ISRC Digital Update

September 2012

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Upcoming Events

~ AEHI and AGBMS Present Cued Speech Workshops - Monthly 9am-3:30pm or [email protected] for info and questions 9300 Capitol Dr. Wheeling, IL 60090 847.850.5490. Offered once a month on September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 Classes offered at beginning, intermediate, and transliterate levels. Cost is $75.

~ Sign Language Classes offered by NIA WHERE: St. Charles East High School
1020 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
WHEN: Wednesday Evenings (10 week session)
September 12, 2012 - November 28, 2012
Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28
COST: $35/person
$50/immediate family
**All classes are offered in English**
LEVELS TO BE OFFERED: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advanced Sign
6:00 pm. - 7:30 p.m. Level 1
For more information or to register for a class, please call Brigid Young 630-402-2014
15 CPDU credits available for 100% attendance. Registration cutoff will be 9/12/12.

~ Special Education Dispute Resolution Options Webinar Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. Andy Eulass, ISBE Due Process Coordinator
As part of the procedural safeguards, school districts must ensure that parents are fully informed of their dispute resolution options at the conclusion of the eligibility and IEP process. In this webinar, Andy Eulass, ISBE Due Process Coordinator, will discuss what the current dispute resolution options are in Illinois and how parents can access these options. Andy will explore mediation, state complaints and the due process hearing system by discussing how they work and why parents might need to use one, two or all three of these systems.

~ "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.
*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 Connection Meeting 4pm-6pm For Questions and to RSVP contact Pauline 630.248.2407 or at [email protected]
Sept 8 Roanoke, IL
Sept 22 Hinsdale, IL

~ Mark your calendar!! September 22nd is the ISD Homecoming!

~ After-School Program: Park Kids - for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing Elementary School Age Only – Age 6 & over
Horner Park 2741 W. Montrose Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60618 773.478.3499
September 24, 2012 – June 7, 2013 (open during school days only) $50 per session, per child (Fall, Winter & Spring) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 3pm – 6pm Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm – 5pm Homework time & assistance, reading time, table games, arts & crafts, variety of recreational sports activities & more! For further information contact: Joseph Ruiz [email protected] 773.273.6617 VP/Direct & Voice 773.478.3499 Voice

~ DRS will again celebrate DEAF AWARENESS DAY this year. This event will provide wonderful learning opportunities for those students who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deaf blind. We would like to invite you and your students to attend the day’s activities on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. This event will be held at the James R Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago. If you and your students will be attending, please call Lovie Miles at (312) 814-2939 or [email protected] by Friday, Sept. 14th so that we may assign a host to meet your group.

~ Southwind Park – Springfield, IL Fun Walk/Run Illinois Hands & Voices / Guide By Your Side is raising money by holding a Family Fun Walk this October. This Fun Walk will allow IL Hands & Voices / Guide By Your Side to continue its commitment to serving families who have children with hearing loss throughout the state. click on the FUN WALK tab above to help us reach our goal. From our site you can: Become a sponsor Become a vendor Create a walk team Donate to our cause. Questions and info: Andrea Marwah [email protected] 630.697.3544

~ The What, Why, and How of Justification of Removal from the General Education Classroom
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Noon—1 p.m. Project CHOICES, an LRE initiative of ISBE
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) supports educating students with disabilities in the general education setting with their nondisabled peers as much as possible. This webinar explains the written justification of removal from the general education setting portion of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), provides information as to why participation in general education is important for students with disabilities, and suggests ways to know if the written justification for removal is appropriate for individual students. Examples will be provided to help you identify what an appropriate written justification looks like and what it does not look like.

~ Deaf Latino Awareness Day – November 10, 2012 For more info 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. Should this Deaf Preschooler Change his Name?
  3. The New Normal – Deaf Actress
  4. News from the Interim ISD/ISVI Superintendent – Joan Forney
  5. More on Deaf Olympic Stars!
  6. Universal Design for Learning
  7. ABCs of Teaching Children
  8. Social Studies ideas with reading and writing connections!
  9. Problem Solving Potty Training
  10. World Relief Offers Help for Immigration Legal Issues
  11. AMC Movie Theater Provide Equal Access for Deaf!
  12. In Our Library: See What I'm Saying (DVD)


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Should this Deaf Preschooler Change his Name?

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The New Normal - Deaf Actress

Los Angeles, CA – Actress ANTOINETTE ABBAMONTE doesn’t let her deafness get in the way when it comes to her career in Hollywood, appearing in Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated NBC comedy show, THE NEW NORMAL. In the pilot episode set to debut on September 11, 2012, Abbamonte portrays a deaf Mother married to an African-American man, who also happens to be deaf.

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News from the Interim ISD/ISVI Superintendent - Joan Forney

More on Deaf Olympic Stars!

LONDON (AP) -- At UC Irvine, coach John Speraw had the "David Smith Rule" for his star middle blocker. "That means, 'When David wants it, David takes it,'" Speraw said. "Because in the middle of a play, you can't call him off."
The reason? Smith is nearly deaf and primarily uses lip reading to understand his teammates. In volleyball, such face-to-face communication is not always possible.
Hence the David Smith rule.
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USA Swimming will allow hand signals to accommodate deaf athletes at Olympic trials:

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Universal Design for Learning

CAST is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
Why is UDL necessary? Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints.
UDL Book Builder
UDL Curriculum Self-Check
UDL Editions
UDL Lesson Builder
Science Writer
Strategy Tutor

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ABCs of Teaching Children Ideas, tips and resources for primary language teachers

The aim of this blog is to share practical ideas, tips and resources for teaching young learners which have been accumulated over the last 25 years or so, as well as occasional illustrative anecdotes from personal teaching experience in the form of an ABC.

Start here: “A is for Affect”

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Social Studies ideas with reading and writing connections!

The Social Studies Department would like to welcome you to our Teacher's Zone! Find strategies ranging from hands-on to graphic organizers that are ready to print out and use with your lesson plans! The Zone also has information on how to incorporate different types of social studies skills including reading and writing connections. Don't miss our TAKS area for the most up-to-date information on TAKS and the upcoming EOC assessments. Our strategies have been designed for teachers by teachers with all learners in mind!
Here is a peek at the hand-on section but feel free to look around at the strategies and other links of interest.

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Problem Solving Potty Training

Ohio State gives tips on how to know if you and your child are ready to take on the challenge of potty training and the 10 steps it takes to be successful!

Readiness, Pre-toilet training, Toilet Training, and Solving common problems -

Potty Training Children with Special Needs -

Similar and Different – toilet training children with special needs -

Kent Moreno is a Behavior Analyst and father of a child with Down syndrome. He is employed by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University as an education specialist. He can be reached at [email protected]. The process of teaching a child to use the toilet can be a frustrating one. This is especially true if the child has a developmental disability. The protocol has been used successfully, with individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages.

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World Relief Offers Help for Immigration Legal Issues

Serving the World in our Neighborhood World Relief began offering services in DuPage County in 1979 and then opened an additional office in Aurora in 1999. They offer a comprehensive range of services to refugees and immigrants living in DuPage and Kane Counties.

Immigrant Legal Services

Illinois offices

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AMC Movie Theater Provide Equal Access for Deaf!

Movie Theater Access Agreement Reached as a Result of Complaint Filed by Equip for Equality On April 4th, the Illinois Attorney General announced an Agreement in which AMC Theaters will be making all of its theaters in Illinois accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind. The Agreement is a result of a complaint that Equip for Equality filed with the Disability Rights Bureau of the Attorney General on behalf of numerous individuals with disabilities, as well as the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Illinois Association of the Deaf, and the Illinois Council of the Blind.

Under the Agreement, AMC will provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology for movie-goers with hearing and vision disabilities at all of its theaters and its 460 movie screens by 2014.

Amy Peterson was the lead attorney for Equip for Equality. Copies of the press release and Agreement can be found on the home page of the EFE website

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In Our Library

See What I'm Saying (DVD)

Summary: "A comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer, who are all well-known entertainers in the deaf community, are followed as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate 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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