Hersey Deaf Alumni Success Stories

An inside look at just a few success stories from Alum of the long standing Hersey Deaf/Hard of Hearing program.

Deaf Role Models

Juliette Gordon Low’s Hearing Loss Patch

Juliette Gordon Low is one of many famous adults in history who had a hearing loss. In earning this badge, Girl Scouts will learn about how Juliette Gordon Low lost her hearing, about hearing loss, and what it is like to have a hearing loss!

Click here for the requirements to earn the patch.

College and Career Readiness

ISRC sponsored three College and Career Readiness nights in March 2014. Sheri Cook of Gallaudet University Regional Center Midwest presented to students and parents about the skills necessary for success after high school.

Deaf Student Network Leadership Day - October, 2013

Student representatives from seven different Deaf/ Hard of Hearing high school programs were nominated for participation in the second annual Deaf Student Network Leadership Day, sponsored by Illinois Service Resource Center and Gallaudet University Regional Center Midwest. Students were nominated for their demonstration of leadership or their leadership potential. Represented programs included Hinsdale South High School of LADSE, John Hersey High School of NSSEO, Burlington High School of NIA, Lemont High School of SWCCCASE, Grayslake High School of SEDOL, Ridge High School of ECHO, and several high schools from District U-46.

The students participated in various team building activities including Five Ways to Say Hello (shake hands, Minnesota Fisherman's Hello, Lumberjack, Swedish Milkmaid, and original handshake), Floating Islands, Whale Watch, Forward Lean, Over the Wall, and Reflection Activity. After returning to school, the student were responsible for leading the Floating Islands activity for peers.

To see videos and photos of these activities, please click here.

Deaf Can Do It
Community Service Days

Research shows that there are many benefits to community service including an increase in students' social development, motivation, engagement, and school attendance, as well as more positive lifestyle choices and behavior. For more information, or to see how your school can participate in the next Deaf Can Do It Day, please contact us at [email protected].

Deaf Student Network

Deaf Student Network is comprised of representatives from high schools in Illinois with programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, including:

Burlington High School (NIA)
Grayslake High School (SEDOL)
Hersey High School (LICA)
Hinsdale South High School
Illinois School for the Deaf
Lemont High School (Southwest Coop)
Streamwood High School (U-46)
Thornton Fractional High School (ECHO)
Whitney Young High School (CPS)

The group meets twice per year. The next meeting will take place on October 9, 2013. Download the event flyer, which contains information on the event, as well as a nomination form for students here.