ISRC Digital Update January 2014

August 1993 to August 2013 - ISRC 20 Year Anniversary!
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If you have any resources that you would like to share with other teachers, parents, and professionals of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, please share them with us to be included in future issues.

Upcoming Events

~The Day of Three Wise Kings | El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos
A family event in English, Spanish and ASL.
Crafts, Games, Activities, ASL Story, Piñata, Raffle prize, and Latin Foods
Admission: IDLA Member - $7; non-member - $10; Kids under 12 - $3
Saturday, January 11, 2014 | Sábado, 11 de Enero, 2014
Anixter Center Polk Conference Room - 3rd Floor
2032 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL
For more info contact [email protected] or VP 773.273.6477

WHERE: St. Charles East High School
1020 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
WHEN: Wednesday Evenings (10 week session) Room B121
January 15, 2014 – March 19, 2014
Class Dates as Follows: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
COST: $35/person; $50/immediate family
**All classes are offered in English**
4:30p.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 Marge Stewart 630/402-2013
15 CPDU credits available for 100% attendance. Registration cutoff will be 1/15/14.

~DHH Team Volleyball Practice & Games
Friday - February 21st, 2014
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Food to be served at 4:15
Sponsored by Lemont High School and South West Co-op
800 Porter Street Lemont, IL. 60439
Park Activity Vehicles in Side Lot on Julia Street. Enter through Field House Doors in the Back of the School. We ask that each team bring their own beverages and one item for dessert to share.
Come and Have FUN!!

~Upcoming Dates from Illinois Hands & Voices:
Our annual Mom's Night Inn NORTH is February 8th in Lisle
Our annual Mom's Night Inn CENTRAL is March 1st and 2nd in Springfield
Mom’s Night Inn is an overnight retreat for moms or female caregivers who are raising children of ALL ages who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is an amazing way to meet and share experiences with other moms on their journey. Woven into these moments are the connections you make– the experience of sharing your personal journey with another mom and hearing about their journey.
This event includes: Dinner and breakfast, Keynote speaker, Massages and manicures, Crafts, Lots of sweet treats to eat, Panel discussion Sunday morning, Key note speaker, Downtime to bond with others
Register here:

~The 50th Annual Illinois Teachers of Hard of Hearing and Deaf Individuals Conference will be held on February 27th- March 1st, 2014, at the Hilton Springfield Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. This year's theme is "Celebrating 50 Years of Change and Progress."
Register here:

~ Signing Social on the LAST TUESDAY of EVERY month from 6:00p-8:00p. Hosted in room 202 at Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL. Everyone, all ages are welcome! Snack and kids games/crafts provided. Come practice the signs you know or come to learn some! Any questions? [email protected]

~ The Deaf Youth Center opened last year at their new home, the Yellowbox - Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL - and has brought in enthusiastic Youth and Parents to the program. They will be kicking off a new season on September 19th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. They have a great staff and volunteers who are eager to work with the mission of the Deaf Youth Center. The program is centered around American Sign Language yet they also provide voice interpretation for both students and parents involved. The Deaf Youth Center meets each month on the third Thursday and the program is free. The program is open to youth, their siblings, parents, and friends (upon registering for DYC). Programming usually begins with social time followed by groups of sections including theatre, social skills, peer interaction, expressive learning, and sports/games/exercises. They also offer sign classes for parents along with social time. This too is free. For more information and to register, please contact Crystal Kelley Schwartz at [email protected]

~ Goodman Theater offers signed performances. Upcoming Performances: Get exclusive access to special reserved seating and a discount on tickets to signed performances. (To access special reserved seating-and to save $10 off full price tickets-enter the promo code SIGN for the specified tickets when purchasing online or mention the offer by calling the box office at TTY/TDD 312.443.3829.) Goodman Theatre 312.553.7172 | 170 N. Dearborn | Chicago, IL 60601
Luna Gale - January 29, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Venus In Fur - March 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm
The White Snake - May 14, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Brigadoon - July 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Visit for more info.

~ DePaul University: Merle Reskin Theater
Box Office TTY: 773.325.7975
Voice: 312.922.1999
Theater Address
60 E. Balbo Drive , Chicago, IL 60605

Other Upcoming Interpreted Shows:
Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences
Number the Stars (Kid's Show)
Fri, 2/14/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 2/16/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance/Ice Cream Social
Jackie and Me (Kid's Show)
Fri, 5/2/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 5/4/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance/Ice Cream Social

2013-2014 Interpreted performances on the Fullerton
Stage, in The Theatre School’s new facility at 2350 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago:
The Theatre School Showcase
A Free Man of Color
Sun, 2/9/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Sun, 4/27/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 5/25/13 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance

~ C-I Connect!! Cochlear Impact Weekend - Save the Date!
When: April 11-13, 2014
Where: Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville
Who: 5th-8th grade students with CIs and their parents/guardians
Cost: Free! (Families will stay in the dorms)
Events: Education sessions for families, Networking, Fun!!
For more information: Contact Tina Childress, [email protected]
217-278-3550 (V)
217-383-0095 (VP)

~ DATES for IL Free Conferences for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss
North of Eighty in Rockford March 15, 2014
South of Seventy in Mt. Vernon April 26, 2014
Register here:

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. ISRC Annual Report for 2013
  4. "We are the World" Videos in Honor of Nelson Mandella
  5. TRIBES at the Steppenwolf Theatre
  6. Division for Communicative Disorders and Deafness(DCDD) member survey results
  7. Library for Children with Hearing Disability in India
  8. ITHI 2014 Parent Track
  9. Rockford toddler hears for the first time in months
  10. Literacy Boosters + Learning about Hearing Loss & Devices
  11. Free Download Book: Sometimes I Feel Green
  12. Help for Paying for Hearing Aids from the Chicago Hearing Society
  13. In Our Library: Videos New to our Collection


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Suggested by People You Know!

Karen Putz, Chicago deaf mom, can be found on cable TV every night for the next six months in an infomercial with Tommie Copper. You can view the infomercial here:Tommie Copper Presents: Life Recharged - The Female Show
Karen's part starts at 22:21 and the video is captioned--turn on the CC button.

Doran Blakeslee, DHH Social Worker at SWCCCASE, presented on the use of drums with students who are deaf and hard of hearing at a recent ISRC Behavior Team Training and shared the following links:

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ISRC Annual Report for 2013

The FY 2013 Annual Report from ISRC is available on the website at the Reports and Graphics section and directly at this link: FY 2013 Annual Report

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"We are the World" Videos in Honor of Nelson Mandella

From Sheila Jacobs and Sarah Dunham @Double Pride:
Who knew that a Fake Interpreter would get hearing people around the world sit up and take notice! It's our turn now to be in the spotlight, the hearing world is listening!
I was honored to be the Real Interpreter at the Oakland NAACP Nelson Mandela Memorial where we signed and sang "We are the World"!!! What a tremendously powerful event, we opened our hearts and hands and voices to unite our Deaf and Hearing Worlds.
Please join us! All you out there, we need your help. It's fun and easy! Takes 3 minutes!!
  1. Turn on your cameras
  2. Sign/sing the words of the chorus of "We are the World" 3 times(words below) in your spoken and sign languages
  3. visit our Double Pride Facebook page
  4. click "like" and post your videos there!

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TRIBES at the Steppenwolf Theatre

Synopsis: Billy's intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in-jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family. Tribes is sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard and a family that feels like home.
Watch the video for more information.
Share the word, this play runs until February 9, 2014. Perfect for group outings, too.
Tickets are ONLY $20 if you go to one of the access dates for either open captioning or ASL interpretation, listed on the website at
Enjoy the video and thanks for your help in spreading the word!

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Division for Communicative Disorders and Deafness (DCDD) member survey results

Many thanks to all of the Division for Communicative Disorders and Deafness (DCDD) members who participated in the survey last month. The data collected via the survey have been analyzed and we would like to share the results with the membership. The survey collected data regarding members' professions, preferences related to *Communication Disorders Quarterly*, ways in which the DCDD can benefit members, and the DCDD website and FaceBook page. Through the survey, members expressed a high level of interest in online learning opportunities, as well as research studies and classroom application articles in *CDQ*.
Survey responses included helpful feedback about the DCDD website. We are pleased to announce that the Division is unveiling a new website, which can be found by going to We welcome feedback on the new site and hope that members find it useful. The survey results can be found on the DCDD website and FaceBook page and by CLICKING HERE
The Board is extremely appreciative to those members who indicated an interest in becoming more involved with DCDD. For those who also provided contact information, we will be in touch with you in the coming weeks to discuss the details of your involvement. The DCDD Board would also like to put out a call for nominations for two positions that will be open in 2014; Membership Chair and President Elect. If you are interested in either of these positions, or would like to nominate someone please let us know by emailing Becca Jackson ([email protected]). More information about the two positions can be found on the new DCDD website under 'Constitution Bylaws' ( We welcome any comments or feedback on the survey results on the DCDD FaceBook page and look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

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Library for Children with Hearing Disability in India

Bookwallah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago whose vision is to transform the lives of children who have undergone hardship by sharing the gift of imagination. Their sole mission is to collect and distribute children’s story books, set up libraries, and spread the joy of reading to children of orphanages and children’s homes throughout the world.
Recently, Bookwallah, in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, launched a library for children with a hearing loss at The Stephen School for the Deaf in Mumbai, India

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ITHI 2014 Parent Track

ITHI 2014 (IL Teachers of Hard of Hearing and Deaf Individuals) Parent Track IL Hands & Voices has worked for the past 2 years to bring moms of children with hearing loss to their annual conference. It was so well received that this year they partnered with ITHI, HVEIO, ISRC and many other agencies servicing children in IL with hearing loss to create an ITHI Parent Track.
ITHI 2014 will take place this year at the Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams St. - Springfield, Illinois, and will begin Friday, February 28th at 10am and conclude at 4pm. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn along side deaf educators throughout the state.
You can register for ITHI by CLICKING HERE.
You do not need to participate in Moms Night Inn to take part in ITHI this year. Dads are welcome too!! Hotel rooms are on a first come first service basis at a discounted price for a Friday night stay. For more information see

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Rockford toddler hears for the first time in months

Rockford toddler hears for the first time in months
Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:03 PM CST
By Katie Nilsson
Rockford - Just a few months shy of his second birthday a Rockford toddler hears for the first time. 13 News Anchor Katie Nilsson caught up with the Esquivel family to share little Jesse's story.
Jesse Ramirez was born on a cold February day in 2012. His mother Jessica says they knew something wasn't right, right away. "He failed the hearing test at the hospital when he was born."
Doctors told her she had a healthy baby boy, but that she may have to look in to his hearing. At the time, Jessica had no idea about the long journey that was ahead of her. "He was failing a lot of tests and finally they did diagnose him with hearing loss."
Jessica thinks her son lost all hearing around six maybe seven months. She took him to doctors in DeKalb and at the Children's Hospital of Chicago. It was in Chicago she learned Jesse was a candidate for a cochlear implant. That's an electronic device, surgically implanted, that can help hearing impaired or people who are deaf, hear. Jesse had surgery two weeks ago, Jessica says they turned on his implant a little more than 24 hours ago. "It was very exciting to see him hear for the first time. He don't recognize the sounds, he's not like oh yeah, I know what I'm hearing, but it's basically the reaction."
Jessica says her baby reacts now in ways she's never see him react to before. While he can't hear everything just yet, doctors tell Jessica he should, by Christmas. "The device does not cure his hearing loss, it helps him hear, but it does not cure it. When the device is off, and he doesn't have it on him, he can't hear, it's silent."
That's one of the many reasons why Jessica plans to keep learning sign language and teaching it to Jesse. She says the family will be able to communicate with or without the hearing device. "No more silent, voiceless, faces, you know he can actually hear mom, dad brother, grandma, everybody in the family!"
Jesse goes back to see if he can get the cochlear implant on his other ear turned on December 2nd.

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Literacy Boosters + Learning about Hearing Loss & Devices

Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss has published Literacy Boosters + Learning about Hearing Loss & Devices

We want students with hearing loss to be able to speak confidently when asked questions like: “What are those things on your ears?” or other questions related to their hearing loss. We are fortunate to have some popular books to help children, their families, teachers and classmates understand more about hearing loss, hearing devices and communication needs. I am excited to share these tools that take a book one step farther by providing structured activities to increase literacy, self-advocacy and knowledge. What a great idea! Karen Anderson, Director

With each Literacy Booster you can:

  • Target self-advocacy skills, literacy and language development
  • Use the IEP examples that are consistent with the English Language Arts Common Core Standards
  • Enjoy a having a ready-made targeted skill set on tap with many, many materials on a CD!

Each Literacy Booster CD contains 25 activities in 3 areas:

  • phonologic/phonemic awareness
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension

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Free Download Book: Sometimes I Feel Green

Sometimes I Feel Green is a social narrative which introduces and explains the concept of behavioral escalation to students, based upon The Incredible 5-Point Scale, a strategy created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Beth Curtis. This short story, which includes a number of visual supports, breaks down and presents concepts to students to help them become better able to recognize, identify and manage their emotions. Coping strategies for appropriately managing strong emotions are also introduced within the text. Sometimes I Feel Green can be used as a part of a plan for implementing IEP goals targeting emotional regulation or included as a proactive strategy in a behavior support plan for teaching prosocial replacement behaviors.
Free download: Sometimes I Feel Green

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Help for Paying for Hearing Aids from the Chicago Hearing Society

Hello Everyone,
Do you know an elementary, junior high or high school girl who participates in sports whose family needs help paying for her hearing aids? Chicago Hearing Society can help. Thanks to a special fundraising effort earlier this year, CHS has a special fund to pay for hearing aids and related services for girls in the Chicago area.
Families will come to CHS for the services; our office is located at 2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago.
If the girls do not currently use hearing aids, but the family thinks their daughter could benefit from having aids, they may also contact CHS.
Girls who participate in any type of sport – through their school, park district, local Y or any youth sports – are eligible.
If you know a family who could benefit from this special fund, please have them contact me directly at [email protected] or 773-248-9121 ext. 307.
Families who contact me over the holidays will get a response immediately after January 1.
Please pass along this information to anyone who meets these criteria.
Thank you!
Jill Sahakian, Director
Chicago Hearing Society
2001 N. Clybourn Ave. | Chicago, Illinois 60614
Voice 773.248.9121 x307 | Fax 773-248-9176 | TTY 773.248.9174 |

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In Our Library

Videos New to our Collection
We are working to increase the holdings of ASL videos in the ISRC. We are expecting the delivery in January of The Gift (2011) in which a musician falls in love with a deaf dancer and struggles to learn ASL
and In The Land of The Deaf (1992), Nicolas Philibert's documentary which features people who are deaf and hard of hearing of all ages and from all walks of life, focusing on the students and teachers in a French school for deaf children and exploring the personal lives of some of the pupils and various adults, including an actor, a sign-language teacher, and an engaged couple. Sensitive and fascinating, In the Land of the Deaf is a moving account of its subjects' lives. -- Amazon Editorial Reviews

The Library Catalog is available through the traditional Catalog and free LibraryWorld Search apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to "ISTAC." No password needed.

**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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