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May 2018 Digital Update

Summer Survival Tips
Parents who are concerned about losing the structure provided by the school year, here are some tips for surviving the summer.
  1. Develop a list of contact information from friends from school. Set up some play date exchanges before the school year ends.
  2. Review the Recreation and Leisure Page of the ISRC Resource Directory for potential camps and summer activities.
  3. Visit the ISRC Library catalog on the website for books, videos, games, and toys. Items are mailed to families with postage-paid return packaging.
  4. Establish a visual calendar of events to assist with predictability.
Blind and Low Vision
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. Plays have live audio description.

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Thursday, 5/10/18

The curtain rises at 10:00 AM at Merle Reskin Theater at 60 E Balbo Drive, 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]
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.
In June and July, Blind Service Association sponsors a six-week program open to blind and visually impaired students aged 10 to 18. Pathways includes training in daily living skills, such as cooking, house cleaning, shopping, cane travel and money management. Kids also enjoy sports, recreation, performing arts, and field trips to various cultural sites. Activities may include sailing, yoga, bowling, beep baseball, and swimming. Headed by a vision teacher or rehabilitation teacher, the program runs from 9:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon, five days a week. For more information contact Bill Green [email protected] at or at the office at 312-236-0808.

Click here to find out more about Blind Service Association youth programs
Summer camp at Illinois School for the Visually Impaired will be June 10-16 in Jacksonville. Click here for more information.
Click the images for the brochure. 
The National Federation of the Blind is offering two BELL Academies in Illinois this summer. One will be in Chicago, July 9-20. The other will be in Springfield, July 30-August 3. Click the flyers for more details or visit

BELL Academy Chicago  BELL Academy Springfield has a useful development chart for blind and visually impaired babies and children.
Click here to view the site.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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
The Jr. IAD program is excited to host their third annual spring party at Sky Zone in Elmhurst on May 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM. 

Click the flyer for more details or go to the
event website here.
Family Fun Learning Retreat
June 22-24, 2028
at Illinois School for the Deaf

Click the flyer for details.
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.
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.
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 Español:
The Illinois School for the Deaf will host several summer camps June 17-22, 2018. Click the flyer for more details or click here to visit the ISD events page.
Bridges flyerSave the date!
Bridges 2018 is coming up on June 28 in Bloomington.
Click the flyer for more details. 
Click here to register.
play therapy classPlay Therapy Summer Course at Gallaudet.
July 9-27, 2018. Registration is open now!
To register, click here for the  Gallaudet Summer Courses site and click on "Apply Now."
2018 CARTER's Silent Weekend will be August 4 and 5. Click the flyer for more details.

Learn more about CARTER at
New to the ISRC Library
These unique egg-heads help children learn to identify and express their feelings in a fun and funny way. Set of six expressive wooden eggs made from wood and water-based, non-toxic paints. this game offers a role-playing activity and help children identify their feelings. The set includes the storybook Scrambled Feelings as well as a multilingual instruction booklet. 

The ISRC library has many educational and therapeutic toys and games. To request this toy 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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