ISRC Digital Update
March 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ Chicago KIDS & Parents Club 2013 Events
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]

~ Fundraising Events for the International Center on Deafness and the Arts:
1. Mystery Dinner Theater Saturday Match 16th at Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL from 6-9pm. Adults $45 Children, $15
2. Golfing for the Stars of ICODA Thursday, June 27th 2013 The Arboretum Club 401 West Half Day Rd. Buffalo Grove, Il. 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Scramble
3. 2013 Heart of Gold and Helping Hand Award Saturday October 19th, 2013 Monastero's Ristorante, 3935 West Devon Ave., Chicago IL 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

~ CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE of The Fox on the Fairway
MARCH 16, 2013 4 p.m. Theatre at the Center 1040 Ridge Road, Munster IN 46321 The Fox on the Fairway is a madcap comedy by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for you) and features the 43rd annual grudge match between rival golf clubs, thrown for a loop when the best golfer switches teams on the eve of the competition. It's a hilarious romp with classic elements like mistaken identities, huge consequences riding on the match's outcome, marriages on the brink of disaster, and secret romantic shenanigans that recall the Marx Brothers in their heyday. Contact Kathy Cortopassi at [email protected] if you are interested in attending. If you prefer ASL interpreters, please say so. A block of tickets has been reserved for a reduced price of $19 each. Gather in the lobby to pay Kim Mettache at 3:30 p.m. For directions, go to: FREE PARKING BEHIND THEATER!

~ 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

~ 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.
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].

~ Governor Pat Quinn has declared Friday, March 22, 2013 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Day

~ Join the Illinois Deaf Latino Association for a social on March 25th from 5pm-8pm at the 5456 N Harlem Wendy's in Chicago. Wear bright colors!

~ Visit Skateland in Waukesha for fun and a good cause! Help raise funds for kids of deaf parents to attend KODA camp this summer! Where: Skateland, 1931 East Main St. Waukesha, WI When: March 30, 2013 12:30pm - 5:00pm Why: Fundraising for KODA Summer Camp Who: Everybody is invited! Bring your family, distant relatives, friends, neighbors, strangers to support KODAs!! Admission: $5.00 - half goes to KODA camp fundraising (Additional $3 for roller-skate rental or bring your own)

~ April 5th - Annual DEAFest from 9-5. This year Peter Cook, Crystal Schwartz and Susan DuPor will be there! Free Admission! The Morning Program is for kids age 3-18. The Afternoon Program is open to the public. John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 VP: 618-565-0055 [email protected]

~ 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 comedian, Crom Saunders is coming to Hinsdale South H.S. for one night and one night only! He is a one-man show, featuring skills that incorporate pop culture, impersonations, improvisation, American Sign Language, puns, and physical feats into one big laugh fest. Come and see CROMANIA!!!! Friday, April 26th 7:30p.m. Hinsdale South High School Auditorium (Enter through door number 8) 7401 Clarendon Hills Rd. Darien, IL 60561 TICKETS AT DOOR H.S. Student with ID - $7 Adult - $10 Voice Interpreter Provided All proceeds support ASL Club, Deaf Drama Club and JRIAD at Hinsdale South High School For More Information: email: [email protected] (VP) 630-230-1698 or (Voice) 630-468-4001

~ 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. On May 1, 2012 Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing School-age Children volunteered all across the state to help their local animal shelters. They set the record as being the largest group of deaf and hard of hearing students to participate in a community service project. A total of 495 students volunteered! To learn more about this project, please go to
We are encouraging deaf and hard of hearing students from THIRTEEN Midwest states to get involved in a service project for May 1, 2013 and the theme is "PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE." There are many non-profits organizations serving people in your local community that cannot function without the input of volunteers. Your local food pantry, homeless shelter, nursing home, tutoring/mentoring program, soup kitchen, pregnancy resource center and other organizations will greatly appreciate your assistance. There are many benefits to volunteering in the community. Volunteer work helps students expand their network and boost their social skills. One of the best ways to learn is through experience! Community involvement helps people feel better connected to their community.

~ 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.

~ 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

~ Family Picnic an Early Intervention Family Event Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Fort Frankfort Playground Located at Commissioners Park (west of Harlem Ave., north of Laraway Road) 22108 S 80th Ave Frankfort, IL 60423 What do you need to bring?

  • Lunch for your family, or $ for the concession stand
  • Sunscreen
  • Lawn chairs or blanket to spread out
  • Shade tents/canopies just in case
Odds and Ends...The Park has a "splash pool" that is $2 per child older than 2 years old (no charge for parents/guardians older than 21) if you wish to join in, that is open from 10:00-12:00 (there is a second session from 12:30-2:30). Swim diapers are required for those not potty trained. Admission is first come first serve; the limit is 60 patrons. There is a concession stand as well as washroom facilities at Fort Frankfort. No pets, alcohol , or grilling is permitted at Fort Frankfort. Questions? call Dan (708-829-9188); Jane (708-732-0143); or Jami (708-925-7173)

~ 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. Stories told in Sign Language
  4. Talking about Women's Rights in ASL - Gallaudet's Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority
  5. Pushing Science's Limits in Sign Language Lexicon
  6. Using Social Skills Training For Children with Disabilities
  7. Article - Remarkable Woman: Dana Suskind
  8. Self Esteem Resources
  9. Research Project: "Identifying the professional development needs of teachers supporting students with a dual diagnosis of deafness and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)"
  10. Prince Harry visits a Deaf school in South Africa!
  11. The Holley Family Village
  12. In Our Library: Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Phobias, and Worries (book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

*Thank you Veronica Krause:
" 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!"

*Thank you Dave Markowicz:
5 Simple Concentration Building Techniques for Kids with ADHD by Dr. Robert Myers, Child Psychologist
Imagine that you are living inside of a video game, where everything is coming at you at once and every sight, sound and sensation is a distraction. For a child with ADHD, getting through a typical day is something like that-and it explains a great deal about how they experience the world. Children with ADHD typically have impairment of functions such as concentration, memory, impulse control, processing speed and an inability to follow directions. If you're a parent of a child with ADD or ADHD, this most likely sounds all too familiar. Read more:

*From the Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness of the Council for Exceptional Children list serve:
Technology Resources for DHH Ling 6 Sound App - Allows a quick and easy way to check and see that a child detects those sounds that lie within the speech spectrum of hearing. The Ling 6 Sound test can be used daily to insure that aids and cochlear implants are functioning properly. - provides a list of Apps that professionals working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing may be interested in acquiring. - provides stories in both English and American Sign Language (ASL). Features include: (a) an original story told in ASL and English, (b) easy and accessible navigation designed for children, (c) rich interactive narrative with direct English to ASL vocabulary video translation, and (d) a 170-word ASL glossary so parents can learn ASL along with their child

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Stories told in Sign Language

During the spring months of 2013, WSD's ASL Specialist, David Copeland, will be storysigning classic Children's Stories. Additionally, we will provide resources for classroom teachers who would like to incorporate ASL, Deaf Culture, and English/Language Arts activities into their classroom routines.

Units and stories with materials for students who are deaf/hard of hearing:

Stories told in sign language by, teacher of the Deaf, Stephanie Atwell from School District U-46

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Talking about Women's Rights in ASL - Gallaudet's Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority

The girls of Phi Kappa Zeta talk about the history, impact, and importance of women's rights as well as ways to get involved to make a difference.

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Pushing Science's Limits in Sign Language Lexicon


"Imagine trying to learn biology without ever using the word "organism." Or studying to become a botanist when the only way of referring to photosynthesis is to spell the word out, letter by painstaking letter. For deaf students, this game of scientific Password has long been the daily classroom and laboratory experience. Words like "organism" and "photosynthesis" - to say nothing of more obscure and harder-to-spell terms - have no single widely accepted equivalent in sign language. This means that deaf students and their teachers and interpreters must improvise, making it that much harder for the students to excel in science and pursue careers in it." Read more from this article here:

Within the article highlight:
Gallaudet has tried to take a democratic approach to the problem: it collaborates on the ASL-STEM Forum, a wiki-style Web site dedicated to "enabling American Sign Language to grow in science, technology, engineering and mathematics" that was set up in 2009 by researchers at the University of Washington. Anyone can submit, critique and vote for science signs, which are demonstrated in short videos. The idea is to let those who are hearing-impaired and learning science decide which new signs should become standard.

Signing Science
Scientific terms like "organism" and "photosynthesis" have no widely accepted equivalent in sign language, so deaf students and professionals have unexpected hurdles when talking about science. Here, Lydia Callis, a professional sign language interpreter, translates a shortened version of an article by Douglas Quenqua, explaining how new signs are being developed that may enhance scientific learning and communication.

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Using Social Skills Training For Children with Disabilities

A new report from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the research on the effectiveness of social skills training for children with disabilities. Social skills training is a collection of practices that use a behavioral approach for teaching preschool children age-appropriate social skills and competencies, including communication, problem solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations. After reviewing the research evidence, the WWC found that social skills training has positive effects on social-emotional development and behavior and no discernible effects on cognition for children with disabilities in early education settings. Read the full pdf report Summarize and compare the evidence of the effectiveness of interventions that address your school or district's needs and Find What Works. Explore What Works Clearinghouse for other WWC reports today and browse their various topics. Source: Institute of Education Sciences

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Remarkable Woman: Dana Suskind

Pediatric surgeon helps children hear, but that's just the beginning

"Suskind worked with her University of Chicago colleagues to launch 30 Million Words, a program that sends research assistants to the homes of at-risk children for 13 weeks and educates their parents about the importance of engaging their children in an ongoing dialogue - and, equally important, offers them the tools to do so. Researchers work with the parents to develop weekly word goals, with an ongoing emphasis on "the three Ts: Tune in, talk more, take turns," Suskind says."

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Self Esteem Resources

These self esteem activities for all age groups, focus on empowerment, personal development, creative expression, and building self confidence in children. Learn the warning signs and what you can do to build self confidence in your child/student.

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Research Project: "Identifying the professional development needs of teachers supporting students with a dual diagnosis of deafness and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)"


We are Drs. Stacey Bock and Christy Borders from the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University. We are working on an exciting research project entitled, "Identifying the professional development needs of teachers supporting students with a dual diagnosis of deafness and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)," and we would like to invite you to participate. The purpose of this project is to gain insight into teacher professional development needs related to students with a dual diagnosis of deafness and ASD. We hope to use this information to develop relevant professional development opportunities to support teachers working with this particular population.

If you are willing to participate in this project, we will ask you to complete a short survey. The completion of the survey will take approximately 10 minutes. Please be assured that your participation in this study is absolutely voluntary. There will be no penalties of any kind and your choice to participate will not be divulged to anyone, including your supervisors. There is a minimal risk of loss of confidentiality if you should choose to include your contact information for future contact regarding the study. There is also a minimal risk to employability in that your employer may utilize software to monitor computer usage. In order to minimize this risk, please take this survey on a non-work related computer. All data will be held confidential. If, however, you are interested in involvement in future research on students with dual diagnoses of deafness and ASD, you can choose to include your name and contact information. If you choose to include this information, your survey data will not be reported with your name as all data will be reported in aggregate. Dr. Borders will store all the data on her password-protected computer under lock and key in her office in DeGarmo Hall or secured in her personal domicile. Computer data will be deleted 5 years after we publish or present the findings.

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Stacey Bock at (309) 438-7884 or [email protected] or Christy Borders at (309) 438-5829 or [email protected]. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Research Ethics & Compliance Office at (309) 438-2529. Research at Illinois State University that involves human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board. Questions or problems regarding these activities should be addressed to IRB Chairperson, Research Ethics & Compliance Office, Campus Box 3330, Normal, IL 61790-3330, or phone (309) 438-2529. If you agree to participate in this study, please link to and complete the online survey.

Thank you, Stacey Bock and Christy Borders

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Prince Harry visits a Deaf school in South Africa!

Prince Harry has said he hopes his late mother would be "proud" of his fundraising efforts, as he launched a project to help disadvantaged children in South Africa.

The Prince mentioned Diana, Princess of Wales, as he gave a speech at a gala dinner for his Sentebale charity.

Earlier in the day, he met youngsters at a school for deaf children in Lesotho, where he learned sign language and took part in a kneeling dance.


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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
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: Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Phobias, and Worries (book)

Summary: "Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life."

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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