ISRC Digital Update December 2013

1993-2013 - ISRC 20 Year Anniversary!
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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

~ Signing Santa is returning to Chicago Ridge Mall Monday December 9 from 10 am - 1 pm! Please joing deaf/HOH children from throughout Chicago and the suburbs! A great opportunity to work on social skills, communication skills, ordering food, budgeting/counting, money, map skills/navigating a mall, and of course, shopping! Contact Kristin Erickson, mall marketing director, at 708-499-0840 with any questions.

~ You're invited to another captioned movie field trip Monday December 16 at 10 am! Location: Marcus Orland Park Cinema, 16350 LaGrange, Orland Park, IL. Cost is $5 per person, concessions will be open. Please RSVP to Karen Gross at [email protected] so we can give a count to the theater.

~ Deaf Teen Saturday in the City, December 7, 2013 at 11 am. Meet at The Bean. Find friends and pick ice skating, holiday shopping, visit Willis Tower, view the Macy's windows, Millenium Park, visit Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza, etc. **This is a non-school event** There is no school sponsorship and there will not be supervision or transportation provided by schools.

~ 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! 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

~ 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
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. Task Analysis
  4. Visual Images for Theory of Mind and Autism
  5. Personal Stress Management Kit for Kids
  6. "Deaf learners and successful cognitive achievement"
  7. Harry Potter and Hearing Loss
  8. Article covering the use of Cued Speech at ISD
  9. New webinar discusses split attention in the classroom
  10. Holiday Communication Strategies
  11. In Our Library: Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Topics and Trends (Book)


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Suggested by People You Know!

Tory Burrows suggests Phonak's "Guide To Access Planning" located here. The website says: "The purpose of the Guide to Access Planning (GAP) program, is to provide information that is important for you to effectively advocate and be responsible for your communication access supports and, in particular, hearing assistance technologies." To that end it includes a transition checklist, self-assessment, and other forms and tools to assist in that goal.

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Task Analysis

The Behavior Advisor website has an interesting article on Task Analysis, explaining how to look at specific tasks and behaviors and break them down into their smaller component parts. The website contains some activities and tips for using this to help in the mastery of complex behaviors.

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Visual Images for Theory of Mind and Autism

Click here to see images illustrating some of the challenges those with autism face in regard to Theory of Mind and the strategies that can be used to teach those areas.

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Personal Stress Management Kit for Kids

The McCall Foundation has put out this Personal Stress Management Kit that kids can use to identify their stressors and strengths, keep a stress log, and formulate their stress control plan.

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"Deaf learners and successful cognitive achievement"

This article appears on the Learn NC website. The introductory paragraphs give an overview of what it covers:

"Deaf learners have been the subject of educational attention for many years, but not as long as has been the case for learners who are not deaf. In fact, systematic teaching of deaf learners is a relatively young field as a result of historical prejudices by hearing educators and parents who believed that deaf children were either incapable of learning or had serious limitations to their potential because of their deafness. Fortunately, we now have firm evidence that those prejudices were unfounded. However, many educators and parents remain skeptical about the evidence, even though their prejudice now takes more subtle forms. This article will address those points head on and will suggest proactive steps that parents and educators can take in order for deaf learners to fulfill their normal or better potential as future citizens.

This article begins with a review of the history of attitudes toward deaf persons' potential, followed by what the research now indicates; continues with an explanation of some critically important considerations for constructing equitable and accessible assessment of deaf learners; and concludes with a description of the instructional conditions for optimum learning for deaf learners in a variety of settings."

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Harry Potter and Hearing Loss

This article takes a whimsical look at the parallels between deafness and the wizarding world in the Harry Potter series.

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Article covering the use of Cued Speech at ISD

The National Cued Speech Association covers ISD's use of Cued Speech since 2010 in their latest newsletter.

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New webinar discusses split attention in the classroom

Gallaudet University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, December 3. It is entitled "Strategies to Prevent Visual Split-Attention with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing," and will be accessible in both ASL and English. Please click here to find out more and to register.

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Holiday Communication Strategies

The Chicago Hearing Society offers up some helpful tips for communicating during the holiday when either you or loved ones are Deaf/HOH.

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In Our Library

Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Topics and Trends (Book)

Summary: "With the advent of new medical advances, new technologies, and new educational opportunities, the field of deaf education is rapidly changing and evolving. Deaf Education in the 21st Century provides readers with an up-to-date look at research, the changing population of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and what implications these discoveries and changes mean for educators, interpreters, service providers, and parents. Features covered in Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Information on myths and misconceptions about people who are deaf help students understand the issues and challenges that the deaf and hard of hearing population face each day; Multiple chapters focus on cognition and personal and social development and additionally offer students important information about deaf education that is not always included in introductory material; A chapter that examines postsecondary opportunities and employment trends for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; Several chapters discussing the impact of cochlear implants on language and literacy help students understand this new and complex development in deaf education; Extensive coverage on preparing personnel to serve individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing offers unique information, not often found in other texts, about what educators, interpreters and social service providers need to know and do to successfully work with the deaf population."

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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