Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guide to Sex for People with Asperger's

Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex, and Relationships for People with Asperger's Syndrome by Sarah Attwood is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Also offered in this book are coping strategies for different social experiences, from bullying to dating, and includes essential tips on the politics of mature behavior.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Autism book for sibs

In My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, we get a snapshot of what it can be like for a child to have a brother with Autism.

An incident in the cafeteria leads Billy's brother to run away rather than try to help Billy calm down and deal with the situation. Billy's brother expresses his frustration and concern about the incident to his teacher who finds a way to help the children understand Autism better.

Interested? Please contact us to check it out. If you're not an Indiana resident, go to to find it in a library near you!

Friday, January 23, 2009

What's new in Video Relay?

The Federal Communications Commission has issued an advisory on new rules for Video Relay Service (VRS) or Internet Protocol Relay (IP Relay) - two forms of Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). With the start of the new year, persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities who use these services will be able to obtain ten-digit telephone numbers, the same as used by voice telephone users. These rules require that VRS and IP Relay users be able to make and receive calls using their new ten-digit numbers. Using these numbers will also enable callers to make 911 calls which will be routed to the same enhanced 911 (E911) call center used by voice telephone users.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Putting Wishes into Writing

Need information on living wills or any other end of life decisions?

Indiana University-Bloomington's Office for Woman's Affairs (OWA) will be holding a workshop, Putting Wishes into Writing: Advanced Directives for Health Care and Respecting End of Life Decisions on Thursday, January 29, 4:00pm-5:30pm in Memorial Hall's East Lounge. This workshop will provide participants with the resources to prepare documents for health care representation as well as living wills.

Cathleen Ingle Weber, LCSW, a Community Health Educator at Bloomington Hospital will be facilitating the event. A light food menu will be provided. Please RSVP to Brandi at or call 812-855-3849 by January 26th.

Support Group for Caregivers

Indiana University-Bloomington's Office for Women's Affairs (OWA) is offering a monthly support group for caregivers of older adults beginning Wednesday, January 28, at the IMU Redbud Room. These sessions will allow you to share with other individuals on campus who are providing care for their aging loved ones. All meetings are from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. You are invited to come for the time you have available. Andrea Maltese, LCSW, will be facilitating the sessions. A beverage service will be provided.

Next meetings
Wednesday, January 28..... IMU Redbud Room
Wednesday, February 25..... IMU Redbud Room
Wednesday, March 25..... IMU Persimmon Room
Wednesday, April 22..... IMU Redbud Room
Wednesday, May 27..... IMU Redbud Room

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


VB-MAPP Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program by Mark L Sunberg provides an excellent tool to assess the learning, language and social skills for children with autism or other development disabilities. It includes a checklist of approximately 900 skills to track milestones and daily curriculum activities. Milestones, barriers and transition assessment summaries serve as a guide for planning the child's educational needs and develop IEP goals.

Interested? Contact us at 800-437-7924. If not an Indiana resident, you can find it at your local library with WorldCat.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Nursing home ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put together a five-star quality rating system to help users compare facilities and the quality of care residents receive. This tool gives each nursing home a rating of 1 to 5 stars based on Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures such as the prevalence of pressure sores or changes to resident's mobility. A facility receiving a 5-star rating is considered above average quality and those with only 1 star are considered much below average.

To try this tool out yourself, go to

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Educating Children with Complex Conditions

Educating Children with Complex Conditions: Understanding overlapping and co-existing developmental disorders by Winand H. Dittrich and Rona Tutt is an excellent resource for school leaders, practitioners in the field of special educational needs and disabilities, and students following courses in higher education. This book is written in a non-technical manner and brings together some of the latest research on how the brain works with what is known about identifying developmental disorders that appear to have a biological basis.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Contact us!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Did you hear...Inclusion in Faith Communities

Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities (2002). Believing, belonging, becoming [videorecording]. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities

Reynolds, T. (2008). Vulnerable communion: A theology of disability and hospitality. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press.

Hubach, S. (2006). Same lake, different boat : coming alongside people touched by disability. Phillipsburg, N.J. : P & R Pub.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Before the Special Education Referral

Before the Special Education Referral: Leading Intervention Teams by Matthew Jennings presents school leaders with a step-by-step, four phase model for developing, leading, and evaluating effective prereferral intervention teams. Jennings provides numerous reproducible tools that can be used for facilitating implementation and staff training.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

History, Progress, Transformation

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy unveiled at their Summit on Disability Employment Policy a photographic exhibit on disability history and employment. This exhibit documented the lives of people with disabilities throughout the last century--from confinement and segregation to employment and inclusion.The photos are a powerful reminder of how the lives of people with disabilities have changed through the years and ends with a vision for the future.

CeDIR has received a copy of the commemorative book, History, Progress, Transformation: Vision of the Future based on the exhibit. To check it out, give us a call!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Are you caring for someone who is aging, ill, or has a disability? In her book, Caresharing: A reciprocal approach to caregiving and care receiving in the complexities of aging, illess or disability, Marty Richards talks about moving beyond basic caregiving into a relationship of interdependence between the caregiver and the care receiver by focusing on the spiritual and emotional aspects of the relationship.

Indiana residents may check out this book from CeDIR, others can use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Did you hear...Nutrition


Batshaw, M. L., Pellegrino, L., Roizen, N. J. (Eds.). (2007). Children with disabilities. . Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co.

Pascal., C. (2006). The whole foods allergy cookbook: Two hundred gourmet & homestyle recipes for the food allergic family. . Ridgefield, CT: Vital Health Pub.

Heller, T., Marks, B., & Ailey, S. H. [2004]. Exercise and nutrition health education curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities [electronic resource]. Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities.

Story, M., Holt, K., & Sofka, D. (Eds.). (2002). Bright futures in practice: Nutrition. . Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.

Medlen, J. E. G. (2002). The Down syndrome nutrition handbook: A guide to promoting healthy lifestyles. . Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

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