ISRC Digital Update October 2014

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Deafula is a low budget horror movie where everybody in the film, the vampire, the vampire hunters, the victims, and even the extras, all communicate in sign language. A narrator explains to audiences with hearing what the characters on screen are saying. More information at: The Examiner
If you have any resources that you would like to share with other teachers, parents, and professionals of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, please share them with us to be included in future issues.
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 October is The Maze Runner at 10:45am on October 4. The cost is $6.50 per ticket.

~ Chicago De'VIA Fest
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 11am to 6pm
3711 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 143 & 144
Chicago, Illinois 60613
This event is a celebration of the visual arts and enjoys an attendance of thousands visitors from the Ravenswood Art Walk, which the festival also coincides on the same dates and location. The Fest gives patrons the FREE and special opportunity to meet and talk with Deaf visual artists.
At least 24 Deaf artists are expected to submit their work to be exhibited and featured at Chicago De'VIA Fest to be held on October 4th and 5th of 2014. Deaf Quest is celebrating its 2nd year in non-profit public art excellence at Chicago De'VIA Fest. The artwork will be curated in a gallery setting by the art committee.
** FREE admission! But, bring your check or credit card to purchase awesome art works!
Plenty of parking space! 'L' train station - Brown Line Addison stop is only a block away!

~ Parent Advocacy Training

Here is your chance to learn more about how to advocate for your child. Andrea Marwah, parent of a child who is deaf and accomplished presenter, will provide a Parent Advocacy Training on October 4, from 9-2 pm, in Wood Dale, Illinois. To register, go to ,a target=_blank> For more information, contact [email protected]

~ Battle of the Books Competition!
Gallaudet University Regional Center-Midwest announces an exciting competition for Middle School Deaf and Hard of Hearing students!
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
  • Encourage critical thinking skills amongst Middle School students
There are three groups in the competition: Buff, Blue and Green. The groups consist of students who read at the 1st /2nd grade levels, 3rd /4th grade levels, and the 5th and above levels.

Register Today!
Registration goes through Friday, October 10th.
There will be no limits to the number of schools accepted for the competition, but you are asked to register as early as possible so they can get a head start on the fun but complicated logistics involved with undertaking such an exciting competition.
Join the Fun!
To learn more, go to

~ "Using Routine-Based Interventions in the Natural Environment" Provider-2-Provider Networking Meetings Fall 2014 Presented by Kristen Schraml.
P2P Dates & Locations:
  • 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]

~ Happy Ears on Taylor
is hosting a FREE Fall Carnival
Saturday October 11, 2014
Children of Peace School
1900 West Taylor
Free parking in the school lot.

~ Statewide calls for families with children who have a hearing loss.
Professionals are welcome to join the calls too!
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)

~ 2014 disABILITIES Expo Saturday, October 18
2nd Annual Empowering DisABILITIES
Resource Expo
Sauk Valley Community College

~ 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

~ Matt Morgan Magic Show
Matt Morgan and deaf magicians from all over the world will perform at the Naperville Yellow Box on Saturday, Oct 25 at 7 PM.
Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and under. Adults (13 and up) are $12. Children under 2 are free.
Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Naperville Yellow Box Deaf Ministry.

~ 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)
[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:

~ 10th Annual Statewide Transition Conference – “Stepping Stones of Transition”
The tenth annual Statewide Transition Conference for high school-aged students and young adults with disabilities, their family members, teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals and advocates will be held in Springfield, Illinois, October 27-28, 2014. The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition” will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and offers opportunities for participants to expand their visions of the possibilities for students with disabilities for independent living, education and training, employment, community inclusion, health care and self-advocacy.

Full descriptions of all the sessions offered, information about the speakers and a link to registration information are available at the conference website:

~ 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]

~ 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!

~ Conferences for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!!
SOUTH OF EIGHTY-Jacksonville, November 15, 2014
NORTH OF EIGHTY-Rockford, March 21, 2015
SOUTH OF SEVENTY-Vernon Hills, April 25, 2015
Registration is open! Go to
See attached flyers for more information, and please help spread the word to parents and other interested parties.

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

~ DHH Behavior Team Member Training. 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.

~ 15th Anniversary Celebration Social Night
Saturday November 29, 2014
Illinois Deaf Latino Association, a nominee-award, Chicago-based nonprofit organization, will celebrate 15 years of support, education, traditional and leadership in Latino Deaf community.
Dance, Drink, Refreshment and Social All Night!
Must be 21 and over to attend.
To purchase ticket or more information, contact Chairperson, Maria Hernandez
[email protected]
1-312-267-1144 (User/VP)

~ 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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Superhero With Autism Featured in Comic Book

An article on Autism Speaks introduces the reader to Dave Kot, the founder of the non-profit organization “Autism at Face Value”, who created a comic book called “Face Value Comics” which features this autistic superhero.

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Two Profiles from Caption Access: Tony M. Abou Ezzi and Kathy Cortopassi

“Guinea Pig Advocacy for Captioning,” a profile by Karen Putz of Tony M. Abou Ezzi, a lawyer, volunteer at the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf (MCLD) and advocate for captioning.

“Kathy Cortopassi: Changing Lives in Positive Ways,” a profile of Kathy Cortopassi, owner of Voice to Print Captioning and active member of the captioning community.

Caption Access is an Illinois-based company that provides non-broadcast captioning for live events and captioning for pre-recorded media.

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Functional Communication Training: Why It's More Than Just "Use Your Words"

On her blog, Autism Classroom News, Chris Reeve, talks about Functional Communication Training (FCT).

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“The music for DEAF people: Musician composes song at a specific frequency so cochlear implants can pick up the melody”

From the mailOnline: Vodafone recently teamed up with Dutch composer Kyteman to create a song designed specifically to help people who have a limited range of hearing experience a live musical performance. 

The concert was then performed to 19-year-old Vera van Dijk who was born deaf, and wears a cochlear implant to boost the sounds she can hear.

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50 States of America in ASL

From the ASLTree YouTube site: Learn how to sign the 50 states of America in American Sign Language (ASL). Visual aids such as maps, landmarks, landscapes, letters, colors, and words are included in this video to reinforce learning of the signs for the states.

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ASL and Cued Speech in ISD’s Bilingual Program

A lot of rumors are circulating about the use of Cued Speech at ISD. Click here for the facts about ASL and Cued Speech in ISD's Bilingual Program: Note that in order to see the facts you need to click on an individual myth and the facts will appear.

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ASL Fingerspelling Resources: Fingerseeks

"Fingerseeks" are Dr. Bill's version of fingerspelling "word search" worksheets. Feel free to make copies for use with your students.

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Halloween - Sign Language Vocabulary Lesson

An ASL vocabulary lesson and an idiom sentence about Halloween. Have a happy and safe Halloween from Everyday ASL Productions. For more information, join their fan page to learn more about free ASL Lessons and DVDs at

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ASL Nook – School in ASL

ASL Nook has been on a long hiatus during the summer. Now that school is back in session so is ASL Nook! The family in this family goes through a tour of the school. During the trip to school, signs are introduced such as teacher, good morning, math, and homework! That’s not all. Check us out by watching the video all about school.

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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Multimedia in the ISRC Library

Dear Frankie
See What I’m Saying
Autism: The Musical
In the Land of the Deaf
It’s Everybody’s Music. Volume One. D-PAN
Yoga Pah! Volume One
Driver’s Education in American Sign Language
Steve Jobs
Beyond Strategies: Book Sharing the Deaf Way
Insight into Cued Speech

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. Superhero With Autism Featured in Comic Book
  3. Two Profiles from Caption Access: Tony M. Abou Ezzi and Kathy Cortopassi
  4. Functional Communication Training: Why It's More Than Just "Use Your Words"
  5. “The music for Deaf people”
  6. 50 States of America in ASL
  7. ASL and Cued Speech in ISD’s Bilingual Program
  8. ASL Fingerspelling Resources: Fingerseeks
  9. Halloween - Sign Language Vocabulary Lesson
  10. ASL Nook – School in ASL
  11. Multimedia in the ISRC Library
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