Monday, June 13, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Math Magic

Math Magic is a fun app that anyone who is learning math can enjoy. It uses vibrant colors, a reward system of stars, and multiple choice answers to encourage young children to learn. Even tapping the wrong answer gets a voice that expresses appreciation for trying.

This app can help children with disabilities by keeping their interest with bright colors and encouragement. And for those children who respond to rewards, after every five correct answers, a star is earned.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Indiana's first Boundless Playground opens today in Fort Wayne!

What is a Boundless Playground? Simply put, it's a playground without boundaries--open and accessible to kids of all abilities.

Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground is named for an 11-year-old girl who took the idea of a Boundless Playground to the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Taylor's Dream honors Taylor Reuille and her many friends who have raised funds and worked with Fort Wayne's Parks & Recreation Department to plan this playground. The 42,000 square-foot playground opens today!

See the pictures and read more about it at Fort Wayne's Parks & Rec website:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom

Looking for a book on differentiated classrooms? Here's one that may interest you: Leading and managing a differentiated classroom, by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia B. Imbeau. This book is written in two parts. The first part is on how to effectively lead a differentiated classroom. The second part is on the mechanics of managing a differentiated classroom. A toolkit of activities and teaching strategies is included to help teachers expand their capacity for differentiation.

To check out this title, email us at Or you can try or Evergreen to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Models for Implementing RTI

Want more information on implementing RTI? Models for Implementing Response to Intervention is a quick look at three RTI models done in four different school districts. See the process of implementation and its impact on the schools--what worked and what didn't work. Included are reproducible tools that can be downloaded and printed out.

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

From the product description:

Teaching students with moderate and severe disabilities " unique in its emphasis on fostering academic learning as well as life skills. In-depth chapters cover reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as health care needs, communication and social skills, daily living, and job skills. The expert authors present research-based best practices for assessing each student's needs and crafting individualized education plans that build a strong foundation for life in the community. User-friendly features include engaging vignettes, sample lesson plans, and reproducible checklists and forms. The text is a contemporary follow-up to Diane M. Browder's widely adopted Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities."

Interested? Email us at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mobile App Monday - MyVoice

Looking for a smart yet simple communication aid? With features such as location-awareness, downloadable phrase books and wireless customization from any web browser, this mobile app may be what you're looking for. MyVoice offers to help anyone who has a language or speech difficulty, including:

‣ Autism spectrum
‣ Aphasia (stroke, TBI, brain cancer)
‣ Apraxia
‣ Other cognitive and neurological differences

Want to learn more? Visit the website at:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inclusive Housing

Interested in architecture? Want to design accessible homes? Inclusive house: A pattern book might just be what you're looking for. Architecture students and community planners alike will find this book valuable with topics from designing communities that accommodate people with disabilities to designing to reduce urban sprawl. Explores accessibility features in different types of neighborhoods and housing forms.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New in the Library

Hello, June! What's new? Warmer weather is one, for sure! But if you're wondering what's new in the library, hop on over to CeDIR's What's New page at Once a month, we update this page with new items we received during the previous month, from books on Autism spectrum disorders, to Down syndrome, to Education, and more!

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 to check out this title. Or try using 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 to check out this book, or try 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 to check out this title. Not an Indiana resident? No worries! Use 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

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 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

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:

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 to check out this title. Or try 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 Not in Indiana? Try 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.

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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 to check out this title. Or use 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.