Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Aimee Mullins on the Colbert Report

Last Thursday, April 15th, model, actress, and former paralympian Aimee Mullins appeared on the Colbert Report. Mullins appears in minutes 15 through 21 of the show to speak about what constitutes a "prosthetic" or "disability" (Quote: "Pinups have more prosthetics in their breasts than I do in my entire body, but no one calls most of Hollywood disabled").

You can watch the full episode on Comedy Central at http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=271365.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Teacher's Guide to Education Law

A teacher's guide to education law (4th Ed.) is written by Michael Imber, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas, and Tyll van Geel, Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Rochester. The text "provides a concise introduction to topics in education law that are most relevant to teachers." The subjects covered in the book include religion, independent student speech, disability and gender, and teacher employment (worker's comp, tenure, hiring practices, etc.). The authors thoroughly cite each chapter, providing a host of other resources for readers to pursue.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Soy-Yer Dough

Soy-Yer Dough is a Bloomfield, IN company that manufactures a gluten-free, non-toxic, scented version of Play-Doh-like modeling clay for children with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. The company also offers soy-free options for children with soy allergies.

Bloomfield native Sawyer Sparks, the founder of Soy-Yer Dough, was featured on the reality TV show Shark Tank last September. In the episode, the typically tight-fisted "angel investors" offered Sawyer $300,000 for 40% ownership of the burgeoning company. Sawyer has so far refused to sell, but has since proven that the investors' vote of confidence was well deserved.

You can purchase Soy-yer Dough from the website http://www.soy-yer.com/. Containers of dough cost $2.00 each and come in scents of raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, cherry and grape. You can also read a feature on the company in the local Herald Times.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Understanding Disability

Understanding disability: from theory to practice is the updated edition of a 1996 best seller. Written for students in various health fields by Michael Oliver, Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Greenwich, the short but dense paperback covers theoretical understandings of disability, disability law, and the pros and cons of policies over the past decade and a half. Oliver discusses welfare, rehabilitation, special education and inclusion.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Easter Seals Crossroads: CampAbility

The sun is out and spring fever has settled in; soon the school year will end and you and your children will have three empty months to fill. If you don't have any major summer plans, or are looking for a great opportunity for your child to interact with other children and learn new skills while you're at work, consider signing up for CampAbility, the annual Easter Seals day camp.

CampAbility runs for two week sessions throughout June and July. Each session costs $300, but some scholarships are available thanks to generous donors. Before- and after-camp care during working hours is also offered for a fee. You can read more about the camp and view a 3-minute promotional video here: http://crossroads.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=INCN_camp_crossroads. If you have questions about CampAbility, call Jane at 317-782-8888.

For an electronic copy of the 2010 CampAbility flyer, email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Also check out two other day camp offerings by the Easter Seals Crossroads, Life Skills and PALSS, on our Autism Resource Blog.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Do you have a pressing legal concern, but haven't been able to find the appropriate consultant? Today at 2pm, several branches of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Libraries will host an "Ask-a-Lawyer" event. From the IMCPL website:

Adults may receive free legal advice through one-on-one consultations with qualified, licensed attorneys who are members of the Indianapolis Bar Association. For those unable to attend, call 269-2000 between 2 - 8 p.m. to speak with an attorney.

You can see the list of libraries hosting the event at http://www.imcpl.org/events/detail/?event_id=227&schedule_id=19158.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Health Care Reform Summary

Are you confused about what the recent health care reform will do, especially in regards to people with disabilities? Julia Day of the World Institute on Disability put together a very useful summary of the bill, with concise explanations of the changes to insurance regulations, Medicaid, etc. In particular,

• By 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny anyone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

• Before the end of 2010, costly treatments for ongoing medical conditions will be protected from lifetome coverage caps previously imposed by insurance companies.

• The disability determination process to become eligible for Medicaid will be shortened and simplified.

• Starting October 1, 2011, the Medicaid Community First Choice (CFC) Option will give states the option to allow people with disabilities who are eligible for institutional care to choose community-based services instead.

• Starting in 2012, the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS Act) will provide for voluntary, self-funded, long-term care insurance through the workplace...This program will make long-term in-home support services more affordable, and will help people with disabilities remain in their homes and communities.

For more detailed bullet points, you can read the original document on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/29791241/2010-04-02-Health-Care-Reform-Article

Friday, April 9, 2010

Article: Adult ADD

Good Housekeeping magazine recently ran a feature on Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, based on an interview with psychologist Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.

The article, which you can read at http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diseases/attention-deficit-disorder-concentrate-mar05?click=main_sr, debunks some myths about ADD/ADHD, like that it affects men more than women or that high-achieving people must not have it. "You have to look at how much effort it takes for you to get something done", Nadeau says. "I once diagnosed ADD in a physician who told me that during medical school, he got so distracted in the dorms that, before exams, he would have to rent a hotel room in order to study." The interview concludes with resources to contact and an overview of modern medications for ADD.

For more information about ADHD, consult our resource guide on the subject at http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/adhdbib.html.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook

The down syndrome transition handbook: charting your child's course to adulthood by Jo Ann Simons is a resource for parents of teenagers with Down Syndrome. Simons addresses every aspect of the transition from school to work in a straightforward, clearly categorized manner. She discusses methods of preparing students for the working environment (vocational training, ways to obtain experience during high school), postsecondary education options, obtaining SSI and medical benefits as an adult, financial management, and most importantly, the essential role of social and family support during the transition.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wheelchair Rugby Game

This Friday, April 9th, the Peer Undergraduate Mentor Program (PUMP) wil sponsor a wheelchair rugby game. The game is open to all students and staff, and the public is welcome to watch. A local wheelchair rugby team will show off their skills on the court. The game will be from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Student Recreational Sports Center off 10th Street.

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For more information, email Dani Clark at clardani@indiana.edu or call IU's Disability Services for Students at 812-855-7578.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Prevent, Teach, Reinforce

Prevent, teach reinforce: the school-based model of individualized positive behavior support by Glen Dunlap, et al., is a short textbook on behavior management for teachers of K-8 classrooms. The book focuses on functional assessment, behavior intervention plans, and evaluation. An included CD-ROM contains printable forms, Behavior Support Plan templates, and other tools to implement the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce model.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

ADA Indiana Webinar: Reasonable Accommodation

What is "reasonable accommodation" for employees with disabilities? Learn about the legal specifics in Wednesday's ADA Webinar. From the City of Bloomington website:

Reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities continues as a frequently litigated ADA issue. This webinar will identify major trends in reasonable accommodation cases. Presenter Barry Taylor, JD, Director of Legal Services at Equip for Equality in Chicago, will analyze recent court decisions interpreting the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA. The webinar is free and can be viewed at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Building L on April 7th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, contact Matt Norris or Vicki Pappas adainfo@indiana.edu or 855-6508.

If you do not live in Bloomington, you can register to participate in the webinar directly here: https://adagreat.powweb.com/WebForms/Login/index.php?source=/Webinar/ADALegal/register.php. The deadline is tomorrow, April 6th, at 11 am. You can also see more upcoming ADA webinars in the Legal Issues series here: http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/ADALegal/Schedule/.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Disability Awareness Poster Contest

Modified from the Bloomington city website:

Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by entering the Council for Community Accessibility's disability and accessibility awareness poster competition! The competition begins in April and runs until the first of June.

Prizes will be awarded to selected entries and announced at the July celebration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All poster entries should highlight a disability and/or accessibility issue and can include graphic design, drawing, painting, and/or photography.

All entries must include this registration form: http://bloomington.in.gov/media/media/application/pdf/6729.pdf

Information about the competition and hard copies of the registration form are available at the Community & Family Resources Department, Suite 260, City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington.

For information, contact Craig Brenner at 812-349-3471 or brennerc@bloomington.in.gov.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dyslexia: Learning Disorder or Creative Gift?

Dyslexia: learning disorder or creative gift? is written by Cornelia Jantzen, a consultant and mother of two children with dyslexia. Drawing from personal experience and professional research, Jantzen explores different methods of and philosophies about teaching literacy, as well as the workings of the brain. She is a proponent of the Davis method, which "enables students to use all their senses in learning written language."

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Managing ADHD in the K-8 Classroom

Managing ADHD in the K-8 classroom: a teacher's guide is written by Grad L. Flick, a clinical psychologist with over 38 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD. Written for both general and special education teachers, the book discusses the causes of ADHD, how to address specific behaviors, tracking and assessing progress, and "survival techniques for teachers." Flick provides many worksheets and charts to use with students and advice to improve the classroom environment, student performance, and even self-esteem.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Django: World's greatest jazz guitarist is a picture book by Bonnie Christensen and the winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. Original paintings illustrate a free-form poem about Django, a musical prodigy who lost his hand in a fire. Through perseverance, he regains the use of his "fretting hand" to become a famous gypsy jazz guitarist.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Flashes of Hope Photography Series

The following is a modified March 25th release from the City of Bloomington:

This April and May, the City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) will showcase Flashes of Hope, a series of photographs featuring child patients at Riley Hospital.

Each month, the Indianapolis chapter of Flashes of Hope transforms a walkway balcony at Riley Hospital into a photography studio. A makeup artist and hairstylist are brought in to help children and parents look and feel their best, then each child is photographed individually and with their closest supporters – siblings, parents and often a favorite nurse.

Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Since the inception of the Indianapolis branch of Flashes of Hope in 2007, more than 200 children have been photographed in conjunction with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the leading trade association for photographers who produce work primarily for publication. ASMP promotes photographers' rights, educates photographers in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers and helps buyers find professional photographers.

The exhibit will run April 2 to May 28, Monday through Friday in the Atrium of City Hall, 401 North Morton Street. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as additional evening or weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings and other public events.

The City of Bloomington is committed to providing opportunities for Bloomington and area artists to exhibit artwork in the City Hall Atrium. For more information on the exhibition program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at 812-349-3534 or Jared Schlemmer, Assistant Deputy Mayor of the City of Bloomington.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dyslexia-Friendly Further & Higher Education

Dyslexia-friendly further & higher education by Barbara Pavey, Margaret Meehan, and Alan Waugh is a short paperback for "all practitioners involved in supporting students in FE and HE." The authors discuss how to improve the learning environment for post-secondary students with dyslexia as well as transition to employment issues. With 96 pages of text and thirty more of appendices, it is a quick but essential read for counselors, advisors, and other professionals in higher education.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder

The ultimate guide to sensory processing disorder: Easy, everyday solutions to sensory challenges by Roya Ostavar, PhD, is a straight-forward guide for parents of children with SPD. Dr. Ostavar first walks parents through the basics of sensory processing disorder (recognizing the signs, diagnoses, causes, and case study examples), then dives into tips for coping with stressful situations like religious holidays with big family gatherings, over-stimulating vacations or sports games. She steps into the minds of children with SPD to give parents insight and plan their "sensory diets" accordingly.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Today: Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization - Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Today, a meeting at 6:30pm in Bloomington's City Hall will address public transportation planning. From the City of Bloomington Website:

"Interested citizens are invited to be part of the local transportation planning process. The goal of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is to foster and develop citizen awareness of transportation policy and planning. At monthly meetings the CAC reviews transportation projects and policies, and makes recommendations to the Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. To participate or for information, contact Raymond Hess at 349-3423 or visit http://bloomington.in.gov/mpo."

The meeting is a good opportunity for local citizens to chime in on projects for Downtown development, neighborhood streets, bike/pedestrian systems, and accessibility issues.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mixed Signals

Mixed signals: understanding and treating your child's sensory processing issues by Mary Lashno is a paperback filled with real case examples of how children with sensory processing disorders behave. Lashno offers strategies for parents, teachers, and other caregivers to recognize indicators of conditions like Down Syndrome or ASDs, working with therapists for the most effective interventions, and understanding complex behavior.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Fuzzy Buzzy Groups

For children with sensory processing difficulties, interaction with their peers can be difficult. The authors of Fuzzy buzzy groups for children with developmental and sensory processing difficulties: a step-by-step resource, Scots Fiona Brownlee and Lindsay Munro, have devised a program for these children to develop social skills and improve self-esteem.

The Fuzzy Buzzy book contains advice for professionals on how to put together a group of children aged 2-5, as well as suggested activities, worksheets, and a CD of music for group sessions.

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