Monday, July 13, 2009

Jerk, California

Jerk, California is a moving work of young adult fiction by Jonathan Friesen. The novel follows athletic high school senior Sam, who had suffered emotional abuse at the hands of his step-father since he was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at a young age. Sam meets an elderly recluse in a small Minnesota town, who launches him on a mysterious roadtrip to Jerk, California with a girl named Naomi. During his journey Sam discovers love, independence, and learns that though he "may have Tourette's, but Tourette's doesn't have him."

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Friday, July 10, 2009

How to Claim Disability

Have you been meaning to apply for disability but didn't know how? Worried about how the economy will affect your access to benefits? MarketWatch published an article recently addressing some of the primary missteps people make when attempting to claim social security benefits. The article outlines qualifications, timelines, appeals, and tips to make the process run as smoothly as possible. You can read the article here.

Need to know more about social security? Visit the federal department's website and check out these books available from the CeDIR library:

As always, contact us if you have any questions or interest in these materials.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lost at School

Lost at school: why our kids with behavioral challenges are falling through the cracks and how we can help them is written by Dr. Ross Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His book delves into the dark subject of system neglect and describes the innovative method of Collaborative Problem Solving. The book is a must-read for teachers, parents, administrators and professionals who work with students of all abilities.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The subject of "Deafness"

Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places by Brenda Jo Brueggemann is a collection of essays that discusses the modern deaf subject beginning at the turn of the 19th century to the early 21st century. Brueggemann examines the American Sign Language and the radical changes and shifts here in the United States and in other parts of the world. She also explores the complex relationship between people in the deaf community and others and includes essays about famous women in history who have hearing impairments.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Protect Your Child's Financial Future

Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future by Attorney Stephen Elias is a self-help legal guide that includes detailed information about how to create a trust for a loved one with disabilities. Elias explains how special needs trusts work, the trustee's job and whether to hire a lawyer or not. This resource guide provides information on how to provide financially for a loved one without losing government support. This updated 3rd edition book also includes forms, example letters and resource guides on CD-ROM.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Fulbright Scholarships

Ever dream of studying abroad? The US Department of State encourages students and scholars of all abilities to apply for spots in their esteemed Fulbright programs. If you have completed your undergraduate education and are proficient in a foreign language, you can apply to study/teach in practically any country on the globe! The program consists of three sectors: Fulbright Students (for those with a bachelors only), Fulbright Scholars (for those with a PhD or equivalent professional degree), and Fulbright Teachers (for K-12 or post-secondary teachers with a full-time position in the US). Grants are available to teach English, conduct research, gain professional international experience, or pursue graduate degrees on any of the six habitable continents.

For more information on Fulbright Programs in general, visit the U.S. Department of State. For information on the Fulbright program specific to persons with disabilities, visit Mobility International for descriptions of eligibility, success stories, and other exchange program resources.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The G Free Diet

The G free diet: a gluten-free survival guide is written by famed Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cohost of The View. Hasselbeck shares how she learned to life with celiac disease with a personable, unembellished writing style. She walks readers through the challenges of deciphering hidden cues in food labels, eating out, caring for children with celiac disease or ASDs, and more.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Working as a Team

The Paraprofessional's Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a Team by Mary Beth Doyle is an activity workbook that assists teachers and paraprofessionals to work together to create effective inclusive classrooms. This updated 3rd edition is fully revised and contains information on how to better understand the roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional, the general educator, and the special educator to help build a more effective instructional team.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities

Characteristics of and Strategies for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities Sixth Edition by Martin Henley, Roberta Ramsey and Robert Algozzine is the new completely up-to-date resource guide for classroom instruction for students with mild disabilities, including learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbances. This book clearly explains the best teaching practices for inclusive education, behavior management, and social skills instruction. This updated edition includes new information on ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and Response to Intervention (RTI) and discusses the latest information on using technology with students with mild disabilities.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Making the Grade with ADD

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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.