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.

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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:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why O God?

From the book description of Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church:

"With two in seven American families affected by disability, the body of Christ has a great opportunity. As we’re called to minister to those walking through deep suffering, we need to learn to do so with wisdom and sensitivity.

"Joni Eareckson Tada and others with disabilities, as well as seminary professors, ministry leaders, and medical professionals, do more than offer a biblical perspective on suffering and disability; they draw from very personal experiences to explore Christians’ responsibility toward those who suffer—all the while reminding us that as we seek to help the hurting, they will minister to us in return."

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Understanding RTI in Mathematics

Looking for help using RTI in math? Understanding RTI in mathematics: Proven methods and applications might be what you're looking for. This research-based text offers information on what is known about RTI, why it works, and how teachers can use it to provide high-quality math instruction. What is included:

  • summaries of research studies
  • best-practice guidelines
  • how to monitor students' progress
  • using visual representation to solve math problems
  • vignettes
  • and more!

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- iDress for Weather

Looking for an app to help people with disabilities choose the right way to dress for the day? Try iDress for Weather. Its closet can be customized by uploading photos or images and the temperature settings can be personalized to what is comfortable to an individual. Best of all, iDress for Weather's designers state that the app was "specifically designed to support individuals whose cognitive processing or memory is affected by a disability (such as autism or other developmental disabilities) or has changed due to an injury or illness (such as a traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, or dementia)."

Want to learn more? Visit:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday Hours

Gobble, gobble! Who's ready for Thanksgiving? We are! In observance of this holiday, CeDIR will close today at noon and will re-open on Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Now in its second edition, Assistive technology in the classroom: Enhancing the school experiences of students with disabilities has even more to share! Focusing on the use of assistive technology to increase independence and participation of students with disabilities, the book emphasizes the relationship between assistive technology and learning, how AT can be incorporated into the curriculum, and provides assessment tools to help pair the student with the appropriate technology.

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Amplify'd

Today on Mobile App Monday, we take a look at a piece of assistive technology: Amplify'd. This app is great for those who are hard of hearing and need an auditory boost. At 99 cents, it's much cheaper than other hearing devices or ear mounted hardware and lets you watch TV or listen to the radio without having to turn up the volume.

Want to learn more? Check out the preview at:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coach 3

Now in its 3rd edition, Choosing outcomes & accommodations for children: A guide to educational planning for students with disabilities provides professionals and families with an effective process for developing IEPs. Learn to promote inclusive settings using a systematic process. Tools and forms are bound in a convenient CD format that accompanies the book. Three examples of the COACH process are offered as models of successful implementation: one for a kindergarten student, one for an elementary student, and one for a student in transition.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pay Attention, Emily Brown!

Got a child with attention issues--ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, or sensory processing disorder? Pay Attention, Emily Brown! is a fun picture book of a mother who uses poetry and illustrations to try to get a child's attention. This book is written for children 4-8 years old and will capture not only their attention but also their imagination and keep them entertained.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Handbook of Self-Regulation

The Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications is now in its second edition. The authors examine how people self-regulate their thoughts, emotions, attention, behavior, and impulses and what can happen when these areas are not self-regulated. This new edition expands on the social basis of self-regulation, incorporates significant scientific advances, adds many new topics and more.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level

Need to address problem behaviors? Pick up Positive behavior support at the tertiary level: Red zone strategies. Packed with practical information to help a behavior support team succeed, this book will help parents and professionals alike understand what sets off students' behaviors and how to address them in positive, helpful ways. Real-life examples are used to guide the reader in assessing behaviors and implementing behavior plans.

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

Social Rules for Kids

Got a kid who needs some extra help learning social skills? Social rules for kids: The top 100 social rules kids need to succeed is written in a fun kid-friendly style. From rules on making conversation to recognizing and avoiding bullying to learning good manners, this book will have a bit of something for everyone who needs help. Tips to remember at the end of each skill are presented again at the end of the book in the form of a list that could be copied and kept near at hand as a quick reminder.

Want to learn more about it? Email us at, or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Heating Assistance

Brrr! Did you bundle up today? Feel that nip in the air? Colder weather is approaching which means higher energy bills for all of us. For people with disabilities, that can be especially difficult. With that in mind, the Arc of Indiana is announcing the opening of this year's Winter Heating Assistance Program. This program can assist 300 low-income individuals with disabilities with $100 toward their winter heating bills. Funding for the Winter Heating Assistance Program comes from The Arc of Indiana's trust.

Guidelines for this program can be found here:

To learn more about this program, visit:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs

Shy spaghetti and excited eggs: A kid's menu of feelings is a book for children to help them understand their emotions and how they can better manage them. Based on a restaurant theme, the menu lists choices such as Happy Hot Dog, Worried Watermelon, and Scared Shrimp. Each choice offers techniques to use when feelings get too big, and a Note To Parents page gives further tips and information about how to help children identify, experience, and manage their feelings.

Check out this playful title by emailing us at or by using or Evergreen to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Critical Conversations in Co-Teaching

Interested in co-teaching or already co-teaching? Straight from staff right here at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community comes a new book that focuses on the communication and collaboration involved with co-teaching. Critical conversations in co-teaching: A problem-solving approach is a practitioner's guide to building quality relationships with colleagues. The authors first discuss the framework of communication needed and then use practical examples to show how co-teaching strategies can positively influence students' achievements.

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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Bord

Looking for an Android app for someone with sensory issues? Bord may be the answer for you! This colorful app allows users to create drawings using six different colors and three different chalk thicknesses. Drawings can be saved and emailed or can be uploaded to Facebook. This app also fully supports tablets with Android Honeycomb 3.0. To learn more about it, visit: