ISRC Digital Update
July 2011
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Upcoming Events

~ The Illinois Deaf Latino Association hosts “Dinner and Social at Wendy’s” for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and hearing people interested in Deafness, Hearing Loss, and Sign Language. The event is from 5-8 p.m. at the 1595 Lee Street Des Plaines, IL Wendy’s. Please visit them on Fridays 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6/12. For more information please contact Juan Bernal at [email protected] or

~ 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. iPad/iPod/iPhone app for behavior and mood
  3. National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Fights to Protect Schools for the Deaf
  4. Deaf Owned and Operated Communications Business in IL!
  5. Connection for Central Illinois Parents of Children with Special Needs
  6. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  7. In Our Library: Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Language of Pictures by Ellyn Lucas Arwood (book)


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iPad/iPod/iPhone app for behavior and mood

T2 Mood Tracker

T2 Mood Tracker is a mobile application that allows users to self-monitor, track and reference their emotional experience over a period of days, weeks and months using a visual analogue rating scale.

Users can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Additional rating can also be added. With each self-rating, notes on environmental influences on emotional experiences can be added. Self-monitoring results can be a self-help tool or they can be shared with a therapist or health care professional, providing a record of the patient’s emotional experience over a selected time frame.

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National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Fights to Protect Schools for the Deaf

Residential Schools for the Deaf continue to face threats of closure, diminished funding, and hiring individuals who do not value ASL as an educational means. In this vlog, NAD is urging the community to contact legislators to support residential schools for the Deaf in your state and describing the actions they are taking as well.

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Deaf Owned and Operated Communications Business in IL!

Deaf Communication by Innovation (DCI) is a Deaf owned and operated business created to improve communication between Deaf and hearing people through advanced technology. Their Interpreting Service matches qualified sign language interpreters/transliterators with assignments via the Internet. Because it is Web-based, their service allows 24/7 access to both customers and interpreters, and permits fast, accurate and convenient scheduling and reporting. The Multimedia Service also assists with presentations, film production, consulting, marketing strategies and web design, all geared toward the Deaf community.
Check them out here:

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Connection for Central Illinois Parents of Children with Special Needs

A place on Facebook for parents living in Central Illinois who have children with special needs to meet and gather for support, encouragement, networking and/or to ask questions. Most of them have children 5 years old and younger, but parents with older children are more than welcome to join. This group is also going to meet face-to-face on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (beginning Wednesday, July 13) from 9:15 to 10 am at the Baby Talk office in Decatur, IL (500 East Lake Shore Drive)

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The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

The MOPD works to meet the diverse needs of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live and work in Chicago. MOPD’s goal is to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.

Services they offer:
Accessibility Compliance
Accessible Housing
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Disability Resources
Employment Services for People with Disabilities
Public Policy and Public Affairs
Training Services
Youth Programming

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In Our Library

Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Language of Pictures by Ellyn Lucas Arwood (book)

Summary: Describes how to use visual graphics, illustrations, photographs, cartoons, and/or flowcharts to meet the learning needs of individuals who think using visual metacognition (a means of thinking). Topics covered include "visuals are meaningful", "language provides meaning for visuals", "language levels of pictures", and "selecting visuals for academic use.

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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