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December 2017 Digital Update

Thanks to Raven Stromek for sharing the website Sensory Processing 101.
This site includes printables for students with sensory processing difficulty.

Thanks to Dana Reindl for sharing the website File Folder Heaven.
It's full of useful ideas for social stories, file folders, and activities.
Lifeline Theatre offers accessible performances of many shows. Click here to learn about upcoming open caption performances, touch tours, and sensory-friendly performances

Lifeline Theater is located at 6912 N Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
INCIL assists individuals with disabilities with independent living. Learn more about their services at this link.
Behavior Tip of the Month
Structured Work Stations

Structured work stations are purposeful organization of learning material to assist learners in answering the following questions:
  1. What am I supposed to do?
  2. How much am I supposed to do?
  3. How will I know when I am finished?
  4. What do I do next?
Work Systems and Expectations
Before any work task is presented either independent or as a group, a clear set of expectations should be given so students have a clear understanding of their expected behavior prior to completing the work tasks. This is especially important when students are asked to work independently. If we give the expectation that the student will be working independently, that student should be able to follow through the routine without any prompts or minimal verbal prompts.

Ways to Structure Work Tasks or Work Centers
  • Present single item tasks
  • Arranging tasks from left to right
  • Matching visual symbols such as colors, numbers or shapes to containers (baskets or files)
  • Following a visual that defines each task with an "all done" side
Helping Students Understand "All Finished"
  • Materials "disappear" into containers on the right side
  • Materials are returned to a shelf or table
  • All visuals are moved to the "all done" side
  • Use of timers for breaks or timed work times

These are two examples of independent work station, “matching” and “ABC’s”. Each task is color-coded and numbered to support independent learning.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
are hosting a Christmas party at CHS
Saturday, December 16, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Click the flyer for more details

Click here for more information

Click here to register for South of 70 -- February 10, 2018
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

Illinois Deaf Latino Association is a very excited to host our annual Three Wise Kings Saturday
January 6, 2018
Please see more details by clicking on the flyer.

If you have any questions, contact Maria Hernandez at [email protected]
Also, you can see IDLA Facebook.
Signing Santa FlyerSigning Santa will be at two malls on December 18:

Chicago Ridge Mall, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Louis Joliet Mall, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Click the flyer for more details.
NSSEO and the Hersey Deaf Alumni Association (HDAA) is hosting a screening of the newest ASL movie!
Hedy & Heidi: The Lost Sisters!
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 7:30 pm 
John Hersey High School Auditorium
1900 Thomas Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
$10 per person 
Buy your tickets now at:  via Bad Cats Entertainment online ticket system
Movie is CAPTIONED and has SOUND! And is perfect for ALL ages!

Proceeds go to support HDAA’s Scholarship Program

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
 News from The Children's Tree House: 
Disney World’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) Trip
For Families with a Parent or Child who is Deaf/Hard of Hearing (and friends)
February 10 – 17, 2018
(You pick your dates!  You can add “Fun” visit
days to the beginning and/or end of this week.)
We got a special nonprofit organization, educational pricing.
For a colorful flyer, please email Dr. Janet Hecht at [email protected]

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

Click here for more details including prize information and registration.
Here's an informative video about cochlear implants from the
YouTube Channel SciShow.
C.A.R.T.E.R. is offering free sign language classes at Barnes & Noble in Joliet.

Click the flier for more details!
Click to see a video featuring signs to use when facing a medical emergency.
Blind and Low Vision

Click here to see the latest news from
American Printing House for the Blind.
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.
For an application, call 312-236-0808 or e-mail [email protected].
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.
Augusta and Noble Thu, 11/10/17
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook Thu, 2/8/18
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 which build confidence and improve mobility skills.
For more information please visit 
or call Debbie Stein at (773) 203-1394.
New to the ISRC Library

Jessica Holsman of YouTube's Study With Jess and Nickelodeon's AwesomenessTV is changing the way teens feel about school. In her debut book, The High School Survival Guide, Holsman shares exclusive study tips and tricks to help you with your grades! Beyond the classroom, Holsman, who has a degree in Psychology, helps you understand your social skills as you grow from a Freshman to a Senior. From your first year orientation to applying for college and graduation, Holsman provides the best tips and tricks to help you stay organized, write assignments, complete exams, manage stress and live a well-balanced life! Maximize you full potential, ace your next test and become an A+ student!

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, 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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