ISRC Parent University
The Illinois Service Resource Center Parent University is a resource for parents and guardians to further develop ideas and support for raising children who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have Visual Impairments. ISRC has collected presentations on topics pertinent to parents and guardians and have made them available on the ISRC website.
Each of the presentations has been turned into a training module that includes a video, article, or other material, along with a quiz.
Completed quizzes may be uploaded here .
As an incentive for completing the training modules, parents will earn Amazon gift cards:
Complete one module - $5 Amazon gift card
Complete a second module - $10 Amazon gift card
Complete a third module - $20 Amazon gift card
There is a maximum of three gift cards in each three month period. Parents may start again in the next three month period.
Parent University Modules
Create a Social Story
Parent Café Events
ISRC sponsors Parent Cafe Events such as Family Literacy Nights or Game Nights.
For information on the next Parent Cafe event in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel Discussion about Growing Up Deaf
Panel of Adults who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
This ISRC Parent Cafe event at John Powers Center in Vernon Hills featured a panel of adults who are deaf/hard of hearing. The event was co-sponsored by Illinois Service Resource Center and the Special Education District of Lake County.
ISRC has created a variety of downloadable resources for parents including behavior charts, behavior expectations at home, behavior related sign language, potty training, internet safety, anger management, and more.
All About Me Template - This template can be used to create a trifold brochure of information about your child that can be shared with teachers, Scout leaders, etc. Download the document and then personalize.
Angry Choices - This visual support provides options for acceptable behaviors to choose when your child is angry / mad.
A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois - This document was developed by the Illinois State Board of Education for parents and others to learn about the educational rights of children who have disabilities and receive special education services. It includes sample letters for parents.
Positive Behavior Expectations at Home - This visual support provides examples of behavior expectations in the categories of respect, responsibility, and safety.
Voice Volume Chart - This visual support helps children understand different voice volumes.
Zones of Regulation - This visual support helps children learn categories of emotions and behavior choices to match each category.
Parent Training Modules
These parent training videos are presented in sign language with voice over and subtitles.
The videos were developed in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and The Chicago Hearing Society.
ISRC Parent Facilitators
The Illinois Service Resource Center team includes parents of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired who facilitate opportunities for parents and students to connect with each other.
Current Parent Facilitators include:
Chicago South Suburbs Michelle Snoddy email@example.com
District U-46 Maira Nava firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Illinois Association (NIA) Amy Keslinke email@example.com
Southern Illinois Celesta Bowers firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in becoming a Parent Facilitator in your area, please contact email@example.com.