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January 2018 Digital Update

Behavior Tip of the Month

Visual Supports

Visual supports are the use of pictures or other visual stimuli to communicate with a student. Visual supports are most beneficial for students who have difficulty using and understanding language.

Examples of Visual Supports Include:

  • Pictures

  • Drawings

  • Objects

  • Written words

  • Lists

First/Then charts are a great way for the student to see the expectation. First, table work; then, toys.This is a positive way to redirect students when they become off task.
Visual task analyses help visual each step to complete a task. This facilitates independence.
Visual schedules support students through their school day to know what to expect throughout the day.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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. 

En Espanol:
Registration is OPEN for the Huskies Pride Run/Walk race which will be held at
John Hersey High School on April 22, 2018!

We had over 100 people at our event last year, this year-we aim to beat that number!

To register and for more information, go to

Early Bird Special $20 until Feb 1st!
Don't wait-
​register TODAY!

All proceeds go towards our scholarship fund. To learn more, visit
Help us Create Future Leaders!
DEAFest flyer

The April 20, 2018 DEAFest at John A. Logan College is free and open to the public.

Click the flyer for 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
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.
Blind and Low Vision
Lions Camp brochure page 1 
Lions Camp brochure page 2It'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.
Braille Readers are Leaders Contest
The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI), in partnership with the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB), now offers its first annual nation-wide Braille Readers Are Leaders contest open to kids in all states, grades K-12. Contestants compete to read the most Braille pages, going against other kids in similar grades across all participating states. The contest runs for six weeks, encouraging kids to be proud of their Braille reading ability and to work to improve their skills — while possibly winning prizes in the process. The final date to register is February 1, 2018.
vision conference registrationConferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss
  • March 3, 2018--Mt. Vernon Primary Center (401 N 30th Street, Mt. Vernon)
  • April 21, 2018--SASED Administrative Center (2900 Ogden Avenue, Lisle)
Click the image for the registration form.

For more information, contact [email protected]

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.
Request an application at [email protected] or 312-236-0808.
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] 
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

Everything we know about the world we live in starts with information we take in through the senses. This book explains the way our sensory system works and shows how small inefficiencies in this complex system can have a huge impact on a child's behaviour. Through easily relatable examples and metaphors, the book describes the variety of sensory processing differences that can occur in children in a jargon-free way and offers practical advice to help manage these differences.

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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