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November 2016 Digital Update

Free Conferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss

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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!
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Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Learning and the Brain was recently published by Springer. This text was edited by Nancy M Young, MD and Karen Iler Kirk, PhD. 
The chapter on early intervention programs was written by Maribeth Lartz and Tracy Meehan, who are well known to many of you  for the ISU post graduate education certificate program for professionals in the fields of audiology, speech pathology and deaf education who provide early intervention services. A chapter entitled “Redefining Cochlear Implant Candidacy To Appropriately Include Children with Additional Disabilities” was co-authored by Nancy Young, Beth Tournis and Connie Weil of Lurie Children’s.
Please help us spread the word about this important new resource for professionals and trainees interested in the field of pediatric cochlear implantation!

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].
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Lila Lolling started the Deaf Yoga Foundation provide the deaf and hard of hearing community with access to the healing benefits of yoga. Yoga students can find teachers by visiting Yoga-friendly studios can ask to be listed on her website. See more of Lila in this YouTube video.

Lila Lolling's instructional video is now available from the ISRC library! Click here to request it.
24th Annual
Chicago DeaFest '16

November 4-5
Harper College
Check this link for Harper Events for Two-Day Schedule!
On the second day of the two-day festival, films of the finalists will be shown in each seven film categories among four school categories. Winners in each category will be announced by the end of the night. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception and refreshments.  Adults $20/ Students $4

To purchase tickets, email Jim Lomanto at [email protected]
Gallaudet University offers Summer Youth Camps for middle and high school students through age 19 that are designed for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Students can focus on science, sports, leadership, or theatre. Learn more by visiting the Gallaudet University Youth Camp website

Signing Santa

Monday, December 19, 2016
Chicago Ridge Mall, 95th and Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Contact Sandy Martinez with questions
Chicago Club of the Deaf to host a Very First Children's Christmas Party on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:00-5:00 PM. Lunch will be provided!

Contact  Rhychell Barnes at 708-689-1381 or Marlene De Jesus Veach at [email protected] 

The deadline to sign up is November 14, 2016. Don't miss it! 
The Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (IPVI) provides support, information, and service. Be sure to explore their services and events at their website

IPVI families can enjoy a day of fun at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Pre-register for Play for All by calling Gail Patterson at (312) 997-3697.
Please note the correct date for the ITDHH Pre-Conference is March 2, 2017.

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.

ISRC library items may be requested by e-mail at [email protected], by phone at 847-559-8195, or by fax at 847-559-8199. The complete list of Books with Sign Language DVDs, as well as the complete library catalogue, can be found on the Library Page of the ISRC website at

The ISRC Library Catalog is available through the traditional Catalog and free apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android. After installing the apps, set the Library Name to "ISTAC." No password needed.

**Remember our materials are free to borrow and will be mailed to you directly with return postage included. You are invited to take advantage of this extremely valuable resource. The library consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. For more information or to request a specific item, please call ISRC at (847)559-8195 or (800)550-4772, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit **

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