Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The holidays are upon us! First comes that wonderful meal and the opportunity to give thanks, and then comes the madness of the gift-buying season. If you have young ones with a disability in your life, you might be wondering what to buy for them this year. A quick search brings up a lot of different places that offer gifts for children with disabilities. Here a just a few to get you started:

Still don't know what to buy? Here are a few guides to help narrow your search:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday hours

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CeDIR will close
at noon on Wednesday, November 24th and will re-open at
8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Employment DVD

Great hires! is an 8 minute DVD featuring three different organizations who have hired people with disabilities, a valuable and often overlooked labor pool. The leaders of these organizations, along with three featured employees, show why it makes good business sense to hire individuals with disabilities.

Want to check it out? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Letting Go

Having a child of any age move away from home can be emotionally difficult, to say the least. But when that child has a disability, it can be even more so. The film, Letting go: When your child leaves home, shows four parents come to terms with the emotions involved with having a child with a disability move away from home. The parents talk about their decisions to place their child in a residential facility. This film is aimed at helping parents and professional direct-care staff understand the deep grieving the parents go through before and a long time after the placement is made.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Speak Out for Understanding

The film Speak out for understanding is a disability awareness documentary produced by a high school student. It's goal is to promote communication, understanding, and equity for people with disabilities.The DVD also contains a Facilitator's Guide and pamphlet.

The documentary involves a dynamic service-learning project titled Speak Out for Understanding, where a group of high school students with varying abilities learn to speak out for themselves and others. The students decided to create this film to raise awareness by telling their own stories to selected audiences for the purpose of bringing about change.

Interested? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Hearing World Around Me

The film The Hearing World Around Me is a "one deaf woman show" with stories told by Trix Bruce in American Sign Language and in voice by Kenan Pekoz. Bruce shares stories of her life as a deaf woman and how being deaf has colored her world. She highlights her most embarrassing moments, learning experiences, greatest challenges, and growing sense of pride.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts

Looking to inspire a budding artist who has a disability? Check out the film, Possibilities, disabilities, & the arts. This film highlights the art of young people with disabilities, whether through paint, photography, music, etc. It will inspire artists of all kinds to pursue success in their chosen medium.

Email us at cedir@indiana.edu if you'd like to check out this title. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Career counseling for neurodiverse clients

Need help guiding clients with hidden disabilities? Designed for career, college, and high school counselors, Career counseling for neurodiverse clients takes the viewer through the challenge of helping a client with hidden disabilities find employment. The video also helps counselors understand why the job search is so difficult for clients with hidden disabilities.

Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu if you're interested in checking out this title. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Note: The title on the cover is different from the title on the DVD.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New DVD on dyslexia

Read Me Differently is a video about a woman struggling with dyslexia which was not diagnosed until she was 29 years old. Her subsequent search for answers leads to some surprising revelations about her mother and grandmother.

Interested? To check out this title, please send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Friday, November 5, 2010

All shapes and sizes

When one thinks of a service dog, the picture of a German Shepherd or Labrador guiding a person with a visual impairment generally comes to mind. This, however, is not always the case. According to an article in the Indy Star, the news site for Indianapolis, service dogs can be quite small and that smaller size may be more beneficial to some people with disabilities.

iPad and people with disabilities

According to an article published last week in the New York Times, Apple's iPad has some users doing things they've never done before. The software and apps that are available for the iPad, combined with its sensitive touch screen and ease of use, have been quite a boon for some people with disabilities. It has made reading books possible for a young boy with a severe physical disability, and it has helped a woman with cerebral palsy communicate better with her friends.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grocery allowance loss for Hoosiers with disabilities

According to an article in the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University's local news site, the state has dropped the grocery allowance for people with disabilities who get the Residential Living Allowance from the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). FSSA pointed out that people who receive this allowance could also receive federal benefits. FSSA chose instead to use the money in areas that federal benefits don't cover.

To read the entire article, go to: http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=78227

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mr. Positive

Carl Bentson is Mr. Positive. In fact, his favorite word is, "Yeah." This kind gentleman is famous in his neighborhood for his positive attitude and his amazing bike. Explore Carl's world as he goes about his daily life giving and receiving support from his neighbors and friends.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this video. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Transition planning

Need to plan transitions at both the individual and community level? Wanting to support students pursuing higher education? Pick up Essentials of transition planning by Paul Wehman. This guide to the basics of transition planning is a great tool for anyone who supports young people with disabilities moving out of high school. The book includes checklists, worksheets, and forms which can help professionals write and implement effective transition IEPs. This book is also the debut volume in The Brookes Transition to Adulthood Series.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title from the library.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility Presents Annual Awards

At the annual CCA Awards Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25, Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) recognized organizations and individuals committed to making Bloomington more accessible to people with disabilities.

The following award winners were recognized for outstanding service:
  • Self-Advocacy Award – Jerry Zumpe, who has been involved with both the Self-Advocates of Monroe County and the Self-Advocates of Indiana for several years, serving as the Treasurer of Self-Advocates of Monroe County for the past four years
  • Business Service Award, sponsored by Cook Group Incorporated – Arby’s Restaurant on West Third Street, which has made a concerted effort to support and facilitate the growth of persons with disabilities
  • Professional and Community Service Award – Theresa Dovenbarger, Continuing Education Options team manager for this service of Options, for going far above and beyond her job duties by leading efforts to organize self-advocates;
  • Special Recognition – Randy Paul, a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and a volunteer with many community groups;
  • Kristin Willison Volunteer Service Award – Bill Embry, who has freely given his time and experience organizing fishing tournaments to provide joyful recreation for many people with disabilities and others and to raise funds for many organizations;
  • Mayor’s Award, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College – Lynne Argent, Executive Director of Abilities Unlimited, who has been a steadfast guardian of and provider for people with disabilities in need of a vast array of customized services.

The Awards Ceremony was sponsored by the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department and Human Rights Commission; Bloomington Hospital; Chapman's; Cook Group Incorporated; Indiana University Credit Union; Ivy Tech Community College; Kiwanis Club of Bloomington; Barbara McKinney, Human Rights Attorney for the City of Bloomington; Oliver Wine Company, Inc,; Options; Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living; and Stone Belt Arc, Inc.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Freedom Scientific releases JAWS 12

Freedom Scientific today announced the release of JAWS® for Windows version 12, including JAWS BrailleIn™, a powerful new feature that enables users who prefer typing in Braille to use contracted Braille in common Microsoft applications such as Internet Explorer and Word. JAWS 12 includes a new Virtual Ribbon feature which provides a fast way to navigate the Ribbon Menus that Microsoft uses in Office 2007 and Windows 7. JAWS 12 also replaces the Configuration Manager with a new Settings Center. The Settings Center allows easy access to all JAWS settings and includes a search box to instantly locate and adjust the desired settings.

The upgrade is an SMA release and can be downloaded as either 32-bit or 64-bit versions from the JAWS downloads page. DVD shipments to SMA holders and new product customers will commence on Nov. 2, 2010.