Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The ADD/ADHD Checklist

The ADD/ADHD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers by Sandra F. Rief, M.A. provides practical advice on helping children and teenagers with attention problems. It begins by covering the basic information on different aspects of ADHD. It includes information in a checklist format for parents and teachers that covers a wide range of topics. It also contains academic strategies and tips for helping kids at school and at home. This user-friendly reference guide is a great tool to help parents, teachers and professionals understand and educate kids with ADHD.

Interested in this book and live in Indiana?

If not, check WorldCat to see if it is located at your local library?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Summer Camps 2009!

The Indiana Department of Education just posted their special summer camps list of 2009! Check it out here: http://www.doe.in.gov/exceptional/speced/docs/Summer_Camp_List_2009.pdf

This list includes 12 pages of summer camps in Indiana and one in Illinois. It provides the name of the camp, contact information, dates open, and a brief description. Some highlights include:

CampAbility put on by Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis which explores sensorimotor experiences, expands communication skills, and develops social skills for children with special needs. www.eastersealscrossroads.org

Camp Hi-Lite in Bradford Woods in Martinsville serves children and young adults with Down Syndrome. www.bradwoods.org

Hoosier Burn Camp in Dayton serves children who have experienced burn injuries. It helps these children build self-esteem and realize their potential. www.hoosierburncamp.org

Timber Ridge Camp in Spencer has a week called Blind Camp in July for the visually impaired youth of all ages. www.trcamp.org or www.christianrecord.org

Friday, March 27, 2009

Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual 2

Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual 2 for Older adolescents and Adults What You, Your Parents and Friends, and Your Employer Need to Know by Ellen S. Heller Korin, M.Ed is a great resources for older adolescents and adults who have asperger syndrome , as well as those who don't. Throughout the book you will receive a definition of what asperger syndrome is, and common characteristics. You will also learn how to create a plan for your future goals, get an assessment about whether you are prepared to pursue your goals, what plan coaching is, how to get started, how to develop needed skills, roadblocks, and much more.

Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual 2 provides an excellent guide for helping people start a plan that will help them throughout their adult life.

Interested in checking it out? Indiana residents can contact us, and those outside of Indiana can use worldcat.org to find it in a library nearby!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More about women!

Nancy Mairs has been living with multiple sclerosis for many years. In her book, Waist High in the World, Mairs explores life from the seat of a wheelchair. In the first half of the book, she focuses on her own story, the progression of her disease and life with her family. In the second half of the book, she moves beyond herself and her immediate world, covering topics such as women with disabilities, obstacles in life, the thrills and woes of travel and more.

Interested in checking it out? Indiana residents can contact us, and those outside of Indiana can use worldcat.org to find it in a library nearby!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Women's History Month!

Celebrate the end of Women's History Month by checking out some of our resources about these amazing females!

Thinking in Pictures and other reports from My Life With Autism by Temple Grandin gives a report from the country of autism. She writes with the dual perspective of a scientist and an autistic person and tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world.

Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey by Rachel Simon is a true story of Rachel's sister Beth, a spirited woman with mental retardation who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city and Rachel one day accompanies her sister on these bus rides.

Sound and Fury (DVD) is an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary feature that follows the tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing members across three generations. For Peter Artinian and his wife, both of whom are deaf, they are caught between the choice for a surgical ear implant for their five-year-old daughter Heather.

Indiana resident interested in any of these items? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Check out Worldcat to search for these titles at your local library!

Friday, March 20, 2009

CeDIR Citings

The March edition of CeDIR Citings is now availablethrough the IIDC website. Through this newsletter,you can find information on disability awareness fairsin March, CeDIR's new autism blog, how to check us out of FACEBOOK and see what's new on our Delicious account.

CeDIR has dedicated this month's newsletter to education laws. Not only can you read a summary of one of the education books available at CeDIR but you can also check out some helpful resources such as books and websites.

Interested in previous editions? Click here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

did you hear...Spinal Cord Injury

Podcast Transcript


Palmer, S. (2008). Spinal cord injury : a guide for living 2nd ed. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wilder, E. I. (2006). Wheeling and dealing : living with spinal cord injury Nashville, Tenn. : Vanderbilt University Press.

Online resources:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Accessible Workstation!

Thanks in part to a grant funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region, CeDIR has a new accessible workstation! Our workstation starts with a motorized table that can be raised or lowered to accommodate both standing and sitting positions. We also have two different pointer devices: a large trackball for people who have difficulty with fine motor skills and a traditional mouse. Both mice are plugged in and ready at all times for anyone to use them.

Our accessible workstation has all the right tools with software such as Jaws, ZoomText, Kurzweil 3000, and Boardmaker Plus! to help ensure that everyone can use it. Jaws is a screen reader which allows access to information for people with low or no vision as well as anyone who has difficulty reading. ZoomText is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, up to 36 times! Kurzweil 3000 helps users with a variety of learning disabilities access information by manipulating electronic texts into an individualized accessible format. Boardmaker Plus! allows users to create personalized symbol-based print and interactive materials. This is particularly important for patrons using alternative communication devices, children with Autism as well as pre-reader and beginning readers.

Want to check it out? Stop by and see us, Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

"This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago."

Monday, March 16, 2009

Universal Design for Transition

Do you have a student who will be transitioning from high school to adult life? Check out this new resource from Paul Brookes Publishing! Universal Design for Transition: A Roadmap for Planning and Instruction uses a new concept, Universal Design for Transition (UDT), which is based on the principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and is put into practice for students in the transition process. This books shows how an educator can blend the two approaches to create successful transition outcomes for students.

Interested? Indiana residents can contact CeDIR to check it out. Those outside of Indiana can check worldcat.org to find it in a nearby library.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Guide to Down Syndrome for Siblings

Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters by Brian G. Skotko & Susan P. Levine is a complete guide to the joys and challenges of growing up with a brother or sister who has Down Syndrome. This guide has almost 100 questions and answers on various issues such as basic facts, behavior issues, learning level differences, teasing peers, general frustrations of siblings, and much more. The director of The Teachings of Jon, Jennifer Owensby said that this book "answers all those questions you have and don't know who to ask. I wish we'd had a copy growing up!"

Interested? Indiana resident? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Find this item through WorldCat at your local library.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


DisabilityInfo.gov is your one-stop spot for information on "disability programs, services, laws and benefits." The site is conveniently divided into nine sections:
You'll find great information on everything from affordable home ownership to education laws and regulations. You can even find information about accessible travel in Italy and self-determination! Check it out!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here: A Breakthrough Approach to Understand Someone Living with Alzheimer's by John Zeisel focuses on connecting with individuals that have Alzheimer's and learning to look at different aspects of their abilities that don't diminish over time. For example, listening to music or viewing art allows individuals to use parts of their brain that still function well. Zeisel also reveals that certain symptoms expressed by the individual with Alzheimer's are not symptoms of the disease but rather a person's reaction to what he calls the "four A's." Agitation, anxiety, aggression and apathy. He shows how caregiver's can have a vibrant and meaningful relationship with individuals that have the disease to have a better quality of life.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Father's Journey

Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with his Wordless Daughter by Robert Rummel-Hudson is the story of a family who won't give up when faced with a monster that steals their daughter's voice but can't crush her spirit. Schuyler is diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria which is an extremely rare neurological disorder and her parents are determined to figure out to help to her learn and this book is the story of that process.

Are you and Indiana resident and interested in this item? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Check out Worldcat to find this item at your local library!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Venus on Wheels

Venus on Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography, and Being Female
by Geyla Frank tells the story of Diane DeVries, a woman who was born with no arms or legs. Venus on Wheels describes DeVries life, and DeVries experiences due to her disabilities. The book also includes how Frank and DeVries met in college and have been friends for the past twenty years and much more. Venus on Wheels sees the cultural and social views in America of people with disabilities and shows how people with lives similar to DeVries have overcome them with the help of friends and family. Venus on Wheels is a great read for anyone who is interested in the subject, just curious or who are living a life like DeVries.

Indiana residents can check out this book at CeDIR. Those outside of Indiana can use to find it in a library nearby.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

School Counselor's Guide to Special Education

The School Counselor's Guide to Special Education is a handy reference tool for answering questions such as "What is the school counselor's role in special education?" and "How can school counselors assist students with special needs?" This guide promises to touch on these and other "best practices" questions to help school counselors meet the academic, social and career requirements of students with disabilities.

Indiana residents can check out this book at CeDIR. Those outside of Indiana can use worldcat.org to find it in a library nearby.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Parenting an Adult with Disabilities

In her book, Parenting an adult with disabilities or special needs : everything you need to know to plan for and protect your child's future, Peggy Lou Morgan gives us words of encouragement, wisdom, and advice from someone who has been there! While letting go of your child as they mature is never easy, for a parent who has a child with a disability, it's even harder. But Morgan believes the most loving thing parents can do is to prepare their children to leave home in a way that works best for them. This guide can help you make sure that your children leave home with confidence!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Caregiver's Guide to Dementia

What If It's Not Alzheimer's? A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia by Lisa Radin and Gary Radin is a comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The first part focuses on medical facts including definition and the differences between FTD and Alzheimer's, the second part focuses on the daily care routine, and the last section gives caregiver resources.

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Not a resident of Indiana? Click here to find this item at your local library.