Monday, May 18, 2009

Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia

Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia: An Interpretation for Teachers by J.P. Das is an all-purpose resource for parents and educators of children with difficulties processing written and/or spoken language. Das explains the cognitive origins of dyslexia, and offers strategies to break down the structure of English to help children read and comprehend. He also describes various programs and techniques to develop the skills necessary to thrive in a modern educational system.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Challenges to the Human Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Challenges to the Human Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities is written by Dr. Frances Owen, Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University in Ontario. The book, aimed at advocates, lawyers, policy-makers and students but full of useful information for the general public, tackles the legal framework that allows people with disabilities to exercise their basic Human Rights in their everyday lives. The first portion of the book describes the history of law concerning and common attitudes towards people with disabilities, while the second details modern-day policies on specific rights (medical and legal rights, right to education, evidence-based treatment etc.)

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spring Open House

On Wednesday May 20 from 10am to 7pm, the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community will be having our open house. Come join us for lots of food, information, and all around fun!

Check out more information here: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/openhouse.html

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: What Educators and Service Providers Can Do by Jeffrey Bakken and Festus Obiakor provides a wide range of topics that cover each area of transition impacting the lives of students with disabilities. This book takes an in-depth look at using assistive technology to help plan a student's future and stresses the importance of family involvement. This resource guide assists educators and service providers in developing an effective plan to help students with disabilities meet their goals to achieve success during school and beyond.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

What's That Look On Your Face?


What's That Look On Your Face? All About Faces and Feelings

What's That Look On Your Face? by Catherine Snodgrass teaches children with language and communication difficulties to recognize basic facial expressions, as well as the feelings they convey. Each emotion is illustrated by a characteristic, exaggerated painting which focuses children's attention on the face through artful use of black/white and color. Accompanying poems, filled with synonyms and simple rhymes, will help older children apply what they learn to real-life interpersonal interactions.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Inside Outside

Inside Outside: Building a Meaningful Life After the Hospital documents through film the lives of eight people with histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. The film shows that recovery and life in the everyday community is possible. Also included in the film is an introduction with Patrcia E. Deegan Ph.D. In the introduction, Deegan discusses the film before an audience of people with psychiatric disabilities at Pilgrim State Hospital. Each individual in the film is introduced and a history of their psychiatric history is give.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Teen Guide to Epilepsy

Epilepsy: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Kathlyn Gay and Sean McGarrahan is written specifically for a teen audience and dispels the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about people who have epilepsy. Stories from teens showing them participating in normal activities provide the reader with hopeful insight. The authors also offer advice on how to tell others about this disorder and a list of resources on various publications, websites, organization and the application of the American with Disabilities Act to epilepsy is provided at the end.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pathways to Competence

Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children by Sarah Landy guides professionals through the nine important domains of social and emotional development in children from birth to 6 years old. Each chapter also discusses research findings, definitions, importance of overall development, principles to foster growth, commonly raised issues, discussion questions, and sample exercises.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and this year is the celebration of 100 years of support and education for individuals with mental health conditions. Check out more information at Mental Health America.

Looking for an interesting resource regarding this topic? Inside Outside: Building a Meaningful Life After the Hospital is a film depicting the lives of eight people as they transition from nursing homes to psychiatric hospitals into the community. This film carries an encouraging message of possibility, recovery, and success.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Canine Assistance

Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization that provides canine assistance. "ICAN was founded in late 2001 by Sally Irvin, Ph.D, who was inspired by the idea of creating positive and powerful connections between at-risk individuals, animals, and people with physical disabilities and developmental disabilities. ICAN is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and serves residents of Indiana, with occasional client placements outside of the state."

They provide three types of dog services which are assistance or skilled companion dogs, facility dogs (who work with the professionals), and therapy dogs (who stay primarily in the home).

Check out the website here: http://www.icandog.org/index.htm
Or Contact them at:
1801 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office Number:
(317) 250-6450

Friday, May 1, 2009

Creating and E-Mentoring Community



Creating and E-Mentoring Community: How Do-IT does it, and how you can do it,too by Sheryl Burgstahler teaches the reader how to create an e-mentoring community. Within the book it describes the philosophy of e-mentoring, research on the topic, the purpose of e-mentoring and more. In the second half of the book, the reader will see how to set personal, academic and career goals, how to understand your strengths and weaknesses, how to develop and support network and much more.

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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 http://www.thenadd.org/

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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