ISRC Digital Update
June 2011
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Upcoming Events

~ 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

~ Kori Levos Skidmore, PhD will be presenting about Strategies to manage the Education of a child who is Deaf Plus and Intervention Options. For parents of children with hearing loss and additional diagnoses. Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1-3:00pm. At Children's Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center - 2301 Enterprise Drive Westchester, IL 60154. Please RSVP to: [email protected]

~ Parent “CONNECTIONS” Meeting where parents of children who are Deaf/HOH connect regardless of the communication choices they have made for their families. Please RSVP by June 20th. If interpreting services are needed, request must be made by June 15th. Come and make connections at the IL Hands & Voices summer Parent Connection Meeting in Naperville, IL. Bring the family and mingle with other families who have children with hearing loss. Games and crafts for the kids. Pizza, soda and dessert will be served. Childcare provided. Children will be entertained allowing parents to have uninterrupted conversation with other parents. Allowing you to make “Connections”. Please contact Andrea Marwah with your RSVP including number of people attending. Admission: IL Hands & Voices Member ~ FREE Non Member ~ $10 per family Contact us: 1-877-350-4556 or [email protected] or

~ 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

~ Annual Tiger Kids Day for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is presented by ISD Outreach on July 1, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. at the Bensenville Park District. 1100 W Wood St. Bensenville, IL 60106. Admission and dinner are free for the first 100 kids who register. Curt Kuhn 217-479-1952 or [email protected]

~ 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)

~ ISD Outreach Presents: The Statewide August Conference August 8, 2011. Registration Deadline is July 29th. Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach 125 Webster Ave. Jacksonville, IL 62650. Questions? Contact the Outreach office at 1-877-339-2686 or e-mail [email protected] or 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.

~ Signing Time’s Rachel Coleman Live in Peoria! Saturday August 13th at 3:30 p.m. Dingledine Music Center on Bradley University’s Campus - 1501 W. Bradley Ave. Peoria, IL 61606. For Information Call:1-800-838-3006. Tickets: Children $5.00 / VIP $12.50 Adult (13+) $10.00 / VIP $20. Available in advance or at the door.

~ 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. Instrumental Enrichment
  3. Family Engagement from Cradle to Career
  4. iPad/iPod Apps for Special Education
  5. Online Professional Development Opportunities
  6. Must Know Manners!
  7. Reaching out to Families of D/HH
  8. In Our Library: Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy by Bill Gordh (Book)


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Instrumental Enrichment

Do you want to improve your students learning and thinking skills? If so, check out the idea of Instrumental Enrichment or Mediated Learning. Instrumental Enrichment consists of fourteen instruments that focus on specific cognitive functions. The program is designed to enhance the cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. Learning how to learn takes place through repetition -- not repetition of the FIE tasks themselves, but of the cognitive functions and applications underlying the task at hand. Tasks become increasingly complex and abstract, and the instruments reinforce cognitive functions in a cyclical manner. Deliberately free of specific subject matter, the FIE tasks are intended to be more readily transferable to all life situations. Through FIE, students develop the ability to apply their cognitive functions to any problem or thinking situation.

For more information:

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Family Engagement from Cradle to Career

The Harvard Family Research Project's April 2010 FINE Newsletter focuses on family engagement from birth through young adulthood. Featured articles highlight effective family engagement strategies for parents of adolescents and a cradle-to-career system of support that includes family and community engagement.

The newsletter can be found at:

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iPad/iPod Apps for Special Education

Some of you may have noticed our list of iPad apps for Education last month…well here is a new and improved list which includes icon, title, and description. Thanks to Lisa Weiland of Park School in Evanston for sharing. Check out this amazing compilation of iPad apps for Special Education – 24 pages worth!!

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Online Professional Development Opportunities

47 Modules, 14 Case Studies, 87 Activities, 195 Information Briefs, and 5 Podcasts on a plethora of topics. Check it out…Accommodations, Assessment, Progress Monitoring, Assistive Tech, Behavior and Classroom Management, Collaboration, Content Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, Disability, Diversity, Learning Strategies, Math, RTI, Reading, Literacy, Language Arts, Related Services, School Improvement, Leadership, Transition, and by grade levels – PreK-3, 4-8, and High School. or

Gallaudet University is offering a Deaf Students with Disabilities Online Certificate Program. This 21-credit graduate certificate program may be completed in one year and emphasizes culturally relevant critical pedagogy as a foundation for preparing highly qualified special education teachers. The program focuses on working with the whole child, the family, and other professionals. The program is designed to allow educators to improve their knowledge and skills in working with deaf students who have disabilities. Online at Contact Information: MA Program Director: Amy Hile, Ph.D. Email:[email protected]

There is also another new program Gallaudet is starting this summer. It is the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Program. This is a 6-course graduate certificate program that provides professionals with current evidence-based knowledge and skills for working with families and their young children who are deaf and hard of hearing. To apply to the Graduate Certificate Program: To apply for Non-Degree Credit: [email protected]. For more information:[email protected].

Interpreters preparing of the NAD/RID NIC Written Exam…check out these helpful resources:

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Must Know Manners!

Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.
Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.

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Reaching out to Families of D/HH

Reaching Out to Families of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in Illinois: A Collaborative Effort

In Illinois, several organizations collaborate to provide a comprehensive approach to family outreach for families of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Some of the agencies that work together in this effort are CHOICES for Parents, Illinois Hands and Voices, Guide By Your Side, Illinois Service Resource Center, Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach, and Hearing and Vision Connections. This network of support provides such services and resources as parent-to-parent networking, in-home individual support, training, parent groups, and conferences.

Read the article, beginning on page 8, to see how Illinois is setting the bar.

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In Our Library

Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy by Bill Gordh (Book)

Summary: Promote the love of story, familiarize children with a variety of story forms and stimulate curiosity in diverse subjects while building basic literacy skills. In this guide, dozens of enchanting stories from around the world are accompanied by simple learning extensions for children (ages 4 through 8) that build such important literacy skills as print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary, phonological awareness, listening skills, and predicting and sequencing skills.

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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 [email protected], or visit **

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