Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

In a new book entitled The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, authors Bernice Y. L. Wong, Lorraine Graham, Maureen Hoskyn, and Jeanette Berman discuss learning disabilities and how they relate to language, working memory, reading, mathematics, and self-regulation. They also address the history of learning disabilities in Europe and the United States, as well as the social aspects of LD, like self-understanding and loneliness. While this work is written for an undergraduate audience, it can be useful for anyone interested in finding out more about this topic. Check out this informative book at CeDIR today, or visit worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Did you hear...IDEA 2004

Russo, C.J. (2006). What's changed?: A side-by-side analysis of the 2006 and 1999 IDEA Part B regulations. Horsham, Pa.: LRP Publications.

Anderson, W. (Ed.)(2008). Negotiating the special education maze: A guide for parents & teachers [4th ed.]. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

Wright, P.W.D., & Wright, P.D. (2007). Wrightslaw: Special education law [2nd ed.]. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Employment and Other Services for People with Disabilities

According to its website at www.nobleofindiana.org, Noble of Indiana helps 1,000 children and families every year with such activities as speech and developmental therapy, evaluation, assessment, education, and more. Additionally, 550 individuals with disabilities have found employment through the organization's school-to-work program. The group offers adult day activities like skill training, cooking classes, and arts and crafts, as well as support for students with disabilities, such as summer camp and school-age therapies. Upcoming events can be found
on this site, along with a 2007 Annual Report showing the progress Noble has made in the past year. To find out more about family supports, working in the community, or getting involved, visit www.nobleofindiana.org today!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Case Conferences and IEPs

for more information:

Pierangelo,R. (2007). Understanding, developing, and writing effective IEPs: A step-by-step guide for educators . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Chen, D. (2005). The first IEP [Videorecording]: A parent's perspective. Baltimore: Paul Brookes.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

A New Website for Students with Visual Disabilities

A new resource is now available to students with disabilities, as well as certain nonprofit organizations, libraries, government agencies, and educational and rehabilitational institutions, through the Department of Education. The website www.bookshare.org, which reproduces written material into more accessible formats for individuals with disabilities, is free to students with visual or other print disabilities. The site serves K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, and with the help of the Office of Special Education Program's financial assistance of $32 million, the site is expected to grow with at least 100,00 new titles over the next five years. To learn more about this valuable resource to students, visit www.bookshare.org.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Accessible World

Jonathan Mosen, Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management for Freedom Scientific, will share information and show off the new features of the PAC Mate Omni 6.1 on Tech Talk, an online conference operated by The Accessible World. The show takes place Monday, August 11, at 8:00 PM EDT (0:00 GMT Tuesday). Anyone with a computer that has Internet access can attend and participate in the session. Those with microphones can interact audibly with the presenters and others in the virtual audience. The interactive conference requires no password and is free.

During the presentation, Jonathan Mosen will discuss how the PAC Mate Omni accessible Pocket PC is available in models with either braille or QWERTY input – with or without a refreshable Braille display. Jonathan will demonstrate new accessibility features of the PAC Mate Omni that are a first for notetaker technology, including universal contracted braille entry, support for a range of commercial eBooks as well as PDF files, and expanded navigation quick keys on the Web.

Download the presentation or podcast from the Tech Talk archives.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Paralympic Sports, Live

At ParalympicSport.TV, viewers can watch athletes with disabilities perform live, or see pre-recorded programming of the Paralympic Games for free. The 2008 Paralympic Summer Games will be held in Beijing, China, September 6-17. Presented by Samsung and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), interviews, news, and event reports are all available here. The site also provides links to information about upcoming events, such as Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, and a "What's New" section that shows the latest postings to the site. To see the exciting performances of the athletes participating in the Paralympic Games, visit www.paralympicsport.tv today! Or, to learn more about IPC, visit www.paralympic.org.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Did you hear...Learning Disabilities

for more information:

Wong, B.Y.L. (2008). The ABCs of learning disabilities [2nd ed.]. Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press.

Fletcher, J.M. (2007). Learning disabilities: From identification to intervention. New York: Guilford Press.

Reid, R. (2006). Strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities. New York: Guilford Press.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

PHI's National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce

“There were approximately 2.5 million direct-care workers in the U.S. in 2003, and another 800,000 jobs are expected to open up over the next ten years as the population ages.” -PHI

PHI's National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce is an organization which provides resources to help address the problem of a shortage of workers in the field of long term care. The clearinghouse offers a library that includes fact sheets, a variety of reports, new briefs and more. These materials breech all aspects of caregiving, including recruitment, training, workplace politics and practical how to guides.

This organization also offers resources for direct care workers, including job listings, links to online communities and even information about unions. Personal testimonials of direct care workers are portrayed, as well as profiles of organizations that have successfully retained and recruited long term care workers.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Adults with Down Syndrome

In Adults with Down Syndrome, written by Siegfried M. Pueschel, experts compare the frequency of psychiatric disorders in adults with Down syndrome and the general population; they also explain the importance of social relationships and inclusion, as well as the history and different levels of advocacy. Adults with Down syndrome comment on daily living, work, friends, and other topics in personal essays. Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., says this book "will appeal both to young adults with Down syndrome who read the successful stories of peers and to professionals who will gain knowledge and insight from the experts." Visit CeDIR today to check out this insightful book, or go to worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SABE Conference 2008

The Self Advocates of Indiana will be hosting SABE's 9th National Self Advocacy Conference from September 4th to the 7th! The Self Advocates of Indiana are the only statewide Indiana organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities.

SABE 2008 (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered) will be held in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Check out more info at www.sabe2008.org!

"Rev up your engines for Indianapolis -- Self Advocacy's got the fever!"

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Disability Rights and Wrongs

Written by Tom Shakespeare, Disability Rights and Wrongs confronts the social issues surrounding disability, prenatal diagnosis, and the search for cures. Caring for people with disabilities, the relationship of people without disabilities to the community of individuals with disabilities, and disability rights are also discussed. Gary L. Albrecht at the University of Illinois at Chicago says of the author's writing, "Tom Shakespeare has produced a work of mature scholarship that advances our thinking about the fundamental issues in Disability Studies. The clarity and balance of his argument challenges others to raise the level of discourse in the field. Disability Rights and Wrongs is a must read." To find out more about this interesting and informative book, check it out at CeDIR today! Or, visit worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Accessible Travel

for more information:

Harrington, C. (2008). 101 accessible vactions: Travel ideas for wheelers and slow-walkers. New York: Demos Medical Pub.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-on Learners, Book 2: Advanced Survival Skills

Practical math is an important skill that is often used in daily living activities. DeAnna Horstmeier has published a new book on this topic called Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-on Learners, Book 2: Advanced Survival Skills. This book explores methods that can be used to help facilitate learning among those who are visually oriented, including adults and children with Down Syndrome and Autism. Teaching Math… includes worksheets, games and other learning activities. Topics covered include fractions, money, decimals, measurements, multiplication and division. This book can be used by anyone interested in teaching, no special training or expertise is necessary.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Road to Freedom

The Road to Freedom website at www.roadtofreedom.org documents the history that led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. To present this history to all fifty states and raise awareness of the ADA, participants have embarked on a nationwide tour giving press conferences, radio shows, and interviews; the site describes the group's journey. Here, visitors can view disability news articles; they can also sign the site's petition, contact officials elected to Congress, or sign up for the newsletter. In addition, the "Faces of Disability" section allows visitors to tell their own story about living with disabilities. The Road to Freedom also features a blog, store, and press room with current news and events. To learn more about this site and the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit www.roadtofreedom.org today.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gifts of Aspergers

The Myriad Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome by John M. Ortiz focuses on the talents, abilities, and achievements of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. Ortiz celebrates the qualities of individuals with Asperger's that he has met through his clinical experience, including their characteristic tenacity, honesty, and attention to detail. He also looks at the wide range of careers they have chosen and flourish in.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Support for Individuals with ASD

In her new book Providing Practical Support for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Supported Living in the Community, Denise Edwards discusses the important elements of supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (organization, communication, interpretation, social interaction, and health) as well as social networks, employment, and care plans. The author uses case studies throughout the book, along with examples of her own experiences with her son John, who is a 25-year-old with Asperger's syndrome. Further reading and a list of useful organizations are provided after the conclusion. To learn more about this informative book, check it out at CeDIR today! Or, to find it at a library near you, visit worldcat.org.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Did you hear...ADA

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 a resources guide for further information!

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

for more information:

O'Brien, R. (2004). Voices from the edge: Narrative about the Americans with Disabilities Act. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mezey, S. G. (2005). Disabling interpretations: the Americans with Disabilities Act in federal court. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Online Resources:

Indiana ADA Resources:
ADA-Indiana ( http://www.adaindiana.org ) ADA-Indiana promotes the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Indiana. The committee consists of representatives from the private sector, state agencies, universities, disability organizations, and disability advocates. It is funded through the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and Great Lakes ADA Center (in Chicago).

Some of their activities
  • Community ADA Implementation Projects. This is an annual competitive grants program that ADA-Indiana makes available to Indiana organizations. These grants have been used over the course of several years to provide funding for local community activities such as providing ADA training to businesses and local governments, making local transportation systems more usable for people with disabilities, and many others.
  • Monthly ADA Audio Conferences. ADA-Indiana's Audio Conference Series is monthly training opportunity that is supported in three communities: Bloomington, Gary, and Indianapolis. The sessions are one hour and a half in length and feature an expert on a topic related to the ADA each month. These audio conferences are free and open to the public.

  • Annual ADA Celebration. Each year ADA-Indiana observes the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by planning and coordinating a Celebration on, or around, the 26th of July. This year ADA-Indiana will commemorate the 18th Anniversary on Friday, July 25th by hosting a workshop for disability advocates on voting and the ADA in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Muncie, and New Albany.

Visit ADA-Indiana's website for more information on these activities or just to keep up-to-date on the ADA.

DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center (http://www.adagreatlakes.org) The Great Lakes ADA Center is one of the ten (10) Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers that are funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to provide training, technical assistance, and conduct research on the ADA. They serve Indiana and the surrounding states. If you call the toll-free number, 1-800-949-4232, you will talk to a technical assistance specialist (usually Peter Berg, who is the Project Coordinator for Technical Assistance,) who will be able to assist you with your ADA question. While they have been working to build up their distance education offerings - webcasts, audio conferences; Great Lakes is very active in Indiana - doing onsite trainings for local communities and participating as speakers and panelists in conferences.

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