Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Disability Poll

Time is running out to respond to the 2011 Disability Poll – Shaping Indiana’s Disability Policy!

If you haven’t filled out the survey yet, please do so before February 5, 2011.

Simply go to

Participation is especially requested from these counties, where there are ZERO responses!

Crawford Decatur Fayette Fountain
Jennings Newton Ohio Posey
Pulaski Putnam Rush Union
Warren Wells

For print copies of the survey or for alternative formats, e-mail or call 812-855-6508, toll-free 800-825-4733,

Friday, January 28, 2011

A clean home

Cleaning for a Reason Foundation is a nonprofit nationwide organization that offers free professional house cleaning and maid services to women undergoing treatment for cancer. According to their website:

We partner with professional residential maid services who are insured and bonded to participate in our foundation. The companies have agreed to take 2 patients at a time and offer four free general cleanings – one a month for four months as a way to give back to their community.

For more information, visit:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Kitchen Classroom

In this 3 part book, The kitchen classroom: 32 visual GFCF recipes to boost developmental skills, author Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer shows parents (and kids) how to cook healthy meals with fun, step-by-step instructions. Part 1 of the book is for parents and teachers. These seven chapters include information about cooking as a shared experience and the skills that can be taught. Part 2 includes the recipes written for the adult leading the cooking experience. The section begins with a color picture of the finished dish. Part 3 is the section for children to use. It is the CD-ROM located in the back of the book. The CD contains the recipes with step-by-step instructions including color pictures for each.

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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Opportunity for Students with Disabilities in Computing

PAID INTERNSHIPS and MENTORING for students with disabilities pursuing computing! Grant funded with no cost to students!

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) sponsor the AccessComputing Alliance in order to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. College students with disabilities from anywhere in the United States who are pursuing Computer Science or other computing majors are encouraged to join the AccessComputing Team.

Team members engage in online MENTORING and are eligible for help with PAID COMPUTING INTERNSHIPS.

To join the team, students must complete and submit an application, available online at:

For more information or help with the application, students are encouraged to contact Brianna Blaser at

The AccessComputing project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brain Imaging Research in Children and Adolescents

Healthy volunteers needed between the ages of 6 and 16 to take part in brain imaging research at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis. Volunteers should not have any learning or attention disorders or neurologic, psychiatric, or major medical conditions, and cannot currently have braces or a permanent retainer. The study will take about 6-8 hours and can be done over two days. A brain MRI scan, cognitive testing, and questionnaires are performed as part of the study at no cost to you. Volunteers will be compensated $75. For more info email Lindsey Stickans;

Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Indiana Early Childhood Conference

Looking for a conference to attend this year on early childhood issues? Try the 2011 Indiana Early Childhood Conference set for April 7th through 9th in Indianapolis. Pre-conference sessions will be held on the 7th and the conference and exhibition will be on the 8th and 9th. A preliminary program for the conference is available at

Online registration will open soon with early bird registration ending on March 18th. For more information go to

Friday, January 21, 2011

Video Contest from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Attention, filmmakers! The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability is sponsoring a video contest entitled, "How do you get enough?" NCPAD is a nonprofit organization focused on physical activity and health promotion for people with disabilities.

Being physically active is good for everybody. This is especially true for people with disabilities who tend to participate in less physical activity, carry excess weight, and have higher rates of chronic heart disease and other health conditions. The intention of this video contest is to illustrate to society that people with disabilities do live healthy active lifestyles as well as share various ways to get physical activity for individuals with disabilities and activity limitations.

Whether it's indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive, solo or team, easy or intensive, show us (and the rest of the world) how you (successfully or unsuccessfully) get enough activity in a 1- to 10-minute video clip! See the video contest rules and entry form at For a sample video, please visit

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Many Ways to Learn

Many Ways to Learn: A Kid's Guide to LD is an easy-to-use book, providing tips, information, and strategies for kids. It includes information on how to involve counselors and parents as a supportive "climbing team" to help kids reach their learning goals. Specific tips for each kind of learning disability is also included.

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

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dolphin Human Therapy

Looking for a warm, tropical area to interact with dolphins in a therapeutic environment? One such program is a new one which began in July last year. The Dolphin Human Therapy program is located in the Cayman Islands on Grand Cayman. The program consists of behavioral, speech, occupational, and physical therapies, and interaction with the dolphins is used as motivation and reward. For more information, see

Friday, January 14, 2011

Differentiated Assessment

Need to tailor your instruction in the secondary grades to ensure that all students are achieving their potential? The book Differentiated assessment: How to assess the learning potential of every student might be able to help. Although it makes use of conventional standardized tests and disability screenings, the book places special importance on two approaches in particular: Student Portfolio Assessments and Personalized Learning Profiles.
  • Provides detailed guidance and practical tools (including a DVD) for implementing successful portfolio and "profile" practices in the classroom
  • Includes real-world examples of model assessment programs from five schools
  • Explains how to integrate assessment into the instructional process as well as how the portfolio program can be used
Interested? Email us at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

College for kids with ADHD or LD

Ready for take-off: Preparing your teen with ADHD or LD for college is a book for teens with learning disabilities (and their parents) who are making the transition to college. This resource encourages parents to adopt a coaching style of parenting to help teens develop self-management skills in preparation for being out on their own. College readiness surveys and handy worksheets can help parents determine if they are playing a productive role in the process. The book also has a chapter at the end that provides stories of kids with learning disabilities who have made their way successfully through college.

Send us an email at to check out this title, or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Applying to college

Looking for an easy-to-use guide on applying to college? The book Applying to college for students with ADD or LD will help both teenage students and their parents break down the entire process into manageable steps so that they can stay organized, less stressed, and on task.

Email us at to check out this title, or try to find it in a library near you.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

New to the teaching profession? Wishing you could develop effective strategies so that all the children in your classroom are included? Want to enrich learning experiences and make them more meaningful to everyone? Then try Teaching and learning in diverse and inclusive classrooms: Key issues for new teachers. This resource addresses a wide variety of issues relating to inclusive classrooms with a diverse student population and provides both theory and practical strategies to help the new teacher and, ultimately, their students succeed.

Email us at to check out this title, or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to reach and teach children with challenging behavior

Need proven approaches in the classroom to help manage student behaviors? Want to create and implement an effective classroom-wide behavior management program? With this book, How to reach and teach children with challenging behavior, learn how to:
  • Help children learn to self-regulate their emotions
  • Develop engaging lessons and activities that promote positive behavior
  • Work with parents of children with challenging behaviors
  • Collect data to support behavior instruction
This resource has ready-to-use forms and worksheets along with proven tips to help boost your management program. It outlines an approach that is based on Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA).

Interested? Send us an email at Or try to find this book in a library near you.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Supporting PLAY through Interaction

Looking for a webinar that will highlight how a child's individual sensory and emotional profile may be impacting their ability to INTERACT and PLAY in a meaningful way?

Join the Lekotek team on Monday, January 10th at noon (Central Time) and gain a deeper understanding of:
  • how sensation coupled with affect can mobilize a child's developmental capacities
  • different types of sensory and emotional profiles
  • how to support each child's unique profile in play and interaction
  • innovative strategies to use
Free for Lekotek Affiliates
$50 General Public (per person)
$300 for groups over 10 people

Continuing Education:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Succeeding in the Inclusive Classroom

Succeeding in the inclusive classroom: K-12 lesson plans using universal design for learning is a resource for teachers interested in applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to their lesson planning. This book will help teachers identify potential barriers in the lessons that could limit access to instruction and be ready with possible solutions before the lessons even begin!

Interested? Email us at or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Transitions for Young Children

Transitioning can be difficult for almost anyone, but it can be especially difficult for young children. The book, Transitions for young children: Creating connections across early childhood systems, however, has case studies and clear analysis of research, policy, and practice in the field. Professionals will become aware of where we are today and where the gaps are so that bridges can be built across early childhood systems.

Those interested in checking out this resource can email us at, or try to find it in a library near you.