ISRC Digital Update
April 2012
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Upcoming Events

~ 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

~ Child's Voice Audiology and Cochlear America will be offering a workshop for parents of children with Cochlear CI products. It's an opportunity to bring your bag/box of accessories and talk about how to use them again. Wednesday, April 18th, 6-8 p.m, Child's Voice, 180 Hansen Ct, Wood Dale IL 60191. Light refreshments will be provided during the session. Babysitting IS NOT available. Please RSVP: [email protected]

~ Kane County Forest Preserve Events for D/HH:
If you are interested in these programs, please contact John Hurlbut, Intern, Kane County district Forest Preserve: [email protected]
Spring Wildflowers - There's nothing like a forest full of wildflowers to proclaim the beauty of spring! During this walk you'll learn to identify some of the wildflowers in the woods and you'll learn some of the folklore and stories about the flowers as well. This program is geared towards adults.
Saturday, April 28; 10 - 11 a.m., Bliss Woods, Sugar Grove.
Creek Exploration - This hands-on program is designed for middle school age kids who are eager to explore the outdoors. With forest preserve district naturalists, the children will use dip nets and buckets and other tools to see what's living in the creek. We'll use magnifying glasses and trail-side microscope to see the small creatures. We may find birds, frogs and other surprise as well! Kids will have fun while learning about the ecology of creeks and streams. Children should wear clothes that can get wet - and an extra set of dry clothes for the trip home!
Sunday, May 6; 1 - 2 p.m., location T.B.A.

~ 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

~ Family Earth Day brought to you by Chicago KIDS and Parents Club for deaf and hard of hearing youth and hearing siblings, and hearing youth of deaf persons ages 0-12. Sunday April 22nd from 1-4 pm at the Garfield Conservatory Community Room, 300 N Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624. Family Earth Day will be a fun afternoon of exploring the garden on a scavenger hunt and other hands-on activities. Please bring your own light snack and drinks. For questions please contact Sarah Faber at 773.273.6617 for voice or video or email [email protected]

~ 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!
~ 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. The Family Resource Center on Disabilities
  3. The Illinois School for the Deaf Cochlear Implant Support Page
  4. Blogs From Deaf Educators We Know!
  5. SLAP - Sign Language Performers
  6. In Our Library: Welcome to Your Child's Brain (CD audiobook)


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The Family Resource Center on Disabilities

What can they do for you??
Chicago's Metropolitan Area Parent Training and Information Center!

FRCD is here to help you:

  • Learn about your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Make informed decisions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Obtain appropriate services for your child
  • Communicate more effectively with school professionals
  • Come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference
  • Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services
  • Effect positive change in your child's school
  • Learn about what he or she needs to lead a productive and independent adult life

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The Illinois School for the Deaf Cochlear Implant Support Page

This page is to act as a one-stop shop across the manufacturers for topics such as troubleshooting help, aural rehabilitation ideas, and general information about cochlear implants.

For information, user guides, and product information visit:

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Blogs From Deaf Educators We Know!

Tina Childress maintains this blog highlighting information, resources, links, supports, videos, apps, and documents.

Stephanie Hopkins, an D/HH EC Teacher in U-46. Her blog is a place to see pictures of all the fun things we do and keep updated with the news in our class. Check it out:

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SLAP - Sign Language Performers

A review of their recent (3rd annual) performance in Rochester, NY...Leah Buletti writes: "Each skit engaged the audience with serious situations: what to do if, while working at Starbucks, you have to help a group of deaf customers and what to do if, in a crowded place, you have to walk in between two people signing to each other. With humor and poise that was both informative and entertaining, the skits educated and enlightened audience members." Read more about the event at:

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In Our Library

Welcome to Your Child's Brain (CD audiobook)

Summary: Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success.

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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