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May 2017 Digital Update

Behavior Tip of the Month

Expectations Stated Positively

State rules in positive terms. Tell children what to do instead of what not to do. Try to eliminate "stop," "don't," and "no" from statements to children (except to keep a child safe in an emergency).

For example, if a parent does not want someone to wear shoes in the home, the expected behavior is to leave the shoes at the door. Additional examples include "Please walk" rather than "Don't run," "Eat your food" rather than "Don't play wit
h your food," and "Sit down flat so other children can see" instead of "Don't stand up."

What a sentence includes "don't" followed by a commend, the brain hears the command and thinks of the action that was stated. Children can't "do" a "don't." They are looking for the action that is desired. The command is everything after the "don't." If a parent says, "Don't jump on the bed," the command they hear is, "Jump on the bed."

Blind and Low Vision
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.

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 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.

Do you follow ISRC on Pinterest? Check out the new Low Vision Board
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Deaf Can Do It Day is May 1!

Click here to learn more!
The Art Institute of Chicago provides ASL gallery tours on the last Thursday of the month. The next tour will be May 25 at 6:00 PM. Click here for more information.
The IAD Deaf Youth Spring Party is coming up on May 12. RSVP as soon as possible to Maria Hernandez at [email protected]

Click the image to enlarge the flyer.

Click here for more information.
IAD and IRID conference flierThe Joint Conference for the Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) and the Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID) will be June 22-25.

Click the image for more information about becoming a Silent Auction Donor.

Click here for more information about the conference.
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
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.
As the state Mental Health Authority, the division of Mental Health is responsible for assuring that children, adolescents, and adults, throughout Illinois, have the availability of and access to public-funded mental health services for those who are diagnosed with a mental illness or emotional disturbance and an impaired level of functioning based on a mental health assessment. AMH also has a Statewide Coordinator available to consult and advocate for mental health services for children and adults who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Late-Deafened throughout Illinois.
Click here to learn more.
Click these images to see brochures about the Division of Mental Health

Click these images to see Spanish brochures about the Division of Mental Health

Thanks to Jessena Williams of IDHS for this important information!
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] 
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 [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
New to the ISRC Library
These two new books of true stories provide encouragement and inspiration for parents raising children with special needs or children with Autism and Asperger's.
Library requests can be submitted to  [email protected].
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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