Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The ADHD Workbook for Teens

Got a teenager with ADHD who needs help handling school and/or projects? How about one who needs help making and keeping friends? The ADHD Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Motivation and Confidence can help your teens learn the skills they need to do that and more. By first identifying your teens' strengths and interests, they can then use this information to come up with strategies for overcoming the ADHD-related issues they face.

Interested? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title. Or try using worldcat.org to find this book in a library near you.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Library Hours

In observance of Memorial Day, CeDIR will be closed on Monday, May 30th. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wrightslaw: All about IEPs

Got questions about IEPs? Need some answers about special education law? Pick up Wrightslaw: All about IEPs. In an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format, the authors have put together everything you want to know about special ed law and IEPs. Written for parents, educators, professionals, and administrators, this book addresses IEP teams and meetings, parental rights and consent, placement, transition, assistive technology and more.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CeDIR closing early today

CeDIR will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today in advance of the severe weather that is predicted for our area. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The Complete IEP Guide

Looking for a guide to help write an IEP for your child? The complete IEP guide: How to advocate for your special ed child can help! Written in layman's terms, this guide offers practical advice to guide you through the whole IEP process. People have used words like "indispensable," "godsend," "sanity-saver," "essential," "the MOST informative," and more when reviewing this book. Along with a copy of the law, IDEA 1997, there are letters and forms that can be used as is or amended before using.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title. Not an Indiana resident? No worries! Use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

City of Bloomington Special Needs Registry

The City of Bloomington and Monroe County are promoting the voluntary registration of information from people with disabilities for use by first responders. The initiative coincides with May 23 through 29 being designated "Special Needs Registry Sign-Up Week." The "Special Needs Registry for First Responders" provides first responders immediate access to disability-specific information for use in emergency situations. Residents with disabilities are encouraged to sign up.

In the event of an emergency, information provided by residents lets emergency personnel know about visual, hearing, mobility impairments, dementia and developmental disabilities for those who have signed up with the registry.

"Anything that can help emergency personnel provide the highest level of care as quickly as possible is a big win for everyone," said Mayor Mark Kruzan. "This really is a great initiative that can affect the community in a positive way."

Individuals with disabilities or family members who would like to be included may register at http://bloomington.in.gov/specialneedsdispatch.

The registration form may be printed from the website, completed and mailed to Bloomington/Monroe County Special Needs Registry, 220 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. Alternative formats of the registration form are also available; paper, large print, Braille and Spanish language forms may be obtained by calling 349-3429 or e-mailing human.rights@bloomington.in.gov. Anyone needing assistance in completing the form may use the same contact information.

After registration, a City representative will contact registrants every six months to ensure the information is up to date.

"This registry is an extremely important step toward improving effective emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities in Monroe County," said Katie Herron, Chair of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility. "Information gathered will allow first responders to maximize the effectiveness and quality of care provided. Having disability-specific information prior to arriving at the scene of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death."

For more information, contact Craig Brenner at 349-3471 or brennerc@bloomington.in.gov.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mobile App Monday - iCommunicate

It's Mobile App Monday, and today we look at iCommunicate, an app that can help prepare children for transitions such as: first songs, then snack, then storytime. It can also help reinforce turn-taking and routines. Created by parents of a child with a disability, this app lets parents create pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. You can also record custom audio in any language.

For more about iCommunicate, go to: http://www.grembe.com/icommunicate

Friday, May 20, 2011

Andi's antics

Got a kid who has trouble focusing? Is her room a mess? Does she struggle to fit in? Have her read, Andi's antics. Let her follow along as Andi visits the doctor and discovers she has ADD. Andi learns how the disorder affects her and learns how to help her brain pay attention.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Building Transitional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Got a student with a disability who will be transitioning out of school in the next few years? Want to build a better program at the secondary education level to ensure a successful transition from school to adult living? Building transitional program for students with disabilities: How to navigate the course of their lives may be able to help. Author Christy Mahanay-Castro offers research-based common sense ideas for parents, students, teachers, and school administrators. From a section on education law to activities and worksheets, this book might just be what you're looking for.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Not in Indiana? Try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

RTI with differentiated instruction

Examine the relationship between differentiated instruction and RTI with the book, RTI and differentiated instruction:, grades 6-8: A classroom teacher's guide. This book provides strategies and systems to assist teachers in simultaneously implementing differentiated instruction and Response to Intervention in the classroom, focusing on practical classroom applications. Teacher reflections, a focus on concepts and principles, and links to resources round out some of the book's features.

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gluten-free recipes for the conscious cook

Concerned with Celiac Disease? Looking for some gluten-free, vegetarian recipes? Gluten-free recipes for the conscious cook: A seasonal, vegetarian cookbook may be for you. Eating gluten-free, whether you have Celiac Disease or not, may help some people feel more energetic, improve digestion, and aid in weight loss. This cookbook offers to show you how to whip up quick meals and snacks, tips for using organic and seasonal ingredients, make pancakes and waffles, casseroles, pastas, and pastries-all without gluten, and more!

Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title. Or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Assistive Chat

Assistive Chat turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into an Augmentative and Alternative Communication app (AAC) for people who have difficulty speaking. Designed to be simple and efficient, this app requires only a few keystrokes to construct sentences.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Adult ADD

Adult ADD: A guide for the newly diagnosed is a guide for learning to live with the diagnosis, from processing the diagnosis to treatment options and beyond. Writing by a licensed counselor, who has ADD herself, this book will help guide the reader through getting organized and living well with the diagnosis.

Want to check it out? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. To find this book in a library near you, check worldcat.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Job Search Handbook

Looking for help understanding employment laws and rights? Try Job search handbook for people with disabilities: A complete career planning and job search guide. In this third edition, author Daniel Ryan offers suggestions on writing resumes, cover letters, as well as how to succeed during an interview and whether or not to disclose disabilities to a potential employer.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ADA-Indiana Audio Conference

Buying Tickets: ADA Ticketing Regulations and You
Tuesday, May 17th
2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN
7 Indiana Locations
Free and Open to the Public

This month's audio conference will focus on the new section on ticketing in the Revised Regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are new obligations and responsibilities for ticket-selling venues and vendors. Some of the topics to be covered include accessible seating, purchasing tickets, purchasing companion seats, transferring tickets, and distribution and pricing of wheelchair accessible locations.

For more information, see the ADA-Indiana website at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cpps/ada/audio/

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Tap to Talk

Looking for an app that can turn your child's iPod into an AAC device? Tap To Talk may be the answer for you. Just like the name suggests, your child can tap a picture on the screen and Tap To Talk speaks. You and your child can build a whole library using Tap To Talk Designer, an online subscription service that includes a library of over 2,000 images. You can also add your own pictures and even record your own voice!

For more information on Tap To Talk, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taptotalk/id367083194?mt=8#

Friday, May 6, 2011

New book on Sensory Processing Disorder

Drama, drama, drama! Four-year old Ellie Bean the Drama Queen couldn't help it! Bees scared her, brushing her teeth felt awful, and even hearing the toilet flush was too much. A lot of things were too much or too loud or too tight or too smelly. Ellie would scream and cry and cry without being able to tell her mom what was making her so miserable. Then Ellie Bean's mom starting taking her to see someone special, and Ellie and her mom began to learn about sensory processing disorder and how to help Ellie feel better.

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

AAIDD Annual Conference

Looking for a conference to attend this summer? The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be hosting a conference in Minnesota next month. Practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, policymakers, funders, and advocates will learn effective and emerging practices, cutting edge research, and valuable information on important policy initiatives. The conference will feature plenary sessions, panel and poster presentations, interactive caf├ęs, task force and special interest group meetings, and networking events. Pre- and post-conference workshops will address special topics in depth.

For more information and register, go to: http://www.aaidd.org/content_223.cfm?navID=75

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What's New?

Wondering what new materials have arrived at the library? Once a month we put together a listing of books, kits, and videos that we have received the previous month to keep you up-to-date on what's current. New titles in the areas of education, social skills, sensory awareness and more turned up at our doorstep last month.

Come check out April's "What's New" page at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2317

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Hidden Curriculum

Some kids understand the everyday hidden curriculum very well but others, like kids on the autism spectrum or those with learning disabilities, seem to need direct instruction to "get it." Hidden Curriculum for Kids encourages conversations about real-life social situations that can cause confusion for some kids. For example, the screen shot above shows the difference between "fair" and "equal," something that a lot of us get confused.