Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together

Siblings: you're stuck with each other, so stick together by James J Crist, Elizabeth Verdick, and Steve Mark is a small paperback to teach children how to appreciate and respect their siblings. Every page is covered with colorful cartoons to keep young readers engaged. The book covers the resentments felt by youngest, middle, and oldest of the children in a family, how to recognize your siblings' good points, how to express yourself constructively, how to share space and privacy, and other aspects of getting along. The writing is at a level appropriate for older elementary and middle school students.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

YMCA Adaptive Sports

The Monroe County YMCA is offering two adaptive programs in volleyball and basketball for persons with disabilities. Adapted basketball will be offered on Thursdays starting on February 25 through April 15, 2010 and will focus on skill development, understanding of game strategies, and teamwork. A combined volleyball and basketball class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting February 23 through April 15. Skill development, understanding of game strategies, and teamwork will be the primary focus.

For more information, contact Kevin Thompson at the YMCA at (812) 332-5555. You can also visit the Monroe County YMCA website for directions, hours, volunteer opportunities, and other youth and adult programs available. To read more about physical recreation for people with disabilities, check out some of our resources:

-Fun with messy play
-Canoeing and kayaking
-Adapted physical education and sport
-Active start: a statement of physical activity guidelines for children birth to five years

Friday, February 12, 2010

SSI and Disability: Quick Review Diagnoses

Yesterday, Cathleen Weber of the Community Health Education department at Bloomington Hospital advertised this piece of news:

The Social Security Administration has, for some time, had a list of 50 diagnoses that allowed people to get a "quick review" and immediate social security income or disability benefits (days vs. months or years). As you can imagine, this is imperative for some people with a limited life expectancy, children who need significant medical care, some cancers, etc.

Today the Social Security Administration released the attached news release adding an additional 38 diagnoses to the initial list, including early onset Alzheimer's Disease. This was a huge lobbying effort and a great success and will benefit many families.

The SSA press release is linked below, along with a National Public Radio blog segment about it. For those of you working in areas that help diagnose people (they had added several diseases affecting children) keep these handy and use the list to educate and advocate. Please feel free to share widely.

Link to initial list of 50 diagnoses: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm

Link to SSA Press release and expansion list of 38 added effective March 1, 2010: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/cal021110-pr.html

NPR Blog segment Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/02/social_security_expands_disabi.html?ft=1&f=103943429

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still no power

Hello, we are still without power, but hopeful that we will be able to reopen tomorrow morning! In the mean time, check out this recent story at NPR on a new diagnosis for children who would have been labeled as having bipolar disorder in the past.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CeDIR Closed Today

Due to power outage, CeDIR will be closed today. Please email us your questions and requests and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Friends of the CeDIR Library

We launched a new section of the website today: Friends of the CeDIR Library!

Friends contains a list of books we have pulled from the collection to sell to the public, sorted by subject area. Each listing includes a picture of the item for sale, author and year published, pricing and, when applicable, the WorldCat page for the title.

Call (812) 855-6508 or email us to inquire about purchasing any of the materials.

Monday, February 8, 2010

ArtsWORK's Featured Artist: Gina Golden

ArtsWORK Indiana, an organization that "facilitates access to careers in the arts for people with disabilities through awareness, education, and encouragement," has selected Gina Golden as this quarter's featured artist.

Golden inherited the family flare and aspiration towards the arts: her genealogical tree includes a visual artist grandfather, a similarly inclined grandmother, and a graphic artist father. She studied illustration at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After building her career, she settled in Indianapolis and has contributed to several galleries and private collections.

Golden is also hearing impaired. Thanks to abnormal bone growth in her ears, her hearing gradually declined throughout childhood. She eventually lost it completely a decade ago. However, she has embraced who she is and refuses to concede to cochlear implants that aren't advanced enough to "listen to music or have a conversation with [her] eyes closed." Hearing loss has nothing to do with her identity as an artist, she says. "Being deaf is not a great selling point. I want people to remember my work, not that I’m a deaf artist."

You can read the ArtWORK article on Gina here. Also check out her website for samples of her paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative walls. For an archive of past featured artists, visit http://www.artsworkindiana.org/index.php?pageId=47.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Against the Current

Bob Segelman, an accomplished academic with cerebral palsy, shares his experiences in the mainstream in his new book, Against the Current. Segelman and his publishers have made this book free to persons with disabilities and their families. To request a PDF copy, email drsts@comcast.net.

Members of the general public can order the book for $25 at http://www.drbobsautobiography.org. Non-profits receive a $10 discount. All profits from the book's sales will go to Speech Communications Assistance by Telephone.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The AAID Manual and Rosa's Law

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has published the 11th edition of the definition manual: Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports. In it, the AAIDD sets forth "practice guidelines on diagnosing and classifying intellectual disability and developing a system of supports for people living with an intellectual disability." At the center of the organization's philosophy is an effort to abolish the stigma of intellectual disabilities: specifically by removing "mental retardation" from medical lexicon.

In related news, senators Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Michael Enzi of Wyoming have introduced a bipartisan bill entitled "Rosa's Law," which would replace "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in the federal law books. Rosa's Law has gathered 28 co-sponsors so far. You can track the bill's progress at govtrack.us.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

55 Tactics for Implementing RTI

55 tactics for implementing RTI in inclusive settings by Pam Campbell, Adam Wang, and Robert Algozzine is a practical textbook and resource guide for teachers of inclusive classrooms. The book focuses on "planning, managing, delivering, and evaluating instruction." The "55 tactics" are organized into short, manageable chapters and include diagrams and fill-in charts, as well as a list of current literature for further reading in each topic.

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

IEP iPhone App

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) has developed a free Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone application for the parents and teachers of children with disabilities! The application contains basic laws pertaining to IEP, as well as the ability to create profiles for individual children.

To download the IEP App, visit the Apple iTunes store and type IEP Checklist in the search box. For more information, see the PEATC Press Kit at http://www.peatc.org/peatc.cgim?template=iPhonePressReleaseKit.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Writing Assessment and Instruction

Writing assessment and instruction for students with learning disabilities by Nancy Mather, et al., is a textbook for K-12 teachers and teachers-in-training. The authors stress a positive approach ("No Red Marks") to teaching students with dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning difficulties a solid base for reading and writing. The book offers dozens of field-tested activities and lesson plans, as well as printable worksheets to track progress.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Aging and Dating

The holiday decorations are coming down and the snow is slowly lightening; fancy chocolates and heart-shaped lollipops now line the grocery store shelves. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the IU News Room featured tips for romance from researchers in various departments. Phil Stafford of the CAC put in his two cents with tips for dating as you age:

There is no existing expiration date for having romantic relationships. "Relationships do not fade in importance as we age," says Phillip Stafford, director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. In fact, "relationships can loom more important if someone experiences the loss of a partner," Stafford adds," which can be an unfortunate consequence of long life."

Stafford lists a few places where older adults are known to seek and find newfound relationships:

•Church and church events. Social activities in local religious settings are non-forced opportunities to meet people without preconditions or commitments.

•Singles groups. In many towns and cities one finds "dating over 50" and singles groups advertised in the local news, including the traditional "wanted, SWF," Classified ads.

•Social media Web sites. www.eons.com is successful and rapidly growing online community for Baby Boomers interested in new relationships of all kinds, whether intellectual or romantic.

Just as with young people, personal finances play a role in dating. Seniors on limited budgets may not have the discretionary money to support an active social life. Seniors with money may, legitimately, be concerned that this new person interested in them is a "gold digger," a concern sometimes shared by their adult children, according to Stafford. For widowed men, it's a "buyer's market," given disparities in longevity by gender. "In my experience," says Stafford, "I have known older widowers who have a lot of delicious home-cooked meals provided to them. "On the other hand," he adds, "I have heard a lot of older widows remark that they'd just like to find an old guy who is not so helpless around the house."

The Center on Aging provides self-determination and social integration of aging adults with disabilities through participatory research, planning and advocacy. For more information visit http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cac/.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gluten-Free Blogs

Having a condition like Celiac disease can feel incredibly isolating. While your peers chow down on Twinkies, you're stuck with faux Nutrigrain bars made from tapioca flour and chicory root. But you're not alone; the recent popularization of the internet has allowed people with celiac disease to connect with one another and easily find better recipes, new ingredients, and a host of other information easily. Here are some gluten-free blogs by writers with celiac disease who have found creative new ways to feed themselves and their families:

-Celiac Teen
Lauren is a Canadian teenager with celiac disease who is determined to "not let her health get in the way of life." In addition to typical teen topics like family and fashion, she blogs about her health, gluten-free product reviews, and her adventures in the kitchen.

-Gluten-Free Goddess
Formerly known as Karina's Kitchen, this personal blog has exploded into a full-service recipe site. Karina doesn't limit her options to substitutes for typical American fare--her dishes range from drinks like Banana-Apricot Hemp Smoothies to main courses like Curried Apple Chicken Stir-Fry to desserts like Pumpkin Chai Bread.

-Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Husband-and-wife team Shauna and "The Chef" share tidbits of their gluten-free life on an island off the coast of Washington state. Shauna has also written a successful memoir: Gluten-free girl: How I found the food that loves me back & how you can, too about her diagnosis and subsequent transformation of her attitude towards food. Make sure to find even more sites through her extensive blogroll (under "Links").

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Art of Chocolate

Prime your taste buds and bring a healthy appetite for the upcoming Week of Chocolate in Bloomington! The Week of Chocolate is a series of fundraising and sweet-sampling events to benefit the host organizations. In addition to the Death by Chocolate event for CASCI, Inc. already highlighted on this blog, Options will host an Art of Chocolate evening at the IU Art Museum this Sunday, January 31st.

Sweets for the evening will be furnished by local bakeries Angel B's and the Scholar's Inn, Bloomingfoods, the Indiana Memorial Union and others. Entertainment will be provided by the Andy Cobine Trio. Tickets are $45 per person; buy them here at eFolio.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The much awaited publication from the IIDC's own Kim Davis and Susan Dixon, When actions speak louder than words: understanding the challenging behaviors of young children and students with disabilities has finally entered circulation! The book is a good introduction for new teachers and a refresher for veterans to understand students' behavior. Davis and Dixon explain how both positive and negative behaviors are forms of communication, and use case-based scenarios to illustrate how to develop more functional communication systems.

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

Monday, January 25, 2010

Death by Chocolate: Cruising for Murder

Experience an interactive murder mystery evening presented by Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Inc. and Bloomington Playwrights Project. Enjoy a delicious Lennie’s decadent Death by Chocolate dessert with tea or coffee on Thursday, February 4, 2010 starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington.

Board the Mystery of the Seas Cruise Liner and be ready for a night of intrigue and danger at the Captain’s Chocolate Extravaganza! Trapped at sea, no one is safe; all are suspect!! Proceeds will benefit Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Inc. (CASCI, Inc.), a not-for-profit organization that is committed to helping people with disabilities become a more active and viable part of their community.

Ticket price: $17 per person or two for $30 (recommended for teens and adults, ages 13 and older). Tickets may be purchased in advance from: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, (812) 332-5788 or call Jo Gilbertson, (812) 219-5566.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Down Syndrome Family Connection: March Fair

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Family Connection in Bloomington will host its second annual fair and concert at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church on Saturday, March 6, from 9:30am-12:00pm.

The Family Connection hosts the annual Buddy Walk to raise awareness of, and provide and support to families and individuals with, Down Syndrome. To support the organization, you can also purchase one of their beautiful 2010 calendars featuring children and adults with Down Syndrome in the Bloomington area (http://www.downsyndromefamilyconnection.org/merchandise.html).

To learn more about the fair and inquire about setting up an exhibit, contact Nola Bloemendaal at 812-272-9261 or email nolabloemendaal@yahoo.com.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Something To Hang On To

Something to hang on to is a work of young adult fiction by Beverly Brenna. The short stories feature adolescents with various disabilities (Down Syndrome, autism, and muscular dystrophy) dealing with issues such as common fears, family violence, fitting in, and forming their identities as individuals apart from the stigma of their conditions. The book jumps between time periods and locales, but retains an overarching theme of positivity in the face of adversity.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Art and Disability

Art and disability: The social and political struggles facing education is a small hardcover by Alice J. Wexler that stresses the importance of art in special education curricula. The arts are often unappreciated and underfunded by schools, but, Wexler argues, they are essential for the formation of children's identities. Art serves as an outlet for the frustrations and isolation that come with belonging to a marginalized, stigmatized group. Wexler devotes her chapters to examining how art benefits children with specific disabilities (autism, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments etc.) as well as to community outreach and lesson plans.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saving Sammy

Saving Sammy: curing the boy who caught OCD is a personal account by Beth Maloney, the mother of a middle schooler with OCD. Beth details her journey from diagnoses through the quagmire of medical debate and finally to a solution for Sammy's illness. Sammy suffered from PANDAS, or a complication from a strep throat infection that could lead to OCD and Tourette-type symptoms.

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