ISRC Digital Update September 2013

1993-2013 - ISRC 20 Year Anniversary!
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Upcoming Events

~ Deaf Student Network - 2nd Annual Fall Leadership Day is October 9, 2013. The Illinois Service Resource Center and the Gallaudet University Regional Center-Midwest are sponsoring four deaf or hard of hearing students from each Illinois High School programs to attend team building activities with a low ropes course at the Wheaton Park District (Lincoln Marsh Park) from 9a-1:30p. These deaf and hard of hearing youth will develop leadership skills, enhance communication skills, and improve problem solving skills, while developing critical thinking and analysis skills. Participation in this event is free but students must arrange for their own transportation and lunch. Click here to download a flyer with event information and a student nomination form. Submit nomination forms by September 20th to ISRC via fax: 847-559-8199, email: [email protected], or mail ISRC 3444 Dundee Rd. Northbrook, IL 60062.

~ 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]

~ September, 21, 2013, St. John A.M.E. Church, located in Aurora, IL, will host the Annual Deaf Concert from 3-6 pm. This event is free to the public and will feature performances by nine Churches from within the Chicago Metro area. This experience is one which promises to touch the hearts and souls of children, youth and mature audiences alike. Important to note as well is the fact that the concert is designed to be enjoyed by the hearing impaired and those who are blessed with the gift of hearing. 2950 Bilter Road, Aurora, Illinois 60502.

~ Parent Advocacy Training...What you need to know: IDEA Law - How to advocate for your child. Two dates and locations:
Sept 21st 9:00am to 12:00pm at University of Chicago-Goldblatt Pavilion 860 E. 59th St. Room H103 Chicago. RSVP to Sally Tannenbaum [email protected] 773-702-8182
Sept 28th 9:00am - 3:00 pm at Child's Voice School 180 Hansen Court Wood Dale, IL RSVP to Rollen Cooper
[email protected] 630-595-8200 x 130

Training for parents who...

  • Have children with a disability who will enter or are currently in grades K-12
  • Want the most appropriate education services for their child with special needs
  • Want to know their rights as a parent in today's education system
  • Need a refresher course on the skills needed to get your child what is needed to succeed
  • Want to go into their IEP meeting more prepared
Training for professionals who...
  • Want to know what parents' rights are
  • Want to service their clients correctly
This session has been submitted for approval of EI credit to The Illinois Early Intervention Training in the area of working with families.

~ Signing Social on the LAST TUESDAY of EVERY month from 6:00p-8:00p. Hosted in room 202 at Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL. Everyone, all ages are welcome! Snack and kids games/crafts provided. Come practice the signs you know or come to learn some! Next: Sept. 24. Any questions? [email protected]

~ The Deaf Youth Center opened last year at their new home, the Yellowbox - Community Christian Church 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL - and has brought in enthusiastic Youth and Parents to the program. They will be kicking off a new season on September 19th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. 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 followed by groups of sections including theatre, social skills, peer interaction, expressive learning, and sports/games/exercises. They also offer sign classes for parents along with social time. This too is free. For more information and to register, please contact Crystal Kelley Schwartz at [email protected]

~ Goodman Theater offers signed performances. Pullman Porter Blues - September 25, 2013 @ 7:30pm Visit for more info.
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
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

~ Illinois Hands and Voices presents: FALL FAMILY FUN DAY at Goebbert's Farm 40 W. Higgins Rd. South Barrington, IL Sunday, September 29, 2013 2:00pm RSVP no later than 9/22. [email protected] or call Jill Kelly 847-651-4841 (voice or text) Visit Goebbert's website for more information about this fun pumpkin farm & garden center. MEMBERS—You and your immediate family will receive a $10 voucher to enter Animal Land and the Little Farmers Play Yard. All children will also receive a ticket to choose either a hay wagon ride, jumping pillow or the haunted house! NON-MEMBERS—Pay the regular price or become a member on-site for just $25.

~ DRS is pleased to announce that Deaf Awareness Day is scheduled for Wednesday October 2, 2013 at the James R Thompson Center located at 100 W. Randolph in Chicago. The exhibit area will be open from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The event is a day of meeting service providers, post-secondary training programs and organizations that focus on working with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deaf blind.

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

~ The Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be in Effingham this year October 24-25, 2013. To learn more about this conference visit A limited number of scholarships for parents and students who need financial assistance are available through the conference committee, contact Tara Dunning at 217-744-7777.

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!

~ 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. Back to School Resources
  4. Hear the Cheers Fundraiser initiated by Eliza Peters
  5. Gallaudet's Battle of the Books!
  6. DHH Behavior Support Teams For Programs/Schools
  7. Deaf Awareness Week September 22-28, 2013
  8. Summary of Changes in the new DSM-5
  9. The Smithsonian - "People with disabilities have been present throughout American history"
  10. Bullying
  12. In Our Library: Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying(Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Gail Olsen suggests Family Transition Manual
The purpose of this manual is to assist families of young adults with developmental disabilities with the transition from the school system and services for children to the world of work and adult services.

Veronica Krause
Watch Rachael Coleman of Signing Time talk about the birth of her deaf daughter and the journey it began. She shares about her grief and insights, family, cochlear implant decision, and more.

A glimpse into an Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller speech therapy session. See actual footage of Helen Keller speaking.

Tory Burrows
Here is an interesting website:
You can also like them on Facebook.
If you register (I did) you get access to a lot of good information. In addition, I was able to order a free Iron Man poster from Phonak relating to hearing aids.

Suggested by Hearing and Vision Connections
Watch the new Microsoft Kinect show off its fluency in sign language..."As smartphones are starting to get the hang of interpreting our voice commands, Microsoft has already begun work on a new way for users to interact with their devices. Poised to debut with the upcoming Xbox One console, the new Kinect will be able to recognize and translate sign language performed before the revamped sensor." Watch the demo and read the rest of the blurb here.

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Back to School Resources

Hear the Cheers Fundraiser initiated by Eliza Peters-
a hard of hearing student from Geneva, IL and recipient of the ISRC sponsored Advocacy Award

"Twelve-year-old Eliza Peters of Geneva owes her hearing to the ear surgeries she underwent and the hearing aids she received at Loyola University Medical Center. Eliza, who plays golf and basketball and likes to dance, is giving back by raising money to buy hearing aids for local children who cannot afford them. Her fundraising drive, Hear the Cheers!, has raised more than $18,000 far."

Read the rest of the article at:,0,1249008.story

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Gallaudet's Battle of the Books!

The Gallaudet's Battle of the Books is a Middle school competition sponsored by Gallaudet University. There are three groups in the competition. The groups consist of students who read at the 2nd/3rd grade levels, 4th/5th grade levels, and the 6th and above levels. The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle School students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills amongst Middle School students. Registration of teams begins 9/4/13.

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DHH Behavior Support Teams For Programs/Schools

The Illinois Service Resource Center provides free quarterly training for 25 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Behavior Support Teams established throughout the state.

These training workshops focus on Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Developing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP). Additional training is provided on enhancing behavior support at all three tiers of the Response to Intervention model.
Team members then serve as a local resource for behavior support for deaf and hard of hearing students. The goal of this training effort is to build the capacity of local schools and programs to meet the behavioral needs of students with a hearing loss.
To see if there is currently an ISRC D/HH Behavior Team in your school, district, or cooperative, check out the map of active behavior teams.
If you would like to send a team to the trainings, please contact us at [email protected].

DHH Behavior Support Team Training Dates (2013-2014 School Year)

September 9, 2013 (Speaker: Dr. Matt Rider)
November 5, 2013 (Behaviorama - "best of" highly developed team members sharing ideas)
February 4, 2014 (Speakers: Dr. Christi Borders and Dr. Stacey Bock, Illinois State University)
April 7, 2014 (Speaker: Dr. Rick Van Acker)

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Deaf Awareness Week September 22-28, 2013

Deaf Awareness Week promoted by World Federation of the Deaf and National Association of the Deaf - Sept 22 - 28, 2013.

"The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) first launched International Day of the Deaf in 1958; the "day" was later extended to "week." The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is observed annually during the last full week of September. The week culminates with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week. The 1st World Congress of the WFD took place in September 1951, and the choice of September to celebrate the International Week and Day of the Deaf is a commemoration of this historical event." Read more and see videos (not in ASL but some other (perhaps international) sign language) at

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Summary of Changes in the new DSM-5

Major changes were made in the criteria for communication disorders and autism. A summary of the differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5 is available at

More information about DSM-5 changes and potential implications is available from the following organizations:

OrganizationDSM-5 Resources
American Psychiatric Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Council for Exceptional Children
National Association of School Psychologists

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The Smithsonian - "People with disabilities have been present throughout American history"

Many of our students, their parents and our peers are unaware of the role individuals with disabilities have played within U.S. history. This lack of information causes many of the individuals to focus upon the limitations, vs. the abilities of our students. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has established a Web site to address this problem. The Web site, entitled "People with disabilities have been present throughout American history" (, provides text and pictures concerning:
  • Disability & History (critical items and events)
  • People (everyday realities)
  • Place (where history was made)
  • Technology (evolution of access)
  • Citizens (legal struggles & rights)
The Web site shares information in both English and Spanish, offers downloadable posters/print materials, and offers social media options to stay informed.

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WHERE: St. Charles East High School
1020 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174

WHEN: Wednesday Evenings (10 week session)
September 11, 2013 - November 13, 2013
Class Dates as Follows:
9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,
10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

COST: $35/person $50/immediate family
**All classes are offered in English**

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advanced Sign
6:00 pm. - 7:30 p.m. Level I

SPONSORED BY: Northwestern Illinois Association
For more information or to register for a class, please call Marge Stewart 630/402-2013
15 CPDU credits available for 100% attendance. Registration cutoff will be 9/11/13.

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In Our Library

Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying (Book)

Summary: "When 'One of a Kind' is laughed at by Purple One and called a name by Green One, is the Tease Monster to blame? This tale teaches readers the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing, and why some teasing can have a negative bite if it's meant to be hurtful and cause embarrassment."

Link to Catalog

**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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