2018 ITDHH Conference

cookbookITDHH 54th Annual Conference- "Recipe for Success"

March 2-3, 2018

Springfield, Illinois

 Click here for more information and to register!

2018 ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee

Bee ClipartWe are pleased to present the 2018 ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee on April 25, 2018.  Please click here to get all of the details needed to participate in this event!

Change is here!

ITHI has officially changed our name to ITDHH, Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Our members voted at our 50th conference to change our name to include the "D" in our acronym, in order to be more representative of the population of students we serve.  The process to legally change our name has now been completed, so the change is official.  Please look for our new name on conference paperwork and other professional correspondence! 

About ITDHH

829225-aboutThe main purpose of ITDHH is to provide information and support to teachers and other organizations related to the field of Deafness. To better service our members, ITDHH is broken into twelve areas across the state. Each area has at least one area chairperson who is responsible for relaying information from executive board meetings to the general membership.

Read more...About ITDHH

Resource Directory

The ITDHH Educational Services and Resource Directory is now online! You may now view and print any section of the directory directly from this site. To find the directory, please go to the tab marked "Resources" or click here.

2017 Conference

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The Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 53rd Annual Conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott in Naperville, March 3-4, 2017.
 
 
To download important conference materials, including the conference booklet, master schedule, and breakout session handouts, please visit https://goo.gl/pnJgdG

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
 
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Terri Patterson
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Terri combines her experience as a professional Early Intervention Parent Educator and a parent of a child with hearing loss to infuse every presentation with cutting edge information that’s real-world relevant. She and her husband, Matt, have two children: daughter Molly, and son, Riley, (who was identified with profound bilateral hearing loss at two months). Degreed in Social Sciences/Psychology, Terri, the founder and former Executive Director of Georgia Hands & Voices, and the current Program Director for the GA Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program, her role in Hands & Voices continues to evolve. As the Director of Chapter Support for the organization’s headquarters, her leadership skills continue to grow as she trains and provides technical assistance to over 46 Hands & Voices chapters across North America through one on one training, state and national conference presentations and national committee facilitation such as her position as Co-Chair for the CDC EHDI Parent to Parent Committee, authoring the DECISION GUIDE TO COMMUNICATION CHOICES, along with several other resources and tools published by the CDC.
 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Dr. Christy Borders
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Dr. Christy Borders is a leader in addressing the needs of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) with additional disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has spent considerable time identifying gaps in literature and potential interventions for use with this population of students. Christy’s research stems from personal classroom and clinical experiences that involved this particular population. She has extensive academic and clinical experience and training in serving students who D/HH and those with ASD. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees both focused on education of D/HH students. In addition, Christy has over 10 years of clinical, classroom, and administrative experience working with individuals with disabilities. She furthered her academic and research skills and experiences through doctoral studies in the area of special education in order to attain additional strategies for D/HH students who have comorbid disabilities. Dr. Borders’ research has focused on the interventions teachers of the deaf utilize with this population and differences in educational services with the presence of an additional disability. She has been sought out for input on this topic for webinars, newsletters, invited journal articles, and collaborative research.
 
 
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
 
Steps to Success with Lynne Price

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Cost - $75 – workshop AND book - $35 – workshop ONLY

A 2009 survey stated that only 24% of deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing adults advocate for needs related to hearing. In addition to language, literacy, and vocabulary, children need to learn advocacy skills to fully access information and communicate in a global setting. Steps to Success presents a scope and sequence of skills, instructional strategies, activities, and assessments to enable a student to be an effective listener, a successful communicator, a proficient reader, and a knowledgeable consumer of goods & services related to hearing needs.

Objectives:

1. State areas of instruction appropriate to age and language level of individual children.

2. Assesses levels of performance, identify skills to be taught, and develop activities for goals related to advocacy skill development.

3. Create a sequence of lesson plans for developing in-depth knowledge and application of advocacy skills.

 Steps to Assessment with Lynne Price

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost - $85 – workshop AND book - $35 – workshop ONLY

Comorbidity - 40% of children who have a hearing loss have additional areas of need. Some children use manual communication to access and communicate. Many children are multilanguage learners. All of these factors make assessment of children who are deaf or hard of hearing a challenging task. This session will present different assessment strategies to identify individual areas of need in order to determine eligibility and develop appropriate programming.

Objectives:

1. Define areas of assessment needed to determine impact of hearing on ability to communicate and access information.

2. Analyze specific tests and case study responses to determine aspects of eligibility and specific instructional needs.

3. Develop a resource file of effective strategies to use before, during, and after the test administration to assure validity and create a comprehensive assessment.

 
Early Intervention Pre-Conference Workshop
Download flyer below for information! Registration is available online through ISD Outreach: http://illinoisdeaf.org/Outreach/Events.html 

EI credit requested for participants attending the entire day.

 

REGISTRATION

There are several ways to register for this year's conference.

Call (800)877‐1478 or (309)438‐2160 with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Hours 8‐4:30 M‐F

Go online and pay with a credit card at: www.conferences.illinoisstate. edu/itdhhconference

Fax (309) 438‐5364

Mail form (download below) to:

ITDHH- Building Bright Futures
Conference Services
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8610
Normal, IL 61790‐8610

 ITDHH 2017 Registration Form


 

FRIDAY NIGHT- ITDHH DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL

ITDHHFridayNightEntertainment-Flyer.pdf

Please see the attached PDF for information regarding the Deaf Art Show. We are looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions at the Art Show Friday night.  Remember - electronic submissions are accepted.  Pictures of art can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CallingAllArtists-ITDHHFridayNightArtShow_1.pdf

Also, we ask that those attending the conference have their students color the picture attached below and bring it to the conference. 

ITDHH_coloring_pages.pdf


SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

Grant and Scholarship applications are now available! Click here to find more information and to download application forms. Deadlines are January 27, 2017 for all awards.

 


HOTEL INFORMATION

Book your room at the Chicago Marriot Naperville in Naperville, IL by February 6th to receive the ITDHH room rate of $120.00 per night. To reserve your room, call 1-800-514-4684 and mention ITDHH or click here to reserve your room online.

 

Questions?

Contact Stacey Thielman, President-Elect

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2016 Breakout Sessions and Handouts

Click on links to download handouts and presentations.  Not all of the breakout sessions have documents attached.

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

 

  Rendezvous Ambassador Embassy Plaza III Vista 456
10:30-11:30

Strengthen Your Advocacy Know-How! How to Advocate for Your Students Without Jeopardizing Your Job.

Andrea Marwah

Common Core in the Classroom- Ongoing Construction!

[CC Key Terms]

Kim Janssen

Building Opportunities for Itinerants

[PLC- Discussion Guide]

Lisa Clark

Cheri Sinnott

What To Do From

18-22: Constructing Successful   Transitions

Carrie Morfoot

Continuing the Conversation with Our Keynote Speaker

Heather Costner

1:15-2:15

Best Practices for Working With Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Julie Lenz

Brenda Schmidt

READ Kits: Fostering a Love of Books

Karla Giese

myASLTech: Online Suite of Tools for   ASL Educational Support

Corinne Vinopol

Constructing a Self-Care Plan to Avoid Burnout

[My Self Care Plan]

Cheri Sinnott

College Hour

Hosted by ISHI

2:15-2:45

Area Meetings

1, 3, 9 & Mac

Area Meetings

2, 11 & Out of State

Area Meetings

7, 10 & 12

Area Meetings

4, 8 & ISU

Area Meetings

5 & 6

3:00-4:00

IDEA & Advocacy-Protecting the Parent/School Relationship

Andrea Marwah

Building and Acknowledging Self Advocacy Skills in the DHH Teen

Karen Bogdan

Brenda Schmidt

Building Success by Improving Memory

(Double Session)

Raven Stromek

Assistive Technology Update

Tina Childress

My Professional Life as a Deaf   Classroom Teacher

Sandra Goldstein

4:15-5:15

Student Learning Objective Assessments for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teachers

Katie Stegner

Birth to 12-Months: Constructing   Interaction

Adrianne Locke

Molly Herman

Building Success by Improving Memory-   (continued)

How Cued Speech Supports Language Acquisition

Karla Giese

Heidi Herbon

Language Acquisition: the Pathway to   Success

Corey Axelrod

Jason Altmann

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

  Rendezvous Ambassador Embassy Plaza III Vista 456
9:45-10:45

Continuing the Conversation with Our   Keynote Speaker

Karen Putz

Transitioning DHH Students to (U of   I) College: Tips and Facts to Know

Tina Cowsert

A Taste of Cued Speech

Karla Giese

Heidi Herbon

Interactive Troubleshooting How to   For Cochlear Implants (Double Session)

Lurie Children’s Cochlear Implant   Team

PARCC   Information and Updates

Amy Richards

11:00-12:00

Common Core in the Classroom- Ongoing Construction!

[CC Key Terms]

Kim Janssen

(repeat breakout)

Itinerants at Work: Tools You Can Use   On The Run

Amber Rich

Namaste: The Benefits of Yoga In and Out of the Classroom

Danielle DeGuzman

Mindy Minaeri

Interactive Troubleshooting How to   For Cochlear Implants

(continued)

Necesito ayuda! Resources for   Communicating with Spanish Speaking D/HH Students and Families

Etta Avila

12:15-1:15

Constructing a SMART Notebook Lesson

Molly Herman

How to Improve Your Story-Signing   Skills (Double Session)

Sheri Cook

Building Memories While Constructing Rhythms

Jill McCue

Board for Evaluation of Interpreters   (BEI) Certification Policies and Procedures

John Miller

Janet Lambert

Student Learning Objective   Assessments for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teachers

Katie Stegner

(repeat breakout)

1:30-2:30

Student-Led IEP meetings: Building a   Bright Future One IEP at a Time

Julie Bowles

Kayla Mattus

How to Improve Your Story-Signing   Skills

(continued)

Communication Access on the IEP

Amy Richards

Mental Health and Hearing Loss:   Collaborative Work to Ensure Adequate Service Delivery

Jessena Williams

Get Involved in Building ITDHH-   Opportunities to Get Involved

ITDHH Board Members

2018 ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee

Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of

Hearing presents…

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2018 Illinois Fingerspelling Bee

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

11:00 a.m.

Illinois State University

Bone Student Center

Old Main Room

 

Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to present the 2018 Illinois Fingerspelling Bee.

The information packet contains the forms and information needed to participate in the 2018 Illinois Fingerspelling Bee. Included you will find:

  •      Registration Forms and Information
  •  Rules and Procedures
  •  Parent/Guardian Consent Form
  •    Eligibility Requirements
  •    Information on Hosting a Local Spelling Bee
  •    Advisor Agreement Form
  •    Word Lists with Definitions and Example Sentences

 

Students participating in the event must have the following forms completed and submitted by March 16, 2018. Forms may be mailed or emailed. Addresses can be found in the forms section.

  •  Registration Form
  •     Advisor Agreement Form
  •     Parent/Guardian Consent Form

 

 Download the complete information packet below for everything you need to know!

Complete_Information_Packet.pdf

 

All documents and videos for signs can be found on GoogleDocs at https://goo.gl/9w2KCt 

 

All forms, information packets, word lists can also be downloaded individually using the links below. 

2018_Illinois_Fingerspelling_Bee-_Registration_Packet.docx

2018_Illinois_Fingerspelling_Bee-_Parent_Consent.docx

2018_Illinois_Fingerspelling_Bee-_Advisor_Agreement.docx

 

Word Lists

List_A.pdf (5th & 6th grades)

List_A-_Tiebreaker_List.pdf

List_B.pdf (7th & 8th grades)

List_B-_Tiebreaker_List.pdf

 

Videos with signs to be used during the Bee

YouTube_Links.pdf

 

Please encourage friends and colleagues to get their students involved!

 

Please contact Deborah Beranek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Deborah Beranek, M. S. Ed., NBCT
Deaf Auditory/Oral Specialist
Carrie Busey Elementary School
304 Prairie Rose Lane
Savoy, IL 61874
(217) 351-3811
Fax (217) 351-3723
personal cell-217-766-6707

2016 Conference

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"Under Construction: Building Bright Futures"

March 3-5, 2016

Springfield, IL

 

 Join us on March 3rd-5th, 2016, for our Illinois Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing 52nd Annual Conference, "Under Construction- Building Bright Futures" at the Hilton Springfield. Come fill up your teaching tool box to build bright futures for your students!

 

 ITDHH_2016_Conference_Brochure.pdf

Master Conference Schedule

Conference Breakout Sessions and links to presentations and handouts.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Friday, March 4th, 2016: Heather Costner

Heather Costner
Heather Costner has ten years of experience in the field of deaf education. She received her Bachelors of Science in Deaf Education from Illinois State University. She has her Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus in Administration & Supervision, from DePaul University. She has worked at the Texas School for the Deaf, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, New Mexico School for the Deaf and now currently works at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. Her roles in the various settings have been as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, math specialist, curriculum specialist, and now she serves as an assistant principal. Heather also is a CODA, a part of a multi-generational deaf family, a wife, and a mother.

 

 Saturday, March 5, 2016- Karen Putz

Karen PutzKaren Putz is a mom of three deaf and hard of hearing teenagers. She is the Co-Coordinatorof Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion at Hands & Voices, past board member of Hands & Voices and co-founder of Illinois Hands & Voices. She is an author, speaker and in her spare time, a barefoot water skier.

 


PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:

See the Sound- Visual Phonics Level One Workshop

Participants in this workshop will learn the handshapes and how to read and write the symbols to represent the sounds of speech.  Participants must attend both the Wednesday evening and Thursday sessions.  Registration for this workshop includes the manual/workbook to take home.  Additional materials will be available for sale. 

Cost: $120 (icludes both Wednesday evening and Thursday sessions and workbook)

Time: 5-8 pm Wednesday, March 2nd and 9am-4pm Thursday, March 3rd (lunch on your own)

 MyASLTools

Institute for Disability Research and Training

Participants will learn how to use the multimedia tools within the program and ways to utilize those tools both at school and home to privide access to sign media to students.  Participants will receive a one month membership to the MYASLTools site.  Participants must bring a laptop (Chrome is the preferred browser).

Cost: $120

Time: 9am-4pm (lunch on your own) Thursday, March 3rd

 Hearing and Vision Connections- DTH Workshop

Cost: Free

Time: 9am-4pm (lunch on your own) Thursday, March 3rd

EI and CPDU credit

Target Audience: Early Intervention providers working with families of children with a hearing loss

Register through HV/EIO at http://bit.ly/ISD-OutreachEvents

Please contact Tina Childress at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


PARENT TRACK AND MOM'S NIGHT INN

Parents, please join us at the 2016 Conference for an opportunity to learn and connect with teachers and other professionals as well as other parents like you!  Please see the link below for more details.

ITHI_PARENT_FLYER_2016.pdf


EARLY INTERVENTION CREDIT

Early Intervention Providers! You can get EI credit while attending the ITDHH Conference! EI credit offerings are outlined on the flyer below.

EIofferings.pdf


REGISTRATION:

There are several ways to register. Just download the registration form below and...

Call (800)877‐1478 or (309)438‐2160 with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Hours 8‐4:30 M‐F

Go online and pay with a credit card at: www.conferences.illinoisstate.edu/itdhhconference

Fax (309) 438‐5364

Mail to:

ITDHH- Building Bright Futures
Conference Services
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8610
Normal, IL 61790‐8610

ITDHH_Registration_Form_2016_Fillable_1_6.pdf


HOTEL INFORMATION:

This year’s conference will be taking place at the Hilton- Springfield in Springfield, IL. Please notice that the hotel’s name will change to Wyndham Springfield City Centre as of January 1, 2016. The room rate for ITHI/ITDHH is $105.00 per night. The deadline to receive the group rate is February 9, 2016. To reserve your room, visit:

http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2016/49084_ITHICONFERENCE/main.wnt

After January 1, 2016, guests wanting to make reservations by phone should call the hotel directly at 217-789-1530 and select option 1 for reservations or when answered ask for reservations. Please be sure to mention ITDHH/ITHI when reserving your room in order to secure the group rate.


 SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

Proceeds from the raffle held during the ITHI Conference are used to fund the Hazel Bothwell Grants and Scholarships. If you would like to help collect donated items for the raffle, please feel free to use the letter below.

Raffle_Letter_2016.doc

Grant and Scholarship applications are now available! Click here to find more information and to download application forms. Deadlines are January 30, 2016 for all awards.

 

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Transition

Who is Eligible for DRS Services?

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) works with people who have a wide range of disabilities including hearing loss.

A student with a disability may be eligible for DRS services if the disability causes problems in preparing for, finding, or keeping a job. A referral should be made to DRS especially in the following situations:

  • Upon his/her exit from high school, the student needs additional skill development (including higher education) in order to succeed in the work force.
  • There is a need for assistance in transitioning to employment.

How Does DRS Work?

Each person who comes to DRS as a customer works with a rehabilitation counselor. Together they follow these four steps:

  1. Decide on an employment goal. The customer selects a job goal that matches his/her aptitudes and interests.
  2. Develop a plan. The customer works with a counselor to develop a plan for employment. The plan identifies the services that will be needed in order to reach the identified goal. It states who will provide the services, and outlines how to determine if the services are beneficial. Some services will be provided by the counselor, while others may be purchased or provided by other agencies.
  3. Follow the plan. The customer receives the services outlined in his/her plan. If a customer is a high school student, some of these services will be provided as part of his/her high school program. The DRS counselor will monitor progress through the school's vocational coordinator, attend staffings, and make arrangements for whatever services will be needed to make the student's transition out of high school as smooth as possible.
  4. Reach the goal. The counselor works with the customer to reach the ulitmate goal of finding the right job. Once the customer is on the job, the counselor follows up for at least 90 days in order to make sure that both the employer and the new employee are satisfied. Sometimes additional services may be needed. When this happens, DRS can begin working with the customer again to make sure he/she is able to stay on the job.

What Kind of Services are Available Through DRS?

DRS collaborates with many partners throughout the state in order to offer a wide range of coordinated thransition services that are designed to help young people with disabilities become productive, self-sufficient adults.

A few of these services include:

  • Job training
  • Placement assistance
  • Training in job-seeking skills
  • Job coaches
  • Support services
  • Tools and equipment
  • Accommodations
  • Assistive technology
  • Prostheses
  • Hearing aids/ALDs

The goal of DRS is to tailor a program to meet the unique needs of each of its customers.

How is a Referral Make to DRS?

If a student is participating in a special education department sponsored school work program, the vocational teacher or coordinator usually makes the initial referral. Ideally, this referral will be make during the student's sophomore year. Otherwise, a student with a disability who is within two years of exit from high school may contact DRS directly to inquire about obtaining services. Referrals may also be made by family members, school staff, mental health professionals, social workers, churches, and other community agencies.

Who Pays for DRS Services?

The following services are provided free of charge by DRS:

  • Disability Assessments
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Job Placement Services
  • Job Follow-Up Services, including Job Coaches
  • Interpreters/CART Providers

Some of these services are purchased from public and private agencies in the community. If financially able, customers are asked to pay for part of the services.

More information and your local branches can be located at the following address: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx

ITDHH Resource Directory

Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Directory of Educational Services and Resources for Students who are
Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Illinois

Revised April 2015

This directory is designed to be a resource for parents, doctors, and educational personnel who work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the state of Illinois. The goal is to be a starting point for those seeking information about available programs. It is our hope that interested parties will contact the programs directly in order to find out more detailed information.

The ITDHH Board would like to thank all those who responded to our surveys and provided such valuable information.

This directory is dedicated to all our students and their families. We hope you will find this a useful tool.

National Resources

State Resources

Centers for Independent Living
CIL Description and Information

Telecommunications Access

ITAC Free Loan andVoucher Program 2015

Interpreters
Interpreter Services Referrals

Interpreter Training Programs

Early Childhood through High School Educational Programs
Education Programs Information
Alphabetical Index of Education Programs

Indexes by Area

Area 1  - Southeastern Illinois
Area 2 - St. Louis Area
Area 3 - Springfield Area
Area 4 - Bloomington/Normal Area
Area 5 - Northwestern Illinois
Area 6 - Far Northwestern Illinois
Area 7 - Far West Suburbs of Chicago
Area 8 - Far Northeastern Illinois
Area 9 - Suburbs of Chicago
Area 10- Chicago
Area 11 - South and Southwestern Suburbs of Chicago
Area 12 - Mideastern Border of Illinois


pdf
Post Secondary Directory

 

Hard copies of this directory may be obtained by contacting:

Tammy Chiovari
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Resources

The ITHI Resource Directory, various Online Resources, and information on Transition Services can be found by clicking on the links or up above on the tabs. If there is information that you are searching for, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your needs/suggestions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please select a FAQ to read from the list below. If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How is being a member of ITDHH of benefit to a professional?

Joining ITDHH allows members to:

  • Have access to the members only area of our website (forums, postings, etc)
  • Be able to apply for and qualify for our grants and scholarships, awarded annually
  • Share knowledge with colleagues.
  • Attend and participate in the annual State conference held the first weekend in March, at a member rate.
  • Attend and participate in local area workshops.
  • Receive invitations to social events in which members can discuss educational issues and brainstorm to solve individualized concerns in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Receive itdhh Directions, our journal, which provides submitted articles concerning the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

What is the forums page, and how can it be used?

The forums page is a place for ITDHH members to post information, comments, questions, and news to other members. Forums on the page include ITDHH Business, Positions Open in Illinois, Teaching (divided into Itinerant, K-6, and 7-12 categories), Area News, and “The Lounge” for miscellaneous posts. The forums page is only accessible to current ITDHH members, so if you are a member but do not have a user ID and password, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive this information. If you are not a member, please consider joining ITDHH to access this valuable tool, along with other member benefits.

ITDHH Board Members

2017-2018

 

Past President

 

 

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Mileage Voucher

Reimbursement Voucher

Area Activity Form

Membership Information

846-membershipMembership Form (For use only if NOT attending the ITDHH Conference)

Area Map

Photo Release Form


   
Membership Benefits

Joining ITDHH allows members to:

  1. Have access to the members only area of our website (forums, postings, etc)
  2. Be able to apply for and qualify for our grants and scholarships, awarded annually
  3. Share knowledge with colleagues.
  4. Attend and participate in the annual State conference held the first weekend in March, at a member rate.
  5. Attend and participate in local area workshops.
  6. Receive invitations to social events in which members can discuss educational issues and brainstorm to solve individualized concerns in a relaxed atmosphere.
  7. Receive itdhh Directions, our journal published three times per year, which provides submitted articles concerning the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals

 

Membership Information

The membership year will expire on February 28th.  ISU Conference Services will coordinate all registration and payments for renewing memberships as well as new memberships.  They will again be handling the registration for the annual conference.  Membership Fees are $50 for regular members and $20 for students and retired members.  Options for registration will include: 1) If you are attending the conference, pay the conference registration fee and you will automatically become an ITDHH member,  OR 2) if you are not attending the conference, pay the ITDHH membership fee only.  A downloadable membership form can be found at the top of this page. 

Any questions regarding membership, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Membership Chair.

Scholarships and Grants

 

scholarship.jpgHazel Bothwell Memorial Scholarships (links to below)

Hazel Bothwell Memorial Grants (links to below)

Jacki Marcus Memorial Scholarships (links to below)

 

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Hazel Bothwell Memorial Scholarships and Grants

The Hazel Bothwell Memorial Fund was established by the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in memory of Hazel Bothwell. A persistent and strong supporter of the education of those with hearing loss in Illinois, Hazel Bothwell inspired countless parents, teachers, and legislators toward positive action to strengthen all phases of educational services to young people. It is the endeavor of the ITDHH Board to carry forward the spirit of Hazel Bothwell by awarding scholarships and grants to certified teachers or professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals, as well as to students in teacher training programs pursuing a degree in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing sequence. Grants may be used for purposes of formal or informal research as well as classroom/school activities.

Program Goals: To advance the expertise of trained teachers of children who are deaf of hard of hearing; to improve the quality and availability of services to children with hearing loss; to support improved services from infancy through secondary levels; and to encourage research with specific application to the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Hazel Bothwell Scholarship: Awards vary from $150-$300

The applicant must: 

  • Be a current member of ITDHH
  • Be a certified teacher of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, a teacher actively engaged in an approved program leading to such certification; or a student in a teacher training program pursuing a degree in special education in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing sequence
  • Clearly demonstrate an above average interest in the education, community or service to individuals with hearing loss
  • https://goo.gl/forms/6A3BjUDjk8ghk3Yj1

 

All questions regarding these applications can be directed to Past-President Deborah Beranek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  



Hazel Bothwell Grants: (To be used for purposes of formal or informal research as well as classroom/school activities) Awards up to $500

 
The applicant must:

  • Be a current member of ITDHH
  • Actively support the deaf and hard of hearing population in Illinois
  • Clearly demonstrate an above average interest in the education, community or service to individuals with hearing loss
  • Award recipients must submit a project summary to itdhh Directions and/or submit presentation proposal to the next conference planning committee
  • https://goo.gl/forms/XyadcMARc6ivMUMn1

All questions regarding these applications can be directed to Past-President Deborah Beranek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 



Jacki Marcus Memorial Student Scholarships

In 1992, the ITDHH Executive Board established a student scholarship fund to recognize deaf and hard of hearing high school seniors who wish to continue their education in a college, pre-college, or vocational program.  In 2009, the scholarship was renamed in memory of Jacki Marcus, who served deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois in many capacities throughout her career, and was a long-standing board member of ITDHH.  Jacki was instrumental in the development and continuation of this scholarship, and her legacy of advocating and supporting deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois will continue.  The scholarships are based on the motivation and future plans of the students. These monetary awards may be used for tuition, room and board, or classroom materials. The donations and memorials received determine the quantity and size of scholarships awarded.

  

Download the PDF form below, or click the link to access the online version on Google Docs. 

2018 Jacki Marcus Student Scholarship Application- PDF

JM Scholarship- Google Docs

 

 

 

 

Constitution for the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (ITDHH)

 

Article II - Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to foster professional growth of teachers of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and to promote the quality of education for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Illinois. Furthermore, it shall be the purpose of this organization to promote cooperation and unification among all state services and agencies serving persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the State of Illinois.

 

Article - III
Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be of four classes: Active (regular), full-time student , retired, life-time. (3/02)

Section 2. Active membership in this organization shall be open to persons actively engaged or who have been actively engaged in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Illinois and shall be eligible to hold office in our organization.

Section 3. Student membership in this organization shall be open to full-time students in teacher preparation programs.

Section 4. Active Out of State membership in this organization shall be open to all persons associated and interested in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing who reside outside of the state of Illinois and are not engaged in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in Illinois. Out of State members will pay active member fees and will be considered members of the Out of State area. Active Out of State members are not eligible to hold office on the Executive Board. (3/02)

 

Article IV - Voting
All members of this organization shall be entitled to one vote in all decisions made by the membership at large.

 

Article V - Officers
Section 1. The elected officers of this organization shall be a three-year presidency (president-elect, president, past president), a two-year secretary, a three-year treasurer and a two-year area chairperson(s) terms.

Section 2. The Executive Board of this organization shall consist of past-president, president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. (3/02)

Section 3, Board positions shall consist of area chairpersons, chairpersons of all standing committees, and one representative from each of the recognized teacher training program. (3/02)

Section 4. Vacancies in the elected offices may be filled by special appointment by the Executive Board of this organization. (3/02)

 

Article VI - Meetings and Quorum
Section 1. A meeting of the general membership shall be held annually. (3/02)

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the president of this organization. When matters of business require the action of a special meeting of the membership at a time when not deemed advisable or feasible, such business shall be transacted by mail if authorized by the Board. A method of mailing balloting shall be determined by the Board for such meetings.

Section 3. One-third of the general membership of this organization present shall constitute a quorum.(3/02)

Section 4 Fifty-one percent of the board including three executive board members shall constitute a quorum. (3/02)

 

Article VII - Amendments
Section 1. The constitution may be amended at any meeting of the whole organization by a two-thirds vote, a quorum being present.

Section 2. When matters of the constitution arise requiring general membership action at a time when a general membership meeting would not be deemed advisable or feasible, the Board may call a special meeting, by mail, setting forth the specific issues or proposals on which a decision is sought. A ballot shall be enclosed setting forth the issues with an appropriate space for members to indicate their approval or disapproval and to sign their names. The membership chairperson will assist in its procedure and the secretary will retain in record all proceedings which result from it.

Section 3. By-laws and Policies of this organization may be adopted, amended or repealed by any Board meeting of this organization by a majority vote, a quorum being present. (3/02)

Article VI I - Rules
Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the procedure of this organization.

 

Article IX - Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of the organization, and after the payment of its just debts and obligations, any remaining assets shall be transferred to another non-profit, tax-exempt organization as the Board may direct, qualifying under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Mission

The mission statement for ITDHH is to provide service and expertise to the educational community serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Goals:

  • Provide networking opportunities.
  • Offer professional development opportunities to pre service and in service professionals.
  • Serve as a resource to policy makers; Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois legislators, program directors.
  • Be actively involved in legislative issues affecting the education of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing persons and executive board members. Conference updates and reports are also included in each newsletter.

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