Saturday, March 8, 2008
At the heart of Disability Awareness Month is the desire to end the practice of defining people as their disabilities through eduction and public awareness. Raymond's Room looks at the ways in which people with disabilities are still segregated from the rest of society and why more than ever, disability awareness is needed.
Dale Dileo, author of Raymond's Room, is a well known advocate for people with disabilities and draws upon his 30 years of experience in the field as well as current research to offer a compelling look at the current status of people with disabilities and ways to improve it.
Want to know more? Listen to Mr. Dileo read the introduction to Raymond's Room. Indiana residents who would like to borrow this book can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Not an Indiana resident? Find Raymond's Room at a library near you.
Friday, March 7, 2008
This short guide to disability awareness is the 2006 revised edition produced by VSA arts, an international non-profit organization which promotes access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts. Included in the guide are:
- brief overview of a variety of disabilities
- suggestions for improving access to the arts and positive interactions for each disability
- information resources
- an introduction to person-first language
- a brief look at the disability rights movement
Thursday, March 6, 2008
(Call No. 20.51 .S6)
Sound and Fury takes a close look at some of the major issues facing the deaf community. Should cochlear implants be used? What impact do they have on families and deaf culture? PBS has created an extensive website to support the film which includes lesson plans, background information about deaf culture and cochlear implants, a trailer and more.
Indiana residents who would like to borrow this film can contact us at (800) 437-7924. Not an Indiana Resident? Find Sound and Fury at a library near you!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Decker, D. (Producer). (2005). Kids with differences: The series. Lake Oswego, OR: Arnold Creek Productions. (Call No. 19 .K537)
Kids with Differences: The Series has three great disability awareness videos on one DVD, included are:
- More Alike than Different
- Kids Just Want to Have Fun!
- What's the Difference?
Indiana residents interested in checking out this video can contact us at (800) 437-7924. Not an Indiana resident? Find it in a library near you with WorldCat!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sometimes the hardest thing about doing a disability awareness activity is finding clear, concise, authoritative information about disabilities to share with your participants. Medline Plus: Disabilities is an excellent place to start. This website is administered by the National Library of Medicine, so you are sure find information you can trust! You will find information about:
- Living with disabilities
- related topics like learning disabilities, mobility aids, etc.
- Links to resources in Spanish
- Kids resources and more
Medline Plus is also a great place to find information about specific disabilities. Often you will find interactive tools to share, links to recent news stories and journal articles as well as links to clinical trials currently being run in an area. Looking for local resources? No problem! Check out GoLocal for a directory of local services.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Special Stories on Disability Awareness includes stories for children aged 4-11 about disability awareness and other issues that all children face, such as bullying, fear, feeling like you don't "fit in" and more. Each story is accompanied by discussion starters, suggestions for activities and handouts that can be used in class. This is a great resource to help teachers introduce the topic of disability awareness to their students!
CeDIR's lending library is open to all Indiana residents if you would like to check out this book, or any other title in our collection email us at email@example.com
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Daly, J. (2007). Where's Molly [DVD recording]. Larkspur, CA: SFO Productions (Call Number: 54 .W5)
This documentary chronicles one man's search for his sister, Molly, who disappeared when she was three years old. Upon the death of his parents he learns that she had been placed in an institution for people with developmental disabilities.
Not only does this film shed light on the effects of institutionalization on the whole family, but it also highlights the difficulties, due to privacy laws, siblings face trying to find their lost brothers and sisters . In the end, the documentary is more the a message of hope, it is a powerful rally cry for those advocating for the rights of the family members of those who have been institutionalized.
For more information visit the "Where's Molly" website. Want to borrow this film? Indiana residents can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!