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June 2017 Digital Update

Behavior Tip of the Month
Externalize Thinking
Adults can support the development of thinking and decision making in children by verbalizing or narrating their own inner thoughts (think aloud) as they problem solve, make decisions, or engage in social interactions. An example would be, "I would like to watch television, but am an going to be responsible and do the dishes first."
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Barnes and Noble will be hosting their first ASL story time of the summer at their Hawthorn Center store
720 Center Drive
Vernon Hills IL
June 10, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Featuring storyteller Gina Matzkin

Click the flyer to see more!
flyer for IAD Youth Leadership DayCorey Axelrod, president of the Illinois Association of the Deaf, announces the Youth Leadership Day on June 24 at the upcoming IAD Conference. 

Click here for a letter from Corey Axelrod

Click here for a participation form.

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.
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.
ASL interpreted concert on June 16Free ASL-Interpreted Concert
Downtown Square
Jacksonville, Illinois
June 16, 2017
6:00 PM

Click the flyer for more details
Click the links below for more information and for the forms to sign up for this event
Got Skills Summer CampGallaudet University offers youth summer camps. Click the flier for a closer look at the details. For more information, click here.

Contact Sheri Cook, director of GURC-Midwest at [email protected] with questions. 
Blind and Low Vision
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.
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
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:
The Association of Blind Citizens can help some blind or visually limited individuals access assistive technology with their Assistive Technology Fund. Click here to learn more and to apply for the program.

Do you follow ISRC on Pinterest? Check out the new Low Vision Board
New to the ISRC Library

This amazing book offers a tactile experience for blind or visually impaired children. DK Braille: It Can't Be True combines braille, large print, and high contrast photography with clear and predictive layouts. Fact boxes offer instant information for readers, and the embossed images make new concepts as clear as possible for the tactile reader. Feel a hailstone three times wider than a tennis ball or a bird so small it can sit on the end of a pencil. Each entry is written in both Braille and in large print.
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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