ISRC Digital Update
April 2011

Upcoming Events

~ 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

~ 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

~ Early Intervention Family Event Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Fort Frankfort Playground Located at Commissioners Park (west of Harlem Ave., north of Laraway Road) 22108 S 80th Ave Frankfort, IL 60423 Bring: Lunch for your family, sunscreen, lawn chairs or blanket to spread out, shade tents/canopies just in case. The Park has a “splash pool” that is $5 per child older than 2 years old (no charge for parents/guardians older than 21) if you wish to join in, that is open from 10:00—12:00 (there is a second session from 12:30—2:30). Swim diapers are required for those not potty trained. Admission is first come first serve. There is a concession stand as well as washroom facilities at Fort Frankfort. No alcohol or grilling is permitted at Fort Frankfort. Any questions, call Dan (708 829-9188), or Jane (708 732-0143)

~ TechGirlz camp at Rochseter Insititute of Technology July 30 – August 5, 2011. For D/HH girls entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade interested in science, math, engineering, and technology. All inclusive – room, board, and fees for $650. Some scholarships are available. Register by May 31st by phone (585-475-7695), videophone (585-286-4555) or 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. Deaf History Month
  3. Sign Language Classes in Spanish
  4. Theory of Mind
  5. In Our Library: Through Deaf Eyes (Book and DVD)


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March 13 – April 15 is Deaf History Month

Deaf History Month appears to have had its genesis March 13, 1997, when the D.C. Public Library had a Deaf History Month event with deaf authors and guest speakers. The popularity of Deaf History Month grew over time, and there is currently an effort under way by the American Library Association and the National Association of the Deaf to get the White House to declare it an official national event.
Three key events occurred during deaf history month:
- March 13 - 1988 Deaf President Now movement succeeds. King Jordan becomes president of Gallaudet University
- April 8 - Gallaudet University founded. President Lincoln signed the charter in 1864 establishing a college for the deaf. This event is known as Gallaudet Charter Day, and is usually marked with a luncheon and awards program at Gallaudet University.
- April 15 - American School for the Deaf, the first public school for deaf, opens in 1817

Deaf Culture/History Resources in the ISRC Library

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Sign Language Classes offered in Spanish

THREE locations around the Chicagoland Area – Elgin, Aurora, and Chicago for only $20!!

Clases son para padres y adultos que quieren aprender el Lenguaje de Señas y hablan español
Clases en Elgin:
Donde: FITE CIL, 1230 Larkin, Elgin, IL 60123
Cuando: Todos los miércoles de 5:00 a 7:00 PM
Del 6 de Avril al 11 de Mayo del 2011

Clases en Aurora:
Donde: Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton, Aurora, Illinois 60505
Cuando: Todos los jueves de 4:00 a 6:00 PM
Del 7 de Avril al 12 de Mayo del 2011

Clases en Chicago:
Donde: Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Road, Summit, IL 60501
Cuando: Todos los sabados de 1:00 a 3:00 PM
Del 2 de Avril al 7 de Mayo del 2011

Para reservar su espacio, o cualquier pregunta, favor de llamar a: Karen Aguilar al 866.733.8729 o por correo electrónico a

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Theory of Mind

Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to recognize that other individuals have different thoughts and experiences than ourselves. Children who are deaf and hard of hearing master the components of ToM at a slower pace than their hearing peers. Look for more resources and information in ISRC's Spring 2011 Newsletter and Pin-Up (View them online)

Potential challenges and difficulties in children lacking Theory of Mind:
- negotiating friendships
- anticipating what others might think
- knowing the reasons behind people’s actions
- insensitivity to other people’s feelings
- taking the perspectives of others
- realizing behavior impacts how others think and/or feel
- all people have different values, understandings, and beliefs

In this article Rhys-Jones and Ellis conducted a study that “compared 20 prelingually profoundly deaf adolescents (age: 11-16 years) and 20 matched, hearing adolescents on a picture-sequencing task and on a social judgment test. In addition, [they] also tested 14 younger deaf children (age: 6-10 years) and compared their data with those from 20 hearing peers as well as those from the older deaf participants on the picture-sequencing task. The results from this study did not provide evidence for the hypothesis that deaf adolescents possess significantly poorer knowledge about social reasoning than age-matched hearing peers, but it did present further additional support for Peterson and Siegal's (1995) conversational hypothesis: a proposal that a deprivation in conversations about mental states leads to an impairment in the development of an awareness of mental states in the younger deaf children.”

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In Our Library: Through Deaf Eyes (Book and DVD)

Summary: In 2001, the Smithsonian Institution presented the landmark photographic exhibition History Through Deaf Eyes, representing nearly 200 years of United States deaf history. Its popularity prompted the production of a documentary film for national broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System (which is now available on DVD). Now, the photographs, quotes, and stories from this remarkable exhibit and documentary have been assembled in a book of stunning beauty and poignant images, Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community.

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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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