Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Are you SAD?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, affects people at this time of year as the seasons change from summer to fall and winter. Some people are affected only mildly but for others the change brings severe symptoms of irritability, fatigue, weight gain or depression. However, there are treatments that can help.

SAD has been linked to a biochemical imbalance in the brain, thought to be brought on by the shorter days and longer nights in fall and winter. Sometimes, treatment can be as simple as spending more time outdoors in the sunlight during the fall and winter months or arranging furniture in a way that provides direct sunlight while indoors. Light therapy has been beneficial to some people who experience symptoms of SAD, while others turn to psychotherapy or even medication for help.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Autism and Libraries

The folks at the
Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library, have put together an excellent training program to help public libraries better serve people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, called Libraries and Autism: We're Connected. This program includes a training video for library staff as well as customizable handouts for patrons and a training workshop with supporting materials. Also included are links to great resources for parents such as Autism Speaks: First 100 Days kit. This program is a great resource for parents and librarians alike!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Car Talk

Looking for information about buying an accessible vehicle? Car Talk did a feature on drivers with special needs and compiled a list of resources on all sorts of organizations and websites that are out there and willing to help.

Check out the website: http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/Special-Needs/

They have sections on questions and answers for driving with mobility challenges and driving challenges for short, tall, and large drivers. They also list tons of resources on general information and adaptive technologies. They also have section where they have posted "remarkable stories about physically challenged drivers who have demonstrated incredible personal determination and in doing so, they have also pushed the limits of adaptive technologies."

This website was recommended to us by one of our faithful blog readers. If you have any recommendations for our blog feel free to contact us, or leave a comment with those suggestions!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Did you hear...Family Involvement Fund

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Family to Family: Connecting Families in Community

Family Involvement Fund

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Friday, October 31, 2008

UCP Election Day Twitter Patrol

United Cerebral Palsy has set up a twitter feed for real time reports of polling conditions for people with disabilities! For more information and to find out how you can participate, visit their blog at http://twitterpatrol.blogspot.com/. Want to find out more about voting accessibility? Visit: http://delicious.com/cedir/voting

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Did You Hear...No Child Left Behind ACT

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10 Tools for testing Web Accessibility

Jacob Gube at Six Revisions has put together a list of 10 free tools available to test how accessible your website is for people with disabilities. Often when people think of web accessibility they mainly think about whether or not their website is legible to a screen reader. Mr. Gube's list also includes tools to ensure that your website is accessible for people with low vision, and people who are color blind. Check it out at:


Monday, October 27, 2008

Technical difficulties...

Due to some technical difficulties our regularly scheduled podcast will be delayed by a day or so. In the meantime, please enjoy a book review!

Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion. Everybody wins when schools include kids with disabilities and their peers without. This book looks at the ideas, philosophy an research behind inclusion in the schools. It goes on to say exactly what a peer buddy program is and how to start one, how to recruit participants, and how to sustain the program.This book will help school administration, teachers and anyone interested in inclusion in today's schools.

Call us to check it out or go to worldcat.org to find it in a library near you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Brett Favre

Everyone knows that the National Football League has great players, but did you know that a lot of them give back to their communities? Here's one example: "The Brett Favre Fourward Foundation's mission is to provide aid to disadvantaged or disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi."

The foundation supports national organizations with programs in Wisconsin and Mississippi which help remove barriers to attain self-sufficiency for disadvantaged children. Another focus is youth programs for disadvantaged children and children with disabilities.

This foundation works with a number of different charities such as Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and Gaits to Success. For those interested in applying for a grant, go to http://www.brettfavre.com/foundation_about.php.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Awards presented by the City

The City of Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) presented recognition awards to organizations and individuals honoring their efforts in working for and with people with disabilities. The awards were presented at a ceremony on Monday, October 20, sponsored, in part, by the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department and Human Rights Commission. See the City's webpage for a full listing of the awards and award winners.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Study on Alzheimer's Prevention

Can Google help ward off Alzheimer's?

"A team out of the University of California-Los Angeles found that middle-aged and older people who frequently perform web searches seem to have more activity in the part of their brain that controls decision-making and complex reasoning."

The first article discusses the benefits of web searching and other healthy brain activities (like Sudoko) that can help ward off Alzheimer's. http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_28060.aspx

The second article is information on the study done at UCLA discussing the impact of technology on our brains. He talks about the brain gap which is the difference between what he calls "digital natives (those who have never known a world without e-mail and text messaging) and digital immigrants (those who witnessed the advent of modern technology long after their brains had been hardwired)." Interesting article. http://www.newsweek.com/id/163924/

(Image is from Jeff Sherman/Taxi-Getty Images)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Did you hear...Epilepsy


Hart, Y.M. (2008). Epilepsy: Questions and answers. Jupiter, FL: Merit Pub.

Gay, K. (2007). Epilepsy: The ultimate teen guide. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Kutscher, M.L. (2006). Children with seizures: A guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals . Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

New materials on Down syndrome

Parents must make a lot of adjustments when a new bundle of joy arrives. And when that bundle of joy arrives with an extra 21st chromosome (the genetic cause of Down syndrome) there are usually a few more adjustments.

Last month a third edition of Babies with Down syndrome: A new parent's guide was released by Woodbine House, thoroughly updated and revised to include the latest information on caring for children with Down syndrome through the age of five. This latest edition is a comprehensive revision of the book and examines so much of what parents need to know about their child's medical, developmental, and educational needs. Authors include parents, an adult with Down syndrome, advocates, educators, early interventionists, medical professionals and legal experts.

Indiana residents interested in checking out this book can give us a call or send an email. Others can use worldcat.org to see about library holdings in their area.


Another new book from Woodbine House is Helping children with Down syndrome communicate better: Speech and language skills for age 6-14. This book is a follow-up to Dr. Libby Kumin's Early communication skills for children with Down syndrome, published in 2003.

Helping children with Down syndrome communicate better provides parents and professionals with information and resources during this age where the communication gap widens between children with Down syndrome and those without. The book includes a suggested reading list, sample evaluations and blank forms, resource guides and more.

Check worldcat.org to see if the book is available in your local library!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Photo Gallery

The mayor of Bloomington, Mark Kruzan, has proclaimed October 13-19, 2008 National Down Syndrome Awareness Week. A traveling photo gallery will be on display at the College Mall in Bloomington October 15-22nd. Everyone is welcome to attend the unveiling. Click on the photo at right to see a larger size.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day is tomorrow, October 15, 2008.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) have put together a website with listing of local coordinators throughout the United States. Check out the website here!

The local coordinators for Indiana are:

Indianapolis, IN
Kelly Brown
Indianapolis Private Industry Council
151 N. Delaware St., Suite 1600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
VOICE: (317) 684-2225
FAX: (317) 639-0103

Johnson County, IN
Mark Kevitt
Interlocal Association
P.O. Box 69
Greenfield, IN 46140
VOICE: (317) 392-3279, Ext. 314
FAX: (317) 398-0502

Sarah Sharp
Pierce Sharp & Associates
587 South Vermillion Place, Suite 102
Gary, IN 46403
VOICE: (219) 484-7601

Monday, October 13, 2008

Did you hear...Home Improvement Fraud

Unfortunately two communities hit hardest by home improvement fraud are the elderly and people with disabilities. This podcast give tips on what to look for as well as where to get more information.

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