Friday, December 17, 2010

CeDIR's holiday hours

In observance of the holiday season, CeDIR will be closed to the public starting at 4:00 p.m. today. We will re-open for library circulation on Monday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

Happy Holidays!

Technology tools for students

Affordable Technology Tools to Enhance Learning at Home
for Middle School, High School and College Students

Students and Parents are Welcome

Improve reading, writing, learning, organization and
executive functioning with the help of technology

Presented by:
Joan L. Green, M.A. CCC-SLP of Innovative Speech Therapy

Summerville at Potomac, 11215 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Tuesday December 28, 2010
1:00 PM -4:00 PM


Students may bring one family member or parents may choose to come alone.

Workshop limited to 7 families, and pre-registration is required.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Webinar on assistive technology

Creating Assistive Solutions in Minutes using Plastics and Adhesives

Date: Thursday, December 16th
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. (CST)

This webinar will discuss how to use Acrylic, Stratcore, Astrowhite, Loc-Line, Loc-Lift RG, Dual Loc, CPVC, Green Wire, Flag pole Holders, Model Magic, VHB tape and Epoxy Putty to create hundreds of solutions in 5 minutes or less. Participants will learn techniques in scoring, snapping, deburring, heating and bending acrylic. In addition participants will learn creative techniques for working with PVC and CPVC.

Cost: Free for Lekotek Affiliates
$30 General Public (per person)
$200 for groups over 10 people

Continuing Education: 1 IACET CEU

Click here to register:

Monday, December 13, 2010

The dyscalculia assessment

Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability involving difficulty in acquiring numeracy skills. The book The dyscalculia assessment can help investigate maths difficulties in children and provides advice for implementing the findings into teaching plans. Get help pinpointing a child's difficulties with numeracy and using that information to help the child progress. This book is ideal for use with primary school children, but can easily be adapted for older or younger students and is invaluable for SENCOs, TAs, educational psychologists and teachers.

Interested? Send us an email at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Handbook of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children

This second edition of the book, Handbook of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children includes a wealth of information on disorders found in early intervention and special education. This comprehensive resource is a manual for all teachers and clinicians who care for children with developmental disorders.

Interested? Send us an email at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Making Online Teaching Accessible

High praise for Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for Students with Disabilities:

"This valuable how-to book is a critical tool for all instructional designers and faculty who teach online. Coombs' many years as a pioneer of online teaching show in his deep knowledge of the principles that can allow the reader to apply these lessons to any learning management system (LMS)."
Sally M. Johnstone, provost and vice president academic affairs, Winona State University, Minnesota; former executive director of WCET at WICHE

"As more and more of our social and professional lives come to be mediated by technology, online accessibility is a fundamental right, not a luxury. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with maximizing access to learning."
Richard N. Katz, former vice president and founding director, EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research

"This valuable book reflects Coombs' unique experience and commitment to the best teaching, learning, and accessibility options for all kinds of students and teachers."
Steven W. Gilbert, founder and president, The TLT Group-Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group

Interested? Email us at to check out this title, or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Planning on traveling this holiday season? Need to find somewhere that is wheelchair accessible? The folks at have put together some tips and hints to get the most out of your journey and your destinations. Check out the tons of articles they have at:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process

On Wednesday, February 10th, About Special Kids will host a workshop for parents and professionals. This training, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is an all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training provides information on how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP. This training is a great opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate for children with a disability or serious chronic illness.

When: Wednesday, February 10th
Where: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community in Bloomington, IN
Cost: $40 for families; $75 for professionals

Monday, December 6, 2010

Webinar on Transportation Issues

If you are interested in transportation issues and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), plan to participate in an upcoming free webinar offered by the ADA National Network and Easter Seals Project ACTION. Scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 2:00-3:30 (eastern). This session is the third of seven Webinars on Transportation and the ADA. Each session will focus on one of the seven Topic Guides on ADA Transportation, a series of Technical Assistance publications released by DREDF earlier this year. Register for this one webinar, or for the entire series.

This webinar session will cover the Topic Guide 3: Eligibility for ADA Paratransit. The session will first address the categories and types of eligibility, including conditional eligibility. Important best-practice do's and don'ts will also be discussed, including basing decisions on the most limiting condition, using a comprehensive task/skill list, applying the reasonable person test, identifying specific abilities and/or limitations, basing decisions on a case-by-case analysis of each applicant, and interpreting safety issues properly. Additionally, this will address the eligibility determination process, including the 21-day process, functional assessments, the appeal process for eligibility denials, and visitors. There will be time for participant questions.

To Register visit and click on the “Registration” web link on the right side navigation list.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Everything Parent's Guide to ADHD

Everything from understanding the symptoms of ADHD to searching for causes to creating harmony at home can be found in the book, The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child to focus. Find out how to help your child succeed at school, how to choose the right treatment for your child, how to cope with social challenges, and more.

If you're interested in checking out this book, send us an email at, or you can try using to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gluten-free kids

New from Woodbine House comes the book, Gluten-free kids: Raising happy, healthy children with Celiac Disease, Autism, and other conditions, which is the second edition of Danna Korn's book, Kids with Celiac Disease: A family guide to raising happy, healthy, gluten-free children. This new edition was re-titled due to the benefits of a gluten-free diet for many people, not just those with Celiac Disease. This book is full of practical strategies and tips to help people adjust to and enjoy eating gluten-free.

Email us at to check out this book, or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How students learn

In 21st century skills: Rethinking how students learn, the 21st Century movement is outlined along with an introduction to the framework to teaching 21st Century skills and why it is important. Educators from around the globe have offered varying opinions on this subject and are included in this text. The common thread, however, remains--that these skills are important to prepare students for life in the 21st century.

Send us an email to if you're interested in checking out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Webinar on apps for children with disabilities

Having trouble navigating through all of those apps? Over 250,000 app have been developed for the iPAD, iTouch, and iPhone. This webinar will discuss fun and interactive apps that can be used by kids who experience various disabilities.

This webinar is sponsored by the National Lekotek Center. National Lekotek Center works to include children with disabilities in family and community life through the medium of play.

Webinar will be conducted:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. (CTS)

Cost: Free for Lekotek Affiliates
$30 General Public
$200 for groups over 10 people

Click Here to Register:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Body & soul: Diana & Kathy

Body & soul: Diana & Kathy is a film about two women, one who has Down syndrome and the other Cerebral Palsy, who decided decades ago to share their lives. The women have become tireless advocates of and lobbyists for people with disabilities. Their fierce desire to live independently and together won out and the friends lived together for 37 years before Kathy's death in 2009.

Interested? Send us an email at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Arc of Indiana

Looking for a history of advocacy for people with disabilities? Check out The Arc of Indiana: Yesterday and today, for tomorrow: Celebrating 50 years of advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This 13-minute DVD highlights the Arc of Indiana founders and others sharing their stories and experiences of yesterday and today while looking and planning for tomorrow.

Send us an email at to check out this title.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The holidays are upon us! First comes that wonderful meal and the opportunity to give thanks, and then comes the madness of the gift-buying season. If you have young ones with a disability in your life, you might be wondering what to buy for them this year. A quick search brings up a lot of different places that offer gifts for children with disabilities. Here a just a few to get you started:

Still don't know what to buy? Here are a few guides to help narrow your search:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday hours

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CeDIR will close
at noon on Wednesday, November 24th and will re-open at
8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Employment DVD

Great hires! is an 8 minute DVD featuring three different organizations who have hired people with disabilities, a valuable and often overlooked labor pool. The leaders of these organizations, along with three featured employees, show why it makes good business sense to hire individuals with disabilities.

Want to check it out? Send us an email at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Letting Go

Having a child of any age move away from home can be emotionally difficult, to say the least. But when that child has a disability, it can be even more so. The film, Letting go: When your child leaves home, shows four parents come to terms with the emotions involved with having a child with a disability move away from home. The parents talk about their decisions to place their child in a residential facility. This film is aimed at helping parents and professional direct-care staff understand the deep grieving the parents go through before and a long time after the placement is made.

Interested? Email us at

Friday, November 12, 2010

Speak Out for Understanding

The film Speak out for understanding is a disability awareness documentary produced by a high school student. It's goal is to promote communication, understanding, and equity for people with disabilities.The DVD also contains a Facilitator's Guide and pamphlet.

The documentary involves a dynamic service-learning project titled Speak Out for Understanding, where a group of high school students with varying abilities learn to speak out for themselves and others. The students decided to create this film to raise awareness by telling their own stories to selected audiences for the purpose of bringing about change.

Interested? Send us an email at to check it out, or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Hearing World Around Me

The film The Hearing World Around Me is a "one deaf woman show" with stories told by Trix Bruce in American Sign Language and in voice by Kenan Pekoz. Bruce shares stories of her life as a deaf woman and how being deaf has colored her world. She highlights her most embarrassing moments, learning experiences, greatest challenges, and growing sense of pride.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title, or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts

Looking to inspire a budding artist who has a disability? Check out the film, Possibilities, disabilities, & the arts. This film highlights the art of young people with disabilities, whether through paint, photography, music, etc. It will inspire artists of all kinds to pursue success in their chosen medium.

Email us at if you'd like to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Career counseling for neurodiverse clients

Need help guiding clients with hidden disabilities? Designed for career, college, and high school counselors, Career counseling for neurodiverse clients takes the viewer through the challenge of helping a client with hidden disabilities find employment. The video also helps counselors understand why the job search is so difficult for clients with hidden disabilities.

Send us an email at if you're interested in checking out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Note: The title on the cover is different from the title on the DVD.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New DVD on dyslexia

Read Me Differently is a video about a woman struggling with dyslexia which was not diagnosed until she was 29 years old. Her subsequent search for answers leads to some surprising revelations about her mother and grandmother.

Interested? To check out this title, please send us an email at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Friday, November 5, 2010

All shapes and sizes

When one thinks of a service dog, the picture of a German Shepherd or Labrador guiding a person with a visual impairment generally comes to mind. This, however, is not always the case. According to an article in the Indy Star, the news site for Indianapolis, service dogs can be quite small and that smaller size may be more beneficial to some people with disabilities.

iPad and people with disabilities

According to an article published last week in the New York Times, Apple's iPad has some users doing things they've never done before. The software and apps that are available for the iPad, combined with its sensitive touch screen and ease of use, have been quite a boon for some people with disabilities. It has made reading books possible for a young boy with a severe physical disability, and it has helped a woman with cerebral palsy communicate better with her friends.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grocery allowance loss for Hoosiers with disabilities

According to an article in the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University's local news site, the state has dropped the grocery allowance for people with disabilities who get the Residential Living Allowance from the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). FSSA pointed out that people who receive this allowance could also receive federal benefits. FSSA chose instead to use the money in areas that federal benefits don't cover.

To read the entire article, go to:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mr. Positive

Carl Bentson is Mr. Positive. In fact, his favorite word is, "Yeah." This kind gentleman is famous in his neighborhood for his positive attitude and his amazing bike. Explore Carl's world as he goes about his daily life giving and receiving support from his neighbors and friends.

Interested? Email us at to check out this video. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Transition planning

Need to plan transitions at both the individual and community level? Wanting to support students pursuing higher education? Pick up Essentials of transition planning by Paul Wehman. This guide to the basics of transition planning is a great tool for anyone who supports young people with disabilities moving out of high school. The book includes checklists, worksheets, and forms which can help professionals write and implement effective transition IEPs. This book is also the debut volume in The Brookes Transition to Adulthood Series.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title from the library.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility Presents Annual Awards

At the annual CCA Awards Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25, Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) recognized organizations and individuals committed to making Bloomington more accessible to people with disabilities.

The following award winners were recognized for outstanding service:
  • Self-Advocacy Award – Jerry Zumpe, who has been involved with both the Self-Advocates of Monroe County and the Self-Advocates of Indiana for several years, serving as the Treasurer of Self-Advocates of Monroe County for the past four years
  • Business Service Award, sponsored by Cook Group Incorporated – Arby’s Restaurant on West Third Street, which has made a concerted effort to support and facilitate the growth of persons with disabilities
  • Professional and Community Service Award – Theresa Dovenbarger, Continuing Education Options team manager for this service of Options, for going far above and beyond her job duties by leading efforts to organize self-advocates;
  • Special Recognition – Randy Paul, a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and a volunteer with many community groups;
  • Kristin Willison Volunteer Service Award – Bill Embry, who has freely given his time and experience organizing fishing tournaments to provide joyful recreation for many people with disabilities and others and to raise funds for many organizations;
  • Mayor’s Award, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College – Lynne Argent, Executive Director of Abilities Unlimited, who has been a steadfast guardian of and provider for people with disabilities in need of a vast array of customized services.

The Awards Ceremony was sponsored by the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department and Human Rights Commission; Bloomington Hospital; Chapman's; Cook Group Incorporated; Indiana University Credit Union; Ivy Tech Community College; Kiwanis Club of Bloomington; Barbara McKinney, Human Rights Attorney for the City of Bloomington; Oliver Wine Company, Inc,; Options; Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living; and Stone Belt Arc, Inc.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Freedom Scientific releases JAWS 12

Freedom Scientific today announced the release of JAWS® for Windows version 12, including JAWS BrailleIn™, a powerful new feature that enables users who prefer typing in Braille to use contracted Braille in common Microsoft applications such as Internet Explorer and Word. JAWS 12 includes a new Virtual Ribbon feature which provides a fast way to navigate the Ribbon Menus that Microsoft uses in Office 2007 and Windows 7. JAWS 12 also replaces the Configuration Manager with a new Settings Center. The Settings Center allows easy access to all JAWS settings and includes a search box to instantly locate and adjust the desired settings.

The upgrade is an SMA release and can be downloaded as either 32-bit or 64-bit versions from the JAWS downloads page. DVD shipments to SMA holders and new product customers will commence on Nov. 2, 2010.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alternate Assessment

Looking for a guide to help align instruction with assessment? Need help using multiple measures to ensure that assessments truly reflect students' knowledge? Want to find step-by-step examples of modified lesson plans? Then check out Alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities: An educator's guide. This book has all that and more. Practical classroom applications provide the backbone of this book and will help make alternate assessments accessible to K-12 teachers.

Email us at to check out this book. Or try to find it in a library near you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Universal design handbook

Need an overview of universal design? Interested in the latest advances in the field? Then check out Universal design handbook. This updated second edition is loaded with examples of standards worldwide and solutions. This handbook covers the full scope of what universal design means, from products to buildings to technology. Research and teaching are also explored.

Interested? Email us at to check it out. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Section 8 Housing in Bloomington

The Bloomington Housing Authority is pleased to announce that the Section 8 waiting list will be open for a half day in November, 2010. On Wednesday, November 17th, they will be taking applications from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Long lines are expected, therefore, tickets will be given to the people who stand in line but do not make it inside to turn in their applications. Applicants who do not turn in their completed applications on November 17th must turn in their completed applications no later than Friday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m., and these applications must be accompanied by the ticket that was given out on the 17th

In order to submit a complete application, each applicant must have a Social Security card and a birth certificate for every person in the household. Applicants and household members over 18 must have a driver’s license or state issued ID card. These documents must be submitted for every person in the household. APPLICATIONS THAT ARE NOT ACCOMPANIED BY THESE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Applicants must also bring proof of income, such as paystubs, letters from employers, TANF or Social Security award letters, and bank statements for all accounts. Applications that have been obtained and filled out ahead of time will not be accepted.

Please call ahead (812-339-3491) if reasonable accommodations for a disability or a language interpreter will be needed.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Changes to the ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice has put together the revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act Regulations that will be enacted next year. The revised regulations amend the Department’s Title II regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, and the Title III regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36, in addition to its ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Appendix A to each regulation includes a section-by-section analysis of the rule and responses to public comments on the proposed rule. Appendix B to the Title III regulation discusses major changes in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and responds to public comments received on the proposed rules.

For a look at these changes, go to:

Monday, October 18, 2010


CeDIR has published the latest edition of its semi-annual newsletter, CeDIR Citings. This October 2010 edition focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. To see the .pdf version, go to:

Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

RTI: Principles and Strategies

Wondering what all the fuss is about Response to Intervention? Need some help with strategies to implement RTI in your school or classroom? Now in its second edition, Response to intervention: Principles and strategies for effective practice may have some answers for you. Complete with charts, graphs, worksheets, and illustrations, this practical book also has summaries at the end of each chapter to help drive home the main points. New to this edition are behavioral interventions, research reflecting the increasing adoption of RTI nationwide, implementation at the whole-school and district levels, and more.

Want to check it out? Send us an email at You can also use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Good health with Down Syndrome

As people age and move away from pediatric care, the tendency is to pay less attention to quality health care. But that doesn't have to be the case. The book The guide to good health for teens & adults with Down syndrome can help families and/or service providers find quality physicians that will continue providing excellent health care for teens and adults with Down syndrome.

Important points discussed in this book include: Characteristics of Down syndrome that can affect health care; More commonly occurring medical issues; The connection between mental & physical health; Long term health and well being throughout the lifespan; Advance directives and end of life issues and more.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers

Challenging kids, challenged teachers: Teaching students with Tourette's, bipolar disorder, executive dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and more is a new resource filled with creative ideas and strategies for teachers to help their students with disabilities become more successful learners. Chapters cover not only specific disorders but academic issues and other school-related topics as well. The accompanying CD offers checklists, surveys, and worksheets to print out and reuse as needed.

To check out this title, send us an email at Or try to find this book in a library near you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Proyecto Visión

Proyecto Visión (Project Vision) is a bilingual web site for English- and Spanish-speaking youth with disabilities. The latest edition of their newsletter includes an article "Steps for Young People with Disabilities to Find Employment Success." This article contains lots of tips on when to disclose your disability to an employer and how to request job accommodations. It also talks about your rights as an employee and the responsibilities of your employer.

To read the article, go to:

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Database for Emergency Personnel

The City of Bloomington has announced a new voluntary citizens with disabilities registration system now available for use by first responders, providing immediate access to disability-specific information in emergency situations. The Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Database for First Responders gives dispatch, police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians visual-, hearing- and mobility-impairment information for those who have registered with the database.

"Anything that can help emergency personnel provide the highest level of care as quickly as possible is a big win for everyone," said Mayor Mark Kruzan. "This really is a great initiative that can only affect the community in a positive way."

Individuals with disabilities or family members of people with disabilities who would like to be included in this database may register at The registration form also may be completed and mailed to: Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Database, 220 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. Those who need assistance completing the form may call 349-3429 or e-mail

After registration, a City representative will contact registrants every six months to ensure the information is up to date.

“This database is an extremely important step toward effective emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities in Monroe County," said Katie Herron, Chair of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility. "Information gathered in this database will allow first responders to maximize the effectiveness and quality of care provided. Having disability-specific information prior to arriving at the scene of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.”

For more information, contact Barbara McKinney at 349-3429 or

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Assistive technology

Got a student who could benefit from using assistive technology (AT) in the classroom? Need a quick introduction to AT, including some history and the laws that support it? Check out Assistive technology: Access for all students. Now in its second edition, this comprehensive book has all of that and more. The book talks about the "assistive technology continuum" and looks at funding for AT. It also covers the use of AT in very young children to those entering the adult world. This second edition includes a chapter on Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention.

Interested? Email us at, or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ready, Set, Potty!

Looking for some extra help with toilet training? Need an encouraging word to stay motivated? Loaded with tips for both parents and teachers, Brenda Batts' Ready, set, potty!: Toilet training for children with autism and other developmental disorders might be just the ticket. In an enthusiastic, optimistic style, Batts offers many success stories along with ideas for individualized teaching and 17 steps for potty training.

Email us at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Intervention in child language disorders

Intervention in Child Language Disorders: A Comprehensive Handbook offers effective interventions in language disorders in children from infancy to high school age. This wonderful resource presents clinical ideas and treatment examples and discusses a wide range of language disorders that can stem from learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical impairments, autism, hearing impairments, brain injury and specific language impairments. This comprehensive book will help students and speech-language pathologists provide the best treatments for their clients.

Interested? Email us at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shut up about your perfect kid!

Despite a tendency to cringe at the title of this book, Shut up about your perfect kid: A survival guide for ordinary parents of special children is a seriously frank, seriously funny look at two moms (sisters) who have children with disabilities. Through IEP meetings, team meetings, and various medical and psychiatric appointments, be prepared to laugh and cry as the authors describe their kids' inclusion classrooms, private school, and life in general.

To check out this fun book, email us at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Parents with intellectual disabilities

Praise for Parents with intellectual disabilities: Past, present and futures:

'The book discusses the experiences of parents with intellectual disabilities and their children, and also supports such parental training and the role of extended families. It is a very welcome contribution to a topic that tends to be negatively oversimplified.’
Jan Tøssebro, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

‘This is a unique exploration – from an international and multi-disciplinary perspective – of the lives and experiences of parents with intellectual disabilities, their children and the services that both enable and disable them in their parenting. Its combination of scholarly research and "insider" accounts makes it essential reading for researchers and practitioners around the world.’
Professor Dorothy Atkinson, The Open University, UK

‘This must-read book explores the experiences of mothers and fathers with intellectual disability and their children, contextualized within their communities. It investigates the systems and services that do or do not support successful parenting, and explores modern complexities of gender, terminology, citizenship, public policy, and human rights.’
Ruth Luckasson, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of New Mexico, US

Interested? Email us at to check it out. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Helping children adjust to change

Got a special child in your life who needs a little extra help adjusting to change? Pick up Harry the happy caterpillar grows: Helping children adjust to change. Follow along as Harry learns from his butterfly teacher that change can, indeed, be scary at times, but it can also be wonderful. When Harry's caterpillar friends all become butterflies and leave him behind, Harry is very sad. But with encouragement from his friends and his teacher, Harry perseveres and finds that being a butterfly really is wonderful!

To check out this title, just send us an email at Or try to see which libraries near you own the book.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Studying disability

Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson, both professors of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies at Ono Academic College in Israel, explore the history of disability in their book, Studying disability: Multiple theories and responses. This book begins by reviewing existing theories and examining how historical conceptions of disability have affected the lives and civil rights of people with disabilities. It concludes with a recommendation of a socially just community for everyone.

Interested in checking out this title? Email us at, or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eliminating the "R" word


An article posted yesterday on CNN Health reports that Congress is interested in removing the words "retarded" and "retardation" from the language in health, education, and labor laws. The Senate and the House of Representatives have already approved the bill that makes this possible. It's now up to President Obama.

For more information, read the CNN article at

Monday, September 27, 2010

Insights into Sensory Issues

Looking for quality articles written by professionals, for professionals on the issues surrounding sensory integration? Need more information on sensory processing deficits and how to address them? The book, Insights into sensory issues for professionals is a compilation of the best articles from S. I. Focus magazine.

If you're interested in checking out this title, you can email us at Or you can use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Superheroes on a medical mission!

In cool, comic-book fashion, Medikidz explain ADHD is a fun light-hearted approach to learning about a sometimes confusing disorder. Denise has ADHD and can't seem to focus on anything. She trashes her friend's room and ruins their game. Medkidz to the rescue! Medikidz take Denise to their human-shaped planet to help her learn how the brain works and how it works differently in people with ADHD. The use of medications and/or therapy is mentioned as ways to control the effects of this disorder.

Interested in checking out this title? Email us at Or use to find it in a library near you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Brain and Beyond

Brain Injury Association of Indiana's
2010 Fall Education Conference

The Brain and Beyond:
Research, Interventions, Services, and Coordination

OCTOBER 13-15, 2010

Greenwood, Indiana

Full conference brochure:

To register, go to

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New book on assessment

Just what is "formative" assessment? How is formative assessment designed? How are grades assigned using this type of assessment? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Robert Marzano's new book, Formative assessment & standards-based grading. Marzano explains how to design and interpret three different types of formative assessments, how to track student progress, and how to assign meaningful grades. Examples of teachers applying formative assessment in their classrooms are detailed.

Interested? Email us at to check it out. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Managing Money

Interested in ensuring that people with disabilities understand money management? Need help teaching a student how to balance a checkbook? Check out the book, Managing my money: Banking and budgeting basics. It offers the student clear instructions broken down into small steps and opportunities to practice what is being taught. Color-coded forms and large scale graphics help round out the instruction. Teacher pages are included that face the lesson pages as well as a CD-ROM with more forms that can be printed out. Learn how to:
  • Keep Records
  • Keep a Budget
  • Keep a Checking Account
Indiana residents can email us at to check out this book. Otherwise, try to find it in a library nearby.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Collaboration in education

Want to know how and why collaboration between education professionals can affect students and their learning? Interested in how schools can effectively teach the "whole child?" Pick up Effective collaboration in educating the whole child. It examines collaboration between teachers, administrators, student support specialists, community agencies, and service providers. With an emphasis on improving outcomes for students with disabilities and those on the cusp of needing services, this book provides answers in bite-sized pieces along with the research and success stories to back them.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

New guide on teaching/assessing low-achieving students

Want some help with setting and evaluating criteria for participation in alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS)? Looking at designing test forms for AA-MAS? Need to determine the impact of the AA-MAS on the state accountability system? The book, Teaching and assessing low-achieving students with disabilities: A guide to alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards, answers these questions and more. Written by a panel of experts, this book includes sections on identifying and understanding the population, understanding content and achievement standards, and technical considerations and practical applications.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New guide on intellectual disability

Beginning with a short lesson on the history on intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation), Dr. James Harris, M.D. offers his many years of wisdom in the book, Intellectual disability: A guide for families and professionals. An eminent authority on intellectual disability, Dr. Harris is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Mental Hygiene, and the founding Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Harris provides information on assessment and diagnosis of intellectual disability, treatments for specific disorders, and the myriad of services that are available.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blindness and the brain

After two surgeries to cure his blindness of 40 years, Mike May was frustrated with the results. The 43-year-old could see the outlines of his wife's face but not the details. Why couldn't he "see" more clearly with what doctors claimed was one perfectly-functioning eye? The answer was surprising: his brain.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Learning Tree

Using a tree as an example, Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his wife, Nancy Greenspan, explain the different stages of learning from birth through high school in their book, The learning tree: Overcoming learning disabilities from the ground up. The authors share this new approach to understanding learning from the roots of the tree to the branches, showing how to find missing developmental milestones that can interfere with learning. This book is for both parents and teachers. Finding and solving problems with learning early on will help the children in their care bridge those gaps and become more successful.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

News on aging with dementia

According to a story from NPR last week, new research shows that keeping an active mind while aging staves off dementia to a point, but after that point has been reached, the rate of decline increases dramatically. A study in Chicago looked at over 1,000 people age 65 or older who did not have dementia and rated their frequency of engaging in brain-stimulated activities. During follow-up sessions, decades later, the findings show surprising speed in the rate of decline for those who continued to engage in stimulating activities.

To find out more, read the article from NPR:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Change the world

Because we can change the world: A practical guide to building cooperative, inclusive classroom communities is a helpful guide for teachers or anyone who is interested in building school communities full of tolerance, acceptance, and social justice. This book discusses barriers to creating cooperative classrooms, including bullying, and how they can be overcome. It also suggests activities, songs, and literature to help in the process.

This second edition includes updated resources, an emphasis on differentiated instruction, and sections called "Reframing Our Work" to help teachers see how attitudes in the classroom can be changed--beginning with the teacher's.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

RTI for diverse learners

Need help with implementing Response to Intervention with students from culturally diverse backgrounds? In her book, RTI for diverse learners: More than 200 instructional interventions, Catherine Collier addresses issues around culturally and linguistically diverse students who seem to have disabilities. Effectively utilizing the strategies Collier offers, schools can identify and respond to the needs of these students.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

RTI models

Looking to contribute to RTI curriculum implementation teams? Need to be able to describe connections between RTI and special education decisions? Then pick up Response to intervention models: Curricular implications and interventions. Learn how to apply student progress data in order to adjust in the curriculum and how to successfully deliver high-quality core instruction to all students in the classroom.

Interested? Email us! Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RTI and secondary schools

Need information about Response to Intervention in secondary schools? Want the latest research and current best practices? Looking to make RTI a success for teenage students? Check out How RTI works in secondary schools. Find out how to proactively implement RTI with real-world examples, visuals, and lists of resources. The book also provides real-world examples and instructional strategies for Grades 6–12

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What every school leader needs to know about RTI

Margaret Searle explores Response To Intervention in her book, What every school leader needs to know about RTI. This book is an essential guide for school leaders who want to support, focus, and sustain their RTI goals. Searle tackles some of the tough questions teachers ask about RTI, such as
* Where do I find high-quality research-based interventions?
* How is RTI different from what we've tried before?
* How can we make this whole thing work without going crazy?

Interested? Email us. Not an Indiana resident? Try to find this book in a library near you.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Different learners

In her book, "Different learners: Identifying, preventing, and treating your child's learning problems," author Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. offers hope for parents struggling with a child with learning disabilities. Healy breaks her book out into three parts: Brain Crisis, Your Unique Child, and Childhood and the Twenty-First Century, and then ends with a wealth of knowledge and resources in the appendices.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children

Got a child with ADHD? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the issues involved with the disorder? Here to help is author Carole Jacobs with a second edition of the book The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child to focus. Jacobs takes an all-encompassing look at ADHD in order to help a parent understand the diagnosis, find the right treatment, help a child focus at home and at school, and more!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

DSPs to DC

Direct support professionals are invited to join others in Washington, DC, on September 13th and 14th for the DSPs to DC conference. This conference, sponsored by American Network of Community Options and Resources, is designed specifically for DSPs. Topics such as, Hill Briefing: Developing a DSP Workforce, What Makes a Professional and Community Supports and Skills Standards will be offered.

Registration and Requirements

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Conference focusing on rural America

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) is hosting a conference:
Practical Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Families in Rural America

September 21-23, 2010

Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, AZ

Find out what health care reform means to your rural communities. Learn more about how to implement effective strategies and policies that will benefit children and families in your rural community, including:
• Trends in rural behavioral health
• Innovations in Technology
• Partnerships for Healthy Rural Communities

For more information, go to:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Driver Evaluation and Training Program

Did you know that Easter Seals Cross Roads not only offers training to previous drivers requiring modifications to drive, but new drivers as well? Not only do they offer trainings, they also provide evaluations to for people with disabilities to assess their clients potential to drive. For more information, visit their website.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Promising news for treatment of Fragile X

According to an article in Science Daily, a class of drugs may help improve learning and cognition in people with Fragile X Syndrome. "The researchers have found that a class of drugs called phosphoinositide-3 (PI3) kinase inhibitors can correct defects in the anatomy of neurons seen in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. The drugs can potentially restore normal appearance and levels of protein production at synapses, the junctions between cells where chemical communication occurs, resulting in improved learning and cognition.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

professional development events

Need to find a professional development event? CeDIR has recently updated the Training Events calendar on our website. The calendar includes disability-related training events across the nation, and occasionally across the world! Also included are webinars that are not date specific. These are found at the top of the page. The rest of the events are ordered by date.

Check it out at:

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Solution-focused RTI

Using a "solution-focused" method, which emphasizes a person's strengths rather than weaknesses, the book Solution-focused RTI: A positive and personalized approach to response to intervention offers an effective approach to Response-to-Intervention. This book provides the foundation of the solution-focused approach and offers guidelines, interventions, and implementation suggestions for a three-tiered Response-to-Intervention process.

Indiana residents can email us to check it out. Or use to find it in a library near you.