Thursday, May 31, 2012

Children's Mental Health Training Institutes

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on improving mental health services for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. The biennial Training Institutes are co-sponsered The Annie E. Casey Foundation and are designed for a variety of individuals including state, tribal, territorial, and local administrators, planners, providers, clinicians, care managers, families, youth, advocates, managed care organizations, educators, evaluators, technical assistance providers, and others concerned with improving services for children, youth, and families.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Step up to support those with epilepsy!

June is the month to step up and support those affected by seizure disorders in Indiana. Three different walks will be taking place again this year.

Here are the details:

LivRite Fitness 5K Walk/Run
Benefiting the
Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Shadyside Park
Anderson, IN

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Race: 9 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

North Central Indiana Epilepsy Walk
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Central Park
Mishawaka, IN
Registration: 8 a.m.
Walk: 9 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

Central Indiana Epilepsy Walk
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Carmel West Monon Center
Carmel, IN
Registration: 9 a.m.
Walk: 10 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Accessibility webinars

AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation. For a listing of the upcoming webinars, visit:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Holiday Weekend

In observance of the Memorial Day weekend, the library will close today at 3:15 and will re-open at 8:00 on Tuesday, May 29th.

Happy holiday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm Walking as Straight as I Can

Remember Cousin Geri from the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life? Now Geri Jewell shares with us her book, I'm Walking as Straight as I Can. It's a memoir of her struggle not only with cerebral palsy but also with her sexuality. She talks about her traumatic birth to her rise to stardom and her fall to rock bottom. This inspiring story is told with grace and humor.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wonderstruck: A novel in words and pictures

In the amazing book, Wonderstruck, two independent stories are told--Ben's in words, Rose's in pictures. Ben is a boy who just lost his mother to a car accident and longs for the father he never knew. When Ben has an accident of his own, he becomes deaf in one ear. Rose is also deaf, but her story starts fifty years before Ben's. How do their stories become intertwined? Pick up the book and find out!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Chalk Walk

Looking for an app to help children with their fine motor skills? Chalk Walk is a fun, drawing app that will help children to develop the pincer grip. This app can help prepare kids for the pencil-and-paper tasks they encounter in school.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Running Dream

The Running Dream is about a fictional story of Jessica, a young track star who pursues her dream to re-build her life, and track career, after losing her leg in an accident. Her long road to recovery has many bumps along the way, including falling behind in Math. Enter Rosa--a Math tutor who has CP. As Jessica battles through each setback, she looks at Rosa with new eyes and makes others see her differently too.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child's Potential

Visual dysfunctions can limit children's concentration, self esteem and school success as they struggle to understand fundamentals such as colors, letters and how to judge distance. With the right help, these obstacles can be overcome, allowing children to reach their full potential and see the world clearly. How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child's Potential explores how visual problems develop and how they can be reversed through effective and efficient visual therapy.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Their Time Has Come

Young adults with disabilities are now more than ever interested in furthering their education and living a more "typical" life. In Their time has come: Youth with disabilities on the cusp of adulthood author Valerie Leiter argues that while much has been done to help these youth, much policy work still needs to happen to ensure that this population doesn't get left behind.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool

Got the task of evaluating your preschool's positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS)? Pick up Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool PreSET Manual. This book is a comprehensive tool that can help you find out what's working and what need improving in your preschool. Improve kindergarten readiness, measure progress toward goals, target quality improvement efforts, determine professional development needs, and more!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Mobile App Monday -- MyTalk Tools

MyTalkTools Mobile is a communications tool for those who have difficulty communicating. Purchasing this app provides permanent access to MyTalk Mobile (totally stand alone software) and a 30 day trial of optional MyTalk Workspace. Together, they represent a powerful augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) tool by making it easy to customize images, pictures, symbols, video and audio files including human voice.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

When to Use What Research Design

When to use what research design is a tool to help you figure out which research design method to use based on a particular research question. The book is systematic and practical focusing on weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various methods. Useful features include:
     *Easy-to-navigate part and chapter structure.
     *Engaging research examples from a variety of fields.
     *End-of-chapter tables that summarize the main points covered.
     *Detailed suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.
     *Integration of data collection, sampling, and research ethics in one volume.
     *Comprehensive glossary.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012


Possibilities is a video series from the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Michigan. The video highlights the lives of Emily, Abby, Liz & Greta--four women with disabilities who each have succeeded in their own way in living fulfilling lives through advocacy, support, and most of all--careful planning. Each 4 to 7 minute video highlights one individual's journey, along with their family and friends, and shows the myriad possibilities and options that all people have as they grow up, become independent, and pursue their life's dreams and goals.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Close to Famous

Can a twelve-year-old with a severe learning disability make a new life for herself in a small town in rural West Virginia? Read Close to Famous and find out! Written for children in grades 5-8.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation

Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation is a resource for occupational therapists, occupational scientists, students and researchers. Beginning with a review of the current literature, the book discusses reasons for the field's limited impact, its psychological view of occupation, and its narrow focus on socially approved occupations. Written by an internationally renowned team of contributors, this book offers a truly comprehensive critique of the field.

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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Abilipad

Looking for an app that will turn your iPad into a writing machine? Take a look at Abilipad. It has been named one of "the best iPad apps for special needs kids." This app "combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech, and a customizable keyboard." Take notes, create lesson plans, import photos and design customized keyboards. Want to know more? Visit:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Leadership Guide for Today's Disabilities Organizations

Looking for practical tools and strategies to keep your disability-related organization sustainable? A Leadership Guide for Today's Disabilities Organizations: Overcoming Challenges and Making Change Happen might be just the ticket. This book was developed to help explain how to remain successful in the face of change. Starting with a self-assessment to determine how well your organization is faring, the content offers eight approaches to change with specific guidance, action steps, and examples on each.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

MOSAIC Presents A Diversity Film Festival

Bloomington, IN – The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department’s Diversity Theater presents MOSAIC: A Diversity Film Festival. The festival’s main event is a showing of Joe Pantoliano’s “No Kidding! Me 2!” at 1 p.m. on May 12 at the Monroe County Public Library. The showing is part of Mental Health Month and will be followed by a discussion from 2:25 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“No Kidding! Me 2!” is Pantoliano’s (The Sopranos, Memento, and The Matrix) documentary directorial debut and was created as part of his fight against the stigma of mental illness. According to Mental Health America, one in four Americans live with a diagnosable and treatable mental illness. Diversity Theater is sponsoring the event with Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Facilitators will be Gates Agnew, a retired clinical social worker, and Jane McLeod, president of Mental Health America.

Diversity Theater exists to increase awareness of discrimination and inequality based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, aging and homelessness.

The MOSAIC film festival is sponsored by the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department in conjunction with the Monroe County Public Library, Mental Health America Monroe County, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Indiana University Office of Multicultural Initiatives.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Woolery, 349.3851 or
Audrey Heller, 336.3198 or

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mentorship of Special Educators

Mentorship of special educators provides a wealth of research-based tools for mentors to use to help the novice educator build their skills and become accomplished special education teachers. It includes tips and strategies for helping even those who have culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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