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

~ Education Rights Training for parents and professionals
November 17, 2012 at Child's Voice in Wood Dale
January 19, 2013 at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville
Cost $25 and includes text book and lunch - Register at
Have children with a disability who will enter or are currently in a public school

  • Want the most appropriate education services for their child with special needs
  • Want to know their rights as a parent in today's education system
  • Need a refresher course on the skills
  • needed to get your child what is needed to succeed
  • Want to go into their IEP meeting more prepared
Training for professionals who...
  • Want to know what parents' rights are
  • Want to learn from a parent's perspective
~ "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.
*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

~ Strategies for the Young Child: Challenging Behaviors and Communication Skills

This transdisciplinary workshop addresses two therapeutic techniques often utilized with the young child: PROMPT, a multisensory approach to speech challenges and ABA, applied behavioral analysis, understanding and managing challenging behaviors. Jackie Santiccioli, a renowned PROMPT specialist, will provide information on the PROMPT technique, a multisensory approach to treating the child with challenges in the development of speech using functional interactions. Clinicians working with the prelinguistic and early linguistic child will have a greater understanding of the sensory and motor systems and the impact that the PROMPT technique provides. Sarah Hively, a Behavior Analyst, will provide information on how to identify, understand and treat challenging behaviors. The training will break down challenging behaviors into four different functions of behavior. Upon completion of this short course, clinicians will be able to identify why a child demonstrates a specific challenging behavior and the course of action needed to decrease or eliminate it.

Where: Wee Speech, P.C.
8833 Gross Point Road Ste. 307
Lower Level Conference Room
Skokie, IL 60077
When: Friday 11/30/2012 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
Cost: $85.00
Contact: [email protected] (847) 329-8226

~ 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].

~ Deaf Drama Club Presents Rough Night at the North Pole By Craig Alpaugh

A naughty little boy and his reluctant companion come to the North Pole to get even with Santa Claus. The boy wants revenge because Santa put coal in his stockings. (He must have been really bad because he was wearing them at the time!) The kids frame Santa and get him thrown in the North Pole jail. With Santa out of the way, the boy plans on taking his place and putting coal in the stockings of all the boys and girls in the world. But, in this riotous farce, Santa gets out in time to set things straight and ensure a Merry Christmas for one and all!

Hinsdale South H.S.
Little Theater (Enter through door number 8)
7401 Clarendon Hills Rd.
Darien, IL 60561

Morning Performance:
Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, 2012
Cost: $4.00 (Free for Staff)
*** Call to reserve your seats ****

Night Performance:
Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1, 2012
Cost: $5.00 per person
Voice Interpreters provided

For more information contact: Hershella Ashford [email protected] or Marlene Brady [email protected] (VP) 630-230-1698 or (Voice) 630-468-4001

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

~ New! Sign Language Santa Grand Court Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL Thursday, December 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

~ ISRC Parent Cafe: A Little Hearing Loss is a Big Thing. FREE with snacks and refreshments provided. Saturday December 8th 2:30-4:00 pm Lincoln Library - Carnegie Room South. 326 South 7th St. Springfield RSVP to Heather Poe 217-899-2015 or [email protected]

~ Illinois Hands and Voices Bowling Party Sunday December 9th. For more information contact [email protected] or

~ Winter Wonderland Holiday Party December 16th at Gage Park
Chicago KIDS & Parents Club is a fun-filled pro-gram of special events happening within the city of Chicago. We meet the 3rd weekend of each month on a Saturday or Sunday. The club is for deaf & hard-of-hearing kids and their parents, their hearing siblings and hearing children of deaf parents. This is a great opportunity for parents to socialize and network with other parents, and their family members as well.
For more information and to RSVP contact:
Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing
773.796.3525 - Direct VP & Voice
312.399.9574 - Cell (text only)
Email: [email protected]

~ Conferences for Parents:
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. Mayor Bloomberg's Sign Language Interpreter
  4. Illinois EARS newsletter
  5. Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!
  6. The RIT Digital Arts, Film, and Animation Competition for D/HH Students
  7. "The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children" by Karen Putz
  8. Need a One-Minute Timer?
  9. - Resources for Families and Schools to Strengthen School Communities
  10. In Our Library: Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions (Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Thank you Victoria Burrows!
Differences in Sign Language Dialects between Mainstream ASL and Black ASL.

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Mayor Bloomberg's Sign Language Interpreter

Mayor Bloomberg's sign language interpreter during Hurricane Sandy received much attention from the media. Her animated and expressive interpreting was the talk of hearing and deaf/hard of hearing people across the nation.

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Illinois EARS newsletter

Interpreted Plays at DePaul University!

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

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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The RIT Digital Arts, Film, and Animation Competition for D/HH Students

9th-12th Graders - Express yourself through art and win exciting prizes! Enter today!

Teachers - Your talented students will need your sponsorship to enter. Explore the links above for more details or to enter your student.

Award Categories - There will be a first place and honorable mention for each of the following categories: Web Design, Graphic Media, 3-D Animation, Interactive Media, Film and Photo Illustration.

Deadline - Deadline to enter: January 15, 2013

Prizes - The winner in each category gets a $250 prize and transportation, lodging and food for the student and a parent or guardian to come to Rochester for an awards ceremony in Summer 2013.

For more information visit:
Check out the winners of the 2012 competition!

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"The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children" by Karen Putz

Karen's new book about raising children who have a hearing loss is now available for purchase on Amazon. Check it out!

"The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children" will soon be available for loan from our ISRC library as well.

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Need a One-Minute Timer?

Get it free and easy from ISRC. This one-minute timer is in PowerPoint format with and without sound. Display it on a laptop or smart board to indicate: time for class to start, closing of an activity, mad minute, transition, etc. Be on the lookout for a five-minute timer soon.

With sound:

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Sharing Books With Your Baby

Illinois Early Learning Project

Tips for parents and other family members on sharing books and other literacy activities with infants, available in English, Spanish, and Polish.

Published Date: Jan 2012

Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten

Patton, C., & Wang, J. (Harvard Family Research Project)

This brief looks at ways to help "make the transition into kindergarten a positive experience...using effective collaborative approaches."

Published Date: Sep 2012

The Tool Box - Parent Involvement Webinar presentations, Family Engagement Tool Orientation, Parent Involvement in Action Series (innovative strategies schools across the country have used to successfully engage families in their children's learning)

Resources in Spanish - Booklets, tip sheets, and parent-child activities that are useful at any academic level

Ask a Parenting Question - IllinoisParents staff will help you find research-based information about the development, care, and education of children, and provide referrals to local agencies, organizations, libraries, and other services.

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In Our Library

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions (Book)

Summary: "Discusses handling children with intense emotions, including managing emotional outbursts both at home and in public, promoting mindfulness, and teaching correct behavioral principles to children."
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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