ISRC Digital Update July 2013

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Upcoming Events

~ ISRC Summer CPDU Free Webinar! August 15, 2013 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Multi-Tiered Behavior Support To register, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the subject: Summer CPDU.
Learn how to tailor your behavior support based on the needs of your population. Establish a solid foundation of classroom management and support the more significant needs that tend to take away from so much instructional time. This one hour webinar will introduce key concepts and offer follow up application projects, discussion, and resources for you to manipulate. Turn your newly acquired knowledge into practice before the new year begins.

~ 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:

~ Sign Language Classes in Naperville this summer!
Sign language classes begin on July 15 and will be held at Community Christian Church “The Yellow Box,” 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL, 60540. For more information, contact [email protected]. More information can be found in the Flyer and Registration Form.

~ Deaf Youth Center in Naperville, Illinois - 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: 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.

~ Voting is still open for the 2013 Deaf Illinois Awards nominees! Voting takes 2-3 minutes and can be easily started by following the link below:
Voting ends on Friday, July 19, 2013 at midnight so vote soon!
There are 20 categories of nominations for people and organizations that work very hard to make YOUR community better for YOU! :) Every nominee is deserving and have already expressed such gratitude for being nominated. They all love working for the greater good of the Deaf Community so show them some love and let them know how much you appreciate their hard work by voting. Also, if you're still waiting to get tickets there is still time to get them at a reduced price (see attached). You can contact any Deaf Illinois Awards Committee member or visit August 24 is the 2013 Deaf Illinois Awards!

~ 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)

~ Cued Speech Workshop: Camp Chi-Cue-Go at AG Bell School in Wheeling on July 26, 27, 28, 2013 offers beginner, intermediate, Advanced, and Children's Classes. There are socialization opportunities, children activities, and Deaf Role Models. For registration and more information visit

~ 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).

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:00PM
Harper College, Building J Theater
1200 W. Algonquin Rd Palatine, IL 60067
Co-Hosted by Harper College Deaf Institute and Chicagoland Deaf Seniors Tickets $11
Purchase tickets online through (box office) or at door
In ASL with English Subtitles
Some proceeds will go to Harper College Deaf Institute and Chicagoland Deaf Seniors
For more information, email Debby Sampson at [email protected] or Jim Lomanto at [email protected]
Watch Trailer on YouTube

Location: Harper College 1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013  (right after DeafNation Expo)
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. AND 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. (same movie will be shown twice: at 5:30pm again at 8:00pm)
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park at lot 5)
About the Film: SUPERDEAFY must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself. The movie follows the evolution of this unique hero. A beloved character and role model, SuperDeafy has a worldwide following. He has been turned into t-shirts, posters and dolls... and now a movie. This film marks the first time in cinematic history that a commercial feature film is being executive produced exclusively by deaf executive producers and directed by a deaf director. The film is being released this fall nationwide by DeafNation before it continues its commercial run in mainstream movie theaters and will be available on DVD. The film will be 100% open captioned every screening.
Synopsis: Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another guy who happens to be deaf, with hopes and dreams that always seem to elude him. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang, also deaf, is having a hard time in school, where he is torn between what his father thinks is "normal" and an education using sign language promoted by his mother. When Tony and Jacob's paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. And when Tony meets Jacob's teacher, Jenny, a romance blossoms that suddenly makes Tony feel like he can do anything... even things he never dreamt were possible. In this first installment of SuperDeafy the Movie, we meet the man behind the superhero -- the man for whom everything has always felt just a little bit out of reach. But that's all about to change.
Admission: $13 through (tickets are currently not available online. please check back later) or $20 at door.
Website: (see list of crew, actors actresses)
The film will be 100% open captioned. Check for a full DeaFest schedule!

This is a BDA sponsored picnic to raise funds. DO NOT BRING GRILL OR FOOD. Violators will be asked to leave. BRING CHAIR, TABLE, and UMBRELLA.

~ DATES for IL Free Conferences for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss
South of Eighty in Jacksonville November 2, 2013
North of Eighty in Rockford March 15, 2014
South of Seventy in Mt. Vernon April 26, 2014

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. Project Aspire is looking for research participants
  4. Chicago Hearing Society
  5. House Committee Passes ESEA Bill
  6. Video Glossary of Strategies for students with ASD
  7. Goodman Theater offers signed performances
  8. MED-EL Announces FDA Approval of PULSAR, SONATA and MED-EL CONCERT Cochlear Implants for 1.5T MRI
  9. Jace Lacob's article on the correlation between Switched and Birth's all ASL episode and the DPN protest
  10. In Our Library: How Deaf Children Learn: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know (book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Dr. Scherer would like you to know:

Short term memory, which can be a challenge for many students who are deaf and hard of hearing, is a predictor of academic success:

Memory boosting games, such as Simon, can help increase memory retention capacity. Free online versions of Simon are available at:

Other memory boosting games for kids can be found here:

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Project Aspire is looking for research participants

Project ASPIRE is still looking for families for the control group and the experimental group. The parameters are highlighted below. If you have a family that you would like Project Aspire to contact or follow up with please send Sally their name and contact information. Families will be screened by the research team so we appreciate all your referrals. If a subject is placed in the control group they will be given an opportunity to have the intervention after they complete the study.

Project ASPIRE
  • Children with hearing loss 6 months - 4 years
  • Mom knows English well enough that she does not need an interpreter
  • Child has listening technology (hearing aid, bone conduction aid or cochlear implant)
  • Lower socioeconomic status - based on income, medical card, education
  • Family wants spoken language outcomes (can use sign language but must also use spoken language)
  • Research is in addition to early intervention
  • Child does not have to be a patient of Dr. Suskind's or University of Chicago Medical Center
Families do get reimbursed for participating. They will need to come to the University of Chicago for baseline screenings and post-intervention. They will be reimbursed for transportation to the University. All interventions are done in the child's home. If you have any questions call Project ASPIRE at 773-834-4445. Or contact Sally at 773-702-8182

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Chicago Hearing Society

The Chicago Hearing Society is asking for your help...

Chicago Hearing Society has offered programs and services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals for nearly 100 years.

With your help, CHS can continue to serve the Chicago area for the next 100 years and beyond. Click on the link below to watch 5 of their supporters describe why they believe donating to Chicago Hearing Society is so important. Watch all the videos here.

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House Committee Passes ESEA Bill

On June 19, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed its bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind, NCLB). The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) passed its version the previous week. Since the House majority is Republican and the Senate is Democratic, the two bills look very different. See website for more details.

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Video Glossary of Strategies for students with ASD

Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.

To access this amazing resource visit and sign in.

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Goodman Theater offers signed performances

Get exclusive access to special reserved seating and a discount on tickets to signed performances. (To access special reserved seating-and to save $10 off full price tickets-enter the promo code SIGN for the specified tickets when purchasing online or mention the offer by calling the box office at TTY/TDD 312.443.3829.)

Goodman Theatre
312.553.7172 | 170 N. Dearborn | Chicago, IL  60601
The Jungle Book - July 3, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Pullman Porter Blues - September 25, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Christmas Carol - November 26, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Luna Gale - January 29, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Venus In Fur - March 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm
The White Snake - May 14, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Brigadoon - July 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm

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MED-EL Announces FDA Approval of PULSAR, SONATA and MED-EL CONCERT Cochlear Implants for 1.5T MRI

"Durham, NC - (June 14, 2013) - MED-EL USA announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the PULSAR, SONATA and MED-EL CONCERT cochlear implants for use with 1.5 Tesla (T) MRI systems without the need for surgical removal of the internal magnet. MED-EL's cochlear implants are the only implants available in the United States with this approval. Patients with one of these MED-EL cochlear implants will be able to obtain 1.5T MRI scans upon final labeling approval by FDA, expected by the end of summer 2013." To read the full story visit:

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Jace Lacob's article on the correlation between Switched and Birth's all ASL episode and the DPN protest

News from Sheila Jacobs @ Double Pride
Read Jace Lacob's article about this episode and how it relates to the Deaf President Now protest at Gallaudet!

Congratulations to "Switched at Birth" for winning a Peabody Award!

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In Our Library

How Deaf Children Learn: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know (book)

Summary: "How can parents and teachers most effectively support the language development and academic success of deaf and hard-of-hearing children? Will using sign language interfere with learning spoken language? Should deaf children be placed in classrooms with hearing children? Are traditional methods of teaching subjects such as reading and math to hearing children appropriate for deaf learners? As many parents and teachers will attest, questions like these have no easy answers, and it can be difficult for caring adults to separate science from politics and fact from opinion in order to make informed decisions about how to help deaf children learn. In this invaluable guide, renowned authorities Marc Marschark and Peter Hauser highlight important new advances in scientific and educational research that can help parents and teachers of students with significant hearing loss. The authors stress that deaf children have strengths and needs that are sometimes very different from those who can hear. Consequently, if deaf students are to have full academic access and optimal educational outcomes, it is essential that parents and teachers learn to recognize these differences and adjust their teaching methods to them. Marschark and Hauser explain how the fruits of research conducted over the last several years can markedly improve educational practices at home and in the classroom, and they offer innovative strategies that parents and teachers can use to promote learning in their children. The result is a lively, accessible volume that sheds light on what it means to be a deaf learner and that provides a wealth of advice on how we can best support their language development, social skills, and academic success."

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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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