your high school transcript.

Submit these materials by 3/15/13 to:

The SpiRIT Writing Contest
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Lyndon Baines Johnson Building
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623
RIT National Science Fair

If you are in grades 6-12, join us for Rochester Institute of Technology's National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students and win cash awards of up to $500.
Submit your most interesting and challenging science project, and compete individually or as a two–or three–person team.
If you are interested in receiving registration and other information when it becomes available, click here

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Video Series from HLAA

Did you know there is help for hearing loss beyond hearing aids and cochlear implants? The Hearing Loss Association of America has contracted with Knowlera Media to produce a series of captioned videos on this topic. If you have a hearing loss or know someone who does, here’s where you can learn more about these helpful technologies.
  1. Assistive Listening Technology
  2. Large-Area Assistive Listening Systems
  3. Assistive Listening Devices for the Phone
  4. Alert Systems for People with Hearing Loss
  5. Captions for People with Hearing Loss
  6. Assistive Listening Solutions for Work

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Deaf Worker at Boeing

Boeing has a long tradition of airplane manufacturing, and is an inclusive environment for their Deaf employees. Joel meets some of these employees and finds out more about their significant contributions. We also get a behind the scenes look at the brand new Dreamliner. Don't miss this exciting technology-filled video!

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Caption You Tube Videos

Are you looking for ways to add captions to YouTube videos?

There is also:

This YouTube help page has a lot of good information about what is involved, as well as links to resources and software to help with the process:

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Processing and Responding to Tragedy

The entire country is deeply saddened and affected by the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by this horrific tragedy. School Social Workers play a critical role in helping students, parents, teachers, administrators and other staff work through processing and responding to these tragic events. The School Social Work Association of America has compiled a list of various resources that we hope will be of assistance to you.

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In Our Library

In Our Library: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Book)

Summary: "From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.

Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon’s journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent.

Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human."
Link to Catalog

**Remember our materials are free to borrow and will be mailed to you directly with return postage included. You are invited to take advantage of this extremely valuable resource. The library consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. For more information or to request a specific item, please call ISRC at (847)559-8195 or (800)550-4772, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit **

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