Tuesday, June 10, 2008

David Roche

(Photo by Vince Maggiora, San Francisco Chronicle)

On Saturday, June 14, VSA Arts is presenting a one-hour, family friendly performance of David Roche's signature one man show "The Church of 80% Sincerity" on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Showtime is 6 pm East Coast (USA). The show will be video webcast live by the Kennedy Center. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/ There will be ASL interpretation, real time captioning and audio description of the show. Admission is free. After the live webcast the show will continue to be available at the same url.

David Roche is an inspirational humorist who has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial disfigurement into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences around the world. He presents keynote speeches and entertainment for corporate, association, disability and educational events of all kinds. David Roche's recently published book based on his show, also titled "The Church of 80% Sincerity" is available in bookstores nationwide. www.davidroche.com

Monday, June 9, 2008

Born on the Wrong Planet

Living with Asperger's syndrome and Tourette syndrome, author Erika Hammerschmidt feels alienated from her classmates and the world around her. Born on the Wrong Planet, her latest work, describes her life and how her experiences often left her feeling misunderstood. Stephen M. Shore, executive director of Autism Spectrum Disorder Consulting, gives it the following review: "Erika takes us on a whirlwind ride, and in the process we witness the inner workings of a brilliant Aspie mind. From toddler to school age, to marriage and beyond, we are privileged to learn more about what it is to be human." If you would like to check out this insightful book, stop by CeDIR today. Or, if you aren't an Indiana resident, click here to find it at a library near you.

Friday, June 6, 2008

My Strange and Terrible Malady

Written by Catherine Bristow, My Strange and Terrible Malady takes the reader into the mind of a teenage girl with Asperger's syndrome. Main character Ronita Baker narrates her experiences at school and home with humor and wit, as well as her interactions with her family, life coach, and best friend Hannah. Meredith Coates, a Youth and Family Ministries coordinator and parent of a teenager with Asperger's, calls the book a "must-read not only for teens with AS and those who care for and love them but for all teenagers who cope with trying to fit in and find themselves." Visit CeDIR to check this book out today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Call for Emerging Artists!

VSA Arts is calling for entries from emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25 for this years exhibition called "Green Light." The theme, "Green Light", challenges artists to pinpoint the motivation behind their work and the infinite possibilities that creativity provides. Art must be an original work that has been completed in the last three (3) years. The deadline for these entries is July 11, 2008.

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

Check out the ArtWorks of Indiana website for more details or go to the VSArts website to download an online application!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Fhotos of Fatherhood: Every Dad's Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Jay Hodge delightfully catches the small instants of childhood and fatherhood, reminding us to savor the simple moments of daily life with out family. Hodge takes the seemingly insignificant and reveals the unforgettable. This is a cute little read that reveals to us just how important and priceless the little moments are in life.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Contact us!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Alzheimer's Caregivers

Coach Broyles' Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers: A Practical Tips Guide is book organized much like a coach's playbook. The author approached Alzheimer's disease much like he would have approached an opponent on the field, with a solid game plan and a dedicated team. He promised himself that someday he would share all that he had learned from his research and his experience with Alzheimer's disease to other families and now he is doing just that in this creative approach. The Playbook talks about the three stages of Alzheimer's disease which are the early, middle, and late stage. There is also a resource guide at the end of the Playbook that lists various contact information for organizations.

Are you an Indiana resident and interested in this book? Feel free to contact us!
If you don't reside in Indiana, find this book in your local library!

Monday, June 2, 2008

A New Guide to Bipolar Disorder

One of the most recent additions to CeDIR's collection is The Bipolar Child, written by Demitri Papolos, M.D., and Janice Papolos. Revised and updated, this book tackles the challenges of the disorder for both parents and children, and also addresses the latest treatments available. Psychological and genetic aspects of the issue are discussed, as well as the impact the disorder has on the family and how one can best cope with it. The authors have even included a bipolar questionnaire at the back of the book for parents and a list of resources to consult. If interested, check this new book out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Friday, May 30, 2008

A Practical Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

In Asperger's from the Inside Out, author Michael John Carley shares his experiences living with Asperger's syndrome. As executive director of GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) and father of a son who also has Asperger's, he describes the toll it has taken on his life and uses humor and advice to show how one can live successfully and fulfillingly with this condition. Among other topics, he discusses coping strategies, handling relationships and family, and finding a suitable career in the workforce. Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, says that this work is an "engaging book" that "offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Asperger's and their loved ones," while actress Sigourney Weaver calls it a "wonderfully candid and encouraging book about navigating the world of Asperger's syndrome." If you are interested in this enlightening read, come by CeDIR today to check it out, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dream New Dreams

Guess what today is? No idea? Well it just happens to be the one-year anniversary for our Blog! That's right, one full year of posting blogs about various topics, resources, books, videos, and much more. All for you! So keep on coming back to check in with our blog postings as we continue to serve your disability-related information needs for the next year and the following years to come!

Now onward with the actual resource-related blog posting--
You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities by Stanley Klein and Kim Schive is a compassionate, deeply felt collection of writings where real-life fathers and mothers of kids with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, mental retardation, and other life-changing illnesses speak from the heart on how they mourned for their child of their dreams, experienced the disappointment of letting go of certain expectations for their child and found the joy of discovering new dreams.

Interested in this wonderfully inspiring collection of stories? Contact us!
If you're not an Indiana resident and want to know where to find this book...click here to find it at your local library.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Visual Strategies for Students with Disabilities

The Family Center on Technology & Disability is having an online discussion on Visual Strategies for Students with Disabilities through the rest of this week. The discussion is led by Brenda Fossett of the British Columbia School for the Deaf and Linda Hodgdon of Cornerstone Communication Center and author of Visual Strategies for Improving Communication and Solving Behaviors in Autism.

Interested? Check out the website at FCTD!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

USA Deaf Volleyball Fundraising Events

From Wednesday, June 11th through Friday, June 13th, the Indiana School of the Deaf in Indianapolis will host a series of fundraising events in the gymnasium starting at 7 p.m. Admission per night is $5.00, or a combo ticket can be purchased for $12.00. These events are sponsored by Hawk Relay at www.hawkrelay.com, and benefits go to the the US Deaf Women's Volleyball Team fund for the 2008 World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Take part in the USA Deaf Voleyball fundraising events, and support a great cause! For more information, contact Jay Krieger at jkrieger1@gmail.com.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Learning with Autism

Autism 24/7: A Family Guide to Learning at Home and in the Community, by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, provides parents with ways in which to teach their children with autism to do family-related activities, like completing chores or playing on the playground. The authors also answer questions like, "How can we write reasonable goals?" and "How do we choose what to focus on?" Topics and chapters discussed include setting goals, managing errors and difficult behaviors, evaluation, and creating opportunities for learning. Feel free to check it out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at your local library.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Boy Who Loved Windows

Patricia Stacey's book The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism has received numerous positive reviews from O Magazine, Newsday, and authors like Temple Grandin and Martha Beck. Written by a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, this book describes the hardships that one family endured as they searched for ways to connect their son with the rest of the world. Parts of Walker's life are documented from birth, and his parents consult Stanley Greenspan, a developmental psychiatrist, on how to best help their son after doctors tell them he may never see, hear, walk, or talk again. Check out this emotional and inspiring read at CeDIR today! Or, click here to find it at your local library.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


What is Dyslexia? A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use Together by Alan M. Hultquist is designed to help adults explain dyslexia to children aged 8 to 11. This book provides useful information about all the most common types of dyslexia: trouble with sounds, trouble remembering how letters and words look, trouble finding words, and mixed dyslexia.

Are you an Indiana resident and interested in this book? Contact us!

If you are not an Indiana resident, find this book at your local library!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Court Rules Paper Money Unfair to the Blind

CNNmoney.com posted an article today concerning the ruling on Tuesday by a federal appeals court that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to people that are blind or visually impaired. The claim is that the design of our paper currency violates the Rehabilitation Act's guarantee of "meaningful access." Some potential solutions mentioned in the article were making bills different sizes, including raised markings or using foil printing which is noticeably different to the touch.

Check out the rest of the article at CNNmoney.com!

Monday, May 19, 2008

New, Free Activities That Promote Early Literacy

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and created by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. and her colleagues, fourteen new parent education handouts are now available at www.walearning.com. These activities are designed to be for use during car or bus rides, walks, or any other activities outside of the home, and they help parents bond with their children while teaching early literacy skills. Covering rhyming words, music, nursery rhymes, the I Spy game, and maps, these exercises are sure to create an enjoyable learning experience for young children, with or without disabilities. The creator of the handouts allows for their copy and distribution, as long as they are not sold. For any questions, contact Mary Maddox at memaddox@walearning.com.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Winning the Disability Challenge

Written by John F. Tholen, Ph.D., Winning the Disability Challenge: A Practical Guide to Successful Living offers insight into how disabled individuals can lead successful, fulfilling lives and overcome feelings of helplessness and depression. The book includes 100 inspiring affirmations and offers advice on dealing with insurance companies, Medicaid, Social Security, and other organizations. It also provides tips on curing insomnia, coping with pain and distress, and maintaining wellness with diet, exercise, and relaxation. Anyone who has a physical disability that would like to learn more about improving the quality of everyday life will find this book beneficial. Check it out at CeDIR today!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


ADHD: Living Without Brakes by Martin L. Kutscher is the ideal source of information and advice for parents and professionals who are trying to keep up with children who are living without brakes. The author describes ADHD, its symptoms, and common difficulties parents face. The book mainly focuses on solutions and also includes a discussion on the role of medication in treating ADHD.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Feel free to send us an email!

Not an Indiana resident? Click here to find this book at the library nearest you!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Transition to Adulthood

Looking for books on how to help young adults with disabilities transition to adulthood? Check out the following items in our collection!

Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood by Arlyn Roffman, offers down-to-earth advice on mental health and wellness; disability law and protections afforded at various stages of a child's educational development; accommodations and services that can make a difference in the classroom, on the job, and in the community; and much more.

On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities and ADHD by Anne Ford answers the many questions asked by parents of learning-disabled children as they enter adulthood, especially the one that haunts them daily: Will their children ever be able to live on their own, and how?

Make the Day Matter! Promoting Typcial Lifestyles for Adults with Significant Disabilities
by Pamela M. Walker and Patricia Rogan. This book is a call to action and an in-depth guide to the most effective strategies giving service providers proven ideas for supporting adults with significant disabilities as they make a smooth transition from school to adult life; find employment; pursue interests; participate in secondary education; develop social relationships; explore opportunities for paid self-advocacy; and maintain active, healthy lifestyles.

Becoming Remarkably Able: Walking the Path to Talents, Interests, and Personal Growth by Jackie Marquette is an interactive workbook that shows you how the path to independent living is possible. It provides the guidance and the blueprint for helping professionals and parents move away from a deficit orientation to a celebration of the abilities and strengths of persons with autism and related disabilities.

Employment and Career Planning by Katherine Synatschk, Gary Clark, James Patton, and L. Rozelle Copeland contains 60 assessment tools that are organized into four sections: Interests and Preferences, Abilities and Skills, Career Exploration, and Job Search and Securing. This book emphasizes the opportunity we have to favorably influence the successful transition of our students.

Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities by Paul Wehman brings together the most comprehensive information on facilitating transitions for young people with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities.

Meeting the Challenge of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood by Arlyn Roffman. Readers hear from a diverse group of adults with learning disabilities, many of whom also have ADHD, as they describe how they've met disability-related challenges at work and at home. This book offers families, friends, and service providers a window into the experience of living with learning disabilities.

Are you interested in any of these titles and an Indiana resident? Contact us!
Not an Indiana resident? Search on WorldCat to find these books at your local library.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Strategies for Supporting All Students

Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom is the first comprehensive book to bring together information about a wide range of diverse learners from PreK through high school, offering strategies and practices teachers can use to ensure that all learners succeed. This book presents research-based and classroom-based approaches for working effectively with diverse students across the content areas. Written in a reader-friendly, accessible style, it provides everything from the big picture to the everyday details teachers want.

Are you an Indiana resident and interested in this book? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident, no problem. Find your local library on WorldCat!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Thunder in the Valley Games

This year, June 20th through the 22nd, Saginaw, Michigan will host the first ever Thunder in the Valley Games for athletes with physical disabilities. Opening ceremonies, classification, and registration will take place on the first day, followed by the air rifle, field, and track competitions on the second. On Sunday, the event will conclude with an archery competition and an awards ceremony and banquet. The competitions are open to any athlete, and all proceeds will benefit Michigan Sports Unlimited, Inc., whose goal is to empower individuals with disabilities by providing access to recreational activities. For more information on this once a year event and to learn how you can be a sponsor, visit www.thunderinthevalleygames.com or call (888) 988-2553.