ISRC Digital Update
August 2011
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

~ 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 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6/12. For more information please contact Juan Bernal at [email protected] or

~ 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.

~ Family Beach Day - WHEN: Saturday August 20th, 2011 TIME: 10:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes State Park ~ 1600 N 25 E. Chesterton, IN. IL and IN Hands & Voices and Guide By Your Side Families are organizing a fun filled day at the beach. Connections, snacks and dessert will be provided. You need to bring your family, picnic, drinks and sun screen. For questions and to RSVP please contact Andrea Marwah by August 15th. [email protected] 630 697-3544 or 877 350-4556. State Park Information:

~ 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. ASL Literacy Packets
  3. Hearing Aids for Families in Need
  4. Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language
  5. Signing Art
  6. Resources for Dealing with Behavior Problems
  7. Hear the World
  8. Rush University Needs D/HH Participants for Studies
  9. In Our Library: Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children by Lawrence M. Siegel (book)


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ASL Literacy Packets

Thanks to the phenomenal work of Illinois State University graduate student Afton Gillis, ISRC has ASL Literacy Packets based on seven popular picture books. Each packet includes descriptions and demonstrations of the signs in the story, and three literacy activities - including all necessary handouts or manipulatives. You can view each packet as an e-book or download it as a PDF.

To accompany these packets, we have a copy of each of the seven books as well as a DVD of Ms. Gillis signing all of the stories. To borrow the books or the DVD from our resource library, or if you have any questions about the materials in the packets, e-mail us at [email protected] or call us at 847-559-8195.

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Hearing Aids for Families in Need

The HEAR NOW Program of the Starkey Hearing Foundation may be able to help with hearing aid assistance. They hope to provide hearing aids to those permanently residing in the U.S. who meet the criteria and are approved for assistance. The program is designed to assist those who have no other resource available to them. HEAR NOW is a program of last resort. If you or a family you know may qualify please contact them to discuss eligibility. Please call 1-800-328-8602 (ask for Hear Now) to discuss this with a program representative. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

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Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language

Access a video from the California Department of Education explaining the benefits of ASL for deaf children here

Other resources they recommend are:

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Signing Art

Sponsored by ArtReach at LillStreet

This program is a new addition to the Bilingual Arts program. These classes are hands-on art making workshops that use art as a medium for language study. Teachers work in Dual-Language mode to insure understanding and introduce vocabulary and grammar that relate to the art-making activity.

Students personalize their learning through their own creativity and can USE what they know and learn in a fun, relaxed and comfortable setting.

The hearing impaired teaching artist is Chuck Borcher. He conducts an animal-making class, in which students first learn and discuss new vocabulary, chose which animal appeals to them most, and then make it out of clay. ArtReach will transport the clay animals to be glazed and fired and will return the work when completed. Cost: $150 for first hour of instruction, $100 for every successive hour (up to 30 students at one time) -or- up to 20 students $7 each/ +20 students $5 each All materials included. Returning of ceramic work $30 flat fee. Fabiana Glazer Assistant Director ArtReach at Lillstreet 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave Chicago IL 60640 Questions? Call - 773.907.0841 [email protected]

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Resources for Dealing with Behavior Problems

Take advantage of free books and tips for dealing with child behavior problems for parents and professionals including behavior charts and information related to ADHD in children, and autism treatments.

Learn about different causes of behavior and how to identify whether your child may be exhibiting ADHD symptoms, characteristics for autism or sensory processing disorder.

Some examples of what is available are:

Download the free Ebook at:

Free Printable Charts for Behavior, Mood, Chores, Rewards, Potty Training, Homework, Certificates and more:

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Hear the World

“One in every six people worldwide is affected by hearing loss – the equivalent of people who own a car. As the population ages – and noise pollution in the world increases – more and more people will be losing their hearing. The consequences of untreated hearing loss can extend as far as complete social isolation. It is estimated that the number of those affected by hearing loss will rise to around 1.1 billion by 2015. In view of these figures, Phonak is determined to take its social responsibility as the leading expert in the field seriously and has established the Hear the World initiative.” To learn more about hearing loss and this initiative visit:

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Rush University Needs D/HH Participants for Studies

The Rush University Child Hearing Lab is seeking participants for two studies.

First they are seeking children between 6 and 9 years of age who wear hearing aids bilaterally to participate in a study on word knowledge. For this study, children participate in about 2˝ hours of hearing and language tests, over 1 to 2 visits. Families who participate receive a report on their child’s performance and a $40 gift certificate to Target.

Second, they are also seeking infants under 1 year of age who have been fit with hearing aids to participate in a study of auditory biofeedback. For this study, families take recordings of their children during play activities with and without hearing aids on a weekly basis. Families receive compensation of $80 for their participation.

If you know of any families who may qualify for these studies please contact Dr. Derek Stiles at [email protected] or 312-942-9967 for more information.

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In Our Library

Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children by Lawrence M. Siegel (book)

Summary: In 1982, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Amy Rowley, a deaf six-year-old, was not entitled to have a sign language interpreter in her public school classroom. Lawrence Siegel wholeheartedly disagrees with this decision in his new book The Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children. Instead, he contends that the United States Constitution should protect every deaf and hard of hearing child’s right to communication and language as part of an individual’s right to liberty.

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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