Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dixon & Davis on Challenging Behaviors

Sue Dixon and Kim Davis of the IIDC gave a talk about understanding challenging behaviors for the IYI radio show Kids Count. Hosted by IYI President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz, the show discusses key parent issues and provides applicable tips and resources. Guests include youth development experts, national authors on child, youth and parenting issues, educational and government leaders and Indiana youth workers with timely comments that will inform, educate and inspire!

The show will air on Sunday, March 7th. You can also hear the talk online at:

Also check out Kim and Sue's popular book, When actions speak louder than words at the CeDIR library!

Cerebral Palsy of NWI 50th Anniversary Gala

Center for Possibilities- Cerebral Palsy of NWI, Inc will host their 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at the Ambassador Banquets in Hobart. The mission of Center for Possibilities is to improve the quality of life for young children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

The black tie optional event is themed "When we wished upon a star, our dreams came true" will be a night filled with celebration. Doors will open at 5:30pm with a Cocktails & Reception at 6:00pm. A sit down dinner is planned along with performances by "Dancing with Our Stars" Adult Students and "Little Stars" Preschool Students. The Center's Board of Directions will present Founders Awards for businesses, groups and individuals that have supported the Center since it's opening in 1960. The night will end with music and dancing. The event is sponsored by Hobart Animal Clinic and Arvin's Ceady Bar & Grill.

Tickets will be available until Monday, March 8th until 2pm at Center for Possibilities, 22 Tyler Avenue, Hobart, Indiana. You can also contact Michelle Higel at (219) 962-5751 or Price of tickets are $30.00 per adult, $15.00 for children ages 3-11 and free of children under the age of 3.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CeDIR's Spring Newsletter

Read the Spring CeDIR Citings at!

In this issue we talk about the new Friends of the Library website, the upcoming Paralympic Games, and our latest resources on social skills.

If you'd like a hard copy, email us or give us a call at 812-855-6508.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

MOSAIC Film Festival

Make room in your schedules today, tomorrow, and Saturday for the third MOSAIC film festival in Bloomington!

The festival is presented by Diversity Theatre, a program of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. MOSAIC features short films for adults highlighting poverty and homelessness, and films for children on disability and accepting differences. Participants will have opportunities to discuss the films and the issues they highlight with representatives of local agencies which are partnering with MOSAIC and which provide services in the areas of poverty, homelessness, and disability.

Today, March 2nd, the films will be shown from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at Rhino's All Age Music Club, 331 S. Walnut Street. On Wednesday, March 3rd, the films will be shown from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at Rachael's Café, 300 E. 3rd Street. A third, shorter event for children will take place at 1pm March 6th at the Elletsville branch of the Monroe County library. All MOSAIC events are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of the film titles and descriptions, visit the MOSAIC website: For more information, contact Audrey Heller or Stacee Evans at 336-3198 or contact Craig Brenner at 349-3471.

Monday, March 1, 2010

FCC Announces New Closed Captioning Complaint Procedure

Having trouble viewing closed captioning on certain shows? Does it become garbled or move too quickly across the screen? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently announced that there are new procedures in place that will make filing complaints easier. You can now file a complaint directly with the FCC, either by fax, e-mail, postal mail, or online. Just be sure to file the complaint within 60 days of the captioning problem.

You can file your complaint by using the FCC's online Disability Access Complaint Form #2000C at!input.action?form_page=2000C

Disability Access Complaint Form 2000C on the FCC's website erroneously states that if your complaint is about closed captioning, you must first contact the station or video programming distributor. The FCC will actually accept this web form without your first trying to contact the video programming distributor.

For more information about filing complaints regarding closed captioning, see this link: or call the FCC for assistance, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (eastern time), at 1-888-225-5322 or 1-888-835-5322 TTY.

Friday, February 26, 2010

How Brains Learn to See

At the end of this month, researcher Pawan Sinha gave a TED talk on "How Brains Learns to See," posted at

Sinha begins by explaining the dismal prospects for children in developing countries with vision impairments, who face a shortage of care in the early years and, after age 4 or 5, dwindling hopes that their brains will ever learn to process visual information. He describes the efforts of Project Prakash, an organization to locate Indian children in need, provide free vision-recovery treatments, and conduct research into how the brain interprets visual data. Near the end, he also discusses dynamic vision processing in individuals with autism.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Including One, Including All

Including one, including all: a guide to relationship-based early childhood inclusion by Leslie Roffman and Todd Wanerman of The Little School in San Francisco. The authors draw from decades of experience in inclusive preschools to form this guide to getting to know individual children with special needs and creating an accepting, supportive environment for children to learn together.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

RTI In Practice

RTI in practice: a practical guide to implementing effective evidence-based interventions in your school by James McDougal, et al., is a textbook and CD-ROM for special educators looking to implement an RTI model in their schools. The authors step through the process of screening, collecting performance and risk data to establish goals, staging interventions, and following through with assessments.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dyslexia Checklist

The dyslexia checklist: a practical reference for parents and teachers follows the same vein as The autism checklist by Paula Kluth in the same Jossey-Bass Teacher series. Authored by best-selling speakers, authors and teachers Sandra Rief and Judith Stern, the book is a concise yet comprehensive resource for teachers and parents of children with dyslexia. The authors cover the basics of the condition, comprehension strategies, and practical advice such as how to enforce reading in the home.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Monday, February 22, 2010

Why Are Children with Disabilities Bullied?

A professor of language and development and psychology addressed an insidious problem schools in today's Long Island Press: "Why Are Children With Disabilities Bullied?"

Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman, the founder and Executive Director of the School for Language and Communication Development and Professor Emeritus at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychology Studies, explains why children with disabilities can become the targets for unstable youths looking to wield aggressive power. She discusses how students with disabilities can be perceived as "unpopular," may withdraw out of shame or may have difficulty expressing their fears to caregivers. She advocates implementing stronger curricula to develop social skills to counteract these trends.

You can read the column here. For more information about bullying, also check out the book Bully-Free Classroom from the CeDIR library.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Me You Don't Know

The me you don't know: A gift of knowledge for my future caregivers is a workbook by Dee Martella that acts as a template for seniors to write their "autobiography." Readers can note their food preferences for each meal, medical history, pets, financial situation (credit cards, debts, banking accounts), family contact information, hobbies, fears, and memories. Worksheets from the book would be best provided to individuals in the early stages of aging-related developmental conditions.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aimee Mullins on Language

Aimee Mullins, whose inspirational talks we've highlighted in the past, recently hosted another on the power of language. Mullins begins her talk with a discovery she made in the thesaurus when she looked up the word "Disabled: crippled, helpless, useless, wrecked, stalled, maimed, wounded, mangled, lame, mutilated, run-down, worn-out, weakened, impotent, castrated, paralyzed, handicapped, senile, decrepit." She challenges the notion that disability is necessarily negative by demonstrating the potential of adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- to encourage human development.

You can watch the video on TED:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

The Native American Community Center of Bloomington will host a Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7pm. The dinner will take place at the IU Neal Marshall Black Culture Center on Jordan Street.

Admission to the Native American Community Center fundraiser, which is only $5, gets you:
-a light meal, including traditional Native foods from several tribal nations (deer stew, grape dumplings, cornbread, fry bread and finger foods)
-entry into raffle for a sheep sculpture by Ruby Growler-Smith (Diné/Navajo)
-ability to bid on arts and crafts items, many by local artists
-singing and jingle dancing
-knowledge you have helped a good cause!

All profits will go to the Native American Community Center's rent fund. $4800 will cover a year's worth of office space.

If you are on Facebook, please visit the event page at:!/event.php?eid=301781281684&ref=mf.

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.

Interested in this book? Indiana resident? Email us!

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

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:

Link to SSA Press release and expansion list of 38 added effective March 1, 2010:

NPR Blog segment Link:

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