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.