ISRC Digital Update
March 2012
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

~ Guide by Your Side Family Fun Days: Please call for more information and to RSVP. For the complete listing of March Events please visit
Olney - Calvary Baptist Church-activities and pizza! 430 E Mack Ave on March 17th at 4:00pm. Contact Christa at 618-392-4106
Wheeling - Nibbles Play Café, Free Entry to play area and snacks! March 18th 10-11:30 am. Contact Alison at 773-575-1684
Naperville - McDonald's D/HH Social Play Time, 829 W. 75th St. March 21st 4-6pm. Contact Andrea at 630-697-3544
Joliet - Pizza Hut, 2901 Plainfield Rd, Friday March 23rd from 5 pm. Contact Crystal at 847-852-6287 [email protected] Sign language interpreters will be provided.
Quincy - Pizza Hut, 3616 Broadway St. Saturday March 24th from 11:30 am. Contact Laura at 217-257-0440
Belleville - Fun Spot Skating Center, 1400 West Blvd, Belleville, IL on March 24th from 11-1pm. Contact Kelley at 913-221-7304
Springfield - Lincoln Library Downtown Branch, Free Activities, prizes and snacks! 326 S 7th Street, Springfield Carnegie Room North , March 24th 3:00-4:30. Contact Cari at 217-415-8741

~ DeaFEST at John. A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois on March 30th, 2012. This is a FREE Event! Little Theatre of the Deaf and 17 International Deaf Students will be there. For more information contact Misti Harrison at [email protected] For directions or map, go to

~ Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year - Tuesday April 17, 2011. Addressing, motivating, and fostering the need for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to learn and USE self-advocacy skills. www.dhhaoy 176 West Banquets 1100 N.E. Frontage Road Joliet, IL 60431 Phone: 815-730-1060

~ Deaf/HH Volleyball Tournament - Harper College - Saturday April 21, 2012 from 7:30 am - 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Please apply if you are interested in helping make this event successful. For more information about volunteering and the event visit

~ Parent Advocacy Training What you need to know: IDEA Law How to advocate for your child
The course is taught by Andrea Marwah. Andrea is a parent of a child with hearing loss, the president of IL Hands & Voices, a Parent Guide for IL Guide By Your Side and has been teaching this course now for 5 years.
When: Saturday, April 28th Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Child's Voice School 180 Hanson Court Wood Dale, IL
Cost: $20 for book $5 for lunch
RSVP today (space is limited): Andrea Marwah [email protected] 630-697-3544 OR Wendy Deters [email protected] 630-595-8200

~ May 10th at 10:00 a.m. & May 12th at 2:00 p.m. The Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences of DePaul University presents BARRIO GRRRL! A Musical (ASL interpreted). For more information or tickets call TTY 773-325-7975 or Merle Reskin Theatre 60 E Balbo Dr. Chicago, IL 60605

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ North of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss March 24, 2012 Rockford
~ South of Seventy Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss April 14, 2012 Mt. Vernon
~ 6th Annual Family Leaders Conference Date: April 28, 2012 Location: Spaulding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL. Featuring an exciting new presentation from Paula Kluth. Watch for Registration Information, coming soon!
~ Parent Infant Institute Illinois School for the Deaf June 10 - 15, 2012 Jacksonville, IL
~ The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will take place in Jacksonville, Illinois on June 11-15th, 2012. During Institute, children are evaluated by professionals with expertise in the field of hearing loss, while their parents attend classes. Siblings through the age of 7 are welcome to attend also. This is a unique opportunity for parents to share, learn, and meet other parents. For more information, go to:
English version-
Spanish version-

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Resources for Hearing Aid Use Concerns in Teens
  3. Deaf in the News!
  4. The new NOT SO COCHLEAR implant
  5. Strategies for Mood Related Behaviors at School
  6. Self Esteem Building Games
  7. Scattegories for English, Reading, Literacy, or Sign Language Classes
  8. In Our Library: Managing Noncompliance and Defiance in the Classroom by Geoff Colvin (book)


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Resources for Hearing Aid Use Concerns in Teens

Thanks to Brenda Schmidt for sharing!

Hard of Hearing Students in Postsecondary Settings: A Guide for Service Providers-

"For a teenager to be willing to wear hearing aids he needs to understand the critical importance to his future, and to be armed with the attitude and confidence to be among his peers while wearing hearing aids and not be affected by the casual flippant remark." For tips and tricks to help visit:

"Did you know that most people who could benefit from hearing aids don't wear them? There are a number of reasons. They're expensive, some people have had a bad experience with them, some people deny their hearing loss, etc." To learn more and access a plethora of resources, including 123 reasons NOT to wear hearing aids check out:

Hearing aids and implants: If you've got 'em, flaunt 'em...see what Amy Sargent has to say:

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Deaf in the News!

A local group (Anixter Center's employment program) helped several Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals get jobs at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.

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The new NOT SO COCHLEAR implant

Here's what they say makes their product so unique:

Invisible Hearing® Nobody notices when you have Esteem®. It is a fully implanted prosthetic hearing restoration device, giving you worry-free, Invisible Hearing® once again. When you look in the mirror, you are not going to be reminded of your hearing aid, and therefore, your hearing loss. Although totally implanted, you can still switch the Esteem® on and off and regulate the volume with a convenient Personal Programmer.

No microphone - No noise interference Esteem® uses the eardrum as a natural microphone in the form of a smart bridge in the anatomical auditory canal. In this way, the ear helps to minimize background noise naturally. There is no acoustic feedback. Many surgeons have termed the Esteem® an electronic prosthetic hearing device.

No charging - No maintenance Esteem®'s maintenance-free battery lasts 4.5 to 9 years, depending on use. Once it is depleted, the battery is replaced in a minor outpatient surgical operation. Changing batteries every two weeks and laborious charging are things of the past.

Learn more at:

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Strategies for Mood Related Behaviors at School

Accommodating Students with Mood Lability: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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Self Esteem Building Games

Thanks to Dave Markowitz for sharing!

Here's what the creators have to say:

"Imagine you could play a computer game for five minutes each morning that would help you feel more secure and confident in yourself. Our research shows that people may be able to change the negative thought patterns that sometimes produce insecurity. We are now examining whether over time, with practice, people can develop positive, beneficial habits of thought to help them become more secure and self-confident on a long term basis -- whether in the context of their working life, their personal relationships, or their overall sense of well being. Beginning in 2006, these games are being developed and marketed by MindHabits Inc."

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Scattegories for English, Reading, Literacy, or Sign Language Classes

Here is the How-To Kit. Thanks Edie Runnion!

Adaptation/Note: It is recommended for ESL use that younger and new language learners are not restricted in the letter, but to instead, fill in a word that fits each category regardless of initial letter. For more advanced students/language users, a letter restriction can be imposed.

Other adaptation ideas: All the categories be letters of the alphabet. A, B, C.... All the categories are based on colors. Ex. "Things That Are Blue."

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In Our Library

The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker (CD audiobook)

Summary: In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution.

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**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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