ISRC Digital Update
October 2011
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Upcoming Events

~IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT The Illinois Deaf Latino Association has cancelled their ongoing events. Please look to their website for more information. or

~ FREE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES in SPANISH!!! Clases de Lenguaje de Señas en  Español!   
Las clases son para padres y adultos que quieren aprender el Lenguaje de  Señas y hablan español   
Cuando: Todos los martes de 6:00 a 8:00 PM  27 de Septiembre 4 y 11 de  Octubre (No clase 18 y 25 de Octubre) 1, 8 y 15 de Noviembre   
Donde: Country Trails Elementary School 3701 Highland Woods Boulevard Elgin,  IL 60124   
Costo: Gratis Para reservar su espacio, o cualquier pregunta, favor de  
llamar a: Karen Aguilar al 866.733.8729 o por correo electrónico a  [email protected]
~ Gallaudet University is hosting a Parents Night on October 17, 2011 
from  7:00-9:00 pm at Plum Grove Park Banquet Room in Palatine, IL.  High School  
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and their parents come out to learn about  
Gallaudet University.  Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, the President of Gallaudet  University will be attending this special event.  
Sign language and voice  interpreting services will also be provided. 
Questions or to RSVP please  contact Please contact Sheri Cook, the Director of Gallaudet University  Midwest Regional Center at John A. Logan College  [email protected]

~ Saturday October 15, 2011 Sabado 15 de Octubre, 2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Miss Deaf Latina Pageant Senorita Sorda Latina Pageant For more information visit

~ Functional Hearing and Vision Screening - A Free HVC Training Opportunity  
In vision, participants will learn how and who to screen as well as who is  at risk of vision impairments, warning signs, types of screening tools, and  when/how to refer for further assessment/services.  
In hearing, participants  will learn the types and causes of hearing loss, its impact on development,  communication and language use of a screening questionnaire, when/how to  screen, and when/how to refer for further assessments and services.  5 CPDUs  can be earned.    October 19, 2011  Thompson Center  Chicago  November 10, 2011  Fairview Heights (site TBD)  February 1, 2012  Springfield (site TBD)   March 14, 2012  Batavia Library  Batavia  Cosponsor CFC #4   9:30 – 3:30  All sessions are from 9:00-3:00 (except for March 14)  Please register online at  ~ Save the date for the 10th annual deaf/hard of hearing teen advocate of  the year event!  February 15th at 176 West Banquets!  Stay tuned for more  info!

~ 11th Annual National EHDI/ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference March 4-6, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ South of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss November 5, 2011 Jacksonville
~ North of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss March 24, 2012 Rockford
~ South of Seventy Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss April 14, 2012 Mt. Vernon
~ 6th Annual Family Leaders Conference Date: April 28, 2012 Location: Spaulding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL Featuring an exciting new presentation from Paula Kluth. Watch for Registration Information, coming soon!

~ Parent Infant Institute Illinois School for the Deaf June 10 - 15, 2012 Jacksonville, IL

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. CHARGE Syndrome Database
  3. Quick and Helpful Charts and Forms
  4. October is National Bully Prevention Month
  5. Response Inhibition
  6. Free Ride Card for Persons With Disabilities
  7. In Our Library: Taking Care of Myself: A hygiene, puberty, and curriculum for young people with autism by: Mary Wrobel (book)


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CHARGE Sydrome Database

Meg Hefner, Saint Louis University genetic counselor and expert in CHARGE Syndrome, has teamed up with an information technology professional and master's degree student to create a global database that will help researchers, physicians and parents to better understand the condition.

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Quick and Helpful Charts and Forms

A variety of Behavior Modification Charts are organized on this site for  your use.  The author gives permission to print and customize them for your  needs. They may be freely copied and shared with others as long as you leave  the copyright note on the chart.  l    
ABC-UBI is a statewide initiative to support the implementation of Response  to Intervention (RtI) for academic and social behavior, supported by the  Utah Personnel Development Center and the Utah State Office of Education.  <>  They have compiled a file  of forms that may be useful to address undesired student behavior.  The  forms include evaluation of classroom management, FBA, BIP, Guidelines for  addressing behavior concerns, and more.  To view the file visit:


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October is National Bully Prevention Month

School personnel and family members working with children who are deaf,  blind, or deaf-blind have access to a free-loan library of captioned and  described educational media. Media is distributed in DVD form as well as  through Internet streaming by the Described and Captioned Media Program  (DCMP). DCMP has several titles available for its members use.  To view the  resources available on bullying (videos and other forms as well) visit:  <>   Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child is  Bullied?    Stop Bullying: Speak Up: A website, produced by the Cartoon Network, that  educates kids about the problem of bullying and encourages them to spread  the word about bullying awareness and prevention.      National Bullying Prevention Center: A website created by PACER, a parent  training and information center for families of children with disabilities,  to address bullying through educational, creative, and interactive  resources. A website that provides information from various  government agencies about how students, parents, educators, and community  members can prevent or stop bullying.  www. <>      Bullying and the Child with Special Needs:  A website that offers a comprehensive report and online resources regarding  bullying and children with disabilities.  learning--schools/bullying <>

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Response Inhibition

Response inhibition helps individuals to stop and think before acting.  To  get tips on how to improve response inhibition in your children or students  visit.


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Free Ride Card for Persons with Disabilities

Thank you Carrie Morfoot! Your son/daughter/student might be eligible for the RTA Ride Free program through Circuit Breaker. The easiest and quickest way to apply is to go online. If done on-line, your information is processed in 6 weeks as compared to 3-4 months if done via mail. Information you will need can be found at: (click on “apply online” then “Start Filing”).


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In Our Library

Taking Care of Myself: a Hygiene, Puberty, and Personal Curriculum for Young  People with Autism by Mary Wrobel (book)     Summary: Through a unique combination of Social Stories and  easy-to-understand activities, this unique book offers a curriculum that  guides the child and caregiver on issues of health, hygiene, and the  challenges of puberty.

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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