Friday, July 9, 2010

Direct Support Professionals meeting

Direct Support Professionals of Indiana (DSPIN), a new organization creating positive change and building a qualified workforce of direct support professionals, is holding their first Statewide Member Meeting on July 12 at Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis from 10:00-2:00 p.m. All Indiana direct support professionals are invited to attend!

This one‐day meeting will provide opportunities for networking, education and professional development. The meeting is free and you don’t have to be a member of DSPIN to attend. Lunch will be available for $5. Registration is REQUIRED by July 7. For more information, contact JoAnna Moskal at or Shannon Gilbert at

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

American folk art

Artwork by and on behalf of individuals who have mental illnesses will be the subject of a display at City Hall during the month of July. The theme of the artwork on display is “This land is our land…American folk art” and includes a variety of subjects, such as landscapes and cityscapes, using a variety of media including decoupage, paint, ceramic and textile. A public reception will take place Thursday, July 15 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

The exhibit will run July 2—30 in the City Hall atrium, which is located in the building's main entrance at 401 North Morton Street. The exhibition hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, as well as additional evening or weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings. For more information about the exhibit, contact Robin Carrothers at

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, the City's Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at or (812) 349-3534.

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!