Monday, June 29, 2009

Making the Grade with ADD

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Making the grade with A+DD: a student's guide to succeeding in college with attention deficit disorder is written by Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, a researcher and counselor with a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. Her book walks college students through setting up a "home away from home", finding accommodations for ADD/ADHD, managing money, keeping track of medications, maintaining social relationships, and finally emerging into "the real world."

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Transition to Postsecondary Education

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Transition to Postsecondary Education for students with disabilities by Carol Kochhar-Bryant et al. is a text for parents, educators, and new high school graduates that explains the legalities of moving from a public special education system to university. The book stresses self-advocacy, how to access federally mandated services,and how to get in touch with community agencies.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Alzheimer's Advisor

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The Alzheimer's advisor: a caregiver's guide to dealing with the tough legal and practical issues by Vaughn E. James. is an essential read for support professionals and family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease. The book has such chapters as "Okay, it is Alzheimer's: the legal implications" and "The cost of care: where it goes, where it comes from," and thoroughly covers the legalities of changing residences and liability, how to prepare for the end of life, tips to ensure caregivers are not overwhelmed and more.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Inclusive Assessment and Accountability

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Inclusive Assessment and Accountability: A Guide to Accommodations for Students with Diverse Needs by Sara Bolt and Andrew Roach is a useful tool for educators on how to make assessments for K-12 students with mild to severe disabilities including English language learners. This step-by-step book provides the latest information for practitioners on selecting appropriate accommodations and alternative testing practices and includes user-friendly forms and examples to guide individuals through an informed decision making process. This guide also includes information on recent legislation with No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and how it relates to students with disabilities.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Celiac Disease: Nutrition You Can Live With

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If you have Celiac disease and need advice on what to eat, then this is the book for you. Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Celiac Disease: Nutrition You Can Live With, by Kimberly Tessmer, RD, LD is an informative and easy to read book written to help individuals with celiac disease maintain a gluten-free diet. This comprehensive resource guide includes the latest research for gluten-free diets, recipes and advice from people who have celiac disease.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Sarah's Graduation

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Sarah is a confident, outgoing young woman who wouldn't dream of letting cerebral palsy come between her and a bright future. Sarah's Graduation follows her through senior year as she goes to school dances, prepares for college, and dispels any misconceptions of what people with disabilities can or can't do.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

People Planning Ahead

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People planning ahead: a guide to communicating health care and end-of-life wishes is a resource for professionals and families by Leigh Ann Creany Kingsbury. The book carefully outlines a comprehensive structure for ensuring that your loved one's wishes are respected by his/her caregivers during times of chronic and terminal illness, or severe disability.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Schuyler's Monster

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Schuyler's Monster: a father's journey with his wordless daughter is a memoir by Robert Rummel-Hudson. When Robert's daughter Schuyler was 18 months old, she was diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria--a rare neurological disorder which causes an inability to speak. The book documents Robert's personal growth as he strives to give his daughter a voice and become the father she needs.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back

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Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back: resilient therapy for parents and professionals by Kim Aumann and Angie Hart is written to help children with ADHD, ASDs, dyslexia or anxiety and their parents to build coping mechanisms. The collection of exercises teaches children to "bounce back" from trauma and confidently face new situations.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Accessible Travel

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Looking forward to your summer vacations but dreading the hassle of travel? Good news--new access laws will make flying and booking hotels much easier for persons with disabilities. The policies include:

1) Non-US flights will abide by the ACAA.
2) Canadian airlines will offer free airfare for attendants of persons with severe disabilities. (First step Canada, next step...the world!)
3) Hotels.com will provide access details about rooms on their website.

You can read the original article here: http://www.frommers.com/rss/articles/6107.html

Want to read more about accessible travel? Check out these resources highlighted in a previous post.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Free Workshops: Making Businesses Accessible

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The City of Bloomington has received $1,276 in funding from ADA-Indiana and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities to provide two workshops aimed at educating inspectors, builders, contractors and architects on new federal and state regulations regarding people with disabilities.

Workshops will target those who approve plans and inspect construction, and those who design, build and renovate buildings. The City’s goal is to help businesses and organizations understand how to be fully accessible early on, even as they design and construct their buildings.

The City’s Council for Community Accessibility applied for the funding for its project entitled “Making Businesses Accessible: If We Build It Right, They Will Come!”

Workshops will be offered on Tue., July 28, for government building inspectors, and on Wed., Aug. 19, for architects, builders and contractors. Both workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, and will include free lunch.

Presenting will be representatives from the Great Lakes ADA Center, a program of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and from the U.S. Access Board. The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The Great Lakes ADA Center's service area is designated as Region 5 and is one of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. It provides technical assistance and training on accessible design criteria and enforces accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

For further information about the workshops, contact Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, at 349-3471 or brennerc@bloomington.in.gov, or Barbara McKinney, Human Rights Director, City of Bloomington Legal Department, at 349-3429 or mckinneb@bloomington.in.gov.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stepping Stones

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Stepping Stones is a relatively new community here in Bloomington, IN that offers shelter and support to youths 16-20 years old who may be homeless, have substance abuse issues, or have dropped out of the traditional education system. The program offers job skill training, educational support, counseling services, and a Health & Wellness program to help teens learn to take care of their physical and mental well being.

If you're interested in becoming a resident or know someone who would benefit from Stepping Stones' services, call 812-339-9771 to find out about program openings.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

5-Point Scale and Anxiety Curve Poster

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The 5-Point Scale and Anxiety Curve Poster was designed by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, lecturers at Hamline University with a combined 60+ years of experience in special education. This interactive poster is designed to help children with disabilities modify disruptive behaviors or feelings on a "5-point scale" to clearly establish which intensities are appropriate for which social situations.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities

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College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities by Cynthia Simpson and Vicky Spencer offers great advice and guidance for teens and parents on selecting, choosing, and preparing for college. This resource guide includes advice from current college students with disabilities and offers hope and encouragement. Also included in this user-friendly book are helpful strategies for students with dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other learning difficulties to get prepared for university life.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Profoundly Normal

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Profoundly Normal is a "based on a true story" blockbuster and has been added to our new fiction section. Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo star as a couple with cognitive disabilities who struggle against Social Service authorities to establish a "normal" family. The movie challenges institutional prejudice and societal norms.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy

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A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians, and Advocates Need to Know is written by Matthew Cohen, a lawyer with 25 years' experience in special education policy. His book breaks down the ins and outs of disability law and offers effective strategies for parents and advocates to build good working relationships with school system and satisfy their child's needs.


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Meeting the Needs of Students of ALL Abilities

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Meeting the Needs of Students of All Abilities: How Leaders Go Beyond Inclusion (2nd Ed.) is written by doctors Colleen Capper and Elise Frattura, faculty at the University of Wisconsin. The authors believe that "all people (students and staff) have a continuum of needs--physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual," and use this book to teach parents, administrators, and policymakers effective strategies to meet these needs.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Free 2-week online Family Center's Summer Institutes

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Would you like to know more about media options in the world of accessible instructional materials? How about Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other related social media tools? The Family Center on Technology and Disability is providing a Free 2-week online summer institute starting on July 20-31, 2009. The learning strands this summer will be "Accessible Instructional Materials" and "Social Media Tools." Participants can also register for continuing education units (CEU's).

For more information, please email fctd@aed.org or call Jackie Hess at (202) 884-8217 or Ana Maria Gutierrez at (202) 884-8068. You can also register directly at: http://www.fctd.info/registration_types/1/registrations/new

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Unlikely Travellers

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The documentary Unlikely Travellers directed by Michael Noonan is about six individuals with intellectual disabilities that go on an adventure of a lifetime to Egypt. The movie begins in Queensland, Australia where the individuals prepare emotionally for the trip. The second half of the movie is the trip itself. They each learn to face their fears and learn just what they are capable of. This candid two-week adventure is about chasing dreams, exploring the unknown, and changes lives.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Pathways to Successful Transition for Youth with Disabilities

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Pathways to Successful Transition for Youth with Disabilities: A Developmental Process by Carol A. Kochhar-Bryant and Gary Greene is a Pearson textbook that covers the theories and implementation of individualized transition planning. The first half of the book covers philosophy and policy, while the second delves into practices in transition services. This book is a comprehensive resource for all those involved in a PWD's transition to post-secondary schooling and/or adult life.

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