Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Apple Accessibility

Do you love Apple's iTunes and iPods? Do you have difficulty using them because of low vision or vision loss? Well, take heart! Apple has recently announced major accessibility changes to these products in the way that they work with screen readers and screen magnifiers.

iTunes version 8 makes managing accounts and shopping much more user-friendly for those using screen readers. Screen readers can also access iTunes U (university-based content) that will allow users to search, download, and play course content. The 4th generation iPod nano has optional spoken menus to take the guess-work out of accessing music for those with low or no vision. In addition, the new nano has a feature which will allow users to choose a larger-size font.

Cool new features for a couple of very popular products!

Friday, September 19, 2008

National Resource Center on AD/HD

The National Resource Center on AD/HD is the nation's clearinghouse for science-based news and information on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). From health statistics from the CDC, to job listings at the NRC, to research studies, this site has it all! Many topics of interest to parents, professionals and individuals with AD/HD are here: Diagnosis and Treatment, Educational Issues, and more general topics on Living with AD/HD. You'll find a wealth of information in English and in Spanish. Have a specific question on AD/HD? Click on the "Ask a question about AD/HD" link and fill out the form that follows.

The NRC also has a library which maintains a database of cataloged records of books, journal articles, DVDs, audiotapes and other material on AD/HD. Check it out at www.help4adhd.org.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

the disorganized mind

In Nancy Ratey's wonderfully insightful book, The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents, we learn how coaching an individual with AD/HD can be rewarding and potentially life-changing. Ratey shows us through her own experiences how we can coach others, or self-coach, to create organization and peace in the lives of people with AD/HD. She provides us guidance on how to develop skills and strategies to stay focused and get things done.

Interested? Call us today and check it out! Or if you're not an Indiana resident, check worldcat.org to see if it's available at your local library.

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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