ISRC Digital Update June 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ Tons of information about SUMMER CAMPS for 2013 has been organized for you by the Illinois School for the Deaf! 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.

~ The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will take place June 9-14. Click for the flier in English or Spanish

~ Save the Date!! The 5th Annual Tiger Kids Day is June 28, 2013 at the Bensenville Water Park. For more information contact [email protected] Register here:

~ The Ear Community presents a family picnic for families of children with Microtia and Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome, and Treacher Collins on July 13, 2013 from 11-3. This picnic is an wonderful opportunity to meet other families in similar situations and to make new friends. Lunch is provided along with numerous activities. Hearing device companies will be represented as well as reconstructive surgeons, ENTs, audiologists, anaplastologists, and therapists. Come and enjoy a fun and free day out with your family. Please RSVP to Tina at [email protected] For more information visit:

~ 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)

~ Deaf/Hearing Family Retreat "Discovering Our Roots Together" July 19-21, 2013 in Fremont, CA. Registration now open!

~ 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).

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day Participation Exceeds Last Year's Record
  4. iStoryTime - Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy
  5. Transitional Living Program at the Illinois School for the Deaf
  6. Deaf Artist Relies on Sound for Artistic Medium
  7. 10 Compliments Kids Need to Hear
  8. A Haven for the Deaf Draws Federal Scrutiny Over Potential Discrimination
  9. Deaf Students with Disabilities Network
  10. Deaf Youth Center in Naperville, Illinois
  11. In Our Library: You Are a Social Detective!: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids (book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Stephanie Hopkins shared:
International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by parents and educators of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Trinette Sanders recommends: - A site dedicated to the profession of sign language and Deaf interpreters. The site offers many articles and opinion pieces about the roles, responsibilities, joys, and challenges in the field of interpreting.

Carolyn Viereckl boasts the work of and their noise induced hearing loss awareness campaign.

Kristina Prete-Stewart of SPEED Coop shared the following link:
Read the list of things children with emotional and behavioral problems wish the caring adults in their lives knew...

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Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day Participation Exceeds Last Year's Record

Students who are deaf and hard of hearing participated in the Second Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2013. A total of 560 students participated in community service projects, breaking the 2012 world record of 495 students as the Largest Group Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students To Participate In A Community Service Project at

The theme of this year's community service day was People Helping People. Activities took place at various schools and included packing and distributing lunches for the Salvation Army, doing yard work at the Ronald McDonald House, book drives, picking up trash in the neighborhood, making birthday cards for a homeless shelter, volunteering at a local nursing home, preparing and serving lunch to senior citizens, and collecting donations for the Salvation Army, Misercordia, and Amy's Angel Foundation. In 2012 the community service projects focused on animal shelters.

Participating schools and programs included Illinois School for the Deaf, Kinzie School, Eisenhower Co-Op, John Powers Center,ECHO, Moline D/HH Program, Hinsdale South High School, Northwestern Illinois Association (NIA), NSSEO, Marion School for the Deaf, School District U-46, SASED, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Research shows that there are many benefits to community service including an increase in students' social development, motivation, engagement, and school attendance, as well as more positive lifestyle choices and behavior. For more information, or to see how your school can participate in the next Deaf Can Do It Day, please contact us at [email protected].

To see photos of students participating in this year's Deaf Can Do It Day, click here

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iStoryTime - Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy

A new iPad version of the popular children’s book Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy has just been released by publishers iStoryTime. The “book” comes in three different versions – one that a child can read to himself, one that can be read to her, and one that also features a QuickTime video of a woman signing out the words of the story for deaf children. The video is viewed in a window to the side of the book view, which has been slightly reduced to accommodate the extra video insert.

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Transitional Living Program at the Illinois School for the Deaf

The Illinois School for the Deaf has enhanced their Transitional Living Program (TLP) since its inception several years ago. TLP targets students who want to continue in special education to improve their academic skills, work skills and independent living skills. To be eligible to attend TLP the candidate must have met graduation requirements, but has not accepted a signed diploma. For more information, tours, application, etc. please contact Carolyn Eilering at [email protected] or call her at 217-479-4297.

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Deaf Artist Relies on Sound for Artistic Medium

Christine Sun Kim is a visual and performance artist who is trying to ‘unlearn’ sound etiquette. As a deaf person, Christine has mostly experienced sound only through the reactions of others, who have exercised a form of control over it as hearing people who can dictate what constitutes acceptable uses of sound. Her art explores technological ways of experiencing sound that do not involve other people, thereby freeing her of any societal constraints, which allows her creative installations to push boundaries and gets people to experience sound in new ways.”

See a video of her creating and read an interview about her methods here:

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10 Compliments Kids Need to Hear

Compliment kids on:
  1. Character
  2. Obedience and respect
  3. Being part of the family
  4. Contributing to the family
  5. Quality of their work
  6. Effort - even if the result is not the best
  7. New achievements
  8. Sense of style
  9. Steps toward a long-term goal
  10. Their friends
For an elaborated version and links to resources visit:

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A Haven for the Deaf Draws Federal Scrutiny Over Potential Discrimination

"When the subsidized housing complex for senior citizens opened its doors here last year, it already had a waiting list. Designed by a deaf architect to fit the needs of the deaf, its units have video phones and lights that flash when the phone or the doorbell rings. Wiring in common areas pipes announcements made through loudspeakers into residents' hearing aids. The complex, meant to foster a sense of community among residents who use sign language to communicate and socialize, was the first of its kind in the Southwest."

Read more here:

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Deaf Students with Disabilities Network

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education recently launched the Deaf Students with Disabilities Network, which has been developed for parents, teachers, and professionals living and working with deaf and hard of hearing students with disabilities. This site is designed to address the gap of knowledge specific to deaf and hard of hearing students with disabilities. The site provides information and, more importantly, discussion forums that allow people from across the United States to interact and learn from one another.

Please visit the Deaf Students with Disabilities Network: You will be able to join the network by sharing basic demographic information. Once you join, please view the site, and join the discussions. Also, feel free to share the link with others who you believe would want to join.

Please contact Leslie Page with any questions or comments you might have at the network e-mail: [email protected]

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Deaf Youth Center in Naperville, Illinois

On May 28th, DYC (Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane Naperville, IL 60540) will have a signing social (monthly event that falls on the 4th Tuesday night each month 5:30-8:00 pm) and everyone is welcome! Games provided for kids. For more information, contact [email protected] Dates of the socials are: 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27.

DYC will meet again on July 18th for a summer blast at the Yellowbox. A flyer will be coming soon, please spread the word to friends and have your children invite their classmates to reunite at DYC. They will need to register for DYC by contacting [email protected]. DYC will have t-shirts for the children and we will provide cool snacks and treats. Sunblock and shades, along with a water bottle will be required for July's session.

Crystal Kelley Schwartz, Director
Deaf Youth Center-Naperville @ the Yellowbox

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In Our Library

You Are a Social Detective!: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids (book)

Summary: "Introduction to the concepts of social thinking to kids and general education teachers, para-professionals, parents, caregivers, special educators, grandparents, siblings, day care workers, and scout leaders. Includes social thinking lessons."

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