Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4th Annual Art of Mental Health Exhibit

From Monday, October 5th to Saturday the 10th, the Mental Health America of Monroe County will promote mental well-being through the 4th Annual Art of Mental Health event. The week will consist of talks, public screening, and an ongoing art exhibit at the Monroe County Library. Lecturers include Dr. Natalie Blevins from the IU School of Medicine, actress/singer Meera Popkin-Tarack, and representatives from Centerstone, Milestones, and Oak Tree Counseling.

The event will culminate with a benefit dance on Saturday, 7:30 pm at the Bloomington Convention Center. Craig Brenner & the Crawdads will provide live music, and Bloomington's finest local music will provide desserts. Tickets are $15, available at the Busirk-Chumley ticket office.

For more information, call 812-339-1551 or visit www.artofmentalhealth.org.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Core Vocabulary as an Effective Tool for Teaching Curriculum

This Friday, the IU School of Education will host a presentation by Bruce R. Baker, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, entitled "Core Vocabulary as an Effective Tool for Teaching Curriculum content: High Frequency Vocabulary, Language Learning, and Communicative Competence." His talk will focus on "how to involve students who use AAC in classroom interactions in a way that is enriching to all."

Baker is the President/CEO of Semantic Compaction Systems, which developed the Minspeak language representation technology now used internationally in eight different languages. He has won several awards for design and service, notably from United Cerebral Palsy and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

The talk will be held in room R2277 (the Alumni Room) from 1 to 3 pm. For more information, contact Erna Alant at ealant@indiana.edu.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Profile

CeDIR recently acquired a diagnostic kit for professionals with Speech and Language Pathology licences: the Augmentative & alternative communication profile by Tracy M Kovach. The kit consists of a users manual and forms for the administration of "quality performance measures in speech-language therapy" for children and adults.

The kit is produced by LinguiSystems, which also produced our popular Functional Communication Profile, The Listening Comprehension Test, the Social Language Test - Elementary and more. If you're interested in any of these materials, email cedir@indiana.edu for information on how to check them out.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Disability Law Clinic at IU

A new resource as cropped up at Indiana University: The Disability Law Clinic. Students at the IU School of Law have volunteered to provide free legal assistance to families with children grades K-3 enrolled in Monroe County Schools who have been denied benefits or are unsatisfied with the services provided to them. Students grades 4-12 with complaints may also be assisted on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about the program, contact Ginny Phero at gphero@indiana.edu with "Disability Law Clinic" as part of the subject line. The offices may be reached at (812) 855-9229.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Local Bloomington Resources on Disability

Have you thoroughly explored all the Bloomington community has to offer individuals with disabilities and their families?

Make sure you haven't missed something by visiting the official city page on Programs and Services for People with Disabilities. The website names a whole host of information, including:

-how to request accessibility counseling and workshops
-an official list of accessible apartment housing in Bloomington
-restaurants with Braille embossed menus
-inclusive recreation programs

Also check out the side menu links to such vital information as emergency preparedness for PWDs and a growing Resource Directory maintained by the Council for Community Accessibility.

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.