ISRC Digital Update October 2013

1993-2013 - ISRC 20 Year Anniversary!
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Upcoming Events

~ Friday October 11, 2013 at 10am Marcus Orland Park Cinema 16350 LaGrange Rd. Orland Park, IL. Join the Eisenhower DHH Program on their first Open Captioned Movie Field Trip of the year. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! $6.50 per person. Concessions will be open. Please RSVP to Karen Gross [email protected]

~ 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]

~ Sign language-interpreted performance 'The Wheel' on Sunday, October 20th, 2013. 7:30pm at Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted St, Chicago, Il 60614 . Tickets $20.00. Call 312-335-1650. For more information. visit or email: [email protected],

~ Goodman Theater offers signed performances. 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
Visit for more info.

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

~ Saturday October 19, 2013 from 9am-1pm Annual Deaf Latino Awareness Day at Anixter Center – Polk Conference Room – 3rd Floor – 2032 N Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60630 Free admission, kids' activities, food and drink, and prizes (iPad). For questions, more information, or to RSVP contact Haydee Garcia at [email protected]

~ 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.

~ DePaul University: Merle Reskin Theater

Thursday Oct 24th @ 10:00 AM and
Sunday Oct 27th @ 2:00 PM
After the 2:00 PM show, enjoy a post-show ice cream treat, autograph session and more!

Admission to this special event is $8
Interpreters: Denise (Pip) Klibanow and David Jones
Hansel and Gretel love to cause mischief. When they are sent to the woods to find berries for their mother, curiosity gets the best of them, and they enter a mysterious candy-covered cottage. In this adaption of the Brothers Grimm tale, Hansel and Gretel—with the help of the audience—must learn to work together to get themselves out of a sticky situation.
Recommended for all ages

Box Office TTY: 773.325.7975
Voice: 312.922.1999
Theater Address
60 E. Balbo Drive , Chicago, IL 60605

Other Upcoming Interpreted Shows:
Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences
Hansel and Gretel (Kid's Show)
Thu, 10/24/13 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 10/27/13 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance/Ice Cream Social
Number the Stars (Kid's Show)
Fri, 2/14/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 2/16/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance/Ice Cream Social
Jackie and Me (Kid's Show)
Fri, 5/2/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 5/4/14 10:00 AM Interpreted Performance/Ice Cream Social

2013-2014 Interpreted performances on the Fullerton
Stage, in The Theatre School’s new facility at 2350 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago:
The Theatre School Showcase
Our Town
Sun, 10/13/13 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance
A Free Man of Color
Sun, 2/9/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Sun, 4/27/14 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance
Sun, 5/25/13 2:00 PM Interpreted Performance

~ Friday, October 25, 2013 "Integrating the CASLLS in Classroom or Therapy Settings"
A workshop for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and administrators. Also available as a webinar! For more information visit Presenters: Cindy Escobedo, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Rebecca Schmitt, MA, LSLS Cert. AVEd
** Note: Each participant will need to obtain a set of 5th Edition Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening, Language, and Speech (CASLLS), which will be used throughout the workshop!!! You can purchase the materials here: Where: National Louis University, Wheeling Campus, IL (right across the street from our school)
**Also available as a webinar!!**
When: Friday, October 25, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Registration Fee: $99.00

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!

~ Thursday November 14th will be a fun and exciting country music concert supporting Lurie Children's Cochlear Implant and Audiology Programs' mission of helping children with hearing loss to achieve their full potential. Purchase of VIP and general admission ($25) tickets are available on the Songs for Sound website. Please visit for additional information.

~ 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. 27 Questions to Ask In Lieu of "How was school today?"
  4. Sign Language Resources
  5. Pragmatic Language Use in Deaf Early Childhood
  6. Tax Deductions for the Deaf
  7. Guide By Your Side is Looking for Parents
  8. Deaf Night Out and Program Fundraiser in Lansing
  9. Quality Instructional Strategies
  10. Deaf Starting Full Back on Seattle Seahawks Football Team
  11. In Our Library: Accountability-Based Reforms: The Impact on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students(Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Jen Olech suggests, a community for those who have been touched by hearing loss. Watch videos and read stories of others at work, play, and in relationships. Connect to their stories, trials, and triumphs. Currently highlighted: loneliness, book on hearing loss, reversing hearing loss, NFL player, self-advocacy, deaf film maker hears sound, and standing up for your child in the classroom.

Sue Walter suggests Improving College and Career Readiness by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning "This issue brief was written to assist state policymakers in better understanding how social and emotional learning (SEL) can help students to be college and career ready. The brief provides a short description of what SEL is, why it is needed, and what it looks like in practice. In addition, examples of standards that support SEL at the federal and state levels, current SEL initiatives and programs, and outcomes and measures that can be used to assess SEL programming are described. A list of resources is included at the end of this brief for policymakers who are interested in learning more."

Debbie Johnston and Mary Norris suggest, the White House Response to ASL for America.

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27 Questions to Ask In Lieu of "How was school today?"

Ever ask your son or daughter "How was school today?" and they reply "fine," or "good?" Here are some other questions to ask to help you get conversation going.

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Sign Language Resources

  • ASL University Lessons Page: Note to all teachers - You are welcome to use the Lifeprint Curriculum to teach your classes. Please know though that small improvements and revisions are made to the lessons frequently. - Dr. Bill
  • Sign Language classes will be offered through OmniJoin, an internet platform that allows live interaction for one on one instruction, or an internet classroom with up to ten students from separate locations and the instructor. The platform also allows Power Point, white board, MS word, and other supplemental tools to be used during the class. Additional benefits of live instruction include fresh updates and evolving supplemental materials unique to the customer needs, which will be delivered online.
  • Now available from Google Play for all android devices, a new app to teach sign language, specifically designed for families, SMARTSign. Produced by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Accessible Technology in Sign, it is free and available at

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Pragmatic Language Use in Deaf Early Childhood

Pragmatic Language Using ASL in Early Childhood Education - CSD

Published on Apr 24, 2012 "Pragmatic language is a vital social skill that enables the school-aged child to navigate their way through demanding social situations." -R. Owens

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Tax Deductions for the Deaf

One in five Americans has a severe hearing loss, yet may not be aware of the special tax deductions and credits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Knowing about these deductions and credits can help you know which receipts and paperwork to save so you can claim them on your taxes.

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Guide By Your Side is Looking for Parents

Do you know of any parent of children with a hearing loss who may be interested in learning more about the role of the Parent Guide and how to apply? Attached to this email is a flier with the job description of the Parent Guide and how to receive an application. Please post for families to see!
We will also be holding an online informational webinar on October 22nd at 8:30 pm. The webinar will explain more about the GBYS program and time will also be available to ask questions. If anyone is interested in participating in the webinar please contact Carrie Balian to RSVP.
Applications will be accepted until October 29th, 2013. Applicants must be available, if hired, to attend the annual GBYS in-person training Feb. 28th-Mar 2nd 2014 in Springfield, IL.
[email protected] 866.655.4588

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Deaf Night Out and Program Fundraiser in Lansing

Culvers Deaf Night Out
Where: 17010 Torrence Ave. Lansing, IL
When: Thursday, November 14th
Thursday, February 20th
Thursday May 1st
Time: 5pm-8pm
** Culvers will donate a portion of the sales on these nights to the ECHO Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program**

GFS FunFunds-2595630 ECHO Deaf and Hard of Hearing has signed up for GFS Marketplace Fun Funds! This completely free program gives up to 10 percent of your GFS Marketplace purchases back to their organization.
Ready to help out? Use the QR code to register or go to:
Then fill out a short form, you'll receive a $10 off $50 for yourself and a $10 donation to ECHO when you spend $50. Next head to your local GFS Marketplace store to pick up your permanent membership card and start shopping! Just remember to show your card every time you shop at GFS Marketplace. That way, you can ensure ECHO Deaf and Hard of Hearing receives credit for your sale. You can find more details about this program at Thanks for your support!

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Quality Instructional Strategies

Access information about strategies to support Active Engagement and quality instruction...

Instructional Purpose
  • Building Classroom Community
  • Facilitating Inquiry
  • Encouraging Student Interaction
  • Activating Prior Knowledge and Building a Purpose for Learning
  • Organizing Information and Making Connections
  • Enhancing Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Promoting Reflection and Assessment
  • Extending Curriculum and Increasing Rigor
  • Domain 1: Interpersonal Relations
  • Domain 2: Planning and Preparation
  • Domain 3: Classroom Environment
  • Domain 4: Delivery of Instruction
  • Domain 5: Professional Responsibilities

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Deaf Starting Full Back on Seattle Seahawks Football Team

Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks is different than the typical NFL fullback - not because he hits like a Mack truck or possesses uncommon speed for his size - but because he's deaf.
Read more here -

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In Our Library

Accountability-Based Reforms: The Impact on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (Book)

Summary: "For years, school reform efforts targeted either students in regular education or those with special needs, but not both. As a result of the No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB) and its focus on accountability, administrators established policies that would integrate the needs of students who previously were served under separate frameworks. Using the NCLB structure as a starting point, Stephanie W. Cawthon's new book Accountability-Based Reforms: The Impact on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students discusses key assumptions behind accountability reforms. She specifically examines how elements of these reforms affect students who are deaf or hard of hearing, their teachers, and their families."

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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