ISRC Digital Update November 2013

1993-2013 - ISRC 20 Year Anniversary!
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Upcoming Events

~ 21st Annual Chicago DeaFest '13 is being held November 1-2 at Harper College. Check for 2-day schedule!

~ Hinsdale South Deaf Drama Club Presents - Pirates, a one-act comedy play by Kristi Theilen, Friday, November 22. Two performances will be staged, in the morning at 10 am (for $4) and in the evening at 7:30 pm (for $5). Address for Hinsdale South HS is 7401 Clarendon Hills Rd, Darien, IL. Enter Auditorium through door 8. For more information contact Marlene Brady, [email protected], VP 630-230-1698 or Voice 630-468-4001.

~ 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]

~ 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 - December 23, 2013 @ 2:00pm
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.

~ DePaul University: Merle Reskin Theater

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
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
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

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.

~ C-I Connect!! Cochlear Impact Weekend - Save the Date!
When: April 11-13, 2014
Where: Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville
Who: 5th-8th grade students with CIs and their parents/guardians
Cost: Free! (Families will stay in the dorms)
Events: Education sessions for families, Networking, Fun!!
For more information: Contact Tina Childress, [email protected]
217-278-3550 (V)
217-383-0095 (VP)

~ 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. Learn Health! Live Healthy!
  3. Accommodation Card
  4. Autism Speaks
  5. The Power of Sign Language
  6. RIT Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
  7. Barbara Doyle Website
  8. Article on Power of Attorney and Guardianship
  9. Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence RULER
  10. Six Primary Behavior Reinforcement Rules
  11. In Our Library: Mental Health and Deafness (Book)


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Learn Health! Live Healthy!

Advocate Health Care has put together a website with streaming ASL videos covering a number of health-related topics: HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), breast health, diabetes, smoking, and depression.

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Accommodation Card

This website allows you to create an "accommodation card" by entering personal information in a form which asks questions about communication needs and contact information. The card can then be presented to people so they can know what accommodations need to be made.

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Autism Speaks

"Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead."

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The Power of Sign Language

This Huffington Post article discusses the importance of sign language to deaf and hard of hearing children worldwide and the work of a conference held in Sydney to address some of the issues faced in different countries.

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RIT Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

The Rochester Institute of Technology's Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students will be held April 4 to April 6, 2014. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can register here as individuals or teams. Prizes include trophies and some cash prizes. For more information, visit the competition website:

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Barbara Doyle Website

"Barbara T. Doyle is a nationally known teacher, consultant, trainer, presenter and author. She is known for her passionate approach to presenting practical and realistic solutions for everyday issues at home, school, work and social situations. She is an interesting and engaging presenter who keeps her audiences thinking and moving. Her "ready to apply" information is delivered with humor and humanity. Her more than 41 years of professional experience add to her life experiences as a family member of five people with disabilities. Barbara's mission is to make the world a more inclusive place for everyone by increasing understanding, creating a truly accessible service delivery system and promoting effective teaching, adaptations and accommodations."

At her website, you can find an online store with her books, helpful handouts, and a list of available services and upcoming events.

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Article on Power of Attorney and Guardianship

This article covers some of the legal options available to parents to handle what happens when a child with special needs becomes 18 and are able to legally make their own decisions.

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Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence RULER

"Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence."

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Six Primary Behavior Reinforcement Rules

Applied Behavioral Strategies covers six behavior reinforcement rules and five shaping and related reinforcement techniques that can make behavior interventions more effective.

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In Our Library

Mental Health and Deafness (Book)

Summary: "This is an introductory text to mental health and deaf people for care workers and mental health workers, both those familiar with deaf people but not with mental health and those familiar with mental health but not with deaf people. The first section, Assessment, includes topics ranging from child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, children who are deaf and have multiple disabilities, addictive behaviour and deafness, to maltreatment of deaf children. The second section, Management and Intervention, discusses subjects which include: interpreters in mental health settings, educational interventions, family therapy and drug treatments."

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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