Thursday, April 30, 2009

Transition Program for Teens

Creating a Transition Program for Teens: How DO-IT does it, and how you can do it, too by Sheryl Burgstahler, Sara Lopez, and Tracy Jirikowic tells how DO-IT puts research into practice to promote the success of students as they transition from high school to college to careers in challenging fields that include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This book helps administrators create summer study, work-based learning, and e-mentoring programs for youth.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Talking Back to OCD

Talking Back to OCD: The Program that Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" and Parents say "Way to Go" by John March and Christine Benton gives advice and guidance for parents and children with his eight-step program. Each chapter describes a specific problem and list ways to develop skills to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions. This resource guide is a valuable tool to help a young person battle OCD.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Combating Violence & Abuse

Combating Violence & Abuse of People with Disabilities by Nancy Fitzsimons is an eye-opening sourcebook for professionals, advocates and families to learn to recognize and stop abuse before it starts. This book empowers readers with the knowledge and strategies to help people with disabilities to develop practical safety skills, form healthy relationships, and communicate effectively. This well-researched and comprehensive book is highly recommended.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Story of Down Syndrome

The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self Discovery by Kathryn Lynard Soper tells the journey of a mother's struggle with her newborn son, Thomas's diagnosis with Down Syndrome. In this book, she describes facing her deepest fears, weaknesses, ignorance, prejudice and her limitations as a mother and human being. Soper also has to couple her struggle with the demands of caring for Thomas, juggling the rest of her family needs (which includes six other children) and facing the worst depression of her life.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse

Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse Vol. 1 expressing Yourself is a DVD specialized for children with autism spectrum disorder. Here children can learn to express themselves using their voice and their body. In the DVD you get 42 minutes of educational songs, an interactive section called "Kibbles World, karaoke song-a-long special features, over forty minutes of materials dedicated to support parents and much more.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Conference on mental health

A one-day conference on the topic of “Bringing Worlds Together ID: MH (Intellectual Disabilities: Mental Health)” will take place in Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The conference is being presented by Meridian Services in association with NADD-An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Two keynote presentations are planned: Lauren Charlot, PhD., will speak on “Medical Problems that May Present as Acute Psychiatric Disorders” and Edwin Mikkelsen, MD, will speak on “Pathways to and from Polypharmacy.” This will be followed by six concurrent sessions on topics that include community collaboration, crises, individual supportive therapy, trauma treatment, assessment of risk, and mood disorders in people with ID.

Online registration will be available in late April. For more information, go to

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

That Went Well

That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan is based on her life and caring for her sister, Irene, who has a cognitive disability from an injury at birth. This memoir begins with her parents decision to keep Irene at home instead of sending her into an institution and the impact that had on the family in the 1950's in Utah. Terrell and her family find humor even in the most difficult times. This story is an honest look into the lifelong relationship of taking care of a sister who has a cognitive disability while caring for her own family.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Work Experiences for Youth

The Way to Work: How to Facilitate Work Experiences for Youth in Transition by Richard G. Luecking is a practical guide designed to help educators, transition specialists, and employment specialists facilitate satisfying work experiences and jobs for high school students and young adults with disabilities. Included in this book are tips on formal and informal assessments, recruiting employer partners, advocating for accommodations on the job, support, family involvement, and collaboration with other professionals.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Let's Make Faces!

Let's Make Faces! Have Fun Drawing Different Faces for Different Feelings but Gerard Emerson Langeler helps children with disabilities learn to identify various facial expressions and what each expression means. Each set of pages corresponds to a certain expression. One page will describe what each emotion is, triggers for the emotion and then puts the emotion into a real life situation the child would relate to. The next page will then ask the child to draw what they think the emotion looks like.

Let's Make Faces! is a great introduction for children to learn about emotions and what is behind each expression.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Quality of Life

Quality of Life and Disability: An Approach for Community Practitioners by Ivan Brown and Roy Brown is a practical book that applies ideas about quality of life to the field of disability to assist front-line professionals, managers and policy-makers in effective service provision. The book also discusses the quality of life in the daily lives of people who have disabilities and shows how an understanding of the issue can inform practice in assessment, intervention, management and policy.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Young Art Tatum

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker is the story of a jazz pianist from Toledo, Ohio who was born nearly blind. As a young boy, he enjoyed playing the piano first for his family, churches, and local radio stations to later perform in countries all over the world. This is a beautifully illustrated tribute to one of the greatest jazz musicians of all times.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

We all Learn

Disabilities and Differences: We All Learn
by Rebecca Rissman is part of a larger series called Disabilities and Differences. We All Learn is a perfect introduction for children from ages four to six to learn that not all people are the same and that all people are special. The book displays easy to read text and obvious images which explains every day activities and stimulate thought and discussion about differences that people experience, both mental and physical.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Webinar on employment

On Thursday, May 7, the Alliance for Full Participation will be hosting a webinar entitled, "Employment Today: Understanding the Current State of Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities." Jim Gardner, president and CEO of The Council on Quality and Leadership and president of The Alliance for Full Participation will moderate the webinar. Chester Finn, president of SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered) will discuss the importance of employment for self advocates and their communities, and John Butterworth, Research Director of the Center on State Systems and Employment will present the results of a study on the status and trends in employment for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, go to

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Miles From the Sideline

Miles From the Sideline: A Mother's Journey with her Special Needs Daughter by Maura Weis, the wife of Charles Wies, the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame walks you through her challenges and joys of raising a child with special needs. She shares her day to day life and gives insight to other parents that have a child with emotional, developmental and social delays. This story is a beautiful expression of a mother's love for her daughter. A powerful and honestly written memoir that will be hard to put down.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Gift of Adult ADD

The Gift of Adult ADD: How to Transform Your Challenge & Build on Your Strengths
by Lara Honos-Webb, PH.D offers a new approach on how to transform symptoms into strengths. This guidebook show readers how to use their ADD to improve their parenting skills, relationships and work lives. It also includes inspiring stories of people with ADD who have become successful by focusing on their strengths instead of on their weaknesses. This book offers positive and inspiring strategies of how to have a better overall quality of life.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Paralysis Resource Guide

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) created a Nxtbook on comprehensive information on paralysis including sections on the basics of various paralysis conditions, health and wellness management, rehabilitation, active living, tools and technology and tons more resources. This book serves the full community of people affected by paralysis, including loved ones and caregivers.

Nxtbook are print materials that are put into easy-to-read digital editions over the Internet.

Check out this amazing resource at this link:

Friday, April 3, 2009

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month! And today is World Autism Awareness Day!

The Autism Society of American lists 8 ways you can help raise awareness during the month of April. Click here to look at this list. My personal favorite is "Get bouncing! After a successful first year, ASA and inflatable playground franchise Pump It Up are bouncing again with “Bounce for Autism” - a nationwide, community-based fundraising event that combines family fun with raising awareness and support for autism in locations that welcome children on the autism spectrum. "

Check out our blog on Autism Resources for more information on Autism.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Small Steps Foward

Need new ideas of how to entertain a young child with special needs? Sarah Newman's latest edition of the award-winning Small Steps Forward: Using Games and Activities to Help Your Pre-School Child with Special Needs is full of practical advice for parents or anyone working with children with developmental disabilities. The games and activities use toys and materials you already have so there is no special preparation required. This book also addresses general issues such as behavior management, toilet training, and sleep management and includes an outline of child development to help place a child's progress in context. Parents of young children with special needs will find lots of ideas to encourage their child's development.

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