ISRC Digital Update
October 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 October 13, November 10, December 8 Classes offered at beginning, intermediate, and transliterate levels. Cost is $75.

~ "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.
*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]

~ 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

~ 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 7th at 9:00 AM. 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

~ 20th Annual Chicago DeaFest 2012. November 1-3 Harper College Deaf Program Check for 3 day schedule.

~ Sign Language Classes offered in Spanish will be held on Saturdays and will run for 6 weeks starting Saturday, November 3, 2012. The classes will be held at 3420 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629 (in the Community Room).
Please call Alicia Soto at 773-480-0592 to hold your spot or e-mail [email protected].

~ Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM: Heart of Gold Award
Monastero's Ristorante 3935 West Devon Avenue Chicago, Il. 60659
The Heart of Gold Award is given to parents who have helped ICODA become the organization that it is today. They are thrilled to be honoring Libby and Don Matlin, the parents of ICODA Alumni and Academy Award Winning actress, Marlee Matlin. The Matlin family was instrumental in the early days of ICODA and owe much of the continuing success to their ongoing love and support throughout the years. Tickets - $100 Person

~ Deaf Latino Awareness Day – November 10, 2012 For more info visit:

~ Conferences for Parents:
South of Eighty - Jacksonville - November 3, 2012
North of Eighty - Rockford - March 23, 2013
South of Seventy - Mt. Vernon - April 13, 2013
To register:
by phone, call toll-free 1-877-339-2686
online, go to:

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Suggested by People You Know!
  3. Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Charms!!
  4. Deaf Youth Center in Naperville
  5. Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!
  6. Math Competition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
  7. In Our Library: Crazy: a father's search through America's mental health madness (CD Audiobook)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Thank you Carolyn Viereckl - Mid Valley Hearing Itinerant!

Lip Reading Mom says:
Join me in my new awareness campaign Show Me Your Ears: To Promote Deaf and Hearing Loss Community Awareness.

The idea is simple:

1) Take a picture of your ears, hearing aids, and/or cochlear implants. Even if you don’t wear anything in your ears, take a picture.

2) Email your photo to Lipreading Mom at [email protected]. Include the subject line: Show Me Your Ears. Include your first name, name of your hearing aids or cochlear implant product (if applicable), and how long you have worn them.

3) Watch my blog in the coming weeks. Your photo may be featured!

Thank you Tory Burrows - Parent Facilitator! Go to the website to access a PDF resource guide for families & educators.

Resources and Research from Harvard Family Research Project - All students benefit from family engagement in their education, but children with disabilities often require a greater degree of parental involvement and advocacy than their peers without disabilities in order to be assured of receiving the same level of instruction as the general student population. In addition, special education teachers and parents of students with disabilities often face a competing set of demands that can make it difficult to develop positive home–school partnerships.

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Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Charms!!

"Hi! I’m Hayleigh and I am 13 years old. When I was little and attended a school for hard of hearing and deaf children I noticed that a lot of kids tried to hide their hearing aids behind their hair. I wanted to make my hearing aids shine and be fancy and proud of my hearing aids.

I started drawing pictures along with my sisters showing how I could make my hearing aids shine. My mom helped me make our designs into jewelry for my hearing aids and they were so fancy. Other kids and adults started wanting them too!

And so with the help of my mom and dad, I started my own little business... Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms. I have my own work area at my house where my sisters and I make all the jewelry. I even have a provisional patent on my creations and will have a full patent soon!"

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Deaf Youth Center in Naperville

The Deaf Youth Center (DYC) is a center targeted primarily for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth ages 5-15. The mission statement is "To visually light the path for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children by making their world fun through sign language." DYC provides activities (including social skills therapy, theatre, and sports), tutoring, and community awareness. The Deaf Youth Center also provides Parent Support Groups and offers sign language classes. To sign up to be a volunteer or to register your child at the center, contact Crystal Kelley Schwartz for more information at [email protected] (All volunteers go through a screening) Located at the Naperville Yellow Box 1635 Emerson Lane, DYC will take place starting on November 15th, 2012 every third Thursday of the month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Registration is required.

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Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!

Merle Reskin Theater
60 E. Balbo Drive , Chicago, IL 60605

Spring Awakening
Sunday - Oct 7 @ 2:00 PM

A Wrinkle In Time - KID'S SHOW
Thursday - Nov 15 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday - Nov 17 @ 2:00 PM (followed by ice cream social $7.00)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy - KID'S SHOW
Thursday - Feb 21 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday - Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM (followed by ice cream social $7.00)

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Sunday Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM

The Coral King - KID'S SHOW
Saturday Apr 27 @ 2:00 PM (followed by ice cream social $7.00)
Tuesday Apr 30 @ 10:00 AM

Measure for Measure
Sunday Apr 28 @ 2:00 PM

MFA - to be announced
Sunday May 26 @ 2:00 PM

Box Office TTY: 773-325-7975
Voice: 312-922-1999

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Math Competition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems. Calculators are permitted.

The Target Round (approximately 30 minutes) consists of eight problems. There are two groups of four problems each. There is a 12-minute limit for each group of 4 problems. This round features multi-step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Calculators are permitted.

The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged. Calculators are permitted. Note: Coordinators may opt to allow those competing as "individuals" to create a "squad" of three to four participants to take the Team Round for the experience, but the round should not be scored and is not considered official.

The Team Countdown Round (Pilot round) is a fast-paced, written competition for top-scoring teams (based on scores in the Team Rounds). In this round, pairs of teams compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are permitted.

The Individual Countdown Round is a fast-paced, written competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds). In this round, pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are not permitted.

Register Online:
  • Registration fees: $25 per student, $90 per team.
  • Eligibility requirements: Students must currently be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and have bilateral hearing loss.
  • Limited financial support for travel is available. E–mail your request to [email protected]

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In Our Library

Crazy: a father's search through America's mental health madness (CD Audiobook)

Summary: "Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over thirty years, and the author of several award-winning - even bestselling - nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system."
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