Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Indiana Ranked #42 for Inclusion

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United Cerebral Palsy recently released their 4th annual Case for Inclusion report. The report's purpose is to "summarize of the impact and outcomes of Medicaid services to over half a million unique individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities," and rates how well each state adheres to the "four basic commitments":

• People with disabilities will live in and participate in their communities
• People with disabilities will have satisfying lives and valued social roles
• People with disabilities will have sufficient access to needed support, and control over that support so that the assistance they receive contributes to lifestyles they desire
• People will be safe and healthy in the environments in which they live.

The top ten states are mostly on the east and west coasts and the bottom ten in middle America, with outlying Michigan ranked #6 (see the Ranking Map). Indiana placed a ghastly #42, dragged down by factors such as unreasonably high personal costs for PWDs, lengthy waiting lists for residential services, and the percentage of PWDs assisted in community settings.

You can read the full report here. You can also see the breakdown of statistics for Indiana, which reveal which areas need improvement.

Monday, August 10, 2009

BHA opens Section 8 Waiting List

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The Bloomington Housing Authority has announced the opening of the Section 8 Housing Assistance waiting list for two days in September. They will take applications on Tuesday, September 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 9th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

In order to apply, each family must provide Social Security cards and identification (birth certificates, drivers licenses etc.) for every person in the household, as well as proof of income. You can access a copy of the application at http://www.bhaindiana.net/Section%208%20Application.pdf.

Call Danielle Sorden at 812-339-3491 ext. 132 for more information and accommodations for disabilities.

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Mildly High Cholesterol at Midlife Linked to Alzheimer’s"

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A study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research that analyzed the medical records of their long-time plan participants revealed that men and women with significantly elevated levels of cholesterol in their 40s were 57 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than their peers.

Of the ten thousand original participants in the study, roughly 600 developed a mental disability in their later years. Even those with only mildly elevated cholesterol were 50% more likely than those with normal levels to develop dementia. Though the study is not far reaching, and does not directly correlate high cholesterol to dementia, the authors of the study caution the public to maintain healthy lifestyles and be aware of "modifiable risk factors."

You can read a synopsis of the study published in the NY Times.

Want to learn more about Alzheimer's and dementia? Take a look at our resource guides for Alzheimer's Disease and Aging and Disabilities.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Physical Activity in Youth with Disabilities

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Next Friday, August 14 2009, Dr. John Librett will give a talk in the HPER building of the IUB campus on active living for children and youth with disabilities. Librett is the executive director of SPLORE, a non-profit organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah that offers inclusive recreation and education programs.

A press release for the event reads: "Obesity among children and youth with disability is nearly twice that of children without disability. Consequently their health status is further compromised by the lack of physical activity, access to facilities, programs, and services, and social networks of the general population." Librett hopes to establish a partnership with researchers at IU to pursue potential solutions.

Librett invites "professionals in health promotion, special education, disability services, rehabilitation, special physical education, therapeutic recreation and associated disciplines" to the talk. You can contact compton@indiana.edu or call 812-856-6055 for more information.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Second Workshop on Making Businesses Accessible

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The City of Bloomington is offering a second workshop to educate builders, contractors and architects on federal and state regulations regarding accessibility of buildings for people with disabilities.

The City’s aim is to help businesses and organizations understand how to be fully accessible as they design and construct their buildings.

The City’s Council for Community Accessibility received funding through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and ADA-Indiana for its project entitled “Making Businesses Accessible: If We Build It Right, They Will Come!” The first workshop, offered on July 28, was a great success, with 33 building inspectors from Monroe and surrounding counties attending.

The final workshop will be on Wednesday, Aug. 19, for architects, builders and contractors, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington. The event is free for participants, and lunch will be provided.

Presenting will be representatives from the U.S. Access Board and the Great Lakes ADA Center, a program of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to enhancing 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 workshop, please 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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Differentiated School

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The differentiated school: making revolutionary changes in teaching and learning by Carol Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez is an essential read for school administrators and educational planners. The authors provide guidelines for "change toward differentiation" in K-12 schools, with case studies of middle and high-schools that have successfully trained teachers and implemented programs to adjust for the needs of individual students of all abilities.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library through WorldCat.

Monday, August 3, 2009

iPods do not interfere with Pacemakers

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A recent media frenzy has attempted to whip up panic about the dangers of portable music players to people with pacemakers. But you don't have to toss out those MP3s and iPods just yet: a study in BioMedical Engineering has shown that such devices are incapable of producing a magnetic field strong enough to interfere with modern pacemakers (read about it in ScienceDaily).

The study shows that the Apple iPod's magnetic field is hundreds of times less than that required to effect pacemakers even when the earbuds hang directly over the chest. Moreover, the voltage produced by this field is so low that it cannot be detected by highly sensitive equipment.

So put your hearts at ease: listening to your favorite tunes will not cause an implanted pacemaker to go on the fritz.

Friday, July 31, 2009

US Joins UN on Disability Rights

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Yesterday, U.S. Representative Susan Rice signed a UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities. The convention seeks to "[support] international efforts to prohibit discrimination against the estimated 650 million people around the world with disabilities." 141 countries have already signed the pact. Rice said the signing was representative of "an ongoing source of inspiration for us all in our shared struggle to bring all barriers down"

Valerie Jarrett, the assistant to the U.S. president for intergovernmental affairs and public liaison, pointed out that "In developing countries, 90 percent of the children with disabilities do not attend school and women and girls with disabilities are too often the subject of deep discrimination." By signing the convention, the US has pledged to abolish legislation that allows such discrimination in our own nation.

To read about the aims and current news about the convention, visit the UN Enable website. To read more about disability rights from books in CeDIR's collection, check out our resource guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act, advocating as a parent, and self-advocacy.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kids' Corner

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CeDIR's Kids' Corner website just got a makeover!

The site has a bright beachy look and is filled with biographies of celebrities with disabilities, the down-low on Braille and ASL, lists of kid-friendly books, and disability awareness games (like the popular Mysterious Secret Language Riddles). Grab a kid and have fun!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aimee Mullins

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Aimee Mullins was born without fibulae, the bones that support the calf part of a person's legs. After her first birthday her legs were amputated in the hope that she could learn to use prosthetic legs, and she did--better than most people can use their biological legs. Aimee became a world-famous sprinter in college, breaking paralympic records for the hundred meter dash and the long jump.

After her athletic career, Aimee became a model and actress, appearing in the likes of Sports Illustrated. She is notable for her frank and open style (for her 1999 spread in People Magazine's Most Beautiful People, she said, "[I] don't want to be seen as a gimmicky disabled athlete...You don't hear people saying, 'Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar—and she's blonde!'"). She recently gave a talk on the definition of beauty, the future of prosthetics, and how readily children accept differences when free of the overbearing 'sensitivity' of adults; you can watch it here on TED.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Columbus Baby & Family Expo

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Mark your calendars: the first annual Baby & Family Expo will be held in Columbus, IN on the weekend of November 28/29 to raise funds for Children, Inc. The purpose of the event is to "provide information from respected support groups, health professionals, and businesses in the surrounding area." Topics presented will include "everything from parenting classes to family photography."

The event is sponsored by Kids First Child Care & Early Childhood Education and will take place at the Columbus Holiday Inn, who will also offer discounts to participants for restaurant meals.

For more information, call Elizabeth Allen at 317-430-9023 or 812-657-7030, or visit the event website at www.columbusbabyandfamilyexpo.com.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Best Friend on Wheels

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I stammered and stuttered.
I might say the wrong thing, I thought--so I muttered.
I wanted to get a good look at her chair,
but I felt like a jerk, so I tried not to stare.


In the whimsically illustrated book Best Friend on Wheels, by Debra Shirley and Judy Stead, an elementary-school girl portrays how she met and became best friends with Sarah, who uses a wheelchair. The book honestly addresses the awkwardness young children can feel when meeting someone different for the first time, and shows them how to relate to people of all abilities.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library through WorldCat.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nana, can you hear me?

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Nana, can you hear me? is an introduction for children, families, and individuals experiencing hearing loss. In a simple and easy-to-understand style, authors Jean M Kenney and Phil Collins explain the physical causes and consequences of hearing loss, including the science of sound, adaptive technologies, therapies, sign language and more.

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Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library through WorldCat.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shakissha and Friends

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Shakissha is in the fourth grade, has spina bifida, and is preparing to attend a public school for the first time. This documentary follows her friends and teachers as they prepare for the transition through role-playing and talking through their differences. A great program for elementary-aged children, this DVD exemplifies acceptance and successful integration.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bionic Devices

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Bionics: Cool Science by Judith Jango-Cohen is a book about artificial devices that help improve daily living. This book shows how bionic devices serve many different purposes for animals and people. For example, some bionic devices replace parts of the body that are missing due to injury or birth defects. This book includes chapters on Replacing Parts, Fixing Malfunctions, Assisting the Senses and Facing the Future. This book is recommended for students in grade 4th -6th.

Interested in this book and live in Indiana? Contact us.

If not, check to see if your local library has it in WorldCat.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs

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Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs by Susan Sandall and Ilene Schwartz is a resource guide for preschool teachers and educators to promote inclusion and improve outcomes for children with disabilities in early childhood classrooms. This updated second edition guidebook provides step-by-step strategies on how to decide what kind of instruction is appropriate and explains how the Building Block framework helps teachers meet the federal requirements. This bestselling book also provides a CD-ROM for printable forms such as classroom assessments, planning worksheets and child evaluation forms.

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If not, check to see if your local library has it in WorldCat.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Carol Kranowitz in Ft. Wayne

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Carol Kranowitz, author of The out-of-sync child: recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder and the follow-up The out-of-sync child has fun: activities for kids with sensory processing disorder will speak at a conference in Ft. Wayne on November 6th, 2009 hosted by Future Horizons, Inc..

Paula Aquilla, a co-author of Building bridges through sensory integration, will also speak.

To register for this event, call toll-free 800-489-0727. Online registration through the Future Horizons website will be available soon.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities

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The state of the states in developmental disabilities 2008 is an annual publication by the Department of Psychiatry and Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado. Filled with statistics and graphs on nursing facilities, national spending trends, federal initiatives and more, the resource is essential for service providers, politicians, advocacy organizations, and the general public.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Learn ABC's and Colors

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Kids Like Me Learn ABC's and Kids Like Me Learn Colors are entirely wooden booklets which teach young children the written and signed alphabet and color names through illustrative photos and word association. The Colors book includes Spanish words and shapes for further learning.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Assessing Students with Special Needs

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Assessing Students with Special Needs to Produce Quality Outcomes by Carol Layton and Robin Lock provides educators with the tools to help guide and select appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, address specific needs to improve students outcomes, and encourage using multiple assessment techniques to form a complete understanding of students achievement. This resource guide combines traditional and innovative assessment practices to assist educators to provide quality programming for students with disabilities. This book also explains the impact of cultural diversity on assessment issues and contains strategies to increase parent, student and teacher participation.

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If not, check to see if your local library has it in WorldCat.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

SAT Strategies

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Barron's SAT Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities by Dr. Toni Welkes is a study guide designed to assist teachers and parents in helping college bound students with disabilities prepare for the SAT. Welkes provides effective strategies for success on Writing, Math, and the Critical Reading sections on the test. This book also provides practical advice on test anxiety, time management, and relaxation techniques. This SAT study program is designed to help students who have learning disabilities such as Attention-Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and other cognitive processes that interferes with learning.

Interested in this book and live in Indiana? Contact us.

If not, check to see if your local library has it in WorldCat.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jerk, California

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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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Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library through WorldCat.