Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Closing

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! These holidays and more are celebrated at this time each year, giving us the chance to sit back and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new year.

After today, CeDIR will be closed for the next two weeks in observance of the holiday season. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CeDIR Closing Early Today

CeDIR will be closing at 1:30 p.m. today for a staff function. Please let us know early in the day if you want library materials. We will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. After that, we will be closed for two weeks in observance of the holiday season. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- iLuv Drawing Santa

Got a child who needs to work on dexterity skills? iLuv Drawing Santa is a fun holiday app that can help people build developmental skills or as therapy for fine motor skills. Learn to draw five different holiday characters:
✓ Santa Claus
✓ Snow Man
✓ Reindeer
✓ Christmas Tree
✓ Jingle Bells

The app also has eight different backgrounds to choose from, and the drawings can be saved as photos or shared with others as Christmas cards.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Closings

Ready to put your feet up? We are!

Looking forward to a long winter's nap? You bet!

Time to light the fire? Brrr! Yes sir!

In observance of the upcoming holidays, 
CeDIR will be closed on
Thursday, December 15th 1:30-4:00 for a holiday celebration and
December 17th through January 2nd.

We will re-open for the new year on Tuesday, January 3rd with our normal hours
8:00-11:30 and 12:30 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities

The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities: What Went Wrong and a Strategy for Change

Book Description:
The U.S. disability insurance system is an important part of the federal social safety net; it provides financial protection to working-age Americans who have illnesses, injuries, or conditions that render them unable to work as they did before becoming disabled or that prevent them from adjusting to other work. An examination of the workings of the system, however, raises deep concerns about its financial stability and effectiveness. Disability rolls are rising, household income for the disabled is stagnant, and employment rates among people with disabilities are at an all-time low. Mary Daly and Richard Burkhauser contend that these outcomes are not inevitable; rather, they are reflections of the incentives built into public policies targeted at those with disabilities, namely the SSDI, SSI-disabled adults, and SSI-disabled children benefit programs. The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities considers how policies could be changed to improve the well-being of people with disabilities and to control the unsustainable growth in program costs.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Leaders of Learning

Looking to foster improvement not only student achievement but at the school and district level as well? Authors Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano have teamed up to create Leaders of learning: How district, school, and classroom leaders improve student achievement. With DuFour's knowledge of professional learning communities and Marzano's rich background in research on effective teaching and leadership, the two have melded their ideas together in one book. It's loaded with advice and scenarios on building essential skills necessary to improve schools. And when schools improve, ALL children can succeed.

Want to know more? Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- DAF Assistant

DAF Assistant implements Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and Frequency-shifting Auditory Feedback (FAF) techniques that can help people with speech impediments and/or delays speak more fluently. DAF Assistant can help control speech fluency, slow down speech rate, increase confidence level, and develop good speaking habits.

DAF delays your voice to your ears a fraction of a second. The application provides delay range from 20 to 320 milliseconds with 10 millisecond increments. FAF shifts the pitch of your voice which can enhance the effectiveness of the application when used simultaneously with DAF.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Section 8 Housing Waiting List to Open in Bloomington

ONLY 300 Section 8 Applications will be available.
Applications will be distributed at the Bloomington Convention Center, located at Third and College beginning promptly at 9:00 am.
Only the Head of Household Will Have Access to the Distribution
Applicant(s) must be income eligible (Annual Income cannot exceed)
1  Person   $22,050
2  Persons  $25,200
3  Persons  $28,350
4  Persons  $31,450
5  Persons  $34,000
6  Persons  $36,500
7  Persons  $39,000
8  Persons  $41,550
Applicants must bring Government issued Photo ID.
An information session of approximately thirty minutes will follow the distribution of the applications.
Applicants will have until 4:00 pm on January 9, 2012, to return the completed application with all required documents.  Applications returned without all required documents will not be accepted.
If you are elderly or have a disability, you may obtain an affidavit at the Bloomington Housing Authority to have someone else apply on your behalf. This must be done prior to December 28th.  The Bloomington Housing Authority is located at 1007 N. Summit Street.
To avoid potentially unsafe conditions, early arrivals or camping out is prohibited, the Bloomington Police Department will be patrolling.
For questions please contact Jane at 339-3491 ext 133 or via email at

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2011

Lawrence Carter-Long, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 202-272-2112     

Statement by the National Council on Disability on the 19th Observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council on Disability today released the following statement on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2011:

NCD observes the 19th International Day of Disabled Persons, first recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The theme of this year’s observance is “Together for a better world for all:  Including persons with disabilities in development.” 

Why is meaningful involvement by persons with disabilities in international development important?  The United States invests billions of taxpayer dollars into foreign assistance programs that foster international diplomacy and development annually, aimed at improving the quality of life for people around the world. These programs develop economies, promote democracy and governance, provide humanitarian assistance, build new infrastructure, and advance and protect human rights. Given that 15 percent of the world population is made up of people with disabilities, and growing, the United States cannot effectively accomplish the goals of foreign assistance programs unless it ensures programs are accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. 

Conservative estimates by the World Health Organization suggest more than one billion people, an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population, have a disability. 80 percent of these individuals live in developing nations. Although people with disabilities make up a large segment of the global population, they continue to face worldwide discrimination and segregation at alarming levels. Moreover, numbers are likely gravely underestimated because people with disabilities are typically shunned, hidden from public view by their families, and commonly excluded from community activities.

Exclusion from the built environment prevents use of necessary services and resources that non-disabled populations take for granted. These barriers have a negative, spiraling effect. Physical barriers also keep people with disabilities from using voting centers, polling places, courthouses, administrative agencies, schools, and embassies.

Those who aren’t hidden by families or communities of origin are often left to languish in institutions – further removing them from civic and social engagement. Conflict and poverty continue to increase the incidence rates of disability in less developed and industrialized economies alike.  Already significant numbers are rising due to a variety of factors including aging, poverty, armed conflict, as well as improved data collection.

Overseas economic development will not be successful unless people with disabilities are included.  If development is not inclusive, the significant numbers of people with disabilities in developing countries will hinder the very economic growth the U.S. seeks to facilitate.  NCD recommends both micro-level solutions to spark income generation in coordination with large scale interventions to create the kinds of legal and regulatory structures to better serve and benefit from the contributions of people with disabilities.

As the world observes the 19th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, NCD welcomes the opportunity to focus greater attention to workable solutions to concerns faced by people with disabilities, their families and the diverse communities people live in around the globe.

About NCD: Founded in 1978, the National Council on Disability is a small, independent federal agency comprised of 15 Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Council Members and a small staff, who advise the President, Congress and other Federal agencies on disability policy, programs and services.

More information on NCD's website at:

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's New?

Want to know what's new in the library? Once a month CeDIR updates the What's New? page to give you a monthly glance at what new materials have been purchased for or donated to the library during the previous month. From books on autism to learning disabilities to social skills we got 'em all last month! Check out the full list by visiting: