ISRC Digital Update August 2013

Happy 20th Birthday ISRC
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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.

~ ISD Outreach August Conference 2013 - 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
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).

~ Goodman Theater offers signed performances.
Headline: Half-Off Tickets to THE JUNGLE BOOK at the Goodman on August 7th!
THE JUNGLE BOOK A new musical based on the Disney animated film and the stories of Rudyard Kipling Book and Direction by Mary Zimmerman Extended by popular demand again! Must close August 18! From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, this dazzling new adaptation of a timeless favorite is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. The jungle springs to life in a music-filled spectacle that chronicles young Mowgli's adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based both on Rudyard Kipling's time-honored tales and the classic Disney film-and with a score featuring the movie's best-loved songs and original Indian-inspired music and dance-this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season. Enter promo code SIGN at and get 50 percent off* full price tickets to the signed performance on August 7 @ 7:30pm, or call the box office at TTY/TDD 312.443.3829. Visit for more info. *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. Expires 8/8/13.
Upcoming 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
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

~ Victory Gardens Theater will have an interpreted play called 'Mojada' on Friday, Aug 9th, 2013. Showtime is 7:30pm. The play is about a Latino family that came to the United States to escape a past filled with betrayal. The family is living on the southside - Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Watch a trailer of Mojada here: 2433 North Lincoln Avenue | Chicago , IL 60614 Administration: 773.549.5788 | Tickets: 773.871.3000

~ 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: 8/27.

Deaf Day at Brookfield Zoo!! Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Association of the Deaf on Saturday September 21st from 10a-4:30p. There will be interpreted Zoo Chats, interpreted Dolphin Shows, Sting Ray Exhibit, booths and more. For more information contact [email protected]

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. Harry Potter Star Supports Sign Language Campaign
  4. Meet: Bruno Kahne, Who Teaches Hearing People To Communicate Like Deaf People
  5. Obama Picks Deaf Black Female Lawyer for White House Job
  6. 12 Essential Coping Strategies Every Child Can Use
  7. Signing with your Toddler
  8. In Our Library: Literacy Instruction for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Professional Perspectives on Deafness: Evidence and Applications)(Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Sheri Cook would like you to see Rachel Kolb speak in a TEDx event at Stanford. "Born with a profound hearing loss, Rachel Kolb explores issues of access, equality and difference and understands the value of flexibility in transmitting ideas."

Carolyn Viereckl found to have a cool Interactive Ear Tool that might be helpful for in-services. This tool walks you through how your ears work.

Carolyn Viereckl also recommends an article highlighting the impact of fatigue on students who are deaf.

Stephanie Hopkins thinks every teacher should watch the video Teaching Digital Natives here:

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Harry Potter Star Supports Sign Language Campaign

"Daniel Radcliffe is among the celebrities giving a 'thumbs-up' this week to a campaign boosting deaf youngsters.

The Harry Potter star can be seen signalling the message 'good morning' in British sign language in a number of busy Tube stations.

Other high-profile figures giving the gesture on London Underground digital screens include Olympic diver Nick Robinson-Baker, actress Josette Simon, broadcaster Jamie Theakston - and children's favourite The Gruffalo.

They have all agreed to take part in the Sign Good Morning campaign, organised by the Life And Deaf Association, which aims to increase inclusion of deaf children in their communities.

The group has helped young people with hearing problems through community activities such as poetry, performance, film and art.

Other backers are Hobbit actor Sir Ian McKellen, London mayor Boris Johnson, Spice Girl Emma Bunton and comic Rob Brydon.

Today is also the start of a 17-day tour by members and supporters of the charity, travelling across Britain in a VW camper van nicknamed Heidi.

They will be visiting schools, Tesco Extra car parks and organisations accompanied by an interactive exhibition of poetry written by deaf youngsters and an award-winning short film. The charity, which was set up seven years ago, published a book earlier this year featuring sign language, which was co-written by children's laureate and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson.

Previous activities have included a short film last year called That's Not All Of Me, and a book of poetry written by deaf children in Greenwich.

Metro readers can upload photos or videos of themselves giving the 'good morning' sign through the campaign's website,"

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Meet: Bruno Kahne, Who Teaches Hearing People To Communicate Like Deaf People

"Bruno Kahne has worked for the last 15 years as an auditor, trainer and consultant for companies in fields as varied as the nuclear, food and construction industries.

He currently works for AirBusiness Academy, the international training centre of Airbus. Bruno is Belgian, lives in France, and delivers courses all over the world, where, unusually, he teaches hearing people the benefits of communicating more like deaf people."

To find out why Bruno believes Deaf people are better communicators than their hearing peers read here:

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Obama Picks Deaf Black Female Lawyer for White House Job

"The White House has a new person in the job to oversee its efforts on disability issues. Claudia Gordon moves over from the Dept of Labor where she dealt with potential discrimination by federal contractors to now work between the Obama administration and the disability community as the White House's disability liaison. Her new title is associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. The discrimination Gordon experienced as a deaf child in Jamaica compelled her to become a lawyer. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was a child. She attended New York's Lexington School for the Deaf where she learned sign language and later became the first deaf student to graduate from the American University's Washington College of Law. Gordon has worked for the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can learn more about Gordon at the White House website here."

See an interview (in ASL with captions) with Claudia about her life, being deaf, and more.

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12 Essential Coping Strategies Every Child Can Use

Michael Grose believes that "Kids typically face many Hardships, Frustrations and Difficulties as they go through different stages of development. Pets pass away. Friends move town. Families move home and kids change schools. Children miss being picked for a team. Teens are left off party invitation lists.

How stressful these everyday events are for children will depend on many factors including their own spirit, the support they get from home and their coping skills.

Coping with Hardships, Frustration and Disappointments (HFD's), both big and small is part of growing up. Some kids cope with stressful or difficult situations better than others. They seem to naturally get by. Others need parental input to help them cope with seemingly minor situations.

It's useful to reflect on how you cope when life throws you curve balls. Healthy adults develop a series of coping mechanisms to draw on, often instinctively, when they experience stress or some difficulty so that they don't become overwhelmed.

It helps to share your coping mechanisms with your children. It's very reassuring for kids to know that their parents also experience and overcome difficulty.

Following are 12 broad coping strategies you can develop in your children to help them deal with normal, developmental Hardships, Frustrations and Difficulties (HFD's). These HFD's include: loss, disappointment, change, rejection, failure and conflict."

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Signing with your Toddler

Pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh shares what she believes are the 5 Benefits of Signing with Your Baby or Toddler and leaves you with some tips on how to get started. Some of these benefits are adapted from her post 9 Reasons to Teach Sign Language to your (Hearing) Infant or Toddler which you can check out on her blog later. Let's get started!
  1. Early Communication
  2. Reduced Tantrums
  3. Increased vocabulary and language skills
  4. Bonding
  5. May increase your child's reading and spelling skills, visual attention skills, joint attention, and even IQ

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In Our Library

Literacy Instruction for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Professional Perspectives on Deafness: Evidence and Applications) (Book)

Summary: "Most students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) struggle with acquiring literacy skills, some as a direct result of their hearing loss, some because they are receiving insufficient modifications to access the general education curriculum, and some because they have additional learning challenges necessitating significant program modifications. Additionally, instructional practices for DHH students tend to be directed toward two sub-populations of DHH students: those with useable access to sound and those without.

Literacy Instruction for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing describes current, evidence-based practices in teaching literacy for DHH students and provides practitioners and parents with a process for determining whether a practice is or is not "evidence-based." Easterbrooks and Beals-Alvarez describe the importance of the assessment process in providing on-going progress monitoring to document students' literacy growth as a primary means to direct the course of instruction. They address the five key areas of instruction identified by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension."

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