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November 2018 Digital Update

Thanks to Raven Stromek
for sharing this link about visual schedules for special-needs students. Click here

This website also includes an opportunity to order the Sensory Essentials Collection.
Blind and Low Vision
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. 
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.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Come to a Children's Christmas Party
December 15 at Swoboda Deaf Center
RSVP [email protected] by November 16!

Click the flyer for more details
Signing Santa is coming on December 17. Click the flyer for more information. 

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. 

Click to read about a musician who learned music after getting a cochlear implant.
New to the ISRC Library
iOS in the Classroom is a fully illustrated step-by-step guide to teaching the use of the iPad running iOS 9 to students with visual impairments. The book explores the extensive accessibility options available, where to find them, and how to configure them. It delves into VoiceOver and Zoom, the use of external keyboards and refreshable braille displays, as well as a discussion on touch screen gestures and braille chord commands. Also included is information on finding and managing content, using the iPad for a range of online activities, and utilizing specific apps, all geared to enabling students with visual impairments to use the iPad for the same classroom tasks as their peers and ensuring their success in the classroom.

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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