Friday, October 31, 2008

UCP Election Day Twitter Patrol

United Cerebral Palsy has set up a twitter feed for real time reports of polling conditions for people with disabilities! For more information and to find out how you can participate, visit their blog at Want to find out more about voting accessibility? Visit:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Did You Hear...No Child Left Behind ACT

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10 Tools for testing Web Accessibility

Jacob Gube at Six Revisions has put together a list of 10 free tools available to test how accessible your website is for people with disabilities. Often when people think of web accessibility they mainly think about whether or not their website is legible to a screen reader. Mr. Gube's list also includes tools to ensure that your website is accessible for people with low vision, and people who are color blind. Check it out at:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Technical difficulties...

Due to some technical difficulties our regularly scheduled podcast will be delayed by a day or so. In the meantime, please enjoy a book review!

Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion. Everybody wins when schools include kids with disabilities and their peers without. This book looks at the ideas, philosophy an research behind inclusion in the schools. It goes on to say exactly what a peer buddy program is and how to start one, how to recruit participants, and how to sustain the program.This book will help school administration, teachers and anyone interested in inclusion in today's schools.

Call us to check it out or go to to find it in a library near you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Brett Favre

Everyone knows that the National Football League has great players, but did you know that a lot of them give back to their communities? Here's one example: "The Brett Favre Fourward Foundation's mission is to provide aid to disadvantaged or disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi."

The foundation supports national organizations with programs in Wisconsin and Mississippi which help remove barriers to attain self-sufficiency for disadvantaged children. Another focus is youth programs for disadvantaged children and children with disabilities.

This foundation works with a number of different charities such as Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and Gaits to Success. For those interested in applying for a grant, go to

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Awards presented by the City

The City of Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) presented recognition awards to organizations and individuals honoring their efforts in working for and with people with disabilities. The awards were presented at a ceremony on Monday, October 20, sponsored, in part, by the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department and Human Rights Commission. See the City's webpage for a full listing of the awards and award winners.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Study on Alzheimer's Prevention

Can Google help ward off Alzheimer's?

"A team out of the University of California-Los Angeles found that middle-aged and older people who frequently perform web searches seem to have more activity in the part of their brain that controls decision-making and complex reasoning."

The first article discusses the benefits of web searching and other healthy brain activities (like Sudoko) that can help ward off Alzheimer's.

The second article is information on the study done at UCLA discussing the impact of technology on our brains. He talks about the brain gap which is the difference between what he calls "digital natives (those who have never known a world without e-mail and text messaging) and digital immigrants (those who witnessed the advent of modern technology long after their brains had been hardwired)." Interesting article.

(Image is from Jeff Sherman/Taxi-Getty Images)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Did you hear...Epilepsy


Hart, Y.M. (2008). Epilepsy: Questions and answers. Jupiter, FL: Merit Pub.

Gay, K. (2007). Epilepsy: The ultimate teen guide. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Kutscher, M.L. (2006). Children with seizures: A guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals . Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

New materials on Down syndrome

Parents must make a lot of adjustments when a new bundle of joy arrives. And when that bundle of joy arrives with an extra 21st chromosome (the genetic cause of Down syndrome) there are usually a few more adjustments.

Last month a third edition of Babies with Down syndrome: A new parent's guide was released by Woodbine House, thoroughly updated and revised to include the latest information on caring for children with Down syndrome through the age of five. This latest edition is a comprehensive revision of the book and examines so much of what parents need to know about their child's medical, developmental, and educational needs. Authors include parents, an adult with Down syndrome, advocates, educators, early interventionists, medical professionals and legal experts.

Indiana residents interested in checking out this book can give us a call or send an email. Others can use to see about library holdings in their area.


Another new book from Woodbine House is Helping children with Down syndrome communicate better: Speech and language skills for age 6-14. This book is a follow-up to Dr. Libby Kumin's Early communication skills for children with Down syndrome, published in 2003.

Helping children with Down syndrome communicate better provides parents and professionals with information and resources during this age where the communication gap widens between children with Down syndrome and those without. The book includes a suggested reading list, sample evaluations and blank forms, resource guides and more.

Check to see if the book is available in your local library!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Photo Gallery

The mayor of Bloomington, Mark Kruzan, has proclaimed October 13-19, 2008 National Down Syndrome Awareness Week. A traveling photo gallery will be on display at the College Mall in Bloomington October 15-22nd. Everyone is welcome to attend the unveiling. Click on the photo at right to see a larger size.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day is tomorrow, October 15, 2008.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) have put together a website with listing of local coordinators throughout the United States. Check out the website here!

The local coordinators for Indiana are:

Indianapolis, IN
Kelly Brown
Indianapolis Private Industry Council
151 N. Delaware St., Suite 1600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
VOICE: (317) 684-2225
FAX: (317) 639-0103

Johnson County, IN
Mark Kevitt
Interlocal Association
P.O. Box 69
Greenfield, IN 46140
VOICE: (317) 392-3279, Ext. 314
FAX: (317) 398-0502

Sarah Sharp
Pierce Sharp & Associates
587 South Vermillion Place, Suite 102
Gary, IN 46403
VOICE: (219) 484-7601

Monday, October 13, 2008

Did you hear...Home Improvement Fraud

Unfortunately two communities hit hardest by home improvement fraud are the elderly and people with disabilities. This podcast give tips on what to look for as well as where to get more information.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

CeDIR Citings Fall 2008

A new edition of CeDIR Citings is now available! This issue will focus on Employment. Also included in this issue is information about our new website, podcasts and our new public browsing hours.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully

Teachers who have students struggling with math and its concepts now have help. In the book, Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Reaching Struggling Learners, teachers are provided insight into the how and the why of instruction and are provided with a system to teach mathematics to kids in all grade levels who have learning difficulties. It's an easy-read resource, giving background on the basics of mathematics. The book also shows teachers how to implement strategies in their classrooms that will help students understand mathematical concepts and strategies.

Indiana residents can give us a call to check it out. Others can use to find the book in their own local library.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Playing, laughing, and learning with children on the autism spectrum

Parents of young children with a new autism diagnosis can often feel confused about how to play with and how best to help their children. Playing, Laughing, and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum can help break down activities into manageable stages so that small achievements can be celebrated and built upon.

Each chapter is written around a theme such as music, art, or playing outdoors. There are also chapters on reading, using a computer, and even using a digital camera. The book offers many useful resources to help parents help their children learn how to play.

Interested? Indiana residents can give us a call to check it out. Others can use to find a library in their area.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5 to the 11th is National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day (BDAD) is held each year on the Thursday of MIAW. Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day is this Thursday October 7.

Want to learn more on MIAW or BDAD check out this the National Alliance on Mental Illness's webpage at

Looking for a resource on Bipolar Disorder? Try Wiley's Concise Guides on Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder by Brian Quinn. It uses clear, highly accessible language to comprehensively guide the reader through the entire spectrum of bipolar and related disorders.

Interested in this book? Contact us! Not an Indiana resident, find this book at your local library!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Did you hear...Down Syndrome

Welcome to CeDIR's weekly Podcast "Did you hear...!" Join us each Monday for a new episode. We'll cover a wide variety of subjects about disability as well as providing resources guides for further information! Want to automatically be notified when a new episode comes out? Subscribe to our RSS Feed!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and that also means it's time for Buddy Walks! Never heard of a Buddy Walk? The National Down Syndrome Society established the first Buddy Walk in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Actor Chris Burke led the flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. Last year more than 230,000 people participated in Buddy Walks across the country. Since the Buddy Walk was created in 1995, over 2,000,000 people have participated in Buddy Walks worldwide!

Go to to find a walk in your area!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Family Center on Technology and Disability

Ever wonder about what's happening with captioning in America? How about the use of descriptive audio? Or what's happening with assistive technology? The Family Center on Technology and Disability is a federal program funded from the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs and managed by a partnership of organizations, including the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER), Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and InfoUse, Inc.

The center has a great website. Check out their monthly newsletters available online, explore their assistive technology resources database, or read through their AT success stories. They also have Family Information Guides to Assistive Technology and more resources in Spanish.