Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Action Research in Special Education

Interested in the origins and practice of action research in special education? Want more information on how action research is involved with preservice teacher preparation? Need examples of action research in the field? Check out Action research in special education: An inquiry approach for effective teaching and learning. This is the first book about action research devoted specifically to the issues faced by children with disabilities and their teachers. Incorporating the historical and philosophical underpinnings of action research, the authors present a framework for conducting action research in special education.

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.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Indiana’s Special Education Law Working for You Conference

Family members, educators, and others interested in understanding more about Indiana’s special education law are invited to a full-day conference on Monday, March 21 titled Indiana Special Education Law Working for You – A Toolkit for Success to be held at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Room 450, Indianapolis.

Sponsored by the Riley Child Development Center and the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center of Riley Hospital for Children, and supported by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, speakers will provide an overview of Indiana’s Article 7 special education law in the morning and how to use it, while breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover topics such as behavior strategies, case conference preparation, transition IEPs, social skills, discipline, IEP tools and post-secondary planning. Participants will leave with information to address current challenges related to special education law in Indiana.

The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is providing 50 full scholarships to family members of Indiana students with disabilities to attend the conference. Fees without scholarships are $70 for a family member and $100 for professionals.

Full information about the conference schedule and scholarships is available at http://pediatrics.iu.edu/sections-and-faculty/child-development/3rd-annual-indiana-special-education-law . Online registration can be found at http://pediatrics.iu.edu/sections-and-faculty/child-development/3rd-annual-indiana-special-education-law/course-registration. For additional information, contact the Riley Child Development Center at (317) 944-8167 or e-mail Rylin Rodgers at ryrodger@iupui.edu.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Library Services for Users with Disabilities

From the Association of Research Libraries comes a SPEC Kit specifically geared toward serving library patrons with disabilities. According to the text, "SPEC Kits contain the most valuable, up-to-date information on the latest issues of concern to libraries and librarians today." The book, SPEC Kit 321: Services for users with disabilities provides an executive summary, survey questions and responses, and responding institutions. It then offers representative documents on some of the following topics: Service Policies/Statements, Online Forms, Assistive Technology, User Needs Agreements, and more.

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


Love using your iPad for higher education? Need better accessibility for it? Inkling offers just that and more. According to its website: "Inkling isn’t about books on a screen. It’s about redefining how you work with your learning content and improving how you learn." Inkling is a free iPad app from iTunes. You can purchase select chapters of textbooks or whole titles directly within the application.

Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis says, "Our first goal was to ensure that everything a user could do in the application could also be done by someone with a visual impairment. Users with visual impairments can access their contacts, purchase content, search the book and even jump from figure to figure within the title, all without seeing the display."

Want more information? Go to: http://www.inkling.com/

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Educational Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse

The Bloomington Brain Injury Local Support Network is hosting its first of four 2011 Educational Symposiums on Wednesday February 16th. The topic is TBI and Substance Use: Why Community Health Professionals Need to Ask “What if There’s Brain Injury?”

The Symposium will be held in the Bloomington Hospital’s Wegmiller Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. and is free and open to all interested parties. No registration required.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trainings Scheduled for Benefits Information Specialists

Indiana’s Benefits Information Network liaisons are certified professionals who specialize in helping people with disabilities and their families understand benefits eligibility, work incentives, and other supports. Currently, there are 192 BIN liaisons, most of whom serve Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ customers from disability service provider organizations around the state.

The Indiana Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers is offering several Basic- and Advanced-level BIN trainings throughout the year in various locations around the state. Download the 2011 Indiana BIN Liaison Training brochure at http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/styles/iidc/defiles/CCLC/BIN/BIN_Liaison_2011_brochure.pdf. The Benefits Information Network is funded by Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant CFDA #93.768. For more information on the Benefits Information Network, contact Larry Schaaf at ljschaaf@indiana.edu or call the Center on Community Living and Careers at (812) 855-6508.

Friday, February 4, 2011

AAIDD Annual Conference

JUNE 6-9, 2011
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The AAIDD 135th Annual Meeting, Inclusive Communities: Pathways to Realizing the Vision, will provide leading practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, policymakers, funders, and advocates with 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 the schedule of events, go to: http://www.aaidd.org/content_1859.cfm?navID=210

For exhibits and sponsorships: http://www.aaidd.org/content_5246.cfm?navID=328

For hotel information: http://www.aaidd.org/content_266.cfm?navID=336

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Free Webinar on Accessible Transient Lodging

The U.S. Access Board and the ADA National Network will offer a free webinar on Accessible Transient Lodging TODAY, Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

In addition to overnight accommodations, hotels, motels, and other places of transient lodging offer many different types of amenities, such as swimming pools, fitness facilities, spas, restaurants, and conference rooms.

This session will provide an overview of requirements for transient lodging facilities in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, including those that address sleeping rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces and amenities.

Presenters will include Jim Pecht and Earleen Sesker, Accessibility Specialists from the U.S. Access Board. The Webinar is free but registration is required. Visit http://www.accessibilityonline.org (click on the “Registration Information” web link to start the process).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process

This workshop, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training will provide 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.

Thursday – February 10, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
2853 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408

$40 – Family Members
$75 - Professionals

For questions, contact training@aboutspecialkids.org

Register online at www.aboutspecialkids.org

Registration for the training will be closed on February 8, 2011

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 http://www.thepollingplace.org

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 cwlab@indiana.edu 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: http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

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 cedir@indiana.edu. Or try worldcat.org 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:http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/team_app.html

For more information or help with the application, students are encouraged to contact Brianna Blaser at blaser@uw.edu

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; lstickan@iupui.edu.

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 http://editor.ne16.com/iaeyc/2011_Indiana_Early_Childhood_Conference_Preliminary_Program-web.pdf

Online registration will open soon with early bird registration ending on March 18th. For more information go to http://www.iaeyc.org/Conferences/2011IndianaEarlyChildhoodConference/tabid/698/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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 http://www.ncpad.org/newsletter/newsletter.php?letter=123&section=1593. For a sample video, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AGgD9rFdsA.

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 cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title. Or try worldcat.org 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 http://www.dhtgc.com/