ISRC Digital Update
February 2011

Upcoming Events

~ Saturday, February 5th, 10:00 – 12:00pm. Chicago Support Group for Parents with Children who have a hearing loss. Their purpose is to provide a comfortable setting where parents and their children can come together to talk, listen and share resources. Where: Sulzer Regional Library 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 (312)744-7616 When: Saturday, February 5th, 10:00 – 12:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. They are honored to have Nancy Burke, Chicago teacher of the Deaf, as a guest speaker. Nancy is fluent in cued speech, uses sign language, and is a former EI provider. In addition, she has a wide range of teaching experiences, which include working with children from pre-K to college. She has worked with CPS for many years, as well as other private and public agencies. This is an excellent opportunity for all families of all communication modes. Children and siblings are welcome. Please arrive a few minutes early to get the kids situated. A craft table, toddler toys, puzzles and books will be provided with adult supervision. Please RSVP to or call Jasna at 312.714.7809

~ Friday February 11, 2011 Viernes 11 de Febrero, 2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Happy Valentine Day Feliz Dia de los Enamorados For more information visit

~ The 47th Annual ITHI conference will be held at the Naperville Holiday Inn Select on March 4th and 5th, 2011.

~ March 5-6, 2011 Mom’s Night Inn; Northern Illinois. Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel 3000 Warrenville Road Lisle, Illinois 60532 (630) 505-1000 Arrival time: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5th Event ends: Sunday, March 6th at noon Keynote Speaker: Sally Skyer. Questions? Andrea Marwah, 630-697-3544/877-533-5279 Register and pay online:

~ Governor Pat Quinn has declared Friday, March 11, 2011 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Day! Join CHOICES for Parents at Marcello’s Father and Son Restaurant 645 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610 at 2:30 p.m. Free parking on site. RSVP to Karen Aguilar: 866.733.8729 (voice) E-mail: Sign Language Interpreters provided.

~ Educational Interpreter Workshops! Date: Friday, March 18- Saturday, March 19, 2011 Full information can be found at

~ March 26-27, 2011 Mom’s Night Inn; Central Illinois. Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Springfield 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway Springfield, Illinois 62703 (217) 529-7777 Arrival time: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26th Event ends: Sunday, March 27th at noon Keynote Speaker: Leeanne Seaver Questions? Andrea Marwah, 630-697-3544/877-533-5279 Register and pay online:

~ Saturday, April 2 10 a.m. to noon – Parent Café April 2nd at 10:00 a.m. deaf and hard of hearing people, their friends, and families will be gathered together in five locations across Illinois – Marion, Itasca, Bloomington, Monmouth, and Rockford all at the same time! Be a part of something great. See the flyer for exact location and RSVP contacts.

~ The Chicago Rush Arena Football team has had a great partnership with the Chicago Hearing Society. Every season, they have designated one game as "Deaf Awareness Day"! "Deaf Awareness Day" with the Chicago Rush will be on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in going, the tickets are $6 or $12 and you can find all the information on the attached flyer. Chicago Rush Football Deaf Awareness Day 2011

~ Sunday May 1, 2011 Domingo 1 de Mayo,2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Cinco de Mayo Day El Dia del 5 de Mayo For more information visit

~ Summer Dates to Save!!
      The Institute For Parents of Preschool Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Institute) is held annually in June at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville. This year, the Institute will take place June 12-17, 2011. The mission of the Institute is to provide information and support to families, so that they can make informed decisions on behalf of their child who is deaf or hard of hearing. It is a one week program for parents of children (up to age 5) who have a significant hearing loss. Parents learn about hearing loss, their child’s individual strengths and needs, and meet other parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. One parent described the Institute this way, An incredibly useful week to prepare my child for a life of learning. For more information contact the University of Illinois Division of Specialized Care for Children at 1-800-322-3722. Information flyers are available in English and Spanish upon request
      Creative and Performing Arts Camp for children with hearing loss in grades 3 to 6 will take place at the Illinois School for the Deaf June 19-24, 2011. For more information, email
      Sports Camp for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in grades 5 to 8 will take place at the Illinois School for the Deaf June 19-24, 2011. For more information, email

~ Saturday August 27, 2011 Sabado 27 de Agosto, 2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Family Picnic Day Ano de la Familia de campo For more information visit

~ Saturday September 17, 2011 Sabado 17 de Septiembre 2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Deaf Latino Awareness Day Día del conocimiento del Sordo Latino For more information visit

~ Saturday October 15, 2011 Sabado 15 de Octubre, 2011. An Illinois Deaf Latino Event: Miss Deaf Latina Pageant Senorita Sorda Latina Pageant For more information visit

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  1. Upcoming Events
  2. 17th Annual Winter Deaflympics
  3. Zoodles – pre-k to 8yrs
  4. IXL Math Resource
  5. Casey's Cookies
  6. Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Parent Achievement Award
  7. In Our Library: Jellybean Jamboree: 6 Lifeskill Units for Young Children by Susan Jelleberg (book)


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17th Annual Winter Deaflympics

Presenting the 17th Annual Winter Deaflympics in Vysoké Tatry on February 18-26, 2011. Slovakia is proud of the fact that in 2011 Vysoké Tatry will welcome the best deaf athletes in winter sports on this planet. The sports offered at the 17th Winter Deaflympics are held in the disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Ice Hockey, and Snowboard. For videos, coverage, schedules, and more visit or

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Zoodles – for toddlers through 8 years old. Promotes various academic areas. Can search by subject, interest, age, and more. You can get Zoodles apps for many devices such as the iPad, phones, and PC. Protect your computer from your children and your children from your computer using Zoodles – Kid Mode offers ways to set time limits, block ads, limit violence, chart your child’s play time and in what areas.

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IXL Math Resource

IXL = Fun Fun Fun Math Math Math! Pre-K through 8th grade with Algebra and Geometry coming soon! This site is great for parents or teachers at any level. IXL assesses your students' understanding as they practice, and generates detailed performance reports to give you valuable insight about your students' abilities. With IXL you can identify a student's strengths and pinpoint trouble spots; view improvement over time; and measure progress based on length of practice time. With IXL's reporting suite tracking your students' work, it's easy to set practice goals for your students, or even assign IXL practice as homework. You have quick access to your students' usage information, so you'll know when assignments are completed, as well as how your students are performing. As your students master skills, they collect ribbons and medals that keep them motivated as they practice. IXL even features a themed game board for each grade so that your students can win exciting prizes as they practice. Give it a look!

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Casey's Cookies

The mission of Casey's Cookies is to promote independence and improve the quality of life for developmentally and physically disabled adults through training and employment, and to develop a residential community in the Tampa Bay area where Casey's Cookies employees can live and work in a safe and nurturing environment. Unlike social service agencies, our model will allow us to become self-sustaining. Mentally disabled adults are as vulnerable as small children -- trusting far more than they should, and loving those who show even the slightest kindness. But, it’s difficult for them to find their place in society once they leave school. To learn more about Casey and this fascinating company please visit

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Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Parent Achievement Award

GBYS is looking for parents who are going above and beyond! The GBYS Parent Achievement Award nominee can be any parent of a child with a hearing loss. Nominate a parent today! Simply fill out the attached nomination form and mail, email or fax it before 2/14!! The honoree will be notified by 2/16 so they can plan on attending the EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) day celebration on 3/11 to receive their award. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Carrie Balian, Program Coordinator at GBYS Parent Nomination Form

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In Our Library: Jellybean Jamboree: 6 Lifeskill Units for Young Children by Susan Jelleberg (book)

Summary: Lifeskill lessons to help children develop positive social skills, make good decisions, and succeed in life. Each unit contains short, to-the-point lessons followed by fun-to-do activity sheets.

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**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, or visit **

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