ISRC Digital Update
April 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ 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.
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.

~ Harper College Deaf Institute Proudly Hosts The 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

S.I.G.N. Club is proud to announce the Deaf Idol 2013 Contest and deaf dance! Doors will open at 1 pm, contest will begin at 1:30 pm and after the contest there will open dancing and music by a deaf DJ. Families welcome!
WHAT: Deaf Idol Contest 2013 and dance
WHEN: Saturday April 27, 2013 1-7 pm
WHERE: Illinois Central College, 1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois in the cafeteria (In Main Academic Building - parking in Lots V, A1, and B1)
WHO: Contest is open to any deaf individuals and CODAs, event is open to all
COST: $5 for adults (18 years and up) $2 for ages 12-17 FREE for kids under 12 with paying adult!
Have questions? Email [email protected] Or find them on Facebook: "Deaf Idol 2013 Contest and Deaf Dance"
To register for the Deaf Idol contest: please email [email protected] and they will email you a registration form to fill out and return to us.
Contest Rules: Parental signature required for those under 18 years of age. Voting will be by the audience. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. All contestants must register by the April 19 deadline to be eligible to receive prizes. There is no entry fee, however general admission prices apply. Popcorn will be available for purchase. You may bring your own sack-lunch type food for dinner. Bring your own drinks.

~ Deaf Community Day at the Chicago Children's Museum April 27th from 10 am-5 pm. In addition to the already stimulating and accessible environment, ASL story times and mask making will be offered this day. The code "DCD2013" will get you 50% off your admission for up to 4 people. Chicago Children’s Museum - Navy Pier 700 E Grand Ave. 312.527.1000

~ 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-profit 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)

~ Registration is OPEN for this year's ISD Outreach August Conference 2013 on Monday, August 5th. Registration continues to be FREE and continuing education credits can be earned. Topics this year include:
  • Q&A for educational and community interpreters
  • Code of Ethics for interpreters
  • Educational interpreter role in behavior management and socialization
  • Topics for itinerant teachers
  • Advanced signing skills and self-assessment
  • Math & science signs
  • Transition services
  • Literacy & language development
  • Working with students who are deaf-blind
In the past, they have had representation from special education teachers, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, community interpreters, educational interpreters and a handful of other educational professionals. They would love to reach out more to regular education staff, school nurses and other staff that have students who are deaf/hard of hearing on their caseload, so please be sure to spread the word! People can register online by going to their Events page on the website or by clicking here. If you have any questions, please email your inquiries to [email protected] or contact her at 217-278-3550 (voice) or 217-383-0095 (VP).

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].

~ Conferences for Parents:
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. Schaumburg Township Deaf Services
  4. Free Internet Listening and Spoken Language Based Therapy Program
  5. Bullying, Eating Disorders and More!
  6. Deaf Autism America
  7. ISRC Parent Facilitator Earns GBYS Parent Award 2013
  8. The New Hampshire Parent Information and Resource Center
  9. Gallaudet University Regional Outreach Center Survey
  10. Hearing Loss Simulator
  11. In Our Library: Intervening In Adolescent Problem Behavior: A Family-Centered Approach (book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Thank you Karla Geise and Takiyah Harris:

Things that only happen to Deaf people; a little humor.

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Schaumburg Township Deaf Services

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At: Schaumburg Township, One Illinois Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

  • Important issues discussions including our next field trips/meetings
  • There will be a DVD showing a hilarious entertainment by a Deaf entertainer, CJ Jones, who will do a storytelling in ASL/mime that makes you laugh and laugh!
  • Bring your own lunches. Cookies/beverages will be provided
Please RSVP before April 12th: 224-520-9763 VP or [email protected] ZUMBA CLASSES
Schaumburg Township Deaf Services is hosting two Zumba classes taught by Sabrina Patino who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Zumba Gold classes are now back to Monday mornings. As for the Zumba classes, they are held on Thursdays except one day is on Wednesday due to conflict.
  • Zumba Gold (low fitness level): Mondays: April 15, 22, & 29, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Zumba (high fitness level): Thursdays: April 4, 11,& 25 and Wednesday April 17, 2013, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Open to all ages. Cost is $3 per person/class. Bring your water bottle & wear comfortable clothes/shoes.
Please RSVP so in case of an emergency or a bad weather, we will attempt to inform you.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarita Phadke: 224-520-9763 VP; 847- 884-1560 TTY; [email protected]

For more and ongoing events check out the DeafLine Newsletter at:

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Free Internet Listening and Spoken Language Based Therapy Program

Grant funding has been established to provide free "ihear therapy” to children who are deaf/hard of hearing, ages 0-3, for up to 14 sessions per child. ihear is an encrypted, HIPAA compliant, listening and spoken language based therapy program over the internet. They have conducted over 3,000 sessions since the program’s inception in 2009 and are currently licensed in 13 states. The ihear scholarship is available to families in Illinois who do not have access to services. To learn more about the scholarship opportunity, go to or call 636-532-2672.

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Bullying, Eating Disorders and More!

Transitions Research and Training Center's Voices4Hope Launches New Webpages on Eating Disorders, Young Adult Parenting, and Bullying

Voices4Hope is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help them lead happy and independent lives. This website was created and is maintained by four young adults with mental health conditions at the Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC). Voices4Hope has launched three new webpages on eating disorders, young adult parenting, and bullying. In these new pages, young adults will be able to learn about conditions or circumstances that can affect them, read recovery stories, and gain resources to help them make the best of their lives in recovery. Creates Spanish Website

Like the English-language version of, the new website provides teachers, parents, and community leaders with the resources they need to prevent bullying, including a Spanish-language Bullying Prevention Training Module.

Bullying Resources and Curriculum

The Illinois PBIS Network has a plethora of bullying prevention resources, articles, videos, artifacts, and presentations that can be found at:

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Deaf Autism America

Deaf Autism America, of the American Society for Deaf Children, aims to increase mutual support, understanding, learning and collaboration among families and professionals in order to enhance the quality of life for Deaf and hard of hearing children with autism. The goal of DAA is to improve education, networking, resources and advocacy services for this special population.

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ISRC Parent Facilitator Earns GBYS Parent Award 2013

The New Hampshire Parent Information and Resource Center

The NH Parent Information and Resource Center has a lot of information and resources for parents such as this:

12 Tips for Getting More Involved in your Children's Education
  1. Take your child to school on the first day.
  2. Let your child know that school is important. Be sure to ask questions about homework, and set up a quiet place for your child to work.
  3. Read everything that is sent home from school-report cards, homework assignments, school lunch plans, and vacation and bus schedules. Show your child that you are well informed.
  4. Get to know your child’s teachers and school principal by attending school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
  5. Ask for copies of school policies (e.g., attendance, discipline, homework). Ask questions if there something you do not understand.
  6. Volunteer to help out with school activities. Attend sports events, help out with fundraisers, or volunteer to work in the school office.
  7. Visit your child’s classroom when class is in session, not just at parent-teacher conferences. Set this up in advance with the school office and the teacher.
  8. Talk to other parents. If there is a parent organization, join it. If there is no parent organization at your school, think about starting one. Finding two or three other interested parents is a good start.
  9. Encourage your child to read at home. Visit local libraries or use book mobiles, school libraries, or book fairs and pick out books together. Choose books for each other to read.
  10. Being involved in a child’s education is just as important for stepparents, grandparents, and other adults who care for a child. Invite them to participate in home and school learning opportunities.
  11. Get involved in school funding, planning and improvement efforts through school improvement teams or school board participation.
  12. Your actions, not just your words, make an impression that could last a lifetime.

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Gallaudet University Regional Outreach Center Survey

The Gallaudet University Regional Centers are conducting a needs assessment to help guide us as we design programs and services. This needs assessment is completely voluntary and anonymous.

You will have the option to request inclusion in the National listserv at the end of the needs assessment.

Please complete this survey by May 1, 2013.

Feel free to forward this needs assessment to anyone you think might benefit from the services of the Gallaudet University Regional Centers such as parents of deaf and hard of hearing children and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children.

Survey Link: Midwest Needs Assessment Survey

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Hearing Loss Simulator

Using this web/internet based simulator parents, teachers, and students can plug in the actual audiogram information to access sound bites as they would be heard by specific hearing loss specifications.

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In Our Library

In Our Library: Intervening In Adolescent Problem Behavior: A Family-Centered Approach (book)

Summary: "Designed for use by a wide range of professionals, this volume presents one of the few concrete, well-tested programs for at-risk adolescents. It is an indispensable resource for child and adolescent psychologists, social workers, school psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, school administrators, and family therapists, as well as advanced students in these areas. It also may serve as a text in graduate-level courses and training programs."

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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