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October 2017 Digital Update

IATP Disability Expo flyerLearn about a wide range of assistive technology at IATP's Statewide Disability Expo, October 23 & 24. 

Click the flyer for more details or click this link

INCIL assists individuals with disabilities with independent living. Learn more about their services at this link.
Behavior Tip of the Month


“What is it?”

Choice Making gives students a sense of power and control during the day. Choice Making allow students to choose activities. Whether it is a “preferred” or “non-preferred” choice, the student will make a “choice” when given the opportunity. Choice Making enhances feelings of comfort and control. It strengthens the student’s motivation to increase communication skills. An example would be:  “you can have this or that,” “you can sit here or there,” “you can use pen or pencil,” and the list goes on-and-on!  Always limit the choices to just two options.

“Why would you use it?

When the student is exhibiting refusals, seeking power and control, or has low motivation.  

You provide choices when you want to increase cooperation and engagement. When there are problem behaviors to escape participation in activities or avoid using materials. You also provide choices when the student is displaying aggression and disruption in the environment. Other benefits include positive effects on compliance, independence, social interactions, and communication. Remember, no one really likes to be told what to do, especially if they have "options," so why not provide "choices in order to get the job done!

Read more about Choice Making at this website.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
U of C Open HouseOpen House at University of Chicago Medicine
October 28, 2017
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
RSVP 773-702-8182 or [email protected]

Click the flyer for more details
Join Illinois Hands and Voices/Guide By Your Side at Gail's Pumpkin Patch on October 21, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Click on the flyer for more details

25th Annual DeaFest 2017
November 3 & 4
Harper College

Click here for the schedule
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
Gallaudet University offers a range of resources about education planning for students with cochlear implants.
Explore their resources by clicking on this link.
Parent Advocacy Training flierAdvocacy and IDEA training will be held in Wood Dale. Choose from October 14th or October 17th 9:00-2:00. Both EI and LSLS credit will be offered.
This session is designed for both parents and professionals seeking a better understanding of IDEA and how to advocate successfully for the child with disabilities the school setting. Click the image for more details.
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
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.
Career Fair FlyerCareer Fair for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students
October 19, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Harper College

RSVP by October 1 to [email protected]

Click the flyer for more details
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.

The Chicago Lighthouse offers music therapy classes for children aged 6 months - 6 years. Classes require registration and will be held on Saturday mornings.
Click here for more information.
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.
New to the ISRC Library
Book cover: The Leader in Me
Many schools have been incorporating the principles from The Leader in Me into their curricula. Based on the widely popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (plus a recently added 8th habit), this program encourages children to practice behaviors that lead to success and happiness. Educators report high self-confidence in their students as well as fewer discipline problems.

To request this item or any other resources from the ISRC Library, contact [email protected].
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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