Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Assistive Technology can make all the difference for a student with a disability in a classroom setting. However it can be very difficult to know what's available to students as well as which assistive devices are the best fit for each students needs. Great Schools.com has put together a great guide for parents to help explain what assistive technology is and help evaluate which technologies might be best for your child.

For more information about Assistive Technology resources in Indiana, visit Easter Seal Crossroads website, or contact CeDIR.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Did you hear...ADHD


Kutscher, M.L. (2008). ADHD - living without breaks. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Pub.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

More Than Little Professors

More Than Little Professors: Children with Asperger Syndrome: In Their Own Words will delight and amaze you! In this wonderful collection of quotes, stories, poems and art, the editor brings together fabulous insight into the minds of children with Asperger syndrome. From as young as age 2, incredible things come out of the mouths of these children. From older kids, we learn about some of the common misunderstandings that can arise when people interact with kids on the autism spectrum.

Check it out at CeDIR today! Or if you're not an Indiana resident, check worldcat.org to see if it's available at your local library.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Access to Recreation

Access to Recreation is a three-year initiative, launched in 2006 that aims to increase access to recreation through the building of accessible recreation venues, including trails, playgrounds, spray parks, and more.

The Access to Recreation initiative began in Michigan and has expanded to four states and includes more than 40 accessible recreation projects, funded in part by the W.K. Kellog Foundation. In Indiana, there are six different projects ranging from accessible water recreation areas to docks, trails and cabins.

Interested in helping out? Monroe County Parks and Recreation are looking for volunteers Sept. 12, 13 & 14th to help install part of Karst Farm Playscape. For more information visit www.weallplay.org.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Caring for Myself: A Social Skills Storybook

Any parent will tell you that getting their child to wash their hands or brush their teeth can be a difficult thing. This can be especially true if their child has an Autism spectrum disorder. To help kids understand the importance of these activities Christy Gast and Jane Krug have developed a great book called "Caring for Myself"

"Caring for Myself" is divided into 5 activities: washing hands, getting a haircut, brushing teeth, taking a bath and going to the doctor. Each section starts with a "Who: What: Where: When: How: and Why:" summary of the activity followed by clear, concise descriptions and photos of each step of the activity. At the end of each section the authors have provided lists of things to consider for parents.

Interested in checking it out? Indiana residents can contact us at (800) 437-7294 for more information. Not an Indiana resident? No worries! Find it at your local library!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Collaboration & Teaming!

Dr. Carrie Chapman and Cate Hart of the Center for Education and Life Long Learning have created a great training tool for education professionals called "Collaboration and Teaming: Eight Dramatic Vignettes of Teams Working & Learning Together."

This DVD includes eight vignettes featuring a school team during a year-long planning process, facing problems, and designing realistic solutions. Some areas of focus are:
  • listening and conversation skills;
  • conflict management and negotiation;
  • co-teaching styles and models;
  • teamwork tools and more.

This DVD is available for check-out to Indiana Residents at CeDIR, or for purchase from the Indiana Institute E-Store.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Social Security Benefits

Do you have questions about Social Security Disability Benefits? Concerned about keeping your benefits after returning to work? CeDIR has a copy of the latest edition of Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting and Keeping your Benefits. It's filled with the latest information on applying for benefits, how to prove your disability, appealing if your claim is denied, and more!

If you would like to learn more about this book, check it out at CeDIR today or, if you are not an Indiana resident, visit worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form in the body's vital organs, such as the brain, eyes, heart, lungs and more. People affected by the disease can experience developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, and even autism, but TSC does not always affect everyone severely. Symptoms can be so mild in some people, that it can go undiagnosed. And while TSC is a genetic disorder, it is also believed that two-thirds of those diagnosed develop TSC by spontaneous genetic mutation. The cause of the mutation is still a mystery.

There is no cure for TSC, but treatments are available. Early intervention is helpful in combating developmental delays, and surgery can be performed to prolong organ function. Technology is being used to help create new therapies and to help control seizures. Many people living with TSC lead healthy, productive lives.

For more information on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and what's being done to find a cure, visit:

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

MedLine Plus

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Friday, August 29, 2008

Web Community

WrongPlanet.net is a thriving web community designed for people who have Autism or Aspergers and anyone else who is interested in understanding people with these disorders. Wrong Planet offers a a variety of information including interviews, articles, chat, a blog list and a shop.

One of the most notable aspects of the site is the active message board, where a diverse group of people post questions, trade advice and tell stories. Wrong Planet has many forums, including a Parent’s Board, an area where people with Aspergers can talk about employment and several topical boards that discuss anything from video games to philosophy. Wrong Planet provides a very personal and interesting look inside the world of people who have Aspergers or Autism.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


In ADHD & Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table, author Blake E. S. Taylor describes some of his experiences living with ADHD. He shows readers how to overcome social anxiety, avoid being misunderstood by people around them, and how to be more organized, among other things. Every chapter ends with a "Cause & Effect" and "Solutions" section, which explains some of the challenges of ADHD and how they can be dealt with. This first-hand account of school and family life with the disorder is recommended for students, parents, and professionals who have or work with others who have ADHD. If you would like to learn more about this book, check it out at CeDIR today, or visit worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive Clothing is designed for people with disabilities. Some disabilities often make traditional clothing uncomfortable to wear or difficult to put on. Special adaptive clothing is available to suit many needs, including those who use wheelchairs, patients with Alzheimer's, persons with developmental disabilities, anyone with a limited range of motion or children with special needs.

Many companies have addressed the need for adaptive clothing and some have a web presence where one can browse a catalog or look at samples.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living

Written by Sara Palmer, Ph.D., Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living discusses many of the challenges faced by individuals with spinal cord injuries, such as independent living, family life, employment, and housing. It includes recent medical research and true stories of people living with spinal cord injuries, as well as the social issues involved after recovery. In a recent review, the Disability Studies Quarterly said the following of Palmer's work: "This book does a very good job of taking someone from the moment of injury, to hospital and rehabilitation, and into adjusting to life and relationships with a disability. Anyone who has a friend, colleague, or family member confronted by this trauma might find this a useful gift in difficult circumstances." If you would like to find out more about Spinal Cord Injury, check it out at CeDIR today, or visit worldcat.org to find it at a library near you.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Did you hear...Paralympic Games

for more information:

Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Paralympic Sport TV

U.S. Paralympic Team

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Radio Series on Disability

Going back as early as the 1800s, a radio series at http://www.straightaheadpictures.org/beyond-affliction/intr_pre.html is giving listeners an idea of how society's view of disability has changed with time. Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project presents information from primary source documents in a four-hour radio series, which is made up of individual shows, including Inventing the Poster Child, The Overdue Revolution, and Tomorrow's Children. Tapes and transcripts can be ordered via this site, and clips of the shows can be accessed through the "Real Audio" link. To learn about the history of disability in the United States, visit Beyond Affliction at http://www.straightaheadpictures.org/beyond-affliction/intr_pre.html, or check out the sound recording at CeDIR today. You can also find it at a library near you by visiting worldcat.org.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Autism and Diet

For some children with autism, eating a gluten free diet can be a effective treatment to help ease symptoms such as speech or behavior difficulties. Wheat, grains and starches are avoided as part of a this type of nutritional plan. CeDIR has several cookbooks and diet intervention books on eating gluten free including:

The kid-friendly ADHD & autism cookbook : the ultimate guide to the gluten free, casein free diet
By Pamela J Compart

Allergy busters : a story for children with autism or related spectrum disorders struggling with allergies
By Kathleen Chara

Incredible edible gluten-free food for kids : 150 family-tested recipes
By Sheri L Sanderson

Diet intervention and autism : implementing the gluten free and casein free diet for autistic children and adults : a practical guide for parents
By Marilyn Le Breton

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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