New Logo for ISRC!
Beginning July 2016, Illinois Service Resource Center will be adding behavioral support services for visually impaired students, while continuing to serve deaf and hard of hearing students. The ISRC logo now includes printed braille letters as well as sign language. Stay posted for more information as ISRC expands its mission.
The Summer 2016 issue of ITDHH Directions is now available in PDF format at The issue features a photographic recap of the 2016 ITDHI conference including the Hazel Bothwell Grant winners, Father Marren Award recipients, and student scholarship winners; reports of DHH student/family events including Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day 2016, DEAFinitely Magic, DHH Olympics, AODC field trip, and International Cochlear Implant Awareness Day; establishment of an Illinois DHH itinerant connection group; upcoming events; and much more. 
Hellen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) has a regional office in East Moline, IL covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Judy Knisely, Region 5 representative, holds an A.A.S in ASL interpreting/transliteration from Terra Community College and has worked with transition-age students and their families. She is available to connect deaf-blind individuals, their families and service providers residing in Region 5 to programs, services, assistive technology, and more upon request. Contact her at [email protected] or tel. 419-951-6020.
Recommended by Judy Hines:
Gallaudet University's
Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2) continues to be a leader in supporting language development for deaf and hard of hearing children. On May 9, 2016, the center held a "knowledge festival" for researchers and other interested individuals involved with language development that presented new neurological and longitudinal behavioral studies as well as literacy supports for vision and speech. Participants also had an opportunity to view products and receive hands-on experiences at hub booths. A full recap of the information presented at the VL2 knowledge festival is available online at
Among the literacy tools presented were VL2's Motion Light Lab storybook apps that are signed as well as captioned, enabling children to read along in both written and and sign language. Another VL2 project is the creation of nursery rhymes in ASL using computer-animated avatars. A more detailed description of the storybook apps is available online at Education Week 
The Chicago Lighthouse is a social service organization founded in 1906 that serves the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and veterans with vision care, assistive technology, braille training, "tools for living," transition assistance, early intervention services, and much more. Chicago Lighthouse also operates a north side facility in Glenview, IL -- Chicago Lighthouse North -- that sponsors a parent support group facilitated by psychologist Dr. Joseph Wallach for parents with children who are blind or visually impaired. Their Children's Enrichment Program also offers music therapy for children ages 6 months to 3 years old, a teen transition program, and social events designed to connect families. To learn more about Chicago Lighthouse, visit their main website at To learn more about the Children's Enrichment Program, see
ISRC's Spanish Sign Language video clips in ASL and Spanish have now been close captioned! They can be viewed at
Upcoming Events
ISD Outreach Program will be holding the ISD Statewide August Conference on August 1, 2016 at Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL. This free conference is for interpreters, educators, school nurses and other educational professionals. It will feature Crom Saunders as keynote presenter. For registration information, visit the ISD Outreach website at…/1MHrYNzNbUy8AkC_9WA9nbQF…/viewform. For additional information, contact Tina Childress at [email protected]
Summer Events
The Chicago Park District will be holding Summer Camps for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and KODA Children and Teens  beginning July 5, 2016. Each camp runs for 2 weeks. For registration information, visit the Chicago Park District registration page or view flyer on Scribd.
Deaf Day at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells will be tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are only $13.23 per person. Visit the Eventbrite webpage at for further details and ticket information.
ISD Outreach's Tiger Kids Day Waterpark event at Splashdown Waterpark in East Peoria will be held July 22, 2016. The first 100 registrants receive free admission. To register, sign up at the ISD Outreach website at
AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, Illinois will be showing five upcoming open caption feature films in July (see list below). Admission varies but is usually around $6/person. For more information, contact Lori Specter, Manager, at tel. 847-590-1766, fax 847-590-1393, or email at [email protected]
  • July 9, 2016: The Secret Life of Pets @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • July 16, 2016: Ghostbusters @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • July 23, 2016: Star Trek @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • July 30, 2016: Jason Bourne @ 11:00 a.m. (Saturday)
Get ready for summer sports with Shaylee and deaf actor Ryan Lane in ASL Nook -- Sports in ASL!
ISRC has 10 boards on Pinterest including Cochlear Implants (NEW), Baby Sign Language (NEW), Teacher Resources, Structured Work Systems, and more.

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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.

ISRC library items may be requested by e-mail at [email protected], by phone at 847-559-8195, or by fax at 847-559-8199. The complete list of Books with Sign Language DVDs, as well as the complete library catalog, can be found on the Library Page of the ISRC website at

The ISRC Library Catalog is available through the traditional Catalog and free apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to "ISTAC." No password needed.

**Remember our materials are free to borrow and will be mailed to you directly with return postage included. You are invited to take advantage of this extremely valuable resource. The library consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. For more information or to request a specific item, please call ISRC at (847) 559-8195 or (800) 550-4772, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit 

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