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June 2016 Digital Update

Deaf Can Do It Day 2016

Twelve school districts and co-ops participated in this year's Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 2, 2016. This year the type of community service project was open instead of themed, resulting in a wide variety of activities including making cards for veterans; collecting donations for Save A Pet animal shelter, Almost Home Kids, and BEDS Plus Care; volunteering at River Trail Nature Center and Heartland Animal Shelter, hosting a "Parents' Night Out," painting flower pots for nursing home residents, and much more. For a full recap as well as photos, visit the ISRC webpage at 
John Powers Center Parent Cafe Presentation on March 16, 2016 has now been captioned and is available on the ISRC YouTube channel at The panel features a number of adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and was co-sponsored by ISRC and SEDOL.
ISRC has published a set of 18 Spanish Sign Language video clips at on a range of topics such as Toys and Fun, Transportation, Manners and Common Phrases, and more. The clips are in both ASL and Spanish and are currently in the process of being captioned.
Upcoming Events
The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will take place June 12-17, 2016 on the campus of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL. This free week-long event is offered to Illinois parents of children (through age 5) who have a significant hearing loss. Meals and lodging are provided at no charge to families. Siblings through age 7 can also come to the institute and participate in activities appropriate for their age group at the nursery school on campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and obtain valuable information on hearing loss, communication options, language development, and more. To learn more about the institute, call 1-800-322-3722 or email [email protected].
Illinois Hands and Voices and Guide By Your Side will be hosting a statewide "calls for all" for families with children who have a hearing loss and professionals who work with deaf or hard of hearing students on June 27, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Calls are toll free. For information on how to participate in the calls and view the online presentation, visit the Illinois Hands & Voices website at
AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, Illinois will be showing five upcoming open caption feature films in June (see list below). Admission varies but is usually around $6/person. For more information, contact Lori Specter, Manager, at tel. 847-590-1766, fax 847-590-1393, or email at [email protected]
  • June 8, 2016: Me Before You @ 7:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
  • June 11, 2016: Now You See Me 2 @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • June 18, 2016: Central Intelligence @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • June 22, 2016: Finding Dory @ 7:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
  • June 25, 2016: Independence Day @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
Deaf Day at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells will be Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are only $13.23 per person. Visit the Eventbrite webpage at for further details and ticket information.
The Chicago Park District will be holding Summer Camps for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and KODA Children and Teens  beginning July 5, 2016. Each camp runs for 2 weeks. For registration information, visit the Chicago Park District registration page or view flyer on Scribd.
ISD Outreach Program will be holding the ISD Statewide August Conference on August 1, 2016 at Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL. This free conference is for interpreters, educators, school nurses and other educational professionals. It will feature Crom Saunders as keynote presenter. For registration information, visit the ISD Outreach website at…/1MHrYNzNbUy8AkC_9WA9nbQF…/viewform. For additional information, contact Tina Childress at [email protected]
ISD Outreach Summer Events
Hurry! The registration deadlines for ISD Outreach's Tiger Kids Day Waterpark events are coming quickly. The deadline to register for Bensenville Water Park is June 27, 2016 and Splashdown Waterpark is July 18, 2016.To register, visit ISD Outreach at
Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach's Camp ISD will be held June 22-24, 2016 in Jacksonville, IL. Camp ISD is a free, educational camp for parents and siblings (ages 5 years old and older) of Illinois children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing entering 3rd through 12th grades in the fall are invited to participate in a summer camp while their parents attend Camp ISD. For registration details or further information, visit the ISD Outreach website at, email [email protected], or call (877) 339-2688 toll free.
Don't forget to register for Bridges 2016, a statewide conference for early Intervention professionals who work with families and children who have a hearing loss. The conference will be held June 20-21, 2016 at Illinois State University. EI credit is available. Register at http://illinoisdeaf/org/Outreach/Events.html. For further details, contact Tracy Meehan at [email protected]
Check out ASL Nook's new video -- Where the Wild Things Are -- featuring 6 year old Shaylee retelling Maurice Sendak's classic story in ASL. For more videos from ASL Nook, visit their website at
ISRC has 10 boards on Pinterest including Cochlear Implants (NEW), Baby Sign Language (NEW), Teacher Resources, Structured Work Systems, and more.

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ISRC Review highlights our activities, especially those of interest to parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Parent Connections contains parenting tips, resource information and news updates.

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 catalog, 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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