Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays!

In honor of the holiday season, CeDIR will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on December 21st and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on January 7th. We wish you a joyful holiday season, and we look forward to helping you with all of your disability related information needs in the new year!


the CeDIR Staff

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Accessibility in the community

Bloomington has been named one of nine finalists in the National Organization on Disability's 2007 Accessible America Competition.

Other finalists include Alexandria, VA; Columbus, GA; Hattiesburg, MS; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Miami-Dade County, FL; New Haven, CT; and Sioux Falls, SD. To see which community is chosen as the most disability friendly community, check the NOD's site after January 7.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

An upcomming workshop

Cross-posted from the Indiana Institute FYI newsletter:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Public School Setting Workshop: The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host a one-day workshop, Thursday, November 29 at the Carmel Educational Service Center, focusing on applied behavior analysis strategies proven effective in public school settings for students with autism. Specific techniques such as reinforcement, teaching strategies, behavior modification, and social skill development will be explored and examples of each will be discussed. Videotape and role play will be used to demonstrate techniques.

You can find a larger description and contact information here. To read this and previous newsletters, head to the FYI newsletter page.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A world of art: exhibitions, networking and a few good books.

The Philadelphia Inquirer posted this recent article about Bryn Mawr Rehab's annual "Art Ability" exhibit. The juried exhibit features work from artists with disabilities from 29 states and six other countries.

As of summer 2007, Indiana has made its own special contribution to the art world. ArtsWORK Indiana provides information and resources for people with disabilities who would like to pursue careers in art.

CeDIR also has several excellent books on art and art therapy. Here are just a few examples:

Lancelle, Matthew. Sundays with Matthew : a young boy with autism and an artist share their sketchbooks.
CeDIR Call No. 8 .L34

Evans, Kathy. Art therapy with children on the autistic spectrum : beyond words.
CeDIR Call No. 40.3 .E83

Henley, David R. Exceptional children, exceptional art : teaching art to special needs.
CeDIR Call No. 48 .H45

Thursday, November 15, 2007


We all dream of owning our own home. Center on Community Living and Careers, a sister center with CeDIR, offers some resources to help with homeownership for people with disabilities.

  • Rental Housing
  • Homeownership
  • Home Modifications
  • Fair Housing
  • The Consolidated Plan
  • Person Centered Planning & Homeownership
  • Guardianship & Homeownership

    For other information, you might also contact the Indiana Housing Finance Authority (800-872-0371) or the Indianapolis HUD Office (317-226-6303).
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    Alzheimer's documentary

    On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, turn to WTIU (South Central Indiana public TV) for a compelling and informative documentary produced by the Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory and locally sponsored by the Center on Aging and Community, Institute on Disability and Community. There is a Bridge provides a moving portrayal that helps shift our national focus from a solely medical to a cultural model of dementia. If you are not located in the WTIU viewing area, please watch for your local listings in the coming month. If you’d like further information about the film, the people involved, the foundation, go to the Memory Bridge website:

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    A video for the family

    Understanding brothers and sisters with asperger syndrome ( CeDIR Call Number: 20.31 .U6) provides four programs for siblings of children with Asperger's syndrome. Each program is geared toward a specific age group (ranging from 4 years through adult), and parents can watch the video with their children and discuss the information and techniques presented.

    Thursday, November 1, 2007

    Stress and behaviors

    With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, we may find ourselves particularly stressed. For children with behavior problems, this time of the year can be particularly difficult. CeDIR owns a series of books called "How to Manage Behavior," including booklets such as
    • How to use time-out
    • How to use prompts to initiate behavior
    • How to use planned ignoring (extinction)
    • How to teach social skills
    • How to negotiate a behavioral contract
    If you live in Indiana and are interested in borrowing these or any of our other materials, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at)

    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Faith and disability

    Anyone interested in the topic of faith and disability will want to read the following IndyStar article.

    And don't forget to look at these books and videos available at CeDIR:

    Hubach, Stephanie O. Same lake different boat: coming alongside people touched by disability.
    CeDIR Call No. 46 .H83

    Rife, Janet Miller. From barriers to bridges : a community action guide for congregations and people with disabilities.
    CeDIR Call No. 20 .R54

    Believing, belonging, becoming [videorecording]. Copies available in English and Spanish.
    CeDIR Call No. 46 .B45 / 46 .B45 Spanish

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    New Books at CeDIR

    Here is just one of the new arrivals at CeDIR this month:

    Cline, Foster W. and Greene, Lisa C. Parenting children with health issues: Essential tools, tips, and tactics for raising kids with chronic illness, medical conditions, & special healthcare needs.

    CeDIR Call No. 52.C5

    With chapters on helping your child at any age to dealing with the emotional impact a child's illness can have on parents and siblings, Parenting Children with Health Issues provides information to help the entire family deal with difficult health concerns.

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Movie night

    On October 23, CeDIR and the Undergraduate Library will be co-sponsoring the film, Tiptoes.

    Carol (Kate Beckinsale) falls in love with Steven (Matthew McConaughey) without knowing much about him other than he's the perfect man. But when Carol finds herself pregnant it forces Steven to expose his darkest secret, his family. Steven happens to be the only average sized person in a family of dwarfs including his twin brother Rolfe (Gary Oldman). Carol and Steven are then forced to come to terms with the fact that the fetus she carries may be born a dwarf.

    The movie will be at 6:00 p.m. at Wells Library E174.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Living in Muncie, Indiana: Perspectives from People with Disabilities

    Jody Courtney, in cooperation with The Muncie Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities, has developed an amazing disability awareness resource to help people better understand what it's like for people with disabilities. This publication is made up of 30 essays covering a wide range of topics including, acquiring a disability in adulthood, marriage and children, employment, accessible housing and more. To download your free copy of "Living in Muncie, Indiana: Perspectives from People with Disabilities" visit:

    Friday, October 5, 2007

    CeDIR Training Calendar

    Would you like to stay informed of disability-related training events? Then come check out (and perhaps bookmark) our Training Calendar. Our calendar listings include on-site and online distance learning events held in Indiana, across the country, and occasionally around the world. Be sure to check back periodically for updates.

    Thursday, October 4, 2007

    CeDIR Citings Fall 2007

    Are you interested in finding out more about what's happening at CeDIR? Perhaps you would like to know more about Down Syndrome? Check out the latest edition of CeDIR Citings, our semi-annual newsletter!

    Tuesday, October 2, 2007

    Working hard

    Because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, CeDIR would like to emphasize the presence of people with disabilities in the workforce.

    IIDC has a specific center dedicated to the topic (the Center on Community Living and Careers) that can provide information about employment.

    We also have numerous resources in our collection about employment. Here is a small sample of our newest materials:

    • Griffin, C. (2007). The job developer's handbook: Practical tactics for customized employment. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co.
    • Riley, C.A. (2006). Disability and business: Best practices and strategies for inclusion. Hanover : University Press of New England.
    • Synatschk, K.O. (2007). Employment and career planning. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.
    • Wehman, P. (2007). Real work for real pay: Inclusive employment for people with disabilities. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co.

    As always, if you live in Indiana, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at) to borrow these items.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    Implant treatment for depression

    Popular Science is reporting developments in depression treatment - a permanent electrode implant for deep-brain stimulation.

    Is this the answer to happiness? Read the article to find out.

    Thursday, September 20, 2007

    Diversity Film Series

    The Center for Disability Information & Referral along with the Undergraduate Library Services is sponsoring a Diversity Film Series. The first installment, "X-MEN: The Movie," will be showing at Wells Library E174 Media Showing Room on September 27 at 6 p.m.

    Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto, who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist, unveils his sinister plan for the future.

    Following the film, we will discuss the idea of "otherness as evil" and what parallels, if any, exist for minority groups in society. Other movies to be shown include Tiptoes (October 23) and Radio (November 6).

    Tuesday, September 4, 2007

    Universal design

    The September/October issue of Handy magazine features a cover story on home accessibility, including information on wide doorways, natural light, lower work surfaces, hard flooring, and adjustable height sinks. The entire issue includes 83 "family-friendly improvements."

    Check out the article online and if you're interested in other resources about home accessibility, check out these materials from our library.

    • Dobkin, I., & Peterson, M.J. (1999). Gracious spaces: Universal interiors by design. New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Hauss, S.E. (2003). Welcome to our house: One family's story on accessibility. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
    • Leibrock, C.A., & Terry, J.E. (1999). Beautiful universal design: A visual guide. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
    • Ochoa, T. (2002). Welcome home: Designing for universal access [videorecording]. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
    • Olsen, R.V., Hutchings, B.L., & Ehrenkrantz, E. (2000). A house for all children: Planning a supportive home environmnet for children with disabilities [videorecording]. Newark, NJ: New Jersey Institute of Technology Press.
    • Steven Winter Associates. (1997). Accessible housing by design: Universal design principles in practice. New York: McGraw-Hill.
    If you live in Indiana, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at) to borrow these items.

    Thursday, August 30, 2007

    ADHD materials

    As the school year begins, it's an important time for teachers and parents to learn about ADHD, a disability that affects many children in the classroom setting.

    If you live in Indiana, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at) to borrow these items.

    • Armstrong, T. (1999). ADD/ADHD alternatives in the classroom. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (Call Number: 40.4 .A757)
    • Armstrong, T. (1995). The myth of the A.D.D. child: 50 ways to improve your child's behavior and attention span without drugs, labels, or coercion. New York: Dutton. (Call Number: 20.4 .A75)
    • Barkley, R.A. (1990). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment. New York: Guilford Press. (Call Number: 20 .4 .B37)
    • Chara, K.A. (2004). Sensory smarts: A book for kids with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders struggling with sensory integration problems. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley. (Call Number: 3 .C53)
    • Garfinkel, B.D. (1987). What is attention deficit disorder and how does medication help? Minneapolis: PACER Center. (Call Number: 20 .4 .G37)
    • Janover, C. (1997). Zipper, the kid with ADHD. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House (Call Number: 6 .J35)
    • Lovecky, D.V. (2004). Different minds: Gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger syndrome, and other learning deficits. New York: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. (Call Number: 40 .4 .L68)
    • Minskoff, E.H. (2003). Academic success strategies for adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes. (Call Number: 40 .4 .M55)
    • Moss, D.M. (1989). Shelley, the hyperactive turtle. Kensington, MD: Woodbine House. (Call Number: 6 .M67)
    • Nadeau, K.G. (1994). Survival guide for college students with ADD or LD. New York: Magination Press. (Call Number: 40.4 .N34)
    • Parker, H.C. (2005). The ADHD handbook for schools: Effective strategies for identifying and teaching students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Plantation, FL: Specialty Press. (Call Number: 40.4 .P3)
    • Pentecost, D. (2000). Parenting the ADD child: Can't do? won't do? Philadelphia: J. Kingsley. (Call Number: 20.4 .P45)
    • Rief, S.F. (1993). How to reach and teach ADD/ADHD children: Practical techniques, strategies, and interventions for helping children with attention problems and hyperactivity. West Nyack, NY: Center for Applied Research in Education. (Call Number: 40.4 .R54)
    • Strichart, S.S. (1998). Teaching study skills and strategies to students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, or special needs (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. (Call Number: 40.4 .S87 1998)
    • Walker, B. (2005). The girls' guide to AD/HD. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Call Number: 20 .4 .W35)
    • Zeigler Dendy, C.A. (2000). Teaching teens with ADD and ADHD: A quick reference guide for teachers and parents. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Call Number: 40.4 .Z45)

    Friday, August 10, 2007


    Scotland's only disability arts festival is running through August 26. The event will feature performance art, music, and visual art by people with disabilities.

    In the spirit of the event, you might want to check out the following books featuring the art work of people with disabilities. If you live in Indiana, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at) to borrow these items.
    • Deifell, T. (2007). Seeing beyond sight: Photographs by blind teenagers. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

    This attractive book features the black and white photography of blind teenagers capturing the world around them and thought-provoking comments, quotes, and descriptions.
    • Lancelle, M. (2006). Sundays with Matthew: A young boy with autism and an artist share their sketchbooks. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
    Eleven-year-old Matthew and his art therapist share pages from their sketchbooks and encourage others to share art.
    • Landalf, H. (1998). The secret night world of cats. Lyme, NH: Smith and Kraus.
    This picture book is beautifully illustrated by the author's brother who is described as an autistic savant. The picture are bold and colorful, showing a love of art and animals.

    Tuesday, August 7, 2007

    Free medical clinic in Bloomington

    The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and its library are based in Bloomington, Indiana. Naturally, this means we regularly field calls from people in and around the Bloomington area. There is a growing resource in the community that will be useful for these residents: a free medical clinic for Monroe and Owen county adults who fall 200% beneath the poverty line and don't have medical insurance.

    Opened in April 2007, the Volunteers in Medicine clinic is run by volunteers and with support from Bloomington Hospital. The clinic offers at no cost:
    • medications for chronic and acute illnesses with only a low-cost handling fee
    • health education
    • psychological counseling
    • diagnostic laboratory and radiology testing at Bloomington Hospital
    • womens health
    • spine clinic
    • orthopedics
    • behavioral and mental health
    • dental care*
    • pediatric care**
    *For dental care, patients will be evaluated at the clinic, and then will be referred to participating local dentists.

    **Children of adults who qualify for care at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic will be referred to Southern Indiana Pediatrics for free care.

    For more information including location and hours, check out the clinic's website.

    Friday, August 3, 2007

    Assistive technology in Indiana

    Here at CeDIR we often have requests dealing with assistive technology. We refer these callers to ATTAIN, a wonderful statewide organization dedicated to helping people of all ages and disabilities with their assistive technology needs. The organization also offers an equipment exchange with posts that offer equipment for loan in various areas including
    • computers
    • hearing
    • vision
    • recreation
    • speech
    • mobility
    • daily living
    • and much more
    For more information about the equipment exchange, click here.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Drawing winners!

    Last week, CeDIR and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community had a booth at the Monroe County Fair, and we are pleased to announce the winners of our drawings for free books:

    Dawn C. of Bloomington gets the Adapting Curriculum & Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms: A Teacher's Desk Reference.

    Courtney H. of Solsberry gets the Quick Guide for Parents Series--a series of three books on special education.

    Julie T. of Martinsville gets the Record Book for Individuals with Austim Spectrum Disorders.

    The books will go out in the mail to each of the winners today. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who stopped by our booth!

    Monday, July 30, 2007


    USA Today recently reported that the Indianapolis office of the Social Security Administration has the fourth longest average wait for hearings on whether an applicant is too disabled to work. In Indianapolis, the average wait time is 780 days, or more than two years. To read about the effects this has on claimants, read the article about the report here.

    The government's information about reviewing your medical condition is listed here.

    If you need assistance, you can call the Social Security Administration toll free at 1-800-772-1213.

    Friday, July 27, 2007

    Disability discrimination

    The Indy Star recently reported that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Fishers-based mortgage company for allegedly disclosing an employee's medical condition.

    If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, you can file a charge through the Indianapolis office of the EEOC.

    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Workshop planned

    The Indy Star reports about a conference to be held August 18 in Fishers, Indiana. The Arc of Indiana and Families United for Support and Encouragement will host this unique seminar about planning for the future that will include breakout spessions for special-needs children. There are many conferences targeted at parents, caregivers, and professionals; it is encouraging to see a workshop that also has events planned for the children themselves. According to the article, parent sessions will include information on accessing government benefits, accessing health insurance, and making the transition to work or college. Student sessions will focus on social skills, taking control of educational planning, and panels led by adults who have overcome disabilities.

    For more information, read the story.

    Monday, July 23, 2007

    Let's do something fun

    Summer is the time for fun! These books address recreation and disabilities. If you live in Indiana, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at) to borrow these items or any of our other materials on recreation, disabilities, and daily living.

    • Coyne, P., & Fullerton, A. (2004). Supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum disorder in recreation. Champaign, IL: Sagamore Pub.
    • FitzRay, B. J. (2001). Alzheimer's activities: Hundreds of activities for men and women with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Windsor, CA: Rayve Productions.
    • Newman, S. (2004). Stepping out: Using games and activities to help your child with special needs. New York: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
    • Winnick, J.P. (2005). Adapted physical education and sport (4th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. This item includes a fitness DVD.

    Saturday, July 21, 2007

    Come Vist us at the Fair!

    For those of you in Monroe County, it's once again time for the Fair! For more information about CeDIR and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community stop by our booth in Commercial Building West.

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    Book Review: Sharing Information About Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Vicker, B. (2007). Sharing information about your child with autism spectrum disorder: What do respite or alternative caregivers need to know? Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger's Publishing Co.
    CeDIR's Call No. 50.7 .V5

    Beverly Vicker, a speech pathologist with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism here at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, has written a great book to help parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ensure that respite and alternative caregivers have all the information they need to "safely and reliably address the child's needs during the parents absence." It’s often difficult to think of all the details of the day which can be so important to a child with ASD, so to help parents Vicker has written this step-by-step manual.

    Sharing Information about Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a practical guide divided into five sections. Section I includes worksheets designed to help parents decide what to share and how to share it. Section II provides topic sheets for caregivers addressing issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Section III gives examples of two families’ information sharing practices. Section IV provides blank forms to create your own information packet. Section V covers a variety of reference resources, including a list of recommended further reading. Included with the book is a CD-ROM with electronic copies of the worksheets to make creating and updating your caregiver's information packet easier. This book is a “must have” for parents of children with ASD!

    Indiana residents who would like to check out this book can email us at or call (800) 437-7924.

    Blog of Interest:

    The Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Support Group has a new Blog!

    If you live in Northwest Indiana and have a spinal cord injury, or you are interested in supporting efforts to find a cure, you will want to check out this blog. Here you can find out about local meetings and outings as well as National Activities and opportunities to get involved in supporting new research.

    Check it out at:

    Monday, July 16, 2007

    Effects of longer lifespans

    The Indy Star recently published three parts to a segment about aging issues and how longer lives affect the healthcare system.

    Graying of America raises red flags

    Services help seniors cope

    Seniors face chronic disease, disabilities

    Friday, July 13, 2007

    Summer fun

    Summertime is the perfect time for enjoying outdoor recreational activities -- whether or not one has a disability. The Indianapolis Parks & Recreation department is celebrating National Therapeutic Recreation Week by highlighting some of their accommodations for people with disabilities. They have five water wheelchairs, accessible wheelchair golf carts, and even a tennis wheelchair!

    Monday, July 9, 2007

    Dangerous work

    Disabilities can often be the product of one's job. For farmers in Indiana and elsewhere, their occupation is particularly dangerous and sometimes even fatal. The Indy Star reports about the large numbers of farmers with disabilities.

    Friday, July 6, 2007

    Watching over

    Keeping an eye on a spirited child is always a challenge. If this child has a disability such as autism, the task becomes even more difficult when the child can't communicate his or her whereabouts. One local community has provided a solution by implementing a tracking system using electronic devices. The Indy Star reports about the program here.

    Monday, July 2, 2007


    The Indy Star reports that certain factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise may cause a health crisis in children that could swamp the system.

    Friday, June 29, 2007

    Car returned to man with disability

    A recent story in the Indy Star shows the cruelty of some and the kindness of others. A man's adapted vehicle to be used with his wheelchair was stolen. However, another man stumbled on the stolen vehicle in the woods and called the police. The man has now been reunited with his wheels.

    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Race to the finish line

    In a move toward equality, international track officials have decided that a South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius who has two prosthetic legs can compete against able-bodied runners. Initially, there had been a ruling against runners who benefited from "artificial help." Pistorius is now dreaming of the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. If he qualifies, he would be the first runner with a physical disability to compete in the Olympics.

    Monday, June 18, 2007

    Enabling all to share their gifts

    People with disabilities may need special accomodations but there are many opportunities to enjoy activities such as karaoke and sports. One local organization provides such possibilities for adults and children with disabilities.

    Friday, June 15, 2007

    Soccer on wheels

    Power soccer is a sport played with power wheelchairs. A plow-like device is attached to the front of the footrest which enables the player to dribble, turn and pass the over-sized ball.

    The three-day Power Soccer National Tournament was played at the Fishers Fieldhouse last weekend, during which 21 teams were featured from across the country, including eight from Indiana. Team USA, with four players hailing from Indiana, will travel to Tokyo Oct. 8-13 for the Power Soccer World Cup.

    G O O O O O O O O O O O O O O A L !

    Tuesday, June 12, 2007

    Alzheimer's cases could quadruple by 2050

    Some sobering statistics about the wild increase in Alzheimer's disease. The idea that one in 85 people will have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years is mind-boggling. See the full article at:

    Friday, June 8, 2007

    Semi Pushes Man In Wheelchair Down Highway

    Who needs an amusement park?

    Wednesday afternoon, a semi truck in Michigan unknowingly pushed a man in a wheelchair down the road at approximately 50 mph. The rubber on the wheelchair's tires were mostly burned away when the truck stopped, but the man is safe and there was no other apparent damage to the wheelchair.

    Thursday, June 7, 2007

    Epilepsy fears over 2012 Olympics footage

    After reports that animation caused epileptic seizures, some footage from the organizers' website promoting the London 2012 Olympics has been removed.

    Monday, June 4, 2007

    Disability Info at your fingertips!

    The folks at Google have done it again! You can now create custom search engines to help you get the best results in a given topic without having to slog through all of the unrelated results. To help you find disability related info, we've created a custom search engine and placed it at the bottom of the right hand column of this blog. Do you have a disability site you frequently use that you think should be added to the search engine? Leave us a comment and let us know!

    Privatization of workers with disabilities

    Privatization has led 66 people to worry about their jobs being outsourced. These employees perform the state government’s printing, copying, and mailing services jobs, which can lead to disabiling work-related back and hearing problems. The government provided them good benefits but now they worry what having a new employer means for their healthcare.

    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Soldiers with amputations back on active duty

    Some troops who have lost limbs want to continue to serve in the armed forces. Now they can with the Pentagon's consent. Many of these soldiers are assigned to desk jobs, but a few have returned to the battlefield. Check out the article on

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007


    Summer is almost here and soon it will be time to relax at the beach or in the backyard with a good book! Here are a few great memoirs to start you off:

    Bradey, S. (2002). Ten things I learned from Bill Porter. Novato, CA: New World Library.

    DeBaggio, T. (2003). Losing my mind: An intimate look at life with Alzheimer’s. New York: Free Press.

    Karasik, J. (2003). The ride together: A brother and sister’s memoir of autism in the family. New York: Washington Square Press.

    Linton, S. (2006). My body politic: A memoir. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

    Scdoris, R. (2006). No end in sight: my life as a blind Iditarod racer. New York: St. Martin’s Press

    Stimpton, J. (2004). Alex: The fathering of a preemie. Chicago: Academy Chicago.

    Tammet, D. (2007). Born on a blue day: Inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant: a memoir. New York: Free Press.

    Taylor, J. B. (2006). My stroke of insight: A brain scientist’s personal journey. Bloomington, IN: Author.

    Indiana Residents: Contact us if you would like to check out any of these titles at

    Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    Welcome to CeDIR's latest information tool!

    Whether you’re a person with a disability, someone who supports people with disabilities, or a researcher in the field, CeDIR can help meet your information needs. It is our mission to be the primary disability library for residents of the state of Indiana by providing access to current, quality materials and services.

    In this blog, we will be providing our readers with book reviews, resources, news stories of interest to the disability community, and occasional spot lights on disability-related topics. If there is anything you'd like to see us cover, or if you have suggestions for us either about our library materials or services, please leave us a comment.