ISRC Digital Update
May 2011
Special thanks to Marissa Noble, Jenn Vallier, Sarah Spoerl, and Brenda Schmidt for contributions to this month’s Digital Update. If you have any resources that you would like to share with other teachers, parents, and professionals of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, please share them with us to be included in future issues.

Upcoming Events

~ 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

~ Saturday May 7th – the Illinois Association of the Deaf is hosting a picnic in DeSoto, IL. Visit them at DeSoto City Park from noon to dusk. Food is included, drinks will be for sale, and several activities are planned throughout the day. Cost is $4 - $12 depending on membership and side dishes to share. Questions – [email protected]

~ Saturday June 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 Join the Gallaudet Regional Center at a Roller Skating Party! Hot Wheels Stadium in Carbondale, IL. FREE admission for young children. Family and community members are encouraged to attend. A snack bar is available at the rink. More info – [email protected]

~ 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 [email protected]

~ 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 [email protected]

~ LION’S CAMP!! Come join the fun games, sports, campfires, & make friends and memories to last a lifetime! GOOD NEWS- Deadline to apply is MAY 1, 2011! Camp dates from June 26th through August 6th. See details for location, dates, and all other necessary information at

~ 5th annual Family Sibday is announced! Sunday June 26, 2011 9:30 am- 1:30 pm Jewish Child & Family Services 255 Revere Dr., Suite 200 Northbrook, IL. The link to on-line registration is as follows To view the brochure visit

~ Deaf Day at Six Flags Great America! July 9, 2011. $29.00 per person for tickets purchased in advance, on the website, with the promo code: DEAFDAY. Questions: 847.249.1952

~ 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 [email protected]

~ Steps for Success at Rochester Institute of Technology August 5-7, 2011 is designed for African American, Native American, and Latino students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall. This weekend summer camp will promote exploration of careers and interests. For more information visit, Call 585.475.7695, Videophone 585.286.4555, or email [email protected] Registration deadline is May 31st. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

~ 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. Differentiating Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students
  3. Technology!
  4. “Access” – Accessed and Denied!
  5. Deaf Culture Lesson Plans
  6. Itinerant Alliances
  7. Meeting Social/Emotional Needs in the Classroom
  8. Deaf/Hard of Hearing emphasis in upcoming ABC Drama
  9. In Our Library: Meeting the Needs of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (book)


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Differentiating Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
In conjunction with this article series, they’re hosting a series of free hour-long web conferences about differentiation throughout the 2010-2011 school year. An associated professional learning community (PLC) will allow teachers to earn CEUs by participating in a focused online discussion about the series. The webinars are archived and available after each scheduled event is concluded.

For more details, see the web conferences page or visit the various topics below

  1. Introduction: Why differentiation?
  2. Differentiation web conferences
  3. Tiering to avoid tears: Developing assignments that address all learners' needs
  4. Deaf learners and successful cognitive achievement
  5. Managing and improving behavior in inclusive educational environments
  6. Who cares?: Using real-world perspectives to engage academically gifted learners
  7. Inclusion strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders
  8. Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology
  9. Using knowledge of student cognition to differentiate instruction
  10. The power of nonfiction: Using informational text to support literacy in special populations

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~ With WebCapTel®, you won’t miss a beat!
Register today at and enjoy captioned telephone communication over the web – with ease.
Having difficulty hearing on the telephone? Check out WebCapTel® – a free service that lets you listen to what your caller is saying while you read captions (right on your computer screen) of anything you missed! All you need is a telephone (any phone will work) and a computer connected to the internet and you can begin taking advantage of this free service today!

~ This document lists an array of iPad apps designed for education of children with special needs. Many of the apps are free or cheap! Take a look...

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“Access” – Accessed and Denied!

By following this link you will find the story of a local hospital program using IVIN, or the Illinois Video Interpreter Network, to assist with access of communication between physicians and their Deaf/Hard of Hearing patients.

The Deaf Teen- HIV website is up and running!! On the website, there's a video in ASL by Deaf teens talking about HIV. There's a pre and post test to gather data on how much knowledge Deaf teens have on HIV. Everything is online so it's easy and accessible. Deaf/Hard of hearing students: age 12-20 years old can fill this out online. Everything is confidential. Please allow time for uploading the video. The website is

A Palm Bay woman who interprets phone calls for the deaf is out of work due to a federal agency's decision. See the news story here

A young man with Autism in Canada is being compelled to resign from his high school track team due to a technicality.

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Deaf Culture Lesson Plans

If you are looking for resources to educate your students about hearing loss and Deaf Culture, check out the ISRC website and library. This year at the annual ITHI conference in March, a group of dedicated educators worked to create the beginnings of a Deaf Culture Unit - "Walk on Over to Deaf Culture". You can access the first five plans here.

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Itinerant Alliances

Resources of, by, and for Itinerant Teachers of the D/HH - View an informational video here which provides a comprehensive overview of Edmodo:
Sign in and search for Jenn Vallier. She is an itinerant teacher in District 46 looking to link up with other itinerants and their students for a virtual D/HH network.

On Facebook? Search and “LIKE” Illinois Hearing Itinerant Connections or click here for a direct link to the site. It’s a place for Itinerant teachers of the D/HH to share and support each other across the state with up-to-date information and resources.

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Meeting Social/Emotional Needs in the Classroom

Social Emotional Skills are required to be taught in classrooms throughout Illinois. To familiarize yourself with the mandate by skill and age/grade level visit the ISBE Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards.

Social Emotional Learning Standards:

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing emphasis in upcoming ABC Drama

"Switched at Birth" is a one-hour scripted drama that tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. Academy Award ®-winner Marlee Matlin is going to be guest starring on the new show. The ABC Family series is to debut this summer so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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In Our Library

Meeting the Needs of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Services Guidelines by National Association of State Directors of Special Education (book)

Summary: Describes essential program elements and features that must be considered when designing appropriate services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those students with multiple disabilities.

Link to Catalog

**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 [email protected], or visit **

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