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November 2017 Digital Update

Lifeline Theatre offers accessible performances of many shows. Click here to learn about upcoming open caption performances, touch tours, and sensory-friendly performances

Lifeline Theater is located at 6912 N Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
INCIL assists individuals with disabilities with independent living. Learn more about their services at this link.
Behavior Tip of the Month


Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is the most popular teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). DTT is a successful teaching method because DTT removes all the add-ons and boils down the teaching to exactly what the learner needs to be successful. DTT may feel very robotic and repetitive, but when done correctly, this approach will bring out amazing gains in language, imitation, attending, self-help, motor, and play skills.

Components of DTT

  • Teaching Trial: With DTT each presentation of a discriminative stimulus (SD) is a “teaching trial”. EACH teaching trial includes: presentation of materials, deliver SD, prompt incorrect response OR reinforce correct response, and clear materials. This process is repeated over and over during a teaching session in a fast-paced manner. Data should be collected after the completion of each trial.
  • Breaking Down Tasks: DTT is designed to break down complex skills into small, separate tasks to teach and shape a skill over time. For example, if you were teaching a student to write their name, this could take 5-10 steps to learn. First, the student may learn to trace each letter in their name individually, then the student may learn to write each letter in their name individually, then the student may be directed to “write their name” with verbal prompts, then the teacher would fade the prompt over time, start with providing all letters of their name, then fade one letter at the time until the student can write their whole name independently. An example of fading is below:

“Write your name” M-E-G-A-N (spoken by teacher)

“Write your name” M-E-G-A (spoken by teacher)

“Write your name” M-E-G (spoken by teacher)

“Write your name” M-E (spoken by teacher)

“Write your name” M (spoken by teacher)

“Write your name” (no prompt)

  • SD → Response: The SD is the instruction or demand presented to the student. Some examples of SD’s include: “touch nose” “stand up” or “what number”. The goal of an SD in DTT is that the SD leads to a specific desired response. If the student responds correctly, provide reinforcement. If the student responds incorrectly, prompt the student. It is important to vary the presentation of the SD so the student will generalize. Meaning, you do not always want to say “touch nose”, by doing this, if another staff worked with the student and said “find nose” the student may not respond correctly due to varying word presentation.
Here is an example of a DTT session.
Blind and Low Vision
Saturday, Nov. 18 FREE Family Day and Focus Group
at Shedd Aquarium 11am to 6pm

Blind Service Association and Shedd Aquarium invite families with blind and visually impaired children for a full day of fun and learning. At 11am, Shedd staff will hold a focus group to improve accessibility for visually impaired guests to their newest exhibit. Feedback will help make the aquarium accessible for all in the visually impaired community. Staff will also talk to children about what it is like working with animals at Shedd. A pizza lunch will be included in the focus group. Afterwards, families will have full access to all exhibits at Shedd Aquarium until 6pm.Siblings are welcome. All families should meet at the Accessibility Entrance on the south side of the building before the focus group.

Please RSVP to Bill Green at [email protected] or 312-236-0808.
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.
For an application, call 312-236-0808 or e-mail [email protected].
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.
Augusta and Noble Thu, 11/10/17
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.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
25th Annual DeaFest 2017
November 3 & 4
Harper College

Click here for the schedule
Gallaudet University offers a range of resources about education planning for students with cochlear implants.
Explore their resources by clicking on this link.
Deaf Quiz Show details

Deaf Quiz Show
November 4, 2017
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Harper College

Click the images for more details.
Print this registration form and mail with payment to Harper College Access and Disability Services, 1200 W Algonquin Road, Palatine 60067.
Deaf Quiz Show registration
Cover of Report
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has produced this report on Postsecondary Achievement of Deaf People in Illinois. Click to see the report.
C.A.R.T.E.R. is offering free sign language classes at Barnes & Noble in Joliet.

Click the flier for more details!
Gallaudet logo
Gallaudet University offers an online, three-module resource called Educating Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Guide for Professionals in General Education Settings.This resource is for education professionals who have deaf students in class. 
Click here to learn more, to view registration tutorials, or to register for the module.
ISRC Library News

November is Picture Book Month!

Picture books are an excellent way to develop early literacy skills. They promote vocabulary and appreciation of narrative. When children read with adults, they learn to associate reading with enjoyment and happy memories. 

The ISRC Library has many wonderful picture books--several specific to the needs of children with disabilities. Click here to see a list of picture books available for checkout. 

To request these items or any other resources from the ISRC Library, contact [email protected].
Book cover: The Leader in Me
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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