ISRC Digital Update
February 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ Chicago KIDS & Parents Club 2013 Events
*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

~ Sound Experience Pizza Party February 16, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Lurie Children's Outpatient Center in Westchester. Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with other parents of deaf/hard of hearing children while enjoying pizza, games, crafts, and a face painter. 2301 Enterprise Drive. Westchester, IL 60154. Please RSVP to Tanya Goralczyk at 847.486.6551 or [email protected]

~ 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.


  1. 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.
  2. "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!
  3. Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach (HV/EIO) will also be presenting for those looking to earn EI credits
  4. Christy Borders and Stacey Bock from Illinois State University will present a 2-day workshop (Feb 27 & 28) on Supporting Students with a Dual Diagnosis of Deafness and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Last year at ITHI, this dynamic duo shared information from their research project. This year, they will share the evidence based practices and strategies you've all been asking to learn. Register NOW!
~ 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.
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].

~ Mom's Night Inn - Mothers of children with hearing loss- Don't miss this amazing opportunity to get away, relax and enjoy networking with other parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing!! March 2-3 at the Wyndham Lisle. 877.350.4556 or mailto:[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.

~ Governor Pat Quinn has declared Friday, March 22, 2013 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Day
Join CHOICES for Parents in honoring: Gail Olson, BA, Coordinator, Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach, Cecilia G. Libunao, BSN, RN, Chicago Department of Public Health, Nancy Mamerow, BSW, Deaf Mentor, and a parent of a child with hearing loss. Co-Sponsored by the Illinois EHDI Program
Program begins at 2:30 pm Reception immediately following All are welcome!
Marcello's Father and Son Restaurant 645 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610 Free parking on site
RSVP to Karen: 866.733.8729 E-mail: [email protected] Sign Language Interpreters provided

~ Harper College Deaf Institute Proudly Hosts 9th Annual Co-ed Volleyball Tournament for High School College Teams Saturday, April 20, 2013 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Building M Gym Check our website for updates: Admission for fans: Adults, $5 Students with ID, $3 Children 12 and under, free and must be accompanied by an adult. There will be concession serving hot cold food, snacks and beverages. For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at [email protected]

~ ISRC Sponsored bus trip to ISD – Friday April 26, 2013. The trip is free and ISD provides lunch. To make reservations call Sherry Little at 217.479.4297 by April 12, 2013. Pick up times and locations are as follows: Center on Deafness, Northbrook @ 4:30 a.m.; O'Hare Oasis @ 5:00 a.m.; Hinsdale Oasis @ 5:30 a.m.; Dwight @ 6:30 a.m. This information is also available in Spanish.

~ Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day – sponsored by the Illinois Service Resource Center – will be on May 1st this year. The theme is People Helping People. Stay tuned for more details as the event gets closer. For information from last year's event visit:

~ 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

~ May 31 - June 2, 2013 IDHHC Annual Statewide Interpreter Conference - President Abraham Lincoln Hotel Convention Center, Springfield, IL
For more conference information, go to IDHHC’s conference page on its website at

~ 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. Free Ride Passes on RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace
  4. Making History – The first TV episode completely in ASL!!
  5. The Wizard of Oz in ASL
  6. A PBIS Resource
  7. Proposed Changes from Teacher Certification to Licensure
  8. IL E.A.R.S. Newsletter
  9. Debunking Myths about Positive Reinforcement
  10. The Holley Family Village
  11. In Our Library: The Power of Habit (CD audiobook)


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Suggested by People You Know!

John Luckner wanted to share this with you:

Graphic organizers provide an organized visual display of content that allows professionals to omit extraneous information while emphasizing important concepts and demonstrating their connection to each other, which is beneficial for students with language differences and processing difficulties. Graphic organizers can be used to: (a) provide an advanced organizer for content, (b) provide assistance for difficult reading passages or concepts, (c) highlight key points, (d) preview reading material, (e) assess prior knowledge, (f) review, and (g) assess. Four excellent websites for helping develop graphic organizers are:

Please use the DCDD Facebook page to ask questions and to share comments concerning the information in this message.

Dave Markowitz shared:

The Humanity Project helps adults and students make a difference in the community and beyond. They encourage you to focus on helping other people feel good about themselves, showing them through our words and behavior that they have value as individual members of the human race. Visit the website for ideas on how you can help!

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Free Ride Passes on RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace

To help people with disabilities maintain their independence, the RTA has partnered with the Illinois Department on Aging to offer the People with Disabilities Ride Free program. New legislation now provides free rides on fixed-route transit (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra, and Pace buses and trains) for any Illinois resident over the age of 16 who has been enrolled as a person with a disability in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program.

Find an RTA Registration Center- PDF
Download the RTA People With Disabilities Ride Free Program brochure
Seniors Ride Free Registration Sites - English Spanish (click on “apply online” then “Start Filing”)

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Making History - The first TV episode completely in ASL!!

MARCH 4TH at 7:00 p.m.!!

ABC Family's award-winning original series Switched at Birth will produce an episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), the first episode of its kind for a scripted series on mainstream television. The special episode, which airs Monday, March 4 at 8/7c, will be told from the perspective of the series' multiple deaf characters -- with open captions for hearing viewers.

The story will put us in the middle of a student uprising in which the very essence of the characters' deaf identity is at stake. "I've been wanting to do an all-ASL episode since the series began, and the storyline we've been focusing on this season gave us the perfect opportunity," said series creator and Executive Producer Lizzy Weiss. "It's an exciting, visual, empowering story of kids, who are different, fighting back, and it allows our audience to experience the world as our deaf characters do. We've been building to this for 39 episodes, and we're all thrilled to be the first to try this."

Watch ALL NEW episodes of Switched at Birth Mondays at 8/7c on ABC Family

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The Wizard of Oz in ASL

A great resource to inspire prospective actors/actresses or for use in English/Literature classes. Check it out!

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A PBIS Resource

Dear PBIS Partners and Collaborators,

The Illinois PBIS Network would like to include you on our monthly Front Page Newsletter (FPN) e-communications to coaches, which provide resources, tips, and updates to support PBIS implementation efforts. The FPN features various subjects ranging from Classroom Management and Advanced Tiers to Data Evaluation and School/Family/Community Partnerships. We want to keep you informed on recent Network developments, events, and improvements to our systems. To see our past FPN issues, please go to our website at: If you choose not to be included on these emails, you can click on the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the FPN email. We truly appreciate your support of the PBIS initiative and look forward to sharing our current efforts in Illinois with you.

The Illinois PBIS Network

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Proposed Changes from Teacher Certification to Licensure

The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing significant changes to move Illinois from teacher certification to licensure. Among the proposed changes include the following:
  • A. How the exchange of a current individual's certification to a license will take place.
  • B. Requirements for qualifications for a professional educator license after July 2, 2013.
  • C. Requirements for the alternative educator program.
  • D. Establishes requirements for paraprofessionals. Under the new system, each paraprofessional must hold an educator license with stipulations endorsed for paraprofessional educator.
  • E. Sets forth changes in special education requirements.
  • F. Makes changes for educational interpreters.
You are encouraged to read these proposed regulations which can be accessed at:

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IL E.A.R.S. Newsletter

Here is the latest IL E.A.R.S newsletter in English and Spanish. Make sure you check out the Family Fun Day fliers...lots of upcoming dates to meet other families while the kids get to do something fun! A great way to spend the cold, winter months! Check out ISRC on page 9! Please share with families who have children with a hearing loss!

English: English
Spanish: Spanish

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Don't Miss This – Debunking Myths about Positive Reinforcement!!

This well designed PowerPoint outlines what positive reinforcement is and is not. It presents the research behind why it is important and how it works. Suzy Johns and Jacquelin Patrick share the various types of reinforcers with examples from the Least Restrictive Behavior Interventions Resource.

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The Holley Family Village

Check out these amazing opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children, adults, and their families:
Thank you ISRC Parent Facilitator, Edie Runion, for sharing this information.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs

2013 Program Schedule
Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24, 2013: D-PAN Music Video Weekend
Tuesday, June 25 - Saturday, June 29, 2013: DeafBlind Week
Sunday, June 30 - Friday, July 5, 2013: Deaf Family Week
Sunday, July 7 - Friday, July 12, 2013: Family Week One
Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19, 2013: Family Week Two
Sunday, July 21 - Friday, July 26, 2013: Art & Drama: A.C.O.R.N. Week
Sunday, July 28 - Friday, August 2, 2013: Youth Career Development & Exploration
Sunday, August 4 - Friday, August 9, 2013: ASL Week
Sunday, August 11 - Friday, August 16, 2013: Volunteer Week

The Holley Family Village ~ 1142 Ventura Dr. ~ Brooklyn, Michigan 49230
517 592 6283 (Voice) 517-536-1518 (VP) 517-592-2389 (Fax)

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In Our Library

In Our Library: The Power of Habit (CD audiobook)

Summary: "A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees—how they approach worker safety—and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives."

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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