ISRC Digital Update
July 2012
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Upcoming Events

~ Deaf & Hearing Siblings: Our Families Together! June 29 - July 1, 2012 CSD, Fremont, California
The Retreat, for adults (age 18 and over), focused on Deaf and Hearing sibling relationships as well as families with mixed Deaf and Hearing members. It's an exciting opportunity to explore and share the unique experiences living in two cultures under one roof. Deaf and Hearing siblings with either Deaf or Hearing parents have a unique experience straddling both the Hearing and Deaf worlds. Deaf or Hearing parents have unique challenges as they navigate two cultures and languages under the same roof. The sibling relationship is a powerful peer influence in childhood as well as adulthood. Often Deaf and Hearing siblings attend different schools, have different friends, communities as well as differing relation- ships with family and extended family members. This can create richness as well as tension in the sibling relationship. This Retreat will explore this sibling experience in order to gain deeper understanding and wisdom to pass onto the Deaf and Hearing communities. While the Focus will be on Sibling Relationships, they strongly encourage professionals in the field to join for this educational, professional, and personal opportunity for growth. To learn more about this amazing opportunity, as well as see videos from previous years, visit:
Questions: [email protected]

~ "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.
*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:

~ Family Picnic Saturday, Augusts 25, 2012. The Illinois Deaf Latino Association is hosting a family picnic day at Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G, Chicago, IL 60617, from 10 AM to Dusk. For more information 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. Saying "Don't" Won't Work
  3. Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  4. IDA Competition
  5. Suggestions From People We Know!
  6. Deaf-Blind Awareness and Video
  7. New Obama Policy Will Spare Some From Deportation
  8. In Our Library: Self Comes to Mind (CD Audiobook)


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Saying "Don't" Won't Work

Find out why and what you can do instead here in this short, sweet, and right on point article which outlines the universal law that you get more of that which you pay attention.

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Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Archived webinar from Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:29 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Following up on her article, "Managing Behavior by Managing the Classroom: Tips for Making Classrooms Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders," which will be published in the 2012 issue of the Odyssey, Dr. Christen Szymanski will give guidance to teachers and professionals on how to provide their students with the best possible interventions.

Link to the Webinar

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IDA Competition

A global online competition to create ideas to inspire action and raise awareness for hearing loss. Share or vote here to help this great cause.

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Suggestions From People We Know!

Tina Childress wants you to know about: The Video Library on the Project Endeavor website offers many educational videos. In this category, Access to Communication, you will find videos regarding telecommunication technology like Captel, IP Relay, and VRS; accessibility technology like Real Time Captioning, FM or Loop Systems, assistive listening devices and Cochlear Implant patch cords; definitions of communication access terms like Interpreter Agencies and Communication Modes; and so much more! Check it out here:

Karen Putz recommends:

This is a film about the vital need for captioning in everyday life. Real people made this video with true-life messages.

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Deaf-Blind Awareness and Video

The Illinois Advisory Board for Services for Persons Who Are Deaf-Blind invites you to watch the Awareness Week video at, then see how you can make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of deaf-blind children and adults right here in Illinois. They asked people, "How would being Deaf-Blind affect your life?" See their answers here:

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New Obama Policy Will Spare Some from Deportation

President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just." The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. Read the full article here:

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In Our Library

Self Comes to Mind (CD Audiobook)

Summary: "Self Comes to Mind is a nuanced and original chronicle of the evolution of the human brain. It reveals how the brain's development of a self becomes a challenge to nature's indifference and opens the way for the appearance of culture, a radical break in the course of evolution. Damasio views brain development through the lens of biological evolution, starting with the simplest organisms that exhibit elaborate life regulation devices but do not require brains."

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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