Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Insurance and Assistive Technology

An author for the New York Times recently covered the inefficiencies in Medicare and other insurers with regards to assistive technology for persons with speech impairments. The article highlighted a woman named Kara Lynn who must pay out of pocket for cheap devices that allow her to communicate (like iPhones with speech-generating software) because insurers do not want to cover technologies that may be used by persons without disabilities.

The author states that "...people with speech disabilities have a choice: pay for a cheaper product from their own pockets, try to borrow one from a private assistance group or spend their insurer’s money on a specialty device" which has been severely limited to comply with insurance regulations.

You can read the original article here. For more information on assistive technologies, visit some of our old posts on the subject, or check out our Resource Guide listing titles in our library collection.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kunstfest 2009

This weekend, the 19th and 20th of September, CeDIR will have a booth at Historic New Harmony's Kunstfest 2009.

Also at the festival will be black smithing and weaving demonstrations, live music, family-fun activities like pumpkin painting and horse-drawn wagon rides, and traditional German foods (bring on the bratwurst!)

New Harmony is located in southern Indiana, about a three-hour drive from Bloomington.

For more information, visit http://www.newharmony.biz or call 1-800-231-2168.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Key Issues in Healthcare Decision Making and Care at End of Life

Next Wednesday, September 16th at 1 pm EST, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will host a webinar entitled: Key Issues in Healthcare Decision Making and Care at End of Life: How to use person-centered to support quality planning with people with critical, chronic and/or terminal illnesses. The webinar will feature gerontologist Leigh Ann Creaney Kingsbury, the author of People planning ahead : a guide to communicating healthcare and end of life wishes held here at the CeDIR library.

For registration and more information on this event, visit the AAIDD website at http://www.aamr.org/content_2609.cfm. The IIDC's Center on Aging and Community will also host a group viewing in Building J; to RSVP email Lora Wagers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education

Next Tuesday, September 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, the Center for Planning and Policy Studies will host an audio conference entitled "Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education." A summary of the conference reads:

"Because educational entities are reporting increased enrollment of individuals with a variety of disabilities that they have not traditionally served, such as autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other emerging groups, this audio conference is particularly relevant to the IU community. The audio conference will feature a discussion of best practices regarding the type of accommodations needed and how the campus environment needs to respond to ensure that qualified students have an equal opportunity to participate.

Those who attend will learn more about how some institutions have implemented programs that have effectively been able to accommodate and integrate these students."

Individuals may attend in person at the Indiana Institute for Disability and Community, Building L, or access the conference online at http://www.ada-audio.org/. The cost is $25 (non-profits) or $40 (for-profit entities). For more information, email adainfo@indiana.edu.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Flu Season

A report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that two thirds of the 40 US children who have died from the swine flu had disabilities. The children had cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or other neurdevelopmental disorders, according to the summary published by the Associated Press.

For information on the H1N1 virus, a.k.a. "the swine flu," visit the Indiana state government's page, or the CDC's site. IU libraries also have several books on helping you and your children navigate this flu season, including:

-Put prevention into practice: child health guide
-What to do for childhood emergencies and illnesses
-What to do when your child gets sick
(also available in Spanish)

If you're interested in any of these titles, email us for information on how to check them out.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Essential Articulate Studio '09

Essential Articulate Studio '09 is a guide to using the title software suite, including Presenter, Quizmaker, Engage, and Video Encoder, to "create e-learning that works." The book serves as both a technical tutorial and a beginner's guide to design, with concrete examples to show users how to build information and instruction.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Friday, September 4, 2009

RTI in the Classroom

RTI in the Classroom: Guidelines and Recipes for Success is a volume by Rachel Brown-Chidsey, Louise Bronaugh, and Kelly McGraw written from years of classroom experience. Brenda Whitaker, principal of Bloomington's own Edgewood Primary school, wrote of the book:

"This is not a book that teachers will just read and replace on the shelf--it will be marked with highlighters, sticky notes, and dog-eared corners! This book will encourage new teachers and energize returning ones by giving them practical tools to implement RTI in their classrooms today. Wonderful features include a tool to assist schools in taking the next steps towards implementing RTI, planning forms to track student progress, and specific intervention recipes for reading, writing, math, and behavior."

Interested in this resource? Indiana resident? Contact us!

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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the beholder: true stories of people with facial differences is a book of case studies and an easy-to-understand overview of the latest medical research in facial reconstruction by Laura Greenwald of the Cleveland Clinic. Greenwald interviewed dozens of individuals with facial abnormalities and supplements their stories with ruminations on the psychology of facial recognition, the importance of expression in communication, and the biology of regeneration.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Better Breakfast Month

Do you and your children eat a nutritious breakfast every morning? Breakfast starts up the body's metabolism and ups brain functioning: dozens of studies have confirmed that children who eat a good breakfast perform better in school than those who don't.

The CeDIR library has several books on nutrition to help you choose the best ingredients for your family's most-important-meal-of-the-day.

-Tell me what to eat if I have celiac disease: nutrition you can live with by Kimberly Tessmer
-Special-needs kids eat right: strategies to help kids on the autism spectrum focus, learn, and thrive by Judy Converse
-The G free diet: a gluten-free survival guide by Elizabeth Hasselbeck
-Gluten-free quick & easy: from prep to plate without the fuss, 200+ recipes for people with food sensitivities by Carol Fenster
-The whole foods allergy cookbook: two hundred gourmet & homestyle recipes for the food allergic family by Cybele Pascal

If you're interested in any of these books, don't hesitate to email us about them!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Communicative Technology

Today's The Globe and Mail ran the story of a man with cerebral palsy who spoke his first word through new communicative technology. In front of his mothers and caregivers, Dung Le, 27, spelled out the word "mother" using his mouth.

Professor Tom Chau of the University of Toronto and his colleagues developed the device, which pairs an infrared camera with computer software that recognizes when an individual opens his or her mouth. A screen cycles through the alphabet, and users open their mouths to signal when the desired letter is shown.

The developers hope the device, which is projected to cost $2000, will aid individuals with severe mobility restrictions.

Monday, August 31, 2009

"Wheelchair of the Future"

DisabilityScoop highlighted the latest achievement by Japanese robotics researchers: a novel wheelchair designed for easier transfer on and off the mobility device.

Traditional wheelchairs require users to stand up, make their way into the chair, and sit back into them. This often requires the assistance of another person. This new design, however, is built scooter-style, as seen in the screen-shot from MSNBC's report on the invention to the left. This allows the users to shift their weight directly forward onto the seat. As with current chairs, movement is controlled by joystick.

The chairs are not commercially available, but research is moving quickly in that direction.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Case Studies in Communication Sciences

A generous donor added several new SLP items to our collection. One is Case studies in communication sciences and disorders by Dennis Tanner. Chapters cover various disorders--language delays, articulation disorders, aphasia, dysphagia and more--and lays out the latest research in each area. The book is filled with actual patient histories and evaluations of the best courses of treatment.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

National Conversations on Healthy Relationships

Sign up now to participate in 3 teleconferences featuring real talk between self-advocates, family members and healthcare providers about intimate relationships, personal safety and advice from peers. We’ll be tackling the tough questions that are on a lot of people’s minds but many are afraid to talk about.

Each teleconference will start at 3pm EST and last 90 minutes, and will be facilitated by Julie Petty, a nationally respected self-advocate. During each call, our speakers will have time to talk with one another and then will answer questions from you and others across the nation.

• September 1st - Do individuals with developmental disabilities have the right to someone special in their life, such as an intimate relationship?

• October 5th - What are the dynamics of a healthy, intimate relationship? Issues of sexuality, personal safety and safe sex/birth control will be discussed.

• November 2nd - Self-advocates give their peers advice, “Dear Abby” style.

Find registration forms and more information here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Study reveals gap in disability awareness

A survey of 500 elementary schools in Great Britain has shown that children seriously misunderstand the nature of disabilities. Responses to the survey indicate that a significant number of children believe people with disabilities cannot work, do not get married, and cannot have healthy children.

The researchers speculate that media plays a large roll in the way children view PWDs. They examined one hundred books aimed at school children, and found that most characters with disabilities had extreme conditions, were passive, or faced tragic deaths. One researcher stated, "...It was almost as though these disabled characters had been put into the story for 'freak-show' effect."

There is a silver lining to the findings: when the children were properly educated about disabilities, they readily changed their attitudes. Stories of celebrities with disabilities were especially intriguing.

To read a summary of the article, visit Emaxhealth. For more information on disability awareness, take a look at our Resource Guide of books, DVDs and websites at the CeDIR library.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Disability History Museum"

The Disability History Museum is a digital collection of materials pertaining to documents and images related to disability history in the US. The site was designed by Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc. "to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories."

Their Library section contains over 800 articles, pamphlets, letters, book excerpts, and other texts, which can be browsed by category or searched if you have a specific document in mind. The rest of the site is currently under construction, but we have much to look forward to--the CeDIR staff is especially excited about the upcoming section for educators with course packets and other teacher resources.

Friday, August 21, 2009

"Back to School Basics"

DisabilityScoop highlighted a phenomenon many parents are dealing with right now: back-to-school season. Their article offers several resources for parents of students returning to IEP programs in the fall, including more in-depth articles and books. You can read the article here.

Interested in more information about transition to (or back to) school? Check out some of CeDIR's resources on the subject.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bully Free Classroom

The bully free classroom: over 100 tips and strategies for teachers K-8 is written by Allan Beane, a professor in the Department of Special Education at Murray State University. The "tips and strategies" are formatted in tidy sections rife with lists and worksheets for easy reading. Beane covers how to create a safe environment in the classroom, how to "act quickly and effectively" in bullying situations, how to identify students at-risk for victimization, and more.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sleep Troubles and Down Syndrome

A study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed that a high percentage of individuals with Down syndrome may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Persons with DS tend to have large tongues and are prone to thyroid diseases, which are high risk factors for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). Affected individuals can sleep up to one hour less each night than individuals without DS. You can read a summary of the study at Disability Scoop.

Does your child or family member have difficulty sleeping? CeDIR has two books available to help: Sleep Better: a guide to improving sleep for children with special needs by Vincent Durand and Solve your child's sleep problems by Richard Ferber. Email us if you're interested in either of these publications.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age

Teaching every student in the Digital Age: universal design for learning by David Rose and Anne Meyer is written for educators looking to incorporate new technologies into their classrooms. The book starts off with an examination of the latest research in neuroscience and learning styles, then guides teachers through setting appropriate goals for students, choosing materials and technologies which give each student optimum support, and using the best methods to accurately track students' success.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Monday, August 17, 2009

Literacy Beyond Picture Books

Literacy beyond picture books: teaching secondary students with moderate to severe disabilities is a compilation of creative lesson plans and games for use in the classroom. Editors Dorothy Smith, Jill DeMarco and Martha Worley and their team have come up with an assortment of activities that range from crafts (painting a "Jungle Mural", making "Mountain Views" from construction paper) to reading activities (vocabulary card games, themed word games) to everyday skills (baking "Potato Chip Cookies"). The book contains everything a teacher needs to get started with an engaging curriculum.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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