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December 2018 Digital Update

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Chicago Park District is looking for DADS and their kid(s) to join an afternoon bowling event at Waveland Cosmic Bowling, 3700 N. Western Avenue on Sunday, December 9th from 1pm-3pm. Please reach out to
Tim Owens for reservations. Limited space and its FREE to all Dads with the kids.
 
For more information, please reach out to Tim at 
[email protected] or send him at text at 312.339.4806.

The Paramount Theatre will offer Sign Interpreted Performances for the following shows:
Call 630-896-6666 or email [email protected] and ask for the Sign Interpreted Performance. 
   TEEN HOLIDAY PARTY on Friday, December 14th from 4pm-9pm at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner. A FUN night of dodgeball, basketball, 9 Square-in-the-Air, food and drinks, plus a Deaf DJ!
Click the flyers for more information.

 
All guests must submit a participant form as well.

Questions should be directed to Sarah Faber, Program Specialist
Chicago Park District
[email protected]
773-796-3525 (direct video phone and voice)
 
Children twelve and younger can have breakfast with
Deaf Santa and Mrs. Claus! 
December 16, Archer Park
$5 per person (children under five are FREE)

Click the flyer for more details
Signing Santa is coming on December 17. Click the flyer for more information. 
Attention Parents and Professionals! 
 
It’s time for ISD's annual parent conferences.  Please share this with families of deaf and hard of hearing children and professionals who works with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Click the flyer for more details.
 
Note the dates and locations of the one nearest you.  Register TODAY!!
 
For more information and to register, click here.
 
The ITDHH Pre-conference will be February 28, 2019. Click the flyer for more information.

Click here to register
Blind and Low Vision

This fun event will appeal to young adults with vision impairments. Click the flyer to learn more about The Chicago Lighthouse's
Talk, Listen, & Laugh event. 
Join The Chicago Lighthouse for their January Ski Trip!
Click the flyer for details.

Click here to register
Computer Training
Knowing how to use a computer is an essential skill for visually impaired people today. Computer technology makes it possible for people with visual disabilities to perform many of the tasks that sighted people take for granted. In terms of career opportunities and advancement, computer literacy has become a necessity for many jobs. Blind Service Association (BSA) provides computer training to blind and visually impaired students after school or on Saturday. Call 312-236-0808 to learn more.

Click here to learn more about Blind Service Association.
 
The Chicago Lighthouse offers Music Therapy for Children with vision impairments. Sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 and cost $8. Space is limited so please register with Shelle Hammer at [email protected] or 847-510-2055. Click the flyer for more details.  Para Español. 
The Chicago Lighthouse will be hosting a Career Fair for students with visual impairments on February 28.
Click the flyer for more details.

Click here to register.

The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI), in partnership with the NFB Jernigan Institute and the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, announces the start of the second Nationwide Braille Readers Are Leaders contest. Students compete with others in their grade category in all participating states to read the most Braille pages within the contest period. The top three winners in each grade category are awarded cash prizes, and each student who submits a reading log at the close of the contest will receive a packet of Braille-related gifts.
 
To learn more about the contest, visit 
https://www.nfbofillinois.org/nationwide-bral-contest
The American Council of the Blind has a great opportunity for students who are legally blind to earn a scholarship. Over $55,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year. To be eligible, students need to be legally blind in both eyes, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be involved in school or local community.
 
The 2019 ACB scholarship application is now open! Click here to access and fill out the form.  ACB will be conducting a brief webinar on our scholarship program and the application process. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

The form must be submitted no later than February 15th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.
 
For more information, please contact Nancy Christine Feela at (612) 332-3242 or (800) 866-3242 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CST).
New to the ISRC Library
Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, overstimulating world. Charlotte and the Quiet Place shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence.


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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