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August 2012
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Upcoming Events

~ Cued Speech Workshop, August 11, 2012. Monthly workshops are offered to parents and professionals at Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School by a certified Cued Speech Instructor. The registration fee for each workshop is $75 per person. The registration form can be downloaded at For more information regarding AEHI and Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School visit OR email: [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]

~ Parent "Connections" Meeting Saturday, August 25 from 4 PM to 6 PM in Naperville. Bring your family and mingle with other families who have children with hearing loss. Games and crafts for the kids. Pizza, soda, and dessert will be served. Childcare provided. Admission is free for Illinois Hands and Voices Members, $10 per family for non-members. Requests for interpreters must be made by August 15. Please RSVP by August 20. For any questions or to become a member, contact Illinois Hands and Voices at or email [email protected] or call 630-697-3544.

~ 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]

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Deaf Girl's Family Sues Scouts for Disbanding Troop
  3. Film About Deaf UFC Fighter Matt Hamill
  4. Preschool for Deaf Children Showing Great Success
  5. Camp HERO Brings Sound of Music to Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Students
  6. How the Deaf Brain Rewires Itself to 'Hear' Touch and Sight
  7. Deaf Percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Kaos Signing Choir at the Olympic Opening Ceremony
  8. In Our Library: Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors: Implementing Data Driven Strategies! (Book)


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Deaf Girl's Family Sues Scouts for Disbanding Troop

"Megan, who has been deaf since birth, joined the Girl Scouts in kindergarten, her mother said. At the time, her mother requested that an interpreter be present at Scouting activities, and the Girl Scouts agreed to that, she said.
But in the fall of 2011, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana told Runnion that the "council does not pay for these services," the lawsuit alleged. Runnion made another request in October for her daughter to have an interpreter for a rock climbing event the next month.
But the local council complied only after Equip for Equality, a Chicago-based advocacy group for people with physical or mental disabilities, and the National Association for the Deaf sent a letter requesting an interpreter for the event, according to the lawsuit.
The Girl Scouts called the measure temporary and said it was in the process of forming a uniform policy, the lawsuit alleged. In January, Megan and her mother were at a troop dinner when the leaders broke the news that the troop was disbanding immediately, Runnion said.

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Film About Deaf UFC Fighter Matt Hamill

"Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, The Hammer tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. The Hammer is a coming of age drama depicting the struggles and successes of what it takes to become a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship, but an inspirational force to both hearing and deaf alike."

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Preschool for Deaf Children Showing Great Success

" You might think a pre-school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing would be quiet, but you'd be surprised. There are several different approaches to teaching deaf children to communicate. Some focus on sign language, others on listening and speaking. This school does both. It's the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness known as C.E.I.D.
"Our model of communication is called total communication. We believe in using every avenue to help children develop their listening, spoken language and communication skills," said Jill Ellis, the C.E.I.D. executive director.
Ellis founded C.E.I.D. in Berkeley more 32 years ago. I first visited in 1998. C.E.I.D. began teaching deaf children and very quickly it was obvious they needed to teach parents sign language too.
"One of the first shocks to me was when one of the kids woke up to tell me the next day at school he had a bad dream. I thought, 'You couldn't tell your parents, you had no way to communicate with your own parents what happened.' They didn't sign and many times they didn't have the expectation that their children even could communicate," said Ellis.
But now expectations are as high as for any hearing child. C.E.I.D. has a state of the art building, comprehensive services for preschoolers with a range of hearing loss, and many kids who benefit from technological advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants.
As for that class of six toddlers I visited 14 years ago, two are now juniors in high school and four just graduated. All are headed to college. I was proud to host a program honoring the five students who still live in the Bay Area and I had a great time re-connecting with them. That little girl who helped me sign years ago, Davana Jackson-Robertson, she's going to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. "

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Camp HERO Brings Sound of Music to Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Students

"For about 50 deaf and hearing-impaired students, a week of music education awaits at Camp Here Everyone Really is One
Camp HERO is a weeklong summer experience at Bloomsburg University that began July 29 and runs through Friday. The program, called "Bringing Music to our Souls" and is piloted by Allentown Symphony's education initiative El Sistema Lehigh Valley, teaches students to use interpretive dance, melody bell choir and a variety of percussion instruments to make their own music.

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How the Deaf Brain Rewires Itself to 'Hear' Touch and Sight

" Karns' team found that the deaf subjects were not only processing both the touch and visual responses through the hearing part of their brains, but they were also far more likely to associate these inputs through something called the "double flash illusion."
Using the head apparatus, researchers "flashed a light to each subject's eye once, and then at the exact same moment we touched their face with two little puffs of air, so that the flash and the puff-puff were right at the same time," Karns said, explaining her experiment. While deaf subjects reported seeing two flashes, their hearing peers didn't see anything out of the ordinary, just one burst of light.
"I had the idea that maybe in people born deaf, touch and vision would be interacting more closely because these two senses have had more time to get to know each other during development, without sound monopolizing the conversation in the auditory cortex," said Karns, "and it turned out to be true." (She noted that a similar double-flash illusion happens in hearing individuals, but the association tends to be between sound and vision, rather than touch -- a "beep-beep" triggers it, rather than a "puff-puff".)"

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Deaf Percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Kaos Signing Choir at the Olympic Opening Ceremony

"The Kaos Signing Choir for deaf and hearing children is the only integrated deaf and hearing children's choir in Great Britain. During the opening ceremony, the choir was featured singing and signing the national anthem 'God Save the Queen'. Just after the Queens dramatic entry by parachute, the children's choir took centre stage in pyjamas and did brilliantly to perform confidently with clear signing in front of the world audience."

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In Our Library

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors: Implementing Data Driven Strategies! (Book)

Summary: "Rebecca Moyes, a teacher, author, renowned lecturer, and mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, helps walk any regular education or special education teacher through the process of setting up a sensory-friendly classroom in this easy to use book.

This is currently the only book that discusses the importance of data-driven strategies, and then helps teachers implement them! Sensory integration disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it's an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. Rebecca is able to take the data and work out how to make any student's, (and teacher's!), life easier."
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