Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Implant treatment for depression

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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

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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

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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.