Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is not the Abby show


This is not the Abby show is a 320-page novel about a seventh grader with ADHD who feels out of place in suburban Florida. She longs for the lights of Hollywood, knowing that some day she will be a star. But Abby is what they call "twice exceptional," meaning that she is gifted in one area (math and science) and struggles in another (ADHD). While she excels in math and science, she is failing English and is seriously angry with her teacher. And forgetting to take her medication is probably not helping matters. 

Abby ends up having to go to summer school rather than the summer camp that she has anticipated for months and decides to exact revenge on her teacher. When that goes awry and she is caught, Abby is not only in trouble with her parents but in trouble with the law! She knows that her ADHD sometimes shows up in negative ways, but what she learns that summer is that her disability can sometimes become her strengths as well.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

United Cerebral Palsy conference information


UCP's "Speak for Yourself" will convene on October 21, 2016, in St. Louis, MO. The one-day conference will offer a chance to discuss having individuals with disabilities advocate for their own healthcare needs, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and play a central role in producing knowledge that can improve choice and health outcomes.

Want to know more about it? Please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucps-speak-for-yourself-convening-october-21-2016-in-st-louis-mo-tickets-27436529398

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Panther Dice


Panther Dice is a fun app that helps people with many types of disabilities join in the fun of a dice game.

- For individuals with autism, lock the screen after rolls to avoid stimming.
- For individuals with motoric challenges, add a moving target to refine motor skills.
- For struggling learners - display the total of the dice.
- For individuals with visual challenges, have numbers read aloud,

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8: A social and emotional learning curriculum


Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8 is a 272-page curriculum designed to help build middle school age children's social and emotional skills. The authors, all professionals in the field of school psychology, offer a dozen lessons that educators can use to help increase students' social and emotional competency. This curriculum is designed as both a prevention and an early intervention and can be used with kids of all social/emotional abilities.

The book begins with an overview of the curriculum including thoughts on social and emotional learning, a model for preventing behavioral and emotional problems, and some background on the curriculum itself. The lessons themselves help promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills, and an overview of each of the 12 lessons is contained in a single chapter. The lessons are sequential and include mindfulness techniques as well as sample scripts and tips for transfer training and homework. Definitions of key terms are included with each lesson. Downloadable charts, worksheets, and other materials are available from the publisher with a keycode found in the book.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

TimeSlips is a nonprofit organization headed by Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator in Milwaukee, who has a passion for helping older folks with cognitive impairment. TimeSlips "offers online and in-person training programs and has helped long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world..." The project has been developed into a formal therapy with the idea that stories can be a substitute for the memories that have been lost due to the participants' cognitive impairments.

For more information about this project, a MacArthur Fellows Program, please visit:
https://www.macfound.org/fellows/956/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is pleased to issue a call for presenters for their 22nd Annual Conference on Disability to be held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, December 5-6, 2016. This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

Call Deadline: September 30, 2016

As part of their continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among people with disabilities, their families, and professionals, they offer an annual conference, which is known for its high "take away” value and camaraderie. The Indianapolis conference will include outstanding keynote presentations, more than a thirty breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to our various participants, networking events and exhibitors demonstrating the latest tools and technology related to accessibility.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit:
http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/2452.htm

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October training from About Special Kids (ASK)

Public Health Insurance: 
What You Don’t Know Can Cost You
October 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This training provides parents and professionals with information about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers, Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and private insurance.

Location:
Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op
77 A Street NE
Linton, IN  47441

Cost:
$40 – Family Members
$75 - Professionals
Registration Required

Register at www.aboutspecialkids.org or call 800-964-4746.
                     
Space is limited.  If you register and find you cannot make the training, please call so that someone from the waiting list can attend.

Minimum of 6 per training is required for training to take place.
Training Certificates for Professional Growth Points are available for this training.