ISRC Digital Update
June 2012
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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

~ 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:

~ "Chicago KIDS & Parents Club" (deaf and hard of hearing youth and hearing siblings, and hearing youth of deaf parents ages 0-12) offers special events happening within the city.
*June 25th-Aug 3rd - "Camp Sign" - a Summer Day Camp at Gage Park & Horner Park - Register in person NOW!
*August 19th - Beach Party at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
*September 16th - Back to School Information Fair - vendors , crafts, games & more
*October 26th - Pumpkin Halloween Party costume contest, pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts & games
*November 18th - Give Back - Thanksgiving community food drive & serving hot meals
*December 16th - Winter Wonderland Holiday Party Chicago Park District - Gage Park
Special Thanks to Illinois Hands & Voices for making these possible! For further information about Chicago KIDS & Parents Club , contact Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing 773.273.6617 Direct Video Phone & Voice [email protected]

~ July 14th is Deaf Day at Six Flags Great America. For more information visit:

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

~ Usher Syndrome Family Conference, July 7th, 2012 - Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri. The conference is a great opportunity to learn the latest on Usher syndrome research while connecting with some of the best Usher researchers in the world. It's also a great place to meet other families with Usher syndrome and to make lifelong friends. Registration is $25 for an individual or $50 for a family. For those coming from out of town, special rates are available at the hotel. Click here to register.

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Hard of Hearing Actor cast in Off Broadway Play "Tribes"
  3. A Summer Newsletter from GURC
  4. Comic Book Hero Wears Hearing Aids!!
  5. Suggestions From People We Know!
  6. FREE Parent Advocate Available
  7. Deaf Can Do It Day Sets A World Record!!!
  8. In Our Library: Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later (DVD)


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Hard of Hearing Actor cast in Off Broadway Play "Tribes"

"Only two Broadway productions have featured deaf actors in recent decades: 'Children of a Lesser God,' a 1980 drama by Mark Medoff set in a deaf school; and 'Big River,' a 2003 adaptation by Deaf West Theater of a musical based on 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' that used both deaf and hearing actors." NOW Russell Harvard plays the deaf son of a loquacious and argumentative British family in the Off Broadway play "Tribes." Read about his trials, tribulations, and experiences here:

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A Summer Newsletter from Gallaudet University Regional Center - Midwest at John A. Logan Center

Take a look at see what wonderful resources and information they have to offer.

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Comic Book Hero Wears Hearing Aids!!

A 4-year-old boy in Salem who decided he did not want to wear his blue hearing aid to school anymore received some new inspiration after Marvel Comics designed a superhero after him.

Read more here:

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Suggestions From People We Know!

Dave Markowitz of Rockford NIA says:

"I have used this site in the past, but it has been updated and expanded. These resources are really good. Check out the section about social skills. In the past I had used a facial expressions activity that has an avatar (pretty cool)." Check it out!

Judith Assmann of SEDOL John Powers Center would like to recommend:

go2judith4tech- This wiki is open to everyone! The pages range from web 2.0 tools to creating eBooks to finding iPad apps to important topics in Deaf education. Explore the wiki to find answers to technology issues that all educators share.

Khan Academy- Over 3,000 captioned educational videos explaining key topics in many areas, but those related to math and science are fabulous and free! Everything is covered from basic to advanced math topics and chemistry.

Sharon Schochet would like you to take a look at Dogs for the Deaf:

At Dogs for the Deaf they rescue and professionally train dogs for:
  • People with a variety of disabilities and challenges including: hearing loss, deafness, and children on the autism spectrum.
  • Professionals (teachers, physicians, counselors, legal advocates, and caregivers) who work with people with various disabilities and challenges.
DFD rescues dogs from animal shelters throughout the western United States.

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FREE Parent Advocate Available

Susy Woods, is a fabulous, knowledgeable, passionate advocate for children with disabilities. She is available AT NO COST to provide support regarding IEPs & 504 plans. She can even attend a meeting with you! Anywhere in IL...
Her services are offered through a grant to the IL Assistive Technology Project. Please share the information with other families who may need support.

Contact Susy Woods, Public Policy and Education Liaison at 217-321-0925 (direct line), 217-638-8411 (cell) or [email protected]

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Deaf Can Do It Day Sets A World Record!!!

Check here for descriptions, photos, newsletters, and videos of the Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day 2012!

Deaf Can Do It Day set a world record! Most Deaf/HH students to participate in a community service project! 495 students! Way to go!

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In Our Library

Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later (DVD)

Summary: "This stand-alone follow up film continues the story of the Artinian family that was told in Sound & Fury (released in 2000). In this follow up film, Heather Artinian and her two brothers have received cochlear implants. Her speech is now understandable. She attends a mainstream school. She can function in the hearing world. Her father, who initially opposed the implant, now says that he sees how useful implants can be for deaf children, and how glad he is that his children have them."

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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