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January 2017 Digital Update

Happy New Year!
Tommy Edison talks about growing up without sight.
When people mix up being deaf with being blind.
Myths About Blindness from Mental Floss video
Info flier; contact for details
Parents of children with vision loss will have a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents as well as learn from experts at two FREE conferences. Mark your calendar for March 11, 2017 if you live downstate or for April 8, 2017 if you live in Northern Illinois. Jane Redmon at [email protected] can provide more details. These events are not to be missed!
Don't miss this event on January 6th!
The Center for Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a library for deaf students. All media in the CATS Library is signed or sign-supported. Explore their holdings at their website:

Many thanks to Amy Richards, WCES Special Education Coordinator, for bringing this resource to our attention!
Register for this event by January 6th!



The Crisis Text Line​, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, has partnered with Gallaudet University in providing the Deaf community access to services via text.  Starting November 14th, Deaf individuals are able to text the word DEAF to 741741 and be connected with a Crisis Counselor.  For more information, please check
If your students or children are interested in attending this summer camp, you can contact Sheri Cook, director of 
GURC-Midwest at [email protected]
For more information: Go to
Please visit the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website ( for an information and registration packet.
Hop to It 5/10K Info Flier
We challenge you to Run/Walk with us! This race will be timed for those who are competitive.  We also will have activities for kids, and a DJ for the AFTER PARTY, so be sure to stick around after you've completed your laps! To register, go to

Proceeds from the event will go towards Hersey Deaf Alumni Association's Scholarship Fund, and SouthWest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Ed(SWCCCASE)'s Deaf Mentor program. Both organizations focus on Creating Future Leaders.

Gates open at 8 am. Race starts at 9:30 am.  There is a Metra Stop right by the school for those taking public transportation.We also welcome sponsors.
For more information, contact [email protected].
Please note the correct date for the ITDHH Pre-Conference is March 2, 2017.

New to the ISRC library . . .

"In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism--by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different. It is the story of women like Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed cold and rejecting "refrigerator mothers" for causing autism; and of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments. . . . By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability"--Publisher information.
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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