Monday, October 6, 2008

Did you hear...Down Syndrome

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and that also means it's time for Buddy Walks! Never heard of a Buddy Walk? The National Down Syndrome Society established the first Buddy Walk in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Actor Chris Burke led the flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. Last year more than 230,000 people participated in Buddy Walks across the country. Since the Buddy Walk was created in 1995, over 2,000,000 people have participated in Buddy Walks worldwide!

Go to to find a walk in your area!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Family Center on Technology and Disability

Ever wonder about what's happening with captioning in America? How about the use of descriptive audio? Or what's happening with assistive technology? The Family Center on Technology and Disability is a federal program funded from the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs and managed by a partnership of organizations, including the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER), Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and InfoUse, Inc.

The center has a great website. Check out their monthly newsletters available online, explore their assistive technology resources database, or read through their AT success stories. They also have Family Information Guides to Assistive Technology and more resources in Spanish.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Where do they stand?

With the election nearly upon us, many voters are interested in where each candidate stands on disability related issues. The folks at the Ohio Legal Rights Service have put together a side by side comparison chart with information found on the candidates' Web sites, the candidates' Senatorial Web sites and supplemented by other sources, to help voters make an informed decision.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Did you hear...Disability Employment Awareness Month

Griffin, C. (2007). The job developer's handbook: Practical tactics for customized employment. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Synatschk, K.O. (2007). Employment and career planning. Austin, TX: Pro-ED.

Wehman, P. (Ed.) (2007). Real work for real pay: Inclusive employment for people with disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community & Center on Community Living and Careers.
A roadmap to choosing an employment agency. Bloomington, IN: Author.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Winter Heating Costs Assistance

From the September "First Call for Help" Newsletter...
Local Community Action Programs (CAP) are accepting
mailed-in applications for energy assistance for the upcoming
winter season. Energy assistance application packets are
available to anyone who has a family member that is elderly,
disabled, or 5 years old or younger. There are also income
guidelines that a family must fall within. (Guidelines listed
below). Proof of income and other documentation listed in
application packet must be sent with application to complete
process. When applications are received they are processed,
but benefits won’t be applied until after the program start date.
Those who were not able to mail in their application may
contact their local CAP agency to schedule an appointment.
Energy assistance will begin October 6th.
Income Guidelines:

# in Household Yearly Income
1 $15,600
2 $21,000
3 $26,000
4 $31,800

For each additional member add $5,400

For more information, contact your local CAP agency today:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Unstrange Minds

Ever wonder why autism seems to be so much more prevalent these days? Author Roy Richard Grinker does in his book, Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism. Grinker sets out on a worldwide search to find out what may be causing the increase, and his controversial discovery will surprise you.

Curious? Call us today to check out this interesting book. Or if you're not an Indiana resident, check to see if your local public library has a copy.

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

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 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 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 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

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