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March 2017 Digital Update

The League of Chicago Theatres works with Chicago area theatres to make live theatre accessible for everyone. Here are some events coming up in March.

Audio Described/Touch Tour Performances

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Eugene Onegin
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
 
Please contact Audience Services at 312-827-5700 and a representative will assist you with choosing a series and seats that meet your needs. Additional dates may be available by request. Please contact Nora O'Malley, Facility Operations Manager at 312-827-3577 or by email at [email protected]
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Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.  (Touch tour begins at 1:30 p.m.)
Straight White Men
Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL
In person: 1650 N Halsted
Phone:312-355-1650
TTY: 312-335-3830
E-mail: [email protected]
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Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.  (Touch tour ONLY begins at 1:45 p.m.)
The Assembled Parties
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL
 
To purchase tickets call 773-338-2177
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Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. (Touch tour begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m.  (Touch tour begins at 9 a.m.)
The Year I Didn't Go To School
Chicago Children's Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
 
Box Office: 872-222-9555 
Click here to buy online and use Promo Code ACCESS for discounted tickets
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Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m.  (Touch tour begins at 1:30 p.m.)
The Snare
Jackalope Theatre at the Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL
Click here to buy online or email [email protected] Tickets are $25.

Open-Captioned Performances

Saturday, March 11 at 4 p.m.  
A Wrinkle in Time
Lifeline Theatre

6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 
Patrons wishing to make reservations for any special performance or take advantage of any accessibility service may contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster directly at 773-761-4477 x703 or [email protected] or in person at the Lifeline Box Office (6912 N. Glenwood Ave.) Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.
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Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m.  
Uncle Vanya
Goodman Theatre

170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 
For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312-443-3800 (voice) or 312-443-3829 (TTY/TDD).
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Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The Year I Didn't Go To School
Chicago Children's Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 
Box Office: 872-222-9555 
Click here to buy online and use Promo Code ACCESS for discounted tickets
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Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.  
The Snare
Jackalope Theatre at the Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL
Click here to buy online or email [email protected] Tickets are $25.
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Thursday, March 23 at 1 p.m. AND
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. 
Love's Labor's Lost
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 
To purchase Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can single tickets or subscriptions, please contact our Box Office by calling 312-595-5600 (phone) or 312-595-5699 (TTY). Please purchase your tickets in advance—access programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show. 


ASL-Interpreted Performances

Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. 
Love's Labor's Lost
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 
To purchase Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can single tickets or subscriptions, please contact our Box Office by calling 312-595-5600 (phone) or 312-595-5699 (TTY). Please purchase your tickets in advance—access programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show. 
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Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m.  
Uncle Vanya
Goodman Theatre

170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 
To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312-443-3800 (voice) or 312-443-3829 (TTY/TDD).
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Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Oriental Theatre

24 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 
Phone: 312-977-1700, menu option #5 TTY: 800-359-2525
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Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.  
The Scene
Writers Theatre

325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe, IL 
Please contact the box office by calling 847-242-6000 or by email at [email protected] Online: Please type "ASL" into the Promo Code Box in the right of the screen if you wish to be seated in the designated ASL Interpreted Section. Please be aware that the interpreters are not visible from all seating locations.


Autism-Friendly Performances
 
March 16 - April 29
Thursdays & Fridays at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturdays at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Red Kite Treasure Adventure
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station

100 S. Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 
Box Office: 872-222-9555 or Click Here to Buy Online
 
Blind and Low Vision
There is still time for students to apply for the 2017 Blind Service Association Scholarship Program. Please read the application carefully and ask any questions you may have. Applications are due on April 1, 2017. Interviews will take place in early May. Applications may be sent to [email protected] or by mail to 17 N State St #1050, Chicago, IL 60602. Send all materials together.

The application can be found under "Scholarships and Financial Aid" at this link

Please contact Bill Green at [email protected] with any questions or if you would like to have an application mailed to you.
Recently, Michelle Clyne of the Philip Rock Center has shared information about an exciting program sponsored by National Braille Press called ReadBooks! Because Braille Matters. The purpose of this program is to encourage families to think about braille literacy at the earliest possible age. It costs nothing, and you may start a child on the path to literacy. National Braille Press is distributing attractive braille book bags to families with blind and visually impaired children, ages birth to seven, across the U.S. and Canada. The distribution process is a collaborative effort with educators and early intervention professionals. 

There are three different levels of bags: red (birth-3); blue (4-5 year olds); green (6-7 year olds), and there are both English and Spanish versions of these bags. The bag contents differ slightly, containing age-appropriate books, tactiles, and toys. They also include two vouchers: one for an additional free print/braille book, and another for a free copy of Just Enough to Know Better – a primer on braille for sighted parents. 

ReadBooks! has distributed 16,000 of these bags to blind children in the United States and Canada. 

Click here to learn more or to sign up for the program.
ReadBooks! from National Braille Press
This video tells more about the ReadBooks! Program sponsored by National Braille Press.
For more information, contact Patti McGowan at [email protected] or Peggy Malloy at [email protected]

Click here to register online
The Chicago Lighthouse has some great events coming up.
Click here to see their calendar.
The National Federation of the Blind provides members resources and support to overcome obstacles and achieve the lives they want to live.
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:
Info flier; contact redj44@gmail.com for details

For more information or for registration materials, please contact Jason Crotchett at Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
Voice: (217) 479-4436
Fax: (217) 479-4433
E-mail: [email protected]

Click here for details

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Due to major renovation at Harper College's gym, the volleyball tournament will be held at Bethel Baptist Church 200 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg 60194 which is 4 miles away. BBC has two gyms with five volleyball courts.

Admission for fans:
Adults, $5
Students with ID, $3
Children 12 and under, free**

**must be accompanied by an adult**

There will be concession serving hot & cold food, snacks, and beverages.

For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at [email protected]
Please note the new date for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year event is Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 

176 Banquet Hall
1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet IL
815-730-1060
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We are very excited to learn that Tina Childress will be the guest speaker! Learn more and register for the event the new-and-improved website Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocate of the Year. 

Participants must submit their essays, videos, and registration by
March 24, 2017.


Thanks to Karen Bogdan for letting us all know!
Students! Here's a contest for you to show how you advocate for others and their needs! 
Lurie Day will be May 3, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Topics this year will include:
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis and Management
  • Bone Conduction Hearing Systems
  • Aural Rehabilitation for Early Intervention and School Providers
  • "Live" surgery followed by Q & A with Dr. Young or Overview of Cochlear Implant Candidacy, and Deaf with Disabilities Case Studies (concurrent sessions)

 
Rochester Institute of Technology will be offering a week-long summer camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle-school children who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. 
July 22-27, 2017
Rochester, NY

The deadline to register is May 15!

Click here for more information about camp for boys

Click here for more information about camp for girls
Thanks to Carrie Ballian of Guide By Your Side for pointing us toward O.U.R., an important project from Hands & Voices to promote children's safety.

Click here to learn more about this project and other resources.
Thanks to Desa Johnson of the Illinois School for the Deaf for this information:

"Here is a great, free event being held June 11-16, 2017!  Institute is for families of children, age 6 months to 5 years with moderate, severe or profound hearing loss in both ears. The Institute brings together families from all over the state.  At Institute families spend 5 days with the best staff in the field of deafness in the state. The staff gives information needed to help families make choices along the path of raising a child with a hearing loss."
For more information, call 800-322-3722 or email [email protected] 
Giphy recently created a GIF library of more than 2,000 words and phrases in American Sign Language based on the popular web series Sign with Robert. 

Click here to explore the library

Click here to read an article from Mashable about the project

 

via GIPHY

Exciting news from The Children's Tree House:
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 youthprograms.gallaudet.edu

 

FREE "CRISIS TEXT HOTLINE" 24/7 FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY

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 http://www.gallaudet.edu/news/crisis-text-line-update.html
The Illinois School for the Deaf will be hosting conferences for parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Click the flyers to see more details.
Click here to register for the North of Eighty Conference on March 11.

Click here to register for the South of Eighty Conference on April 8.

Click here to register for the South of Seventy Conference on February 25.
Please visit the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website (www.itdhh.org) for an information and registration packet.
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!
Click here to register. 
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 He[email protected].
Hop to It 5/10K Info Flier
Click to visit the Illinois School for the Deaf outreach page and learn more about the training events for specific dates. Register at the website as well.
New to the ISRC Library
Young people need resources to guide them through the confusing transition from childhood to adulthood. These two picture books are a helpful starting point for pre-adolescents with autism and related conditions. What's Happening to Ellie? and What's Happening to Tom? are part of the Sexuality and Safety with Tom and Ellie series from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. They are fully and vividly illustrated, explaining the physical and emotional changes a young man or woman can expect during puberty. If a child in your care would benefit from reading one of these books with you, request it from the ISRC library.
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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