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July 2017 Digital Update

Behavior Tip of the Month

Teach, Model, Prompt, Reinforce
The four part process of Teach, Model, Prompt, and Reinforce is the framework for changing any behavior. After identifying the expected behavior (the behavior that is desired vs. the absence of the undesirable behavior), identify strategies to Teach, Model, Prompt, and Reinforce the new behavior. 

  • Teach the behavior using social narratives, explanation, or videos.
  • Model, demonstrate, and practice the behavior.
  • Prompt the new behavior with reminders before environments where the behavior may take place, by reviewing social narratives and videos, and in situations where the old behavior may occur.
  • Reinforce the new behavior with praise or opportunities to earn privileges
Blind and Low Vision
Pathways Youth Program flierClick the flier to learn about the Pathways Youth Summer Program, June 26-August 4.

Click here to access the Blind Services Association Youth Programs Page.

Click here for Pathways application form

Click here for Pathways physician form

Click here for Pathways student info form page 1

Click here for Pathways student info form page 2
FREE music and art classes for blind and visually impaired children ages 2 -6. Children will play instruments, sing, move, create, and learn with fun, hands-on activities. Healthy snacks offered.

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
12 N State Street, #1050, Chicago
  • July 8--Music and Make Maracas
  • July 22--Paper Making
  • August 5--Instruments and Movement
Classes will be led by Rebecca McLane, early childhood teacher with over 25 years of experience, and Bill Gree, Blind Association's Youth Program Manager.

Sign up by calling 312-236-0808 or email [email protected]
NFB Bell Academy Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning targets blind and low-vision children (ages 4-12) who do not receive enough Braille and non-visual skill instruction in school or who could benefit from Braille enrichment over the summer. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, benefit from peer learning and mentoring from blind adults, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB Bell academy curriculum.  

Illinois will participate in two NFB Bell Academy programs in 2017. Click these links to learn more:
Read to the Top
For blind and visually impaired student under the age of eighteen, Read to the Top rewards students for their summer reading. When a student finishes a large print, audio, or braille book, he or she can fill out a postcard with the book title and contact information, drop the postcard in the mail to Blind Service Association (free matter for the blind postage is provided), and be entered to win a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. Postcards will be available at local libraries and by request. BSA wants to encourage reading among blind and visually impaired youth.
Characters from Disney's MadagascarThe Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will offer an audio-described, ASL interpreted performance of Madagascar on August 20. Touch-tour begins at 9:30 AM; performance at 11:00 AM. For more information, contact Bill Green of the Blind Service Association at [email protected] or 312-236-0808.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Barnes and Noble will be hosting an ASL story time of the summer at their Deerpark store
20600 N. Rand Road
Deerpark, IL
August 12, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Featuring storyteller Wendy Adams

Click the flyer to see more!
Camp ChiCueGo logoCamp Chi-Cue-Go will be hosted at Illinois School for the Deaf by Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School this year on July 20th-22nd. 
Illinois School for the Deaf will be offering several summer camp opportunities in 2017

Click these images for the Art Camp brochure

Click these images for the Sports Camp brochure

Click these images for the STEAM Camp brochure

Click these images for the Tiger Kids Day brochure

Click here to see all of ISD's events or to register for camp.
ISD August conferenceThe Illinois School for the Deaf Statewide Conference will be August 7, 2017 in Jacksonville, IL featuring keynote speaker Michelle Mendiola, Youth Program Coordinator and Domestic Violence Advocate at Chicago Hearing Society. This event is FREE! Click on the flyer for more details.

Click here to register
C.A.R.T.E.R.'s Silent Weekend
August 26 and 27, 2017
Hilton Lisle/Naperville
Please register by August 1.
Click the images below for more details or for a registration form.
Click the links below for more information and for the forms to sign up for this event
New to the ISRC Library
Book cover for Look Me In the Eye by Robison

"Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human." --from the publisher

Contact [email protected] to request this item. 
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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