ISRC Digital Update September 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 September is When the Game Stands Tall at 10:45am on September 6. The cost is $6.50 per ticket.

~ "Using Routine-Based Interventions in the Natural Environment" Provider-2-Provider Networking Meetings Fall 2014 Presented by Kristen Schraml.
P2P Dates & Locations:
  • 9/10/14, International Center on Deafness and the Arts, (ICODA), 1941 Rohlwing Rd. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • 9/16/14, Illinois State University, (ISU), 250 S. University Street Normal, IL 61790, Room 551, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • 9/24/14, Alton Square Library, 132 Alton Square, Alton, IL 62002, from 6:00-8:00 PM in Study Room #1
  • 10/7/14, Easter Seals, 212 Barney Dr. Joliet, IL 60435, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • 10/28/14, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 1855 W. Taylor St. 1st Floor, Chicago, 60612
Early Intervention credit through the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program will be provided.
To register, visit -- and click on the training tab
For questions, contact Kristen Schraml, P2P Facilitator, [email protected]

~ Family Matters Trainings
Free webinar 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. September 11, 2014
Don't Leave Safety to Chance: Teaching Teens and Adults with Disabilities How to Interact Safely with the Police
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

~ Deaf Russia Show
Saturday, September 13, 2012 at 7pm
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please contact email: [email protected]

~ SAVE the DATE! A fundraiser for Chicago Hearing Society at Chicago’s newest hot spot:
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
1843 S. Washtenaw Ave.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL 60608
Sept. 16, 2014
Space is limited!
Early bird discount tickets on sale now:
Chicago Hearing Society
2001 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL

~ DHH Behavior Team Member Training.
September 16, 2014 -- Dr. Laura Riffel, Behavior Doctor -- "FBA/BIP"
November 17, 2014 -- Sue Walters, ISBE -- "Person Centered Planning"
February 3, 2015 -- Dr. Christy Borders and Nikki Michalak, Illinois State University -- "Structured Work Systems"
April 13, 2015 -- Alice Belgrade, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Educator -- "Implementation of BIP"
You can always check the ISRC website for the calendar for the current year at:
We will be posting the documents and videos as well.
You can also view documents and videos from previous years at:
You can still earn CPDUs from previous trainings through the ISRC e-Learning Academy at:
If you are new to the Behavior Team, you may wish to complete Module 18, the New Behavior Team Member Orientation, for CPDU credit.
All events will be at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn. We will have breakfast and registration at 9:00, and the presentation from 9:30 to 2:30. Lunch and CPDUs will be provided.

~ The Changing Landscape of Pediatric Hearing Loss
Friday, September 19, 2014 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Credits: Early Intervention and CPDU credit provided. LSLS credit requested (CE for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist)
Cost: FREE!
To Register: Online at HVEIO at (go to the training tab)
Co-sponsored by: University of Chicago/Comer Children’s Hospital and Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach
Gail Olson, Coordinator
Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach
c/o The Illinois School for the Deaf
125 Webster Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
[email protected]

~ Statewide calls for families with children who have a hearing loss.
Professionals are welcome to join the calls too!
Sept. 29th at 8:30pm- Teaching your child to advocate - You've learned to advocate for your child but how do you move that ownership to your child? Learn techniques that work in helping your child successfully advocate for themselves. To view the PowerPoint presentation go online to:

Oct. 27th at 8:30pm- This call for all will discuss current and upcoming cochlear implant technology (including waterproof and Bluetooth options). In addition current practices in CI evaluation and surgery (including what to expect on the day of surgery) and cochlear implant outcomes will be reviewed. Please bring all of your CI questions to this call! Guest speaker, Audiologist Beth Tournis. To view the PowerPoint presentation go online to:

Nov. 24th at 8:30pm- We will discuss current trends in hearing aid technology and assistive listening devices, and hearing aid connectivity (Bluetooth). In addition, device maintenance and troubleshooting tips will be reviewed. Guest speaker, Audiologist Joy Ringger. To view the presentation online go to:

From your home, call toll free (888)494-4032 enter guest code: 4231446909
These conference calls are organized by the Illinois Hands & Voices, Guide By Your Side program.
The toll-free line is graciously made available by the IL DSCC /EHDI program.
For more information please call 866.655.4588, visit us on the web at or email [email protected]
Previous webinars can be accessed at Illinois EHDI Webinars

~ Hearing Loss in Children: Is a Little Too Much?
Friday, October 10, 2014
Knowles Hearing Center at Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Hilton Orrington
1710 Orrington
Evanston, Illinois
For details and registration, go to

~ Family Outreach Day - Zaiser's Pumpkin Farm
October 11, 2014, 4-6pm
468 CR 1100 E
Deer Creek, IL
RSVP no later than Sept. 27
For more information, contact
Heather Poe
Vice President
Illinois Hands & Voices
[email protected]
217-899-2015 (voice or text)

~ The Holley Family Village Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs
2014 Program Schedule
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)
mar[email protected]

~ Hear the stories behind the music from some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters.
October 25, 2014
Moonlight Studios
1446 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL
Exciting live and silent auction
Join us to support families and children with hearing loss!
Tickets available at:

~ 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.
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 at
Any questions email [email protected] or call Illinois Service Resource Center at 847-559-8195
Sponsored by Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois Service Resource Center

~ 1st Annual CARTER's ASL Silent Weekend! November 1st and 2nd, 2014
At the Hilton Lisle/Naperville
The event is for families with deaf or hard of hearing children who want to improve their sign language skills.
ASL immersion weekend offers games, activities and tons of prizes!
Great opportunity to build relationships with other families!
Gather community resources such as healthcare providers, schools, churches and recreational activities where ASL is used!
Packages include ASL educational materials, hotel accommodations, dinner, dessert and breakfast!
The event is for all family members, extended family and friends; 12 years and older, please see registration form for more details.
Limited scholarships are available for the event, if interested, please fill out the scholarship form and return it with your registration form.
Registration Deadline October 1st, 2014!

~ Save the date for the 2015 ITHI Conference!
March 5-7, 2015 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

~ 2015 ASDC Conference: Connecting the Dots -- Child - Family - Community
June 25-28, 2015 8am-4pm
Indiana School for the Deaf
1200 E. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Contact: Deb Skjeveland [email protected]

~ Goodman Theater offers sign interpreted performances . One signed performance will be offered for each of the five 2014/2015 Albert Theatre productions and for the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at TTY/TDD 312.443.3829.*

Smokefall – October 1, 2014 | 7:30
A Christmas Carol – December 3, 2014 | 7:30
Rapture, Blister, Burn – January 28, 2015 | 7:30
Two Trains Running – March 18, 2015 | 7:30
The Little Foxes – May 13, 2015 | 7:30
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike – July 1, 2015 | 7:30

*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 for any signed performance on sale.

Visit for more info.

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Suggested by People You Know!

Misti Harrison, from John A. Logan College, suggested you consider taking an online course.

Do you want to take a non-degree/professional development course?

You can apply for professional studies (PST) credit online courses. PST credits may be applied towards state accreditation/job requirements or degree at other universities, but not at Gallaudet University.

Go to and see what courses are offered to non-degree students this fall.

Why take an online course?

Online courses offer students the convenience of being able to study anytime, anywhere, giving you the flexibility to work around other priorities. You also don’t have to live locally to take our classes! At an age when people are busier than ever, online learning can be a great alternative to conventional classes.

Gallaudet University Regional Center-Midwest
John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918

Diane Hudyka suggested an article in the Chicago-Sun Times about Benjamin Lachman, an alum and a member of the advisory board of the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School in Wheeling, a private school for the deaf and the hearing. "The Sitdown: Benjamin Lachman, cued speech advocate, Twista video guest"

Tina Childress, suggested an article from the Huffington Post: "Deaf Singers Introduce Us To An Entirely New 'Happy' Dance."

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
Questions? Contact [email protected]

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DHH Super Heroes in the Comics

"Utah girl inspires Marvel comic featuring deaf hero" by Natalie Crofts on, describes how Leah Coleman, the daughter of the creator of Signing Time, Rachel Coleman, inspired Marvel Comics to write back in Hawkeye’s hearing loss.
George Gene Gustines wrote "One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language" for The New York Times ArtsBeat and JK Parkin tells of a related benefit in “New Hawkeye shirt to benefit Signing Time Foundation” on the Comic Book Resources webpage.
Rachel Coleman also shares her side of the story in an article, "Avenger loses hearing, uses sign language to communicate," in her Signing Time newsletter and mentions how another mother reached out to Marvel, which resulted in the creation of Blue Ear.

"Meet the Blue Ear: Marvel helps a mother teach her son that heroes wear hearing aids!" by Tim Stevens, writing for Marvel News.

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ISD history in a shoebox

An article by Kyla Hurt in The Source Newspaper, the weekly newspaper for the Central Illinois area, about a recently discovered collection of materials relating to the history of the Illinois School for the Deaf.

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Mental Health and Deafness Resources corporate offices have moved!

MHDR corporate offices are now located at 1941 Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
All of MHDR’s services remain active and have even expanded.
Their services include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • An inpatient unit located in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, serving children and adolescents who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and who have communication disorders
  • Group homes for children and adolescents. These are located in Chicago’s north suburbs and in the Bloomington /Normal area, licensed by Illinois DCFS
  • Educational day school services approved by ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education), serving students who reside in our group homes as well as students from surrounding communities
  • Our newest group home is our CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) serving four individuals, located in Bloomington, IL
  • Diagnostic Services, provided on site by members of our Diagnostic Team consisting of three psychologists, each of whom have extensive background in testing and services to deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Non-verbal therapies including art, drama, play and dance which provide creative development, positive and productive self-expression, increasing self-esteem
  • Counseling services and follow-up provided on site by psychologists and by additional human services disciplines as needed
For more information on these services, please visit the website at, or email at [email protected] or call 847 509-8260, ext. 231.

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Third Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2014 Sets World Record

Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day broke the record again. All students in Illinois who are deaf and hard of hearing were invited to participate in the Third Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2014. This year, the focus of community service was on local animal shelters. A total of 580 students participated in community service projects, breaking the 2013 world record of 560 students as the Largest Group Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students To Participate In A Community Service Project at

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Jessena Williams, Statewide Coordinator of Mental Health Services for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

From the Facebook announcement of the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program:

“The Division of Mental Health would like to welcome Jessena Williams, MSW, LCSW, who joined the Department of Mental Health on June 2, 2015 in the position of Statewide Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Jessena comes to us from the Veterans’ Administration in St. Louis and was a liaison for transitional housing programs for homeless veterans. Previously, Jessena worked for the State of Illinois collectively for 11 years in various capacities including the Illinois School for the Deaf, the Department on Aging’s Senior Helpline and Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Bureau of Quality Management.

“Jessena graduated from MacMurray College with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Deaf Education and Liberal Arts. She earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her MSW internship at McFarland Mental Health Center, and this led to eventual employment there as an inpatient social worker. In this capacity, Jessena worked with both the civil and forensic populations of individuals served. She obtained social work licensure in 2010. Jessena also has experience with free-lance interpreting.

“While busy with her husband and two young children, Jessena is eager to have a positive impact on the delivery of mental health services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Please join me in welcoming Jessena as she begins her new role in serving the mental health needs of this special population.”

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Remote Coaching Helps Parents Deliver Autism Therapies

Study by Autism Speaks Weatherstone fellow, Allison Waine, demonstrates effectiveness of program to expand delivery of autism services via the Internet.

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Why I Choose Not to Drop Sign Language for My Daughter Who Has a Cochlear Implant

An article by Christy Garrett on the HubPages blog about why she continued to teach her daughter sign language after Cochlear implant surgery.

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A Cochlear Implant Success Story

From the “Auditory Neuroscience” website: “In this informative and touching short video, Helen, who has been living with a cochlear implant for over a decade, tells her story. The implant enables her to take part in the hearing world at a very high level, studying at a top university for a demanding science degree, and even taking part in a dance sport team. But in the video Helen is also honest about the limitations of the technology, and reminds us that the implantation is a fairly major surgical intervention - nobody's idea of fun.”

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ASL Anti-bullying video

Gallaudet University graduate students in the Dept. of Social Work made this video as part of the honor society, Mu Pi. Their hope is to spread awareness, address bullying within our schools and communities, and prevent future harm to children and adolescents.

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ASL Nook – Disney in ASL

Join our family to the most magical place in the world. During our day at DisneyWorld, we met so many Disney princesses as well as other characters such as Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell. The best part is that this episode is all in ASL. Enjoy watching the magical moments.

Also, a member profile of Sheena McFeely, co-founder of ASL Nook.

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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New in the ISRC Library

Bilingualism and Bilingual Deaf Education (Perspectives on Deafness) by Marc Marschark
Can I Tell You About Selective Mutism?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals by Maggie Johnson
How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl by Florida Frenz
Dear Frankie by Emily Mortimer
Music for Children with Hearing Loss: A Resource for Parents and Teachers by Lyn Schraer-Joiner
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition by Veronica Zysk
Autism: The Musical by Elaine Hall
You Are Going To Love Me! by Victoria Sills

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. DHH Super Heroes in the Comics
  4. ISD history in a shoebox
  5. Mental Health and Deafness Resources corporate offices have moved!
  6. Third Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2014 Sets World Record
  7. Jessena Williams, Statewide Coordinator of Mental Health Services for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  8. Remote Coaching Helps Parents Deliver Autism Therapies
  9. Why I Choose Not to Drop Sign Language for My Daughter Who Has a Cochlear Implant
  10. A Cochlear Implant Success Story
  11. ASL Anti-bullying video
  12. ASL Nook - Disney in ASL
  13. New in the ISRC Library
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