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Behavior Tip of the Month
Focus Your Attention on What You Want to See
Children will repeat behaviors for which they receive reinforcement. When parents or teachers focus on modeling and teaching a replacement behavior (for example, standing with feet on the floor) INSTEAD of mentioning the inappropriate behavior (for example, stop kicking!), they prevent the inappropriate behavior from being reinforced, and therefore, repeated.
Blind and Low Vision
It'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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to attend the Institute for Children with Hearing Loss on June 10-15, 2018.
Click the flyer above for more details.
Registration is OPEN for the Huskies Pride Run/Walk race which will be held at
John Hersey High School on April 22, 2018!
Financial assistance may be available
PD and EI credits available
A 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
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
Gallaudet 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.
Drawing on his own experience on the autism spectrum and his knowledge of linguistics, Paul Jordan provides simple "scripts for thinking" that will help teens with autism to make sense of social situations and engage in everyday conversations.
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.
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ISRC Reviewhighlights our activities, especially those of interest to parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Parent Connectionscontains parenting tips, resource information and news updates.