Monday, December 13, 2010

The dyscalculia assessment

Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability involving difficulty in acquiring numeracy skills. The book The dyscalculia assessment can help investigate maths difficulties in children and provides advice for implementing the findings into teaching plans. Get help pinpointing a child's difficulties with numeracy and using that information to help the child progress. This book is ideal for use with primary school children, but can easily be adapted for older or younger students and is invaluable for SENCOs, TAs, educational psychologists and teachers.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Handbook of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children

This second edition of the book, Handbook of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children includes a wealth of information on disorders found in early intervention and special education. This comprehensive resource is a manual for all teachers and clinicians who care for children with developmental disorders.

Interested? Send us an email at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Making Online Teaching Accessible

High praise for Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for Students with Disabilities:

"This valuable how-to book is a critical tool for all instructional designers and faculty who teach online. Coombs' many years as a pioneer of online teaching show in his deep knowledge of the principles that can allow the reader to apply these lessons to any learning management system (LMS)."
Sally M. Johnstone, provost and vice president academic affairs, Winona State University, Minnesota; former executive director of WCET at WICHE

"As more and more of our social and professional lives come to be mediated by technology, online accessibility is a fundamental right, not a luxury. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with maximizing access to learning."
Richard N. Katz, former vice president and founding director, EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research

"This valuable book reflects Coombs' unique experience and commitment to the best teaching, learning, and accessibility options for all kinds of students and teachers."
Steven W. Gilbert, founder and president, The TLT Group-Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Planning on traveling this holiday season? Need to find somewhere that is wheelchair accessible? The folks at have put together some tips and hints to get the most out of your journey and your destinations. Check out the tons of articles they have at:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process

On Wednesday, February 10th, About Special Kids will host a workshop for parents and professionals. This training, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is an all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training provides information on how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP. This training is a great opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate for children with a disability or serious chronic illness.

When: Wednesday, February 10th
Where: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community in Bloomington, IN
Cost: $40 for families; $75 for professionals

Monday, December 6, 2010

Webinar on Transportation Issues

If you are interested in transportation issues and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), plan to participate in an upcoming free webinar offered by the ADA National Network and Easter Seals Project ACTION. Scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 2:00-3:30 (eastern). This session is the third of seven Webinars on Transportation and the ADA. Each session will focus on one of the seven Topic Guides on ADA Transportation, a series of Technical Assistance publications released by DREDF earlier this year. Register for this one webinar, or for the entire series.

This webinar session will cover the Topic Guide 3: Eligibility for ADA Paratransit. The session will first address the categories and types of eligibility, including conditional eligibility. Important best-practice do's and don'ts will also be discussed, including basing decisions on the most limiting condition, using a comprehensive task/skill list, applying the reasonable person test, identifying specific abilities and/or limitations, basing decisions on a case-by-case analysis of each applicant, and interpreting safety issues properly. Additionally, this will address the eligibility determination process, including the 21-day process, functional assessments, the appeal process for eligibility denials, and visitors. There will be time for participant questions.

To Register visit and click on the “Registration” web link on the right side navigation list.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Everything Parent's Guide to ADHD

Everything from understanding the symptoms of ADHD to searching for causes to creating harmony at home can be found in the book, The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child to focus. Find out how to help your child succeed at school, how to choose the right treatment for your child, how to cope with social challenges, and more.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gluten-free kids

New from Woodbine House comes the book, Gluten-free kids: Raising happy, healthy children with Celiac Disease, Autism, and other conditions, which is the second edition of Danna Korn's book, Kids with Celiac Disease: A family guide to raising happy, healthy, gluten-free children. This new edition was re-titled due to the benefits of a gluten-free diet for many people, not just those with Celiac Disease. This book is full of practical strategies and tips to help people adjust to and enjoy eating gluten-free.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How students learn

In 21st century skills: Rethinking how students learn, the 21st Century movement is outlined along with an introduction to the framework to teaching 21st Century skills and why it is important. Educators from around the globe have offered varying opinions on this subject and are included in this text. The common thread, however, remains--that these skills are important to prepare students for life in the 21st century.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Webinar on apps for children with disabilities

Having trouble navigating through all of those apps? Over 250,000 app have been developed for the iPAD, iTouch, and iPhone. This webinar will discuss fun and interactive apps that can be used by kids who experience various disabilities.

This webinar is sponsored by the National Lekotek Center. National Lekotek Center works to include children with disabilities in family and community life through the medium of play.

Webinar will be conducted:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. (CTS)

Cost: Free for Lekotek Affiliates
$30 General Public
$200 for groups over 10 people

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Body & soul: Diana & Kathy

Body & soul: Diana & Kathy is a film about two women, one who has Down syndrome and the other Cerebral Palsy, who decided decades ago to share their lives. The women have become tireless advocates of and lobbyists for people with disabilities. Their fierce desire to live independently and together won out and the friends lived together for 37 years before Kathy's death in 2009.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Arc of Indiana

Looking for a history of advocacy for people with disabilities? Check out The Arc of Indiana: Yesterday and today, for tomorrow: Celebrating 50 years of advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This 13-minute DVD highlights the Arc of Indiana founders and others sharing their stories and experiences of yesterday and today while looking and planning for tomorrow.

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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.

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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.

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