Monday, July 14, 2008

Did you hear...Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

for more information:

Pavlides, M. (2008) Animal-assisted interventions for individuals with autism. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Online resources:
Service Animals

Animal Assisted Therapy

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Asperger and Employment

People with Asperger Syndrome often face difficulties when making the jump from formal education to the work force. They might face challenges such as being unable to communicate effectively with co-workers, problems with adjusting to a disruptive work environment or being unable see the "big picture" of a project. However, people with Asperger Syndrome also have many strengths that make them valuable employees when in the right occupation.

Temple Grandin’s Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome lists various occupations that would be in tune the strengths of a person with Aspergers Syndrome.

CeDIR also has several books on this topic, including:

How to find work that works for people with Asperger syndrome : the ultimate guide for getting people with Asperger syndrome into the workplace (and keeping them there!) by Gail Hawkins

Asperger syndrome employment workbook : an employment workbook for adults with Asperger syndrome by Roger Meyer

Check them out today!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Early Intervention & Autism

When does autism usually appear? Is it a biological or a psychological disorder? What does autism look like in real life? These questions and more are asked and answered by James Ball, a board certified behavior analyst, in his new book Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers. The author discusses strategies for a successful early intervention program, behavior challenges and meltdowns, and useful resources for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Included in the back of the book are appendices with a "Day in the Life" example of the author's strategies in practice and a sample Individual Family Services Plan.

If you would like to learn more about this informative book, stop by CeDIR today, or visit to find it at a library near you.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Animal-Assisted Interventions

Animal-Assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism by Merope Pavlides discusses success stories of different animal-assisted interventions, notes the challenges of working with particular animal species, and emphasizes the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. The author also lists recommendations for resources and further reading.

Interested in the book? Indiana resident? Contact us here at CeDIR!

Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Mentor Network

The Mentor Network Charitable Foundation was launched in 2007. The Mentor Network is a national network of local human service providers offering an array of quality, innovative services to adults and children with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury; to children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges; and to elders in need of home care. They also have applications for various grants and funds. For more information and or application to any of their programs check out their website at

Monday, July 7, 2008

Did you hear...CeDIR has a podcast!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of 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 a resources guide for further information! Today's topic is:


for more information:

Hauss, S.E. (2003). Welcome to our house: One family's story on accessibility Bloomington,IN: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

Steven Winter Associates. (1997). Accessible housing by design: Universal design principles in practice New York : McGraw-Hill

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome: the Way of the Pathfinder by Ron Rubio

People with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) typically experience difficulty with balance, coordination and sensory awareness. The mind/body exercises in this book help young people with AS improve these skills, leading to greater self-confidence, and independence.

Easy to use, with photographs to show how exercises are done correctly, these techniques can have an immediate effect on how an individual stands, sits, moves, thinks of him- or herself, and relates to others. The author's approach integrates ideas and practices from disciplines including martial arts, Eastern principles of mindfulness, techniques of visualization, breathing, posture, and movement, and the practice of mentoring.

Check out Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome at the Center for Disability Information and Referral today! Not an Indiana Resident? Find Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome in a library near you with!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Great Outdoors

Also in honor of National Therapeutic Recreation Week, The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children's Right to Play Outside by Mary S. Rivkin is another possible recommendation. The author calls for schools and communities to restore children's outdoor play opportunities and gives inspiring examples of play spaces across the United States and the world such as the Washington Environmental Yard in Berkeley, CA. This public school's asphalt court was transformed into ponds, woods, and meadows for their children. Rivkin also suggest some practical ideas for bringing the great outdoors to your school.

Are you an Indiana resident interested in this title, well then contact us!

No worries if you're not an Indiana resident, find this book at your local library!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wings to Fly

In honor of National Therapeutic Recreation Week, Sally Dorothy Bailey's Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs is now on display at CeDIR. The first few chapters of this book introduce descriptions of various physical and cognitive disabilities, then adaptations needed for teaching school-age children with special needs. Readers will find that theatre arts help students improve their communication skills and confidence, work in teams, and express themselves. Issues such as mainstreaming, working with teachers, and incorporating other subjects into drama are also covered. Visit CeDIR today to check out this interesting book, or visit to find it at a library near you.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Running on Dreams

Written by Herb Heiman, Running on Dreams tells the story of two teens, Justin and Brad, who endure the trials of adolescence - fitting in, dating, and developing relationships, to name a few. The book is written from both of their perspectives; Brad, a popular student at a mainstream school, is the aide of Justin, who has autism. As they truly get to know one another, a friendship based on loyalty and trust emerges. To check out this interesting novel, visit CeDIR today! Or, click here to find Running on Dreams at a library near you.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Choosing which college to attend can be a daunting task, this is especially true when the student has an intellectual disability. In the past, these students were often not given the opportunity to attend college, but that's not the case today. The folks at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts in Boston have put together a great website called to help students and families find the right program for them! This site includes a searchable database of post-secondary programs that support students with intellectual disabilities, a resource guide with links to information to help students and their parents make informed decisions and much more. is organized into different sections for students, families and professionals to help users quickly find the information they need most.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Talking to People with Disabilities

What is the most appropriate terminology to use when addressing a person with disabilities? This is one of the topics discussed on a new YouTube video by Millerchat, along with a short history of words such as "handicapped" and "physically challenged." Join Joe Bellil and Mike Kennedy as they give their take on such terminology and what it means to them. Click here to watch this video and learn more about communicating with people with disabilities.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Strategies for Summer Reading

LD Online, the world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD has put up an online article titled Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia by Dale S. Brown. The article is geared towards parents and lists some summer strategies to help a child with dyslexia remember what they learned in school and help them discover that reading is useful and enjoyable. Check out the article here!

Also on this website there is a link to listen to Dale Brown talk about tips for summer reading on Parent's Journal, a national radio series.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Adventures in the Mainstream

Author Greg Palmer documents the transition of his son Ned, who has Down syndrome, to adulthood in Adventures in the Mainstream. This book describes Ned's life at school, work, and in relationships in journal format, beginning in June 2002 and ending in September 2004. Emily Perl Kingsley, a writer and former member of the National Down Syndrome Congress Board of Directors, says of Palmer's work, "The joys, disappointments, fears, rewards, challenges, and the overwhelming love and pride - it's all here, beautifully told with humor and passionate authenticity. The book resonated with me on every page!" If you would like to check out this interesting read, visit CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn

Written by Marc A. Markell, Ph.D., a grief counselor and university professor, Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn: Practical Rituals for Caregivers provides 20 easy rituals that can be used to help individuals with developmental disabilities understand what death is and how they can cope with the death of a loved one. Little time and few materials are needed for these activities, and each is followed by an example with a story to show how it is successfully used in practice. If you are interested in this book, check it out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others

Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others: A Workbook for Children with Asperger's Disorder, Non Verbal Learning Disorder and other Social Skill Problems

Asperger's disorder is a common neuropsychiatric condition that affects children's abilities to understand and become involved in social interaction. When a child in your life struggles with Asperger's or Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), developing social skills will be a particular challenge for him or her. This illustrated workbook--written by the founders of SuperKids, an innovative program that treats hundreds of children with Asperger's disorder each year--offers simple exercises you can use to facilitate this important process.

Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others includes activities that will help kids with Asperger's disorder and related conditions learn how to read social cues, avoid meltdowns, understand others' needs and intentions, resolve conflicts with friends, build basic nonverbal skills, and more.

To find this title at a library near you, click here!

First Annual International Autism Summit

Presented by and the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, the First Annual International Autism Summit will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on October 10th through the 12th. This event will be a great way to connect with others who are interested in autism issues, locate new resources, ask questions, and hear professionals discuss current topics relating to autism and Asperger's syndrome. It is open to anyone interested; for more information, visit, or call Autism Today at (866) 838-3687.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Parent's Guide to Autism

With strategies for early detection and intervention, Could It Be Autism? provides direction for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Chapters cover diagnosis, treatment options, and short descriptions of various autism-related disorders, as well as parents' rights, talking to relatives or friends whose children may have autism, and coping with the situation. Author Nancy D. Wiseman, founder and president of First Signs, Inc., provides a "To Do Now" section at the end of every chapter to guide parents through the next steps they should take through the various stages of this disorder. To read more about this invaluable resource, check it out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Autism Heroes

With artwork by Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge shows the perspectives of autism through the eyes of 38 families, each with their own story to tell. In this book, author Barbara Firestone, who has thirty years of experience working with children with special needs, speaks with families about how autism has affected their lives, along with their hopes and challenges. To view the amazing photographs by Buissink and read the stories of these courageous people, check this book out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Life As We Know It

A father writes about his life raising a child with Down syndrome in Life As We Know It, one of the books currently on display at CeDIR. When his son Jamie is born in 1991, Michael Berube learns about the treatments available for developmental disabilities and the many ways in which Down syndrome is misunderstood by society. He also contemplates what it is to be human. He says in his book, "My job, for now, is to represent my son, to set his place at our collective table. But I know I am merely trying my best to prepare for the day he sets his own place. For I have no sweeter dream than to imagine that Jamie will someday be his own advocate, his own author, his own best representative." To read about the first four years of Jamie's life, check this title out at CeDIR today, or click here to find it at a library near you.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Disaster Relief for Individuals with Disabilities

Due to the recent flooding and tornadoes that have made parts of Indiana disaster areas, the Arc of Indiana is offering $100 debit cards to people with disabilites who have been severely affected by these events. The criteria to receive financial assistance is that the person must be disabled and receiving Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid Disability. Also, he or she must live in a county declared a disaster area; the individual must use the money as it is intended, and use it to assist, and not supplant, income used to pay bills. Individuals with cerebral palsy who need medical equipment can contact the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana, Inc. at (317) 632-3561 or (800) 723-7620. If you are in need of financial assistance, visit and click on the "Disaster Relief Assistance" link to find the certification form. Or, if you would like to make a donation to the Arc of Indiana for disaster relief, checks can be sent to the following address: The Arc of Indiana, 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204.