Friday, July 29, 2011

The SAGE handbook of developmental disorders

Looking for a reference on developmental disabilities? The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders, written by both academic scholars and clinicians, explores how current research can help improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Enormous changes have taken place over the years in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disabilities, and this book speaks to those changes. It is written for academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Writing Strategies for All Primary Students

Looking for a guide for teaching all your students the skills they need to be successful writers? Writing strategies for all primary students: Scaffolding independent writing with differentiated mini-lessons provides 25 mini-lessons designed to develop students’ writing behaviors and abilities. Use these writing strategies for all primary students: emergent, advanced, English Language Learners, and struggling writers.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Partnership working to support special educational needs and disabilities

Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in partnership with students, parents, other professionals and the wider community is more vital than ever. As more children are being diagnosed with additional needs, those working with them need to ensure that every child is given the maximum opportunity to develop to their full potential. Partnership Working to Support Special Educational Needs & Disabilities looks at what is possible in this exciting new world, and how some teachers are putting into practice the best principles of multi-agency working.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

40 Active Learning Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

40 active learning strategies for the inclusive classroom, grades K-5 is full of tips and ideas to assist the elementary school teacher who has an inclusive classroom. It connects research and application with helpful strategies that work for today’s inclusive classroom.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition

Wondering if your child should go to college? Nationwide, people with disabilities are finding more and more opportunities to fulfill their dreams of attending college courses with their peers.

In Indiana, choices are limited, but through the efforts of the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition, the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education "to address systemic issues in Indiana as related to post-secondary education opportunities, and, for those individuals who chose this option, to promote the transition of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into higher education."

A new website encourages college as an option for people with disabilities. Access the site at:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sound Sense: Living and Learning with Hearing Loss

Sound sense: Living and learning with hearing loss is a how-to book on daily life skills after a hearing loss. With humor and wit, author Sara Laufer-Batinovich offers insights after losing her own hearing. Guidance on employment strategies, communication tips, fun at the ballpark, and choosing a hearing aid or a cochlear implant can all be found in an easy-to-read format.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A novel of murder in the deaf world

Author T. J. Waters writes of murder and mayhem in the deaf community. Secret signs is about a sign language interpret who witnesses the murder of a presidential advisor and discovers that she is the unwitting trigger to the violence.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Help with school improvement

It's hard to work with difficult people, especially when trying to make improvements in your school. Help is here, though, with Working with difficult & resistant staff. School administrators will find explanations of staff behavior with examples and strategies that can help administrators work more effectively with staff. Learn how to plan and monitor the environment to minimize difficulties with staff who are resistant to change.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Seven Steps to Separating Difference from Disability

Using the RTI model in your school? Then check out Seven steps to separating difference from disability. This book, based on the RTI model, offers seven steps to determining appropriate instruction, intervention, and services for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Praise for Seven steps:
“This book is timely and an important resource for all schools with diverse populations to have in their professional libraries and in their Child Study Team rooms. This book would also be a complete text to use in an ESOL certification class devoted to planning interventions for students of concern.” (Karen, Speech/Language Pathologist)

“This is a complete guide for practitioners. I would be able to pick up the book and determine my child's stage in the study team process and where we should go next. Each step in the book stands alone as a reference.” (Margarete, Principal)

“This book offers a detailed, easy-to-follow approach to determining the needs of students who are having difficulty learning, including assessments and interventions. I am putting the knowledge I obtained to good use, and will continue to use it as a reference." (Kay, Literacy Coach)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Mobile App Monday - TouchChat

Got a kid or a client who has difficulty using his/her own voice? Looking for a communication device to help augment what they are able to use? TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.

TouchChat is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) product that includes many features that were previously only available with dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing recorded message. TouchChat also has a unique feature: simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the entire screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or to communicate in noisy environments.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

RTI and the adolescent reader

"This accessible guide defines RTI and explains why and how it is considered a viable intervention model for adolescent readers. Drawn from real secondary school cases demonstrating tiered interventions, the text includes evidence-based strategies, discussion questions for each case study, and prompts that foster critical thinking and the application of chapter ideas."

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Challenging Behaviour

From the U.K. comes the book Challenging Behaviour, a text for professional staff working in health, educational and social care services. The book explores current findings on the nature, epidemiology, causes, and treatment of challenging behavior in people with intellectual disabilities.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Resources on Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-one years ago this month, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Recently, CeDIR received several books as gifts from the folks at ADA-Indiana on accessible design, Title II, and Title III to help Hoosiers stay abreast of the standards and regulations in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here's a list of those gifts:
If you are interested in any of these titles, please send us an email at to check them out.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

People who raised me beyond

In People who raised me beyond, author Kristin Rytter writes about her life with severe Cerebral Palsy. From elementary school through graduate school, we learn about her life, her loves, her fears, and the hope that she carries with her throughout.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Learn Braille

Looking for an app to help you learn the Braille system? Learn Braille may be for you! This app offers the Braille dots for all of the letters of the alphabet. Want to learn Braille in another language? This app also includes letters for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis

As the title suggests, the authors of the book Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry offer a complex look at qualitative research. The book has been lauded as the premier text on qualitative analysis by reviewers who teach qualitative analysis. The authors use a unique approach in writing this book--taking a data set on a "participant," looking at the data using the five major ways in the qualitative style, comparing the strengths of each of the styles, and offering the reactions of the participant herself.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Educational Research

Looking for a research textbook? Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research might be just what you need. The easy readability of this text belies its wealth of information. In this fourth edition, the author expands the coverage of ethics in research and adds new research articles.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Looking for up-to-date, comprehensive research on older children and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD? Want intervention strategies designed to accommodate this population? With the plethora of material out there on how to work with younger children with these disabilities, the book Adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD: Assessment and accommodation is like actually finding that needle in the haystack. Practical applications, systemic assessment and intervention strategies are presented along with a wealth of resources.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Show of Hands

Interested in communication and some of its history? Check out Show of hands: A natural history of sign language. Author David F. Armstrong discusses the major theories surround language evolution and looks at specific peoples' development of sign language in their communities. Armstrong also explores visual communication and the Internet and what the future might hold.

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