ISRC Digital Update July 2014

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Upcoming Events

~ Open Caption Movies
AMC Streets of Woodfield Theater is showing Open Caption movies the first Saturday of each month. The Open Caption movie for July is Transformers 4: Age of Extinction at 10:45am on July 5. The cost is 6.50 per ticket.

~ The Holley Family Village Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs
2014 Program Schedule
Summer Programs
Family Week One: Sunday, July 6 to Friday, July 11, 2014
Family Week Two: Sunday, July 13 to Friday, July 18, 2014
Art & Drama: A.C.O.R.N. Week: Sunday, July 20 to Friday, July 25, 2014
Parents of Deaf Children with Autism Weekend: Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3, 2014
DeafBlind Workshop: Thursday, August 7 to Sunday, August 10, 2014
Vounteer Week: Sunday, August 10 to Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Program
Deaf Cancer Survivors Weekend : Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holley Family Village
1142 Ventura Dr.
Brooklyn, Michigan 49230
517 592 6283 (Voice)
517 536 1518 (VP)
517 592 2389 (Fax)
[email protected]

~ Family Matters Trainings
Three free webinars presented by Barbara T. Doyle and Emily Iland.
Barbara T. Doyle, M.S., Clinical Consultant and Autism Specialist, is a nationally known teacher, consultant, trainer, presenter and author including co-authoring ASD from A to Z.
Emily Iland, M.A. Educational Consultant and Autism Specialist, is an award-winning author, advocate, film-maker, researcher, leader and mother of a son with ASD. Author of Drawing a Blank and co-author of ASD from A to Z.

~Come Enjoy Camp Lions 2014!
Join with your peers for the camp experience without compare!
All events, all activities, & all the fun are designed around you!

To be eligible to attend Camp Lions a camper must:
  • Be between the ages of 7 to 17 years old
  • Be independent in all personal care without assistance
  • Be independently mobile on campgrounds
and be a person who is:
Blind/Partially sighted: have a visual acuity of 20/70 after best correction; or be legally blind
and/or be a person who is:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing: have an auditory loss that requires daily use of sign language, lip reading, and/or daily use of a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Eligible youth attend Camp Lions FREE!
It is a gift to Deaf/HoH & Blind/Partially sighted youth in Illinois from the Lions, Lioness, & Leo Clubs of Illinois.
However, a $15 deposit for each camper's personal spending is required. Please make check or money order payable to Camp Lions of Illinois/LIF and enclose with application.
2014 Camp Lions Youth Schedule
  • July 13-19 - East Bay Campsite “Deaf Week” for Deaf/HoH Youth
    Located at 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy., Hudson, Illinois
  • July 20-26 - East Bay Campsite “Vision Week” for Blind/Partially sighted Youth
    Located at 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy., Hudson, Illinois
  • July 27-August 2 -- Manitowa Campsite for Blind/Partially sighted and/or Deaf/HoH Youth
    Located at 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton, Illinois
Application deadline for all Youth sessions is June 2, 2014!
Submit completed application and $15 check or money order to:
Camp Lions of Illinois / LIF
Lions of Illinois Foundation
2814 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, Illinois 60178-3117

~¡Ven a disfrutar Camp Lions en 2014!
¡Únete a tus pares para disfrutar un campamento incomparable!
¡Todos los eventos, actividades y diversión están diseñados pensando en ti!
Para poder asistir a Camp Lions los campistas deben:
  • Tener entre 7 y 17 años;
  • Ser independientes en cuanto a su cuidado personal, sin asistencia;
  • Movilizarse independientemente dentro del campamento;
y tener:
Ceguera parcial o total: tener una agudeza visual de 20/70 con corrección; o ser legalmente ciego;
y/o ser: Sordo/Hipoacúsico: tener una pérdida de audición que requiere el uso diario de lenguaje de señas, lectura de labios y/o uso de audífono o implante coclear.
¡Los jóvenes que cumplen con los requisitos, asisten a Camp Lions GRATIS!
Es un obsequio a los jóvenes sordos/hipoacúsicos y con ceguera total o parcial de Illinois de parte de Lions, Lioness, & Leo Clubs de Illinois. Sin embargo, cada campista debe hacer un depósito de $15 para sus gastos personales. Por favor, haga un cheque u orden de pago dirigida a Camp Lions of Illinois/LIF y envíelo junto con la solicitud.
Calendario de Camp Lions para Jóvenes en 2014
  • 13-19 Julio -- Campamento Bay - “Semana para Sordos” para jóvenes Sordos/Hipoacúsicos
    Ubicado en 4248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy., Hudson, Illinois
  • 20-26 Julio -- Campamento East Bay “Semana de la Visión” para jóvenes con ceguera total/parcial
    Ubicado en 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy., Hudson, Illinois
  • 27 Julio - 2 Agosto -- Campamento Manitowa para jóvenes con ceguera total/parcial y/o sordos/hipoacúsicos
    Ubicado en 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton, Illinois
¡Las solicitudes para todas las sesiones deben entregarse antes del 2 de junio de 2014!
Entregue la solicitud completada y el cheque u orden de pago por $15 a:
Camp Lions of Illinois / LIF
Lions of Illinois Foundation
2814 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, Illinois 60178-3117

~Illinois Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders upcoming events:
ILCCBD Summer Institute, July 25, 2014, Northfield Inn and Suites, Springfield.
ILCCBD Special Session on FBAs and BIPs at the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Convention, November 8, 2014 at the Marriott Naperville
ILCCBD Winter Drive In Conference, February 6 and 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Lisle.

~The Deaf Youth Sports Festival - MDO (formerly Mini Deaf Olympics) will celebrate 32 years this summer at the Indiana School for the Deaf from Sunday, July 27th to Saturday, August 2, 2014.
MDO offers a full week of olympic-style sporting competitions for Deaf and Hard of hearing youth ages 5 through high school graduates. The participants are teamed by age groups and compete in team sports (such as soccer, basketball, volleyball) as well as individual sports (such as track and field, swimming and bowling).
Take a look at the website,, for more information.

~ The Deaf Youth Center at the Yellowbox - Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL. They have a great staff and volunteers who are eager to work with the mission of the Deaf Youth Center. The program is centered around American Sign Language yet they also provide voice interpretation for both students and parents involved. The Deaf Youth Center meets each month on the third Thursday and the program is free. The program is open to youth, their siblings, parents, and friends (upon registering for DYC). Programming usually begins with social time at 5:30 followed by groups of sections including theatre, social skills, peer interaction, expressive learning, and sports/games/exercises until 8pm. They also offer sign classes for parents along with social time. This too is free.
July ASL classes at the Yellow Box! See flyer at right.
For more information and to register, please contact Crystal Kelley Schwartz at [email protected]

~ CI Connect North October 18, 2014
Students: Meet other students with Cochlear Implants
Parents: Meet other parents of students with Cochlear Implants
Event is FREE with lunch included
Harper College
Registration forms available in September
Any questions before then, email [email protected] or call 847-559-8195
Sponsored by Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois Service Resource Center

~ Goodman Theater offers signed performances. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at TTY/TDD 312.443.3829.* | 170 N. Dearborn | Chicago, IL 60601

Upcoming performances:
Brigadoon - July 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Visit for more info.

* All dates are subject to change. Not available through the Goodman’s mobile site, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Redeemable for specially reserved seating area only. Code SIGN effective

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Suggested by People You Know!

Kristina Prete-Stewart, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, SPEED Cooperative, Chicago Heights, suggested that you SAVE THE DATE for DHH (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Parent Night
Monday, October 27th, 2014
5:30pm-7:30pm at SPEED Cooperative
1125 Division, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
More information to come in August.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
Dana Reindl, suggested an article, "A Conversation with Lauren Putz", written by Joelle Chasse, staff writer for Hearing Loss News on
Shelley Rowland, at NIA, suggested Deaf Valedictorian Delivers Inspirational Speech

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Research Participants with Hearing Loss Needed

The Hearing and Language Lab at Northwestern University is looking for children between the ages of 2 years 6 months and 3 years 9 months with hearing loss.
The researchers are interested in understanding how preschool-aged children with hearing loss hear when there is background noise. Participation includes playing child-friendly listening games and receiving language assessments. The study involves one visit, during which time children will watch short videos and play games that test language and listening skills. The session typically takes 2 hours, including breaks. There is no cost for participation. Participants can be tested at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL or Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.
Parents will receive $100 dollars for participating and children will receive a small prize.
All information from the one-time session can be shared with families upon request. Any questions about the study can be directed to Tina Grieco- Calub at [email protected] or 847-491-3175.
For more information please contact Hillary at the Hearing and Language Lab at:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-467-4156
Primary Investigators: Tina Grieco-Calub, CSD, Northwestern University
Janet Olson, Northern Illinois University
IRB# _ #STU00070688

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National Fair Housing Alliance videos in ASL

The National Fair Housing Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is pleased to announce the creation of 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. These videos provide critical legal and practical information in a format accessible to persons who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing. The videos were produced by Disability independence Group, NFHA and Sweetwater Media.

In addition, HUD has announced agreement between advocacy groups and national real estate company ensuring deaf persons have equal access to housing: Press Release

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August Conference for Professionals working with Students who are D/HH

With the end of the school year approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that registration is OPEN for this year’s August Conference 2014 on Monday, August 4, 2014. Registration continues to be FREE and continuing education credits can be earned.
We are thrilled with this year’s line-up of presenters! Topics this year include:
  • Skill building, discourse mapping and developing a Professional Development Plan
  • Story signing
  • Visual language research updates
  • Speech understanding research updates
  • Working with multi-cultural families
  • Transitioning from IFSPs to IEPs
  • Listening and Spoken Language updates
In the past, we 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. As always, we 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 our Events page on our website at, scrolling down and finding the registration link for the August Conference.
If you have any questions, please email your inquiries to [email protected] or contact me at 217-278-3550 (voice) or 217-383-0095 (VP).
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you in August! ~ Tina Childress ~
Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program Trainer / Cochlear Implant Specialist
DHS/DRS Office
1307 N. Mattis Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

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5 Autism Simulations to Help You Experience Sensory Overload

An article in Mashable by Mark Petronzio, introduces five videos of “virtual simulations that render common experiences for people with autism — hypersensitivity to sights and sounds among them.” The videos include “Auti-sim, an unsettling first-person game that allows the player to experience hypersensitivity” created by Taylan Kadayifcioglu and his team, and “Carly’s Cafe -- Experience Autism through Carly’s Eyes,“ a video based on an excerpt from Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

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Chérie King explores a world without limits

Travel writer Chérie King, who was born with no hearing in both ears, travels the world and shares her experiences on her website (Flight of the Travel Bee) and social media sites. In this add for Apple she shares some of the ways she uses her iPad Air on her travels.

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ASL Translator App for iPad & iPhone

This app (on sale for a limited time at $4.99), includes both a text-to-sign generator in signed English and a 110 ASL phrases video dictionary for self- instruction.
The text-to-sign portion translates English text into ASL signs and generates sentences in “English word order,” but it is not SEE, but improved with their Smart Translation Algorithm. The first part 30,000 words translated into Seamless Sign Language Video in real time seamlessly connects each signed word to display a smooth video stream.
The second part has videos of 110 ASL phrases shown by Jessica Tanner (deaf actress) and Dwight D. Godwin, NIC (certified ASL interpreter).

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ASL Videos starring Kids!

Here are two of the many remarkable videos being posted by kids around the country.

"Corduroy Story in ASL" by Kenneth Smith from Utah.

"Four Parameters of ASL" in which 1st & 2nd graders from the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) share a bit of Deaf history and tell all about the four basic parameters found in ASL signs

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Vernon Hills mom starts Girl Scout troop for deaf

An article, five photos and a video on the Daily Herald website about Tiffany DeYoung of Vernon Hills and Girl Scout Troop 40735 that she started last October to fill a need for her two 5-year-old deaf daughters,.

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ASL Nook - Sports in ASL

Sports has captured our minds, hearts, and now our hands. Learn all the major sports signs along with a few action words with our special guest, Ryan Lane!
Ryan Lane is well known for starring on a TV Show called ‘Switched at Birth’ as ‘Travis’. You can learn more about him at

A nook full of sign. Words, pictures, and stories come to life with the magic of American Sign Language (ASL). Within our cozy nook, you will learn many new signs such as the alphabet, colors, emotions, animals, and beyond.
When two walls meet, a nook is formed. This is where two languages and two worlds meet. For more exciting videos from ASL Nook, please visit our website at

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En nuestro biblioteca: Algunos libros españoles

Deaf Hispanic culture awareness kit (2005)
~[CD-Rom 1]. Mexican sign language / American sign language translator II -- [CD-Rom 2-4]. Tomados de la mano (CD I -- III) -- [CD-Rom 5]. Somos muy fiesteros! (We like a good celebration!) : Mexican traditions -- [CD-Rom 6]. Sueäno sordo Hispano-Americano = The deaf Hispanic-American dream -- [Handout 1]: Resources for deaf Hispanic Americans -- [Handout 2]. Books for children -- [Handout 3]. Activities for kids -- [Handout 4]. References: deaf Hispanic people -- [Handout 5]. What is Spanish sign language? -- [Handout 6]. Recipes.
El jardin silencioso : criando a su hijo sordo por Paul Ogden ; traducido por Helda Pinzón de Pérez y Miguel A. Pérez. (2002)
101 actividades para entretener a tu hijo en lugares cerrados por Carol Stock Kranowitz ; traducción de Alicia Sánchez Millet.. (1998)
Ayudar a los niños sordos : apoyo familiar y comunitario para niños que no oyen bien por Sandy Niemann, Devorah Greenstein, Darlena David ; dibujos, Heidi Broner ; traducción al español, Lisa de Avila (2008)
Ensenando a nuestros ninos a pensar : un manual para ensenar a los ninos a los ninos pequenos como resolver problemas y conflictos de la vida contidiana por Myrna B. Shure con Theresa Foy Digeronimo ; ilustraciones por Jackie Aher. (2005)
Los trastornos del espectro de autismo de la A a la Z : toda la información que quiere saber por Barbara T. Doyle y Emily Doyle Iland. (2005)

ISRC library items may be requested by e-mail at [email protected], by phone at 847-559-8195, or by fax at 847-559-8199. The complete list of Books with Sign Language DVDs, as well as the complete library catalogue, can be found on the Library Page of the ISRC website at

The ISRC Library Catalog is available through the traditional Catalog and free apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to "ISTAC." No password needed.

**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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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. Research Participants with Hearing Loss Needed
  4. National Fair Housing Alliance videos in ASL
  5. August Conference for Professionals working with Students who are D/HH
  6. 5 Autism Simulations to Help You Experience Sensory Overload
  7. Chérie King explores a world without limits
  8. ASL Translator App for iPad & iPhone
  9. ASL Videos starring Kids!
  10. Vernon Hills mom starts Girl Scout troop for deaf
  11. ASL Nook - Sports in ASL
  12. En nuestro biblioteca: Algunos libros españoles
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