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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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Gift of Dyslexia

The Gift of Dyslexia:Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read and How They Can Learn by Ronald D. Davis shows a side to dyslexia that not many people see. Here Davis explains "What dyslexia really is", gives a developmental theory about dyslexia and techniques for how people can overcome the difficulties that come with dyslexia. Davis describes how people with dyslexia have a gift because they tend to be more creative than the average person, and more aware of the people and places around them. Ronald Davis shows dyslexia not as something to be ashamed of but as a gift that people can use to their advantage.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Aging Indiana

As the population ages, more and more people are interested in finding and creating elder-friendly communities, support systems to help people remain in their homes and active members of the community and more. Aging Indiana is an great place find more information about what's going on in Indiana to create elder-friendly communities, as well as find the results of the 2008 AdvantAge Initiative Survey.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Differentiated Instruction


Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher is designed to provide teachers with a wealth of new and exciting strategies to engage students in all aspects of the writing process. Lessons can be modified to accommodate students with different learning styles and opportunities to involve parents are also provided. It's a great resource that gives teachers valuable tools for teaching standards-based curriculum in inclusive middle school classrooms.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Teenagers

People Smarts for Teenagers: Becoming Emotionally Intelligent by Carol Carter helps teenagers develop skills for learning about themselves, understand the motivations behind their peers actions, strengthen the ability to make friends, develop coping strategies for life's issues, and help them manage stress.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

CeDIR is now on Facebook!

The Center for Disability Information and Referral is now on the popular site Facebook. Become one of CeDIR's fans and you can learn all about upcoming events, check out our blog, and receive "mini feeds" about what is going on at CeDIR. You can also talk to other fans of CeDIR on our Wall or post questions on our discussion board for others to answer and much more.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Inclusive Classrooms

Themes for Inclusive Classrooms Lesson Plans for Every Learner by Laverne Warner is a perfect book for teachers who have developing young children as well as children with special needs in their classroom. Each lesson plan features objectives, a materials list, a circle or group time activity, assessment strategies, accommodations/modifications, and curriculum connections.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hidden Disabilities

Hidden Disability Coalition, now called the Bloomington Association of People with Hidden Disabilities, is having their monthly meeting at Monroe County Public Library, meeting room 1A on Thursday, February 26 at 4:00pm.
This month they will be discussing stigma and discrimination. "Hidden Disability" covers areas of disabilities that are not always apparent or visible.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Autism Resources Blog!

Are you looking for information on Autism Spectrum related books and videos? Visit our new blog at http://iidcautismresources.blogspot.com. Here you will find information about all the latest autism related resources available to Indiana residents through CeDIR, as well as quality online resources, tips and tricks on how to find good information online, learn how to search our collection and more! We look forward to "seeing" you there!

Friday, February 13, 2009

How Do I Teach This Kid?


How do I Teach This Kid? Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum by Kimberly A. Henry provides several at home and school tasks that help children with autism, specifically ages two to ten, in writing, reading, sorting, matching, math and motor functions. Not only is the book great for professionals it is also a wonderful tool for parents. How Do I Teach this Kid? goes step by step in explaining what "task boxes" are, how to create a system where the child will start to learn independently, what to do once you've acquired the material for the tasks, and even tips for constructing he tasks. Examples of Individual Education Plan goals and data sheets for tracking the tasks can be found at the end of the book.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Create a Meaningful Day!

Creating a Meaningful Day: An Innovation Curriculum for Adults with Significant Intellectual Disabilities by Linda Cofield-Van Dyke is a curriculum that features 96 lessons in areas like socializing, athletics, nature awareness, community service, drama, visual arts, creative movement, storytelling, etc. Use these step-by-step plans to help eliminate boredom and the endless search for ideas.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Abledata: Information Source for Assistive Technology


Do you need help deciding the best assistive product to purchase for you or a loved one? Abledata is a wonderful resource that contains objective information on over 34,000 assistive products. Each product review contains a detailed description of the product, price information when available, and contact information for the product's manufacturer or distributors. The information is arranged into 20 different categories, based on the product and its intended function. Also, if you have a product to sell, you can list it on Abledata's website free of charge. If you need to speak with a specialist on a product, contact the Abledata Information Center. They provide information on related conferences, simple information requests and provide referrals at no charge. Abledata is a powerful resource tool to provide you with information and guidance in selecting products most appropriate to your needs.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Superflex!

Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner provides "the social-thinking educator, teacher or parent with a fun, motivating, and non-threatening way for students to explore social thinking while increasing their knowledge of social expectations, their awareness of their own behavior and how to modify their behaviors with Superflexible strategies." Because what kid wouldn't love to pretend they had a Superhero's powers?

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