Friday, March 4, 2011

CeDIR Citings

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It's Spring! It's Spring! Or at least it will be in a couple more weeks. Until then, please enjoy our latest issue of our biannual newsletter, CeDIR Citings. This Spring issue is about new beginnings and focuses on resources for behavior supports.

To see the latest issue, go to:

Think you might have missed one? Back issues are archived on our website at:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New MAGic Large Print Keyboard

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From Freedom Scientific: The new large print keyboard provides convenient access to commonly used MAGic® and JAWS® commands. Some of the new features include:
  • Bold, high contrast keys - U.S. English layout

  • Scroll wheel to control magnification level

  • 22 dedicated keys to instantly start MAGic and provide quick access to the most-used MAGic features

  • Dedicated keys for functions such as speech rate, Research It, the links list, and more

  • Three keys reserved for user assignment to favorite MAGic functions, applications, documents, or Web pages so they’re only a key press away
The keyboard works with current releases of JAWS and MAGic and has a special introductory price through August 1, 2011. For more information, check out Freedom Scientific's newsletter at:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picky Picky Pete

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Got a child with a sensory processing disorder? Looking for a book that can help him understand not only what he's feeling but also what those around him experience? Picky, picky Pete: A boy and his sensory challenges might be just what you're looking for! Written in rhyme, this fun illustrated book will show kids what it sometimes looks like to have over- or under-stimulated senses. It will also help them to see just how exasperated moms can get too!

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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Welcome to Mobile App Monday!

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Have you seen how many mobile applications are available these days? Did you know that hundreds of them can help people with disabilities? From apps to help with communication skills to organization skills to social skills, the multitude can be overwhelming. So we will look at one app each Monday to help sort them out. Let's start with one for communication.

Proloquo2Go is a new app from AssistiveWare that makes the most of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It provides a full-featured communication system for people who have difficulty speaking. With the ability to move from adult male or female to boy or girl voices, Proloquo2Go has everyone covered. Not only is it useful for people with developmental disabilities, those with acquired disabilities or even hospital or rehabilitation settings will find it helpful.

Want more information on Proloquo2Go? Check out their website at:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Understanding myself

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Looking for a book for pre-teens that helps them understand their emotions? Understanding myself: A kid's guide to intense emotions and strong feelings may be able to help. Packed with real-life stories, useful quizzes and fun-fact boxes, this book helps kids (and their parents) understand why they feel so frustrated and overwhelmed.

To check out this title, send us a message at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sensory Processing Disorder

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Got a middle school child with a sensory processing disorder? Want a book that helps the child understand the disorder? The sensory team handbook: A hands-on tool to help young people make sense of their senses and take charge of the sensory processing might be the book you're looking for. Written for the pre-teens and young teens, this upbeat and sometimes humorous book can help not only the child with a sensory processing disorder but also their parents and the professionals who work with them. Each chapter contains cartoons, graphics and quizzes to help keep the reader engaged in the material.

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Project|SEARCH Indiana

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Got a student transitioning into adulthood who is looking for a job? Project|SEARCH Indiana may be able to help. Project|SEARCH provides transition-age students with quality internship experiences in preparation for competitive employment. Students chosen to participate in this project are those with severe disabilities who experience the most obstacles to successful employment.

Check to see if your student qualifies at or contact Margaret Gilbride at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Center on Community Living and Careers at 812-855-6508 or

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What's New?

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Wondering what's new in the library?

CeDIR gets in new materials each month. To try to keep you up-to-date, new books and videos are posted at the end of each month on our What's New page. To find this link, go to our homepage: and scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the Quick Links box is a link called, appropriately enough, "What's New." This page can also be found by using the left navigation bar under "Services."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Save the date!

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Indiana Statewide Transition Forum
Lights, Camera, Action… A Student-Directed Production

August 3rd and 4th, 2011
at the Sheraton Hotel and Suites in Indianapolis

In addition to learning about promising secondary transition practices from national and statewide leaders, attendees will explore the most up-to-date and evidence-based secondary transition practices for their students and network and share ideas with colleagues from across the state.

This year's forum will be a combination of a conference, in which the latest information and practices will be shared, and a forum, giving special education administrators, teachers and other educational professionals time to network, identify needs, share ideas, problem-solve and promote successful transition solutions and opportunities. Visit the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center website at for registration materials and speaker information.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

ISEI Third Conference

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The Third Conference of the International Society on Early Intervention will be held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on May 2-5, 2011. The conference will be held in conjunction with the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Conference. Please plan ahead and consider actively participating in the conference.

For further information, contact:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

24th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference

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Sunday - Wednesday
March 20 - 23, 2011
Hyatt Regency ~ Tampa, Florida

Registration rates for the 24th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference include participation in the plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, and networking luncheon along with all conference materials.

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform.

To register and for more information, go to:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Action Research in Special Education

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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 Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Indiana’s Special Education Law Working for You Conference

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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 . Online registration can be found at For additional information, contact the Riley Child Development Center at (317) 944-8167 or e-mail Rylin Rodgers at

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Library Services for Users with Disabilities

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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 to check out this title. Or try using to find it in a library near you.


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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."

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Educational Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse

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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

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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 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 or call the Center on Community Living and Careers at (812) 855-6508.