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August 2018 Digital Update

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
2018 CARTER's Silent Weekend will be August 18-19 in St. Charles. 

Click here to learn more and to register for the event.
The registration deadline is August 1.
Starbucks will open its first U.S. signing store in October 2018! Read more at BusinessWire
AIM-CIL sign language flyerFREE Basic American Sign Language classes in Downers Grove beginning September 4, 2018! Click the flyer for more details.

Reservations are required.
SignIt! logo
Here is another great resource for developing ASL skills. SignIt! is an innovative online curriculum featuring actors who are fluent in ASL. Because of generous funding from both government and private entities, parents of children 36 months of age or younger who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the curriculum free of charge! Those who don't qualify can purchase access at
The Illinois School for the Deaf offers a Transitional Living Program for young deaf or hard of hearing adults who are preparing for life after high school.
Click here for an informational brochure
Blind and Low Vision
On August 19, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is giving an audio described performance of their children’s play Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure. It is based on the classic tale and includes song and dance. The show begins at 11:00 AM, but be sure to join the touch tour at 9:15 AM. Families will have the chance to touch props and meet actors. Tickets are $5 for blind and visually impaired individuals and their families. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is located at Navy Pier. For more information contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808 or [email protected] To purchase tickets visit:
Read to the Top
With the Blind Services Assocation

For blind and visually impaired student under the age of eighteen, Read to the Top rewards students for their summer reading. When a student finishes a large print, audio, or Braille book, he or she can fill out a postcard with the book title and contact information, drop the postcard in the mail to BSA (free matter for the blind postage is provided), and be entered to win a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. Postcards will be available by request. BSA wants to encourage reading among blind and visually impaired youth. Contact Bill Green at [email protected] for more information. has a useful development chart for blind and visually impaired babies and children.
Click here to view the site.
New to the ISRC Library
In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America's pastime. With balls tricked out to beep three times per second like a troubling EKG and with bases that buzz, beep baseball is both innovative and intensely competitive. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one's thinking about disability. What we find are athletes playing their hearts out for a championship. Wanczyk follows teams around the world and even joins them on the field to produce a riveting inside narrative about the game and its players.

The ISRC library has many resources including books, DVDs, games, and toys. To request this book or any other library resources, contact [email protected].  
The ISRC library consists of an expanding collection of over 1,200 items, including books, DVDs, CDs, test kits, toys, 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. 

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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