Friday, July 2, 2010

Holiday Hours

In observance of the Independence Day holiday,
CeDIR will close at 3:00 pm today
and will re-open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, July 6th.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Easy and fun differentiated instruction

Differentiated instruction is the name of the game! In From tutor scripts to talking sticks : 100 ways to differentiate instruction in K-12 inclusive classrooms, authors Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher pack the fun and creativity into 224 pages. Included in the book are 100 strategies designed by teachers to help make inclusion work. Every student in the classroom will benefit from these kid-tested techniques.

Email us if you're interested in checking it out. Or try to find it in a library near you!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bionic cat

If you're over 40 years old, you're probably old enough to remember the "Six Million Dollar Man" or the "Bionic Woman," two 1970's-era TV shows that featured a man and a woman who were so injured in accidents that parts of their bodies were replaced with cybernetic prosthetics.

Well, now comes the Bionic Cat, and it isn't a TV show at all! Oscar, a British cat, lost his rear paws in a terrible accident with a combine harvester last fall. Doctors fitted him with metal prosthetics and treated him with about four months of rehabilitation to teach him how to walk with his new paws.

And while Oscar may not have super strength or speed, he certainly can get around now. To read the entire article from NPR, go to

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Comic book superheroes with disabilities

Americans have long been enamored of the amazing feats of strength, speed, cunning, and agility of comic book superheroes. But, just like humans, not all superheroes are "typical" in their abilities. Both DC and Marvel comics have developed superheroes with disabilities.

Now, the folks at Furious Fanboys have put together a list of ten superheroes with disabilities. Among them are Daredevil and his opposite, Echo. Also listed is Professor X. To see the full list of superheroes with disabilities, go to

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The 10th Annual National Braille Challenge®

On Saturday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles, the best of the best students in the country will compete in an academic challenge requiring them to transcribe, type and read braille. According to an article in LISNEWS, "Most [of the students in the competition] were born blind, others lost their sight due to cancer or viral infections, but they all share a tenacity that drives them to succeed in spite of their disability."

To read the full article, go to

For more about the Braille Institute, go to

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free Technology for Teachers

Teachers! Are you looking for free resources, ideas, or lesson plans that incorporate technology into your teaching? Check out the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers.

You'll find interesting interactive mathematics lessons using Conceptua™ Math, a great way for students to work with and master the concept of fractions. You'll also find suggestions on using Google and Google Earth in your lessons, alternatives to YouTube, Social Studies resources, and much more!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

LAST CALL: The ADA Survey Closes June 15

Time is running out for you to SPEAK YOUR MIND about your community’s progress in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act! How well is the ADA being implemented? What still needs to be done?

The ADA Survey will close on JUNE 15th. We currently have just over 600 responses, but we’d like to try for 750, even 1000! So if you aren’t one of those 600 respondents, please become one very soon! Feel free to pass this on to your friends, family, and co-workers.

It takes only about 10-15 minutes.

The results of the ADA SURVEY will be used to create Indiana’s 2010 “Report Card,” which will be a highlight of our state’s ADA Celebration in July. It will also be useful as a tool to educate policy makers, administrators and the public about what priorities need to be addressed so that Indiana communities meet the goals of the ADA.

To request the survey in an alternative format, or for additional information, contact Dr. Vicki Pappas by phone: 1-800-825-4733 or e-mail

The 2010 ADA Survey is being conducted by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, in conjunction with the Great Lakes ADA Center in Chicago.