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) indiana.edu 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) indiana.edu 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) indiana.edu 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.