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April 2017 Digital Update

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DHH Parent Night flierDHH Parent Night will be May 4, 2017. Click the flier for more details.

Click here to register by the April 10th deadline.
Are you an administrator in a school or program that teaches students who are deaf/hard of hearing with diagnosed or suspected autism spectrum disorder?
This population of students is growing in numbers with 1 out of every 59 deaf/hard of hearing students also having ASD.  While the prevalence of ASD is greater in the D/HH population, there is very little direction for teachers and administrators on what interventions to use, how to make decisions related to educational services, or deciding which disability is the most impactful for selecting a primary disability label.
We are conducting a research study to look at this population in more detail, specifically their growth over time.  We will be looking at their educational placements, services, and outcomes over time through analyzing permanent records of their IEPs and evaluation reports.  Further, we would like to survey teachers and parents to gather input on practices they find most useful and concerns they have for this population of students.  If you are interested in assisting us with this important research, please forward our contact information to any teachers or parents that would be appropriate.  They can contact us at [email protected] or (309) 438-5829.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!
Christy Borders, Stacey Jones Bock, and Mark Zablocki
Illinois State University
Jareen Meinzen-Derr
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Kristi Probst, Doctoral candidate
Illinois State University
Volleyball flier
Due to major renovation at Harper College's gym, the volleyball tournament will be held at Bethel Baptist Church 200 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg 60194 which is 4 miles away. BBC has two gyms with five volleyball courts.

Admission for fans:
Adults, $5
Students with ID, $3
Children 12 and under, free (must be accompanied by an adult)

For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at [email protected]
Please note the new date for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year event is Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 

176 Banquet Hall
1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet IL
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tina Childress will be the guest speaker. Learn more and register for the event the new-and-improved website Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year. 

For more information contact:
Karen Bogdan
[email protected]
Brenda Schmidt
[email protected]
Jennifer Olech
[email protected]
Galludet Online Education flierGallaudet University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center provides an online resource to equip general education teachers to work with deaf or hard-of-hearing students. 

Click the image to see the flier.

Click here to learn more and to register.
Lurie Day will be May 3, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Topics this year will include:
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis and Management
  • Bone Conduction Hearing Systems
  • Aural Rehabilitation for Early Intervention and School Providers
  • "Live" surgery followed by Q & A with Dr. Young or Overview of Cochlear Implant Candidacy, and Deaf with Disabilities Case Studies (concurrent sessions)

Rochester Institute of Technology will be offering a week-long summer camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle-school children who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. 
July 22-27, 2017
Rochester, NY

The deadline to register is May 15!

Click here for more information about camp for boys

Click here for more information about camp for girls
Thanks to Desa Johnson of the Illinois School for the Deaf for this information:

"Here is a great, free event being held June 11-16, 2017!  Institute is for families of children, age 6 months to 5 years with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss in both ears. The Institute brings together families from all over the state.  At Institute families spend 5 days with the best staff in the field of deafness in the state. The staff gives information needed to help families make choices along the path of raising a child with a hearing loss."

For more information, call 800-322-3722 or email [email protected] 
Giphy recently created a GIF library of more than 2,000 words and phrases in American Sign Language based on the popular web series Sign with Robert. 

Click here to explore the library

Click here to read an article from Mashable about the project



Got Skills Summer CampGallaudet University offers youth summer camps. Click the flier for a closer look at the details. For more information, click here.

Contact Sheri Cook, director of GURC-Midwest at s[email protected] with questions. 



The Crisis Text Line​, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, has partnered with Gallaudet University in providing the Deaf community access to services via text.  Starting November 14th, Deaf individuals are able to text the word DEAF to 741741 and be connected with a Crisis Counselor.  For more information, please check
The ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee will be held at Illinois State University on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

Please visit the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website for more information and a registration packet.
We challenge you to Run/Walk with us! This race will be timed for those who are competitive.  We also will have activities for kids, and a DJ for the AFTER PARTY, so be sure to stick around after you've completed your laps!

Proceeds from the event will go towards Hersey Deaf Alumni Association's Scholarship Fund, and SouthWest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Ed(SWCCCASE)'s Deaf Mentor program. Both organizations focus on Creating Future Leaders.

Gates open at 8 am. Race starts at 9:30 am.  There is a Metra Stop right by the school for those taking public transportation.We also welcome sponsors.
For more information, contact [email protected]
Blind and Low Vision
Families who celebrate Easter can include their blind children in the egg decorating! Click here to read about making tactile Easter eggs.
The Indian Prairie Public Library will be hosting
Family Fun Night!
For Students with Visual Impairments

Wednesday, April 19
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This will be an evening of fun and networking for students aged 3-22 and their families. Look forward to games and pizza!

The Indian Prairie Public Library is located at 401 Plainfield Road, Darien IL. 

RSVP by April 17
[email protected]
Tag Days flier
Tag Days are coming April 21 and 22. Click the flier to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Click here to access the Blind Service Association Events page.

Pathways Youth Program flierClick the flier to learn about the Pathways Youth Summer Program, June 26-August 4.

Click here to access the Blind Services Association Youth Programs Page.

For more information, contact Patti McGowan at [email protected] or Peggy Malloy at [email protected]

Click here to register online
NFB Bell Academy Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning targets blind and low-vision children (ages 4-12) who do not receive enough Braille and non-visual skill instruction in school or who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, benefit from peer learning and mentoring from blind adults, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB Bell academy curriculum.  

Illinois will participate in two NFB Bell Academy programs in 2017. Click these links to learn more:
The Chicago Lighthouse has some great events coming up.
Click here to see their calendar.
The Association of Blind Citizens can help some blind or visually limited individuals access assistive technology with their Assistive Technology Fund. Click here to learn more and to apply for the program.
Are you reading picture books with your blind child? This video from National Braille Press offers some tips for making that experience even better!

Do you follow ISRC on Pinterest? Check out the new Low Vision Board
New to the ISRC Library

The ISRC library offers more than books! This set of sensory cards is new to the collection. Each card features a printed letter, an image, a word in braille, and the same word in sign language. Some cards also have fragrances (the apple card smells like an apple, for example), and some have a texture that a child can feel. Contact [email protected] to request this item. 
The ISRC library consists of an expanding collection of over 1,200 items, including books, DVDs, CDs, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, blindness, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. The catalog can be accessed via the Library Page of the ISRC website. Free LibraryWorld apps are also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android users. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to ISTAC. No password is needed.

ISRC library materials may be requested by contacting [email protected] or by calling 847-559-8195. We also accept requests by fax at 847-559-8199. All our resources are free and will be mailed to you with return postage included.

Check out our other newsletters:

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.

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