ISRC Digital Update
December 2011
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

~ December 2 - 18, 2011 CenterLight Theater presents: Into the Woods a sign and voice play at ICODA’s Black Box Theater – 614 Anthony Trail Northbrook, IL 60062. Order tickets by voice/text at 847-910-4270 or [email protected] For more information visit www.icodaarts.org.

~ December 19, 2011 Signing Santa will be at the Westfield Chicago Ridge Mall at 95th Street and Ridgeland Ave, Chicago Ridge, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. School groups will be allowed to take their own photos of students from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM only. Contact the Mall management office at 708-499-0840 if you have any questions. Email Karen Gross with the approximate number attending in your group.

~ Targeting Speech Skills for a Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Workshop – December 9, 2011 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/siueworkshops.aspx

~ Strategies for Teachers in the Mainstream: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment for a Student Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Workshop – February 3, 2012 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/siueworkshops.aspx

~ MOMS NIGHT INN 2012....is to take place this year at the Holiday Inn - Itasca, IL from February 11-12, 2012. For registration or more information visit www.handsandvoices.org or 877-350-4556

~ Tools and Techniques for Assessing and Teaching Language Workshop – February 24, 2012 at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. To purchase the CID TAGS (Teacher Assessment of Grammatical Structures) kit for an additional $50. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/Workshops.aspx

~ March 1-3 for The Annual ITHI Conference in Springfield, IL. Information, call for speakers, exhibitors, and sponsor forms can be found at http://www.ithi.org/2011-09-14-19-10-25/2012-conference.html

~ 11th Annual National EHDI/ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference March 4-6, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.ehdiconference.org

~ Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year – Tuesday April 17, 2011. Addressing, motivating, and fostering the need for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to learn and USE self-advocacy skills. www.dhhaoy 176 West Banquets 1100 N.E. Frontage Road Joliet, IL 60431 Phone: 815.730.1060

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ North of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss March 24, 2012 Rockford http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html
~ South of Seventy Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss April 14, 2012 Mt. Vernon http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html
~ 6th Annual Family Leaders Conference Date: April 28, 2012 Location: Spaulding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL. Featuring an exciting new presentation from Paula Kluth. Watch for Registration Information, coming soon!
~ Parent Infant Institute Illinois School for the Deaf June 10 - 15, 2012 Jacksonville, IL

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Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Individual and Group Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults
  3. ATTENTION ALL CERTIFICATE HOLDERS IN ILLINOIS!!!
  4. State Medicaid Rankings of Adult Services for individuals with Disabilities
  5. Clerc Center Upcoming Webinars
  6. One Young Woman’s Story – About Growing Up Hard of Hearing!
  7. ASL Music Videos and more by the Deaf Professionals Arts Network (D-PAN)
  8. In Our Library: The World of Deaf Infants: a Longitudinal Study by Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Patricia Elizabeth Spencer, Lynne Sanford Koester (book)

 

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Individual and Group Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults

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  • Speech Therapy
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The Clubhouse is the realization of a professional dream — a center where families can help their children grow with pride and confidence. Founded by the parent of two special needs children, the Clubhouse knows that it takes a joint effort, combining the talents of highly trained professionals and family members to guide children in reaching their potential.

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ATTENTION ALL CERTIFICATE HOLDERS IN ILLINOIS!!!

Below is a version of the PowerPoint that the ROEs received from our certification committee to start to prepare us for BIG CHANGES in certification. P.A. 097-0607 was approved by the legislature this past spring from recommendations from ISBE. Highlights include these things:

  • EVERY CERTIFICATE will be changed into an electronic EDUCATOR LICENSE by July 1, 2013
  • EVERY CERTIFICATE will have to be renewed by June 30th of the renewal year or NO JOB (Effective immediately)
  • EVERY CERTIFICATE will have until Dec 31st of the renewal year to meet PD requirements or it will become LAPSED (and need 9 content hours in your endorsement field to reinstate – not gen ed., not continuing ed., and not towards another certificate area)
  • If you retire and let your certificate go, you can NOT get a substitute certificate
  • EVERY PARAPRO will have to pass the Teacher Basic Skills test to earn or keep their Parapro credential (after July 1, 2013)
  • EVERY ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE will have to add a Principal's Endorsement if you ever want to be employed as a principal by July 2015

Educator Licensure Act.ppt ISBE has not sent out any information on this so far.

Representatives from ROEs were in Springfield last week and watched a version of this PowerPoint, which was created by ROE people to highlight the new EDUCATOR LICENSURE ACT. Please note: If you feel that the ROEs will need to be around to help the 8-10 (very hard working) ISBE certification people answer all your questions (along with those from the 120,000+ other certificate holders in Illinois), then they would appreciate it if you would call or email your legislators ASAP and ask them to support the bills to replace the ROE funding next week – HB 3828 and HB 3847. They are being told by Speaker Madigan’s staff that this is our ONLY LEGISLATIVE OPTION to be funded (in other words, there will be no veto override for them). If you do not know your legislator, you may look here:

http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByDistrict.aspx

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State Medicaid Rankings of Adult Services for individuals with Disabilities

Clerc Center Upcoming Webinars

"Sharing Power" by Robert Whitaker, Psy.S., NCSP, ABSNP

Date: December 8, 2011

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free of charge

Target audience: Teachers, dorm staff, mental health professionals, and parents

Registration:

http://bit.ly/sharingpower

In the webinar, Whitaker will address how students can express opposition to mask anxieties or frustrations. For deaf and hard of hearing students in particular, many power struggles relate to communication barriers or accessibility. Whitaker defines the classic power struggle as "two people engaged in a struggle for dominance, each equally committed to winning." In his webinar, Whitaker explores different aspects of power struggles. First, recognizing when a power struggle is taking place, and then applying strategies for de-escalating and resolving conflict situations. The webinar will be presented in American Sign Language with CART captioning available. During the lecture, participants can post questions. After the lecture, Whitaker will respond as many of the audience's e-mailed questions as time allows.

Future Clerc Center webinars:

* "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education" Part 1-January 12, 2012

* "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education" Part 2- February 9, 2012

* "Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students"-April 19, 2012

For more information: [email protected]

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One Young Woman’s Story – About Growing Up Hard of Hearing!

Meet Anais Keenon. She was “Born with bilateral sensorineural (severe-to-profound) hearing loss, Anais “Annie” Keenon identifies herself as a hard-of-hearing individual who can lip read, speak with a slight deaf accent, and—and after taking courses in college—sign in ASL. Lip reading, on the other hand, was a skill Keenon acquired naturally. And although it has helped her adapt to her hearing loss, it hasn’t been an easy journey—especially in school.” To learn more about her experiences, trials, and tribulations – especially about being D/HH in the mainstream Visit:

http://www.fluxstories.com/2011/11/learning-without-sound/

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ASL Music Videos and more by the Deaf Professionals Arts Network (D-PAN)

Check out what they are trying to accomplish here:

www.d-pan.com

For an ASL music video of We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes visit:

http://d-pan.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=249

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In Our Library

The World of Deaf Infants: a Longitudinal Study by Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Patricia Elizabeth Spencer, Lynne Sanford Koester (book)

Summary: Presents the results of a 15-year research study addressing how communication develops in cases of diminished hearing, how does diminished hearing affect social and cognitive development, and the impact of an infant's diminished hearing have on its parents. Also explores infant attachment behaviors with regarding to deafness.

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 http://www.isrc.us **

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