ISRC Digital Update
March 2011

Upcoming Events

~Illinois Guide By Your Side STATEWIDE Family Fun Days. Bring the kids to a family fun day in your area. 10 locations throughout the state during the month of March to choose from. For Questions contact Carrie Balian at or 866.655.4588.

~ 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

~ International Center on Deafness and the Arts is hosting a series of webinars called Using Science Based Strategies To Teach Complex Children with Hearing Loss in the 21st Century. For exact dates, times, and registration please visit

~ 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 – ISRC 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.

~ Online Conference: Engaging deaf learners in the mainstream classroom. This free web conference will be hosted by LEARN NC on April 18, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Three distinguished experts on deaf education will share their knowledge and answer questions on topics including instruction, communication, and classroom management.

~ 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

~ Converting English to Conceptually Accurate Signing. This workshop is intended for Interpreters new in the profession with 1 – 3 years experience. This workshop bridges the gap between spoken English, structured sign and conceptually accurate ASL. Since ASL uses a different grammatical structure than spoken English, we will practice interpreting English sentences, extract the noun/subject, adjective/ description, verb/action and put them in ASL form. Participants will understand the importance in finding the meaning in English sentences and idioms and rendering the meaning in ASL. Bring your ideas and challenging encounters with you for discussion. This is a grant funded workshop. Saturday, April 30, 2011 * 9a – 1p Anixter Center – Polk Conference Room 2032 N Clybourn Ave. - 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60614 For more information visit

~ 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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  2. Suicide Prevention Program Resources
  3. Cooking with Michi
  4. NAD Praises California Dept. of Ed Video on ASL
  5. In Our Library: Sign Languages in Contact (book)


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Cooking with Michi

A deaf chef who prepares all of her recipes in ASL videos. Check out her culinary creations at Share them with your students as you work up an appetite for cooking and following directions.

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NAD Praises California Dept. of Ed Video on ASL The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) salutes the video Through Your Child’s Eyes: American Sign Language which presents a comprehensive portrayal of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and the value of American Sign Language (ASL).

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In Our Library: Sign Languages in Contact (book)

Summary: This volume collects for the first time various accounts of contact between sign languages throughout the world, presenting an exciting opportunity to further understand the structural and social factors of this linguistic component in Deaf communities.

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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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