ISRC Digital Update
May 2012
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Upcoming Events

~ Now Forming!! Sign Language Classes for Spanish speaking parents of children with hearing loss are now being offered in Chicago and Elgin. For more information about upcoming classes or to reserve your space please call Karen Aguilar at 866.733.8729 or e-mail her at [email protected].

~ May 4-13, 2012 (School Shows on 5/3 and 5/10) Centerlight Theater presents Nunsense! All shows are performed in Sign Language and Spoken English. They are NOT interpreted. The performances themselves are in Sign Language AND spoken English. ICODA’s Black Box Theater 614 Anthony Trail Northbrook, IL 60062. Times: Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays 4 pm & 8 pm , and Sundays 2 pm. Tickets: Adults - $12, Seniors and Students - $10, Children 12 and under - $8. For more information: [email protected] or 847-910-4270 voice or text.

~ Saturday May 5th from 8:00-4:00 – Strong Fathers, Strong Families, Strong Schools: A Forum for Fathers & Father Figures. Workshops Designed by Fathers for Fathers at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL. Questions? Email [email protected] or call 312-730-1706.

~ 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]
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.

~ 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

~ Saturday May 12, 2012 at 8:00 am. Join or support team FHSR for a fun, family-friendly 5k walk/run! Participants will walk the symbolic route from the “old” hospital in Lincoln Park to the new Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. You will have an opportunity to tour the new hospital before it officially opens on June 9th. For more information, to join, or support Team FHSR visit:

~ Saturday May 12, 2012 from 1-3 pm. PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: TRAVEL TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS Presented by Tina Childress at the Dyer-Schererville Library: 1001 West Lincoln Highway (route 30) Schererville, IN. What if I don’t hear the gate change? Can I go through the X-ray machine with my Cochlear Implant(s) and/or Hearing Aid(s)? What happens if I get in an accident and I can’t communicate with emergency personnel? What if there’s a fire at the hotel? When you have hearing loss, these concerns are ever-present. We’ll discuss different modes of travel, lodging and ways to be safe on the road. Come and discover some strategies for being a savvy traveler!

~ May 14th at 8:30 pm. - “Conference Calls for All” The May 14th call will be all about Illinois Hands & Voices and open question time on any topic. To participate in any of these calls please call in at 8:30pm to the toll free # at (888) 494-4032 guest code: 4231446909. If you have missed previous conference calls for all we have them recorded! Our recordings include FM systems, Atresia/Microtia, Auditory Neuropathy, IEP Basics, Music & Rhythm and Siblings of children with a hearing loss, assistive technology and Parent Institute 2012. Call or email Carrie Balian if you are interested in any of the recordings. [email protected]

~ June 8, 2012 from 9 am-noon: ILCCBD/ISU Summer Institute Room 118, Alumni Center, Illinois State University presents: The Top 10 Instructional and Behavior Management Practices that All Teachers Should Use. For more information contact: E. Paula Crowley: e-mail [email protected]; Telephone 309-438-8702; Fax: 309-438-8699. Michael Edwards: e-mail [email protected]; Telephone 217-652-2680. Register online

~ June 25 & 26, 2012: BRIDGES Early Intervention Vision and Hearing. EI and CPDU credits are available. The workshop is free but limited to 100 individuals. To register:

~June 29, 2012 – Tiger Kids Day ay the Bensenville Park District: 1100 W. Wood St. Free admission and free dinner for the first 100 D/HH children, their parents, and siblings. Register: and click Tiger Kids Day. For more information:

~July 21st at 3:30 pm – Rachel Coleman of Signing Time will be live at Illinois Central College in Peoria! Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults (13+). For more information call 1-800-838-3006, email Abbey Cook at [email protected], or visit:

~October 7, 2012 – We’re All E.A.R.S. Fun Walk! To join the planning committee or for questions, contact Carrie: 866-655-4588 or [email protected]

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ 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-

~2012 National Leadership Conference – Hood River, OR from June 21-23. For the full program and schedule visit:

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. HEARS To You!- Mainstream Students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
  3. ASHA – A Sound Classroom Environment
  4. Smart Kids with LD: Empowering Parents to Help Their Kids Succeed
  5. Suggestions From People We Know!
  6. Advocate of the Year
  7. President of Gallaudet's Message for Deaf Can Do It Day
  8. Why I Am Me: All About CHARGE Syndrome (book)


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HEARS To You!- Mainstream Students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing

The goal of Hears To You is to have itinerants, students, parents, mainstream teachers, audiologists, administrators, speech therapists, all people who work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students work together to: share ideas, help trouble shoot issues you may be facing, just connect with each other!

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ASHA – A Sound Classroom Environment

“Despite their carefully programmed hearing aids or cochlear implants, students with hearing loss often struggle to succeed in regular classrooms.” Check out the 6-step program ASHA suggests to meet the needs of D/HH students.

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Smart Kids with LD: Empowering Parents to Help Their Kids Succeed

“Kids with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities are as intelligent as others, and often have great strengths–but they learn differently. If your child, or a child you know struggles with learning or attention issues, this website is for you. Learn from the experts—professionals and parents just like you—how to get off the sidelines and help your child succeed in school and in life.”

This site offers a great deal of resources on LD, Dyslexia, ADHD, NLD, and Executive Function. Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are challenged with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Executive Dysfunction in addition to their hearing loss. A few links we think you should check out are:

Principles for Improving Executive Function:
14 Ways to Help a Child with NLD:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder:
Children Learn If They Can:
Helping A Child with Anxiety Disorder:
6 Building Blocks of Social Competency:
Self-Advocacy: Strategies for All Ages:
IEP Planning:
Accommodations & Modifications:

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Suggestions From People We Know!

Thank you, Deirdre Looney of CPS: A site of assessments for use with D/HH youth to evaluate listening, learning difficulties, amplification needs and effectiveness, educational needs, and classroom functioning.

Thank you, Judith Assmann of SEDOL: resources for anti-bullying; creating a positive environment; planning, implementing, and evaluating meaningful service learning projects; and activities aimed at helping students learn more about their classmates, build self-esteem, develop personal management skills, and understand the importance of teamwork.

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Advocate of the Year

The winning videos and honorable mention PowerPoint are on the website now. Please check it out! Also, there is an additional video on the documentary and videos page.

To see a picture of the winner of the ISRC mini-contest: How I Advocate for Myself and Others Essay visit:

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President of Gallaudet's Message for Deaf Can Do It Day

The President of Gallaudet University, Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, recorded this message for participants in Deaf Can Do It Day.

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In Our Library

Why I Am Me: All About CHARGE Syndrome (book)

Summary: "'Why I Am Me' is a story about a boy called Sam who has Charge Syndrome and his friend Jess. As the story progresses Jess learns about Charge Syndrome and the challenges Sam faces on a day-to-day basis. Written by Carry Ward and Marie Patterson with illustrations by Penny Levett, the idea for this book was sparked by questions asked by a young person with Charge. As a result the book is written from a unique perspective. The story is supported by medical information, diagrams and photographs of children and young persons with Charge in New Zealand and Australia."

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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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