Monday, October 10, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Braille Trainer

Looking for an app to help teach the Braille system? Braille Trainer uses vibrating sound to simulate the arrangement of the dots for each letter. Text can be added by the teacher and the student can feel the letter pad and receive immediate feedback. To make it more challenging, decrease the letter size.

Learn more about this app at:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Community Recreation for Young Athletes

Looking for a fun way to get young athletes with disabilities involved in physical recreation? TOPSoccer is a community-based program for athletes with disabilities; both physical and cognitive. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning, playing, and falling in love with soccer to any player (age 8 and older) who has a disability. The goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become successful members of US Youth Soccer, Indiana Soccer, and Cutters Soccer Club families.

On Monday, October 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a TOPSoccer event will take place at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington on Field 2. Directions to the park and a map can be found at:

TOPSOCCER ATHLETES -  any players (age 8 and older), which have a mental or physical disability. Print out and complete Registration Packet (online at the Indiana Soccer website Be sure to wear soccer equipment - cleats (or tennis shoes), shin guards, water bottle, and a WHITE shirt.

TOPSOCCER BUDDIES - volunteers age 12 and older, will help the athletes to understand concepts, activities, and encourage them through the session. To register email or call Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or Buddies should wear soccer clothes, cleats, and a RED shirt (preferably Cutters if you have one).

Questions? Contact Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ralph Braun Foundation

Need some help purchasing a mobility product? Now through the end of November, applications are being accepted by the Ralph Braun Foundation to help cover the cost of purchasing an accessible vehicle.

Applicants must have already been through evaluation and have targeted the appropriate mobility product to best meet their needs. When pricing has been established and the individual is able to produce most of the purchase amount but still remains short of the total amount necessary for the purchase, the Foundation will entertain proposals written by an applicant in conjunction with his/her mobility dealer for up to $5000. The mobility dealer must be a member in good standing of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

October 3, 2011

For more information, please contact:
Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3471,
Jared Schlemmer, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3406,

City Council for Community Accessibility Invites Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

Bloomington, IN -- Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is sponsoring an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 N. State Road 46 Bypass. The ceremony, which is open to the public, recognizes individuals and groups in Bloomington who make our community a better place for people with disabilities.

The program includes light desserts, live music, and keynote and annual awards presentations. Sally Conway, director of Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will give the keynote address. The awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and will include the Mayor's Award presented by Kruzan and sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.

Those planning to attend or needing accessibility accommodations should RSVP to Craig Brenner by Friday, Oct. 28 by calling 812-349-3471 or e-mailing

In addition to the awards ceremony, the CCA is sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Conway will give a talk entitled, "The ADA: How the New Accessibility Regulations Affect You!" and she will highlight recent and upcoming changes in ADA regulations regarding governmental organizations and public accommodations. People who have disabilities or who advocate for those with disabilities, people who work for governmental organizations, and business owners and employees should all be familiar with the new regulations.

Workshop participants will learn about the new definition of service animal, new requirements for accessible seating and ticketing, new definitions of wheelchairs and powered mobility devices, and how the ADA applies to new communications technologies. Barbara McKinney, director of the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission, will talk about local accessibility issues. The workshop will include a continental breakfast.

Major underwriters for the ceremony and workshop include Ivy Tech Community College and Cook, Inc. Sponsors include Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, IU Health, Options, Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living and Stone Belt Arc, Inc, and the IU Credit Union.

For more information and to RSVP or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, at 812.349.3471 or

Monday, October 3, 2011


Looking for an app to help with communication? Try Look2Learn. This app uses pictures to express wants and needs. With features such as the ability to adjust picture sizes and a vocal output that is not the typical robotic speech, this app assists individuals with fine motor and /or visual impairments in addition to those with a speech and language disorder.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Closed tomorrow

A chill is in the air; pumpkins everywhere...

Okay, but what does that mean for CeDIR?

It means that we will be closed tomorrow for a staff training that takes place each year at about this time. But don't think that means you can't still request library materials! Send us an email at with your requests or leave us a message on chat. We'll be sure to get back in touch with you on Monday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

The formative assessment action plan: Practical steps to more successful teaching and learning offers real-life scenarios showing you how to implement the four steps in formative assessment in your classroom. These four steps:

  • Where am I going?
  • Where am I now?
  • How am I doing?
  • Where am I going next?

help you get the most out of your assessment data in order to adjust your classroom or individual instruction in a more beneficial way.

To check out this title, email us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On Your Own

Got a teen who is interested in attending college? On your own: A college readiness guide for teens with ADHD/LD can help them understand the difference between high school and college and how to prepare for the challenges that those entering higher education can face. Ways to solve problems, make decisions, increase communication, and more can be found in this easy to read book.

Want to check it out? Email us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Touch Mouse

Looking for some assistive technology? How about a mobile app to help operate a computer? Do you use your TV as your monitor? Touch Mouse operates through your home's wi-fi system, so you can browse, type, and mouse all with your mobile phone.

For more information, visit:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sensory Interventions

Looking for sensory-based interventions? Want something for use by educators, occupational therapists and parents alike? A buffet of sensory interventions is a practical and well-researched tool that focuses on middle and high school students, whose sensory needs are often overlooked. The book also explains sensory integration basics, describes the sensory systems and their dysfunction and helps develop daily educational interventions through assessment of sensory needs.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Optimistic Parenting

Want to:

  • pinpoint the why behind your child's challenging behavior?
  • understand how your thoughts affect interactions with your challenging child?
  • interrupt negative thoughts and replacing them with positive, productive ones?
  • increase mindfulness and parenting in the moment?

Learn about all of this and more with Optimistic parenting: Hope and help for you and your challenging child. Practical tools, strategies, and exercises, along with stories of experience will help the struggling parent develop more positive thoughts and perceptions--key ingredients of successful parenting and effective behavior management.

Check out this title by sending us an email at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A History of Intelligence and "Intellectual Disability"

From the product description:

"From the twelfth-century beginnings of European social administration to the onset of formal human science disciplines in the modern era, "A History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability': The shaping of psychology in early modern Europe" by C. F. Goodey, reconstructs the sociopolitical and religious contexts of intellectual ability and disability and demonstrates how these concepts became part of psychology, medicine and biology. Goodey examines a wide array of classical, late medieval and Renaissance texts, from popular guides on conduct and behavior to medical treatises and from religious and philosophical works to poetry and drama. Focusing especially on the period between the Protestant Reformation and 1700, Goodey challenges the accepted wisdom that would have us believe that 'intelligence' and 'disability' describe natural, trans-historical realities. Instead, Goodey argues for a model that views intellectual disability and indeed the intellectually disabled person as temporary cultural creations."

To check out this title, email us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Behavior Journal

Looking for an app to help track behaviors? Behavior Journal will let you record your data, sync to an internet portal, and create detailed reports. Track each behavioral episode, customize behavioral parameters, analyze data to recognize patterns, and more! You can even email reports to yourself.

Want to know more? Visit

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't Erase Your Dreams

Joe Cooper couldn't read, write or spell until he was 38 years old. Don't erase your dreams is the story of how he struggled with illiteracy, dyslexia and years of frustration and discrimination. Cooper, who left home at the age of 15 to live on the streets, in vacant cars, and on friends' couches, was taken advantage of by many people throughout the years because of his illiteracy. His continuing pursuit of a formal education makes his story is an inspirational one for those who also struggle with education.

Feeling inspired? Check out this title by sending us an email at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

From the product description:

"Join Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system one that has no beginning and no end. This ongoing approach enhances an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning...

No matter what grade level you teach, The Formative Assessment Action Plan will help you make better use of assessment data so you can more quickly adjust instruction to keep every student on the path to success."

Check out this title by emailing us at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technology for all

A report released last May from the United Nations states that "ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States" and suggests that "[e]ach State should thus develop a concrete  and effective policy, in consultation with individuals from all sections of society, including the private sector and  relevant Government ministries, to make the Internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of population." Read the entire report, at

Comcast, a broadband service provider, is offering a program called "Internet Essentials" to low income families. For a low monthly payment, Comcast delivers high-speed broadband service to the home. They also offer a computer at a significantly reduced price at the initial enrollment in addition to free training--online, in print, and in person. Learn more about this program at

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Model Me Going Places

Interested in an app that helps children learn appropriate behaviors when going out in the community? Try this free app: Model Me Going Places. Developed by the folks who produced the Model Me Kids DVDs, this high-quality app has six locations for children to explore and practice appropriate behaviors:
- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

To learn more about this app, visit: