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March 2018 Digital Update

It's important for everyone to be prepared for possible emergencies. Such preparedness can be especially challenging for people with disabilities. The American Congress of Rehabilitation has composed a checklist to help individuals with disabilities.
Click here for a check list
Behavior Tip of the Month

Silent Dinner / "I'm Describing" Dinner

Deaf/HH – Hold a Silent Dinner in which all participants at the table stop talking completely when the last person sits down to eat.  For the entire meal all participants use sign language to communicate.  If a person doesn’t know a word (i.e., sign) then they will fingerspell the word to others until someone shows them the sign.  If no one knows the sign, they will look it up on the internet (e.g., ASLPRO.COM).  The first few meals the family might practice the alphabet.    

Blind/Low Vision – Hold an “I’m Describing” Dinner in order to enhance skills in Audio Description.  Each person takes a turn describing a place or situation.  Practice identifying specific details, such as narrating actions taken by individuals and facial expressions.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
On March 10, 2018, IMPACT CIL Deaf Services will host their Bingo Night as part of their mission to build partnerships to provide affordable hearing aids and services. Click the images below for more details about participating in this event.

Dimensions of Deaf Lives flyerA Deafhood Project of Chicago presents
Dimensions of Deaf Lives
Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Moraine Valley Community College

Click the flyer for more details
Conferences for Parents
of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Click here for more information

Click here to register for North of 80 -- March 10, 2018
Click here to register for South of 80 -- April 21, 2018

Financial assistance may be available
PD and EI credits available

Rochester Institute of Technology invites students 9th-12th grades to participated in their Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition. Click here for more information.
Submissions are due March 15, 2018
H&V/GBYS Spring Event FlyerGuide By Your Side/Hands and Voices Spring Event
     March 24, 2018
     12:00-2:00 pm
     Indian Creek Farmstead
     19468 Curtis Blacktop Road
     Petersburg, IL 62675

RSVP today -- Space is limited to 20 children!
Contact Deb at [email protected] to sign up or for more information.
Click the flyer for more details.
College and STEM Career Day for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students 
Harper College 
April 7, 2018

Click the Flyer for more details

The Rochester Institute of Technology
will host their
2018 Math Competition April 13-15.

Click here for more details including prize information and registration.
DEAFest flyer

The April 20, 2018 DEAFest at John A. Logan College is free and open to the public.

Click the flyer for details.
Harper College Deaf Institute
proudly hosts 14th annual Co-ed Volleyball Tournament for high school and college teams

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church
200 N Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL  60194

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

Concessions will be available.

For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at [email protected]
Registration is OPEN for the Huskies Pride Run/Walk race which will be held at
John Hersey High School on April 22, 2018!

Over 100 people participated last year!
To register and for more information, go to

Early Bird Special $20 until Feb 1st!
Don't wait-
​register TODAY!

All proceeds go towards a scholarship fund. To learn more, visit
Help us Create Future Leaders!
Scholarship Available!
The Oswegoland Optimist Club is providing an opportunity for young people up to grade 12 to compete for a $2,500 scholarship! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which will be held on April 28, 2018 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.

*Applications due by April 21, 2018*
Deaf business owners create jobsClick here to see a great video on Facebook
featuring deaf business owners.
gallaudet summer campGallaudet Summer Youth Camps are designed for deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students up to the age of 19. Programs provide stimulating summer learning and experiential opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity and located just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol. 
The last day to register is Tuesday, May 31st, 2018.

Sound Apex has created a comprehensive website about sign language.
Click to explore.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to attend the Institute for Children with Hearing Loss on June 10-15, 2018.Click the flyer for more details. 
En Espanol:
Blind and Low Vision
vision conference registrationConferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss
  • March 3, 2018--Mt. Vernon Primary Center (401 N 30th Street, Mt. Vernon)
  • April 21, 2018--SASED Administrative Center (2900 Ogden Avenue, Lisle)
Click the image for the registration form.

For more information, contact [email protected]
Blind Service Association College Scholarships 
It is never too early to plan your application for a Blind Service Association’s Scholarship Program. Last year’s students received scholarships as high as $4,000. Applications for all qualified blind and visually impaired college students will be available January 1, 2018. Students must be enrolled or planning to be enrolled in graduate school, undergraduate, community college, or trade school in Fall 2018. In addition to a completed application, students will need two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, personal statement, eye report, and state ID. The deadline is April 1, 2018.
Request an application at [email protected] or 312-236-0808.

Click here to see the latest news from
American Printing House for the Blind.
Lions Camp brochure page 1 
Lions Camp brochure page 2It's time to think about summer camp! The Lions of Illinois Foundation will be offering several opportunities in 2018. Click here for more information or click on the images for the brochure.
New this year!
Find out about High Adventure Tech Camp for campers aged 13-17.Lions Tech Camp

Audio Described Performance at DePaul Children’s Theater

For blind and visually impaired students, DePaul Children’s Theater, with Blind Service Association, offers FREE tickets for three performances this year. All plays have live audio description.
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Thu, 5/10/18
The curtain rises at 10:00 AM at Merle Reskin Theater at 60 E Balbo Drive in Chicago. School groups should inquire about financial assistance with transportation. For more information or to RSVP contact Bill Green at 312-236-0808 or [email protected] 
The National Federation of the Blind endorses the KNFB reader app. This app allows iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices to read text aloud or to publish text in Braille.
Learn more by clicking here.
The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois is currently accepting applications for a free transitions club, Freedom Link. The club, which is free to members thanks to the Ellick and Charlotte Lindon charitable fund, meets once a month. Students are paired with low-vision and blind mentors and participate in activities that build confidence and improve mobility skills.
For more information please visit 
or call Debbie Stein at (773) 203-1394.
President of Braille Birds, Clarissa Gerrard recently dropped by Wake Up Normal to talk about Adaptapalooza and Dinner in the Dark. Click here to listen.
New to the ISRC Library
book cover of What Every Blind Person Needs You to Know

Written by someone who has walked the path of deteriorating eyesight and worked as a qualified crisis counselor, this handbook contains a wealth of insight into the physical, emotional and psychological challenges facing those with a disability.

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. 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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