Friday, August 31, 2012

CeDIR Closed

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, CeDIR will close at 4:00 today and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4th.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Alzheimer's: A textured, tactile journey of abstraction

Undone is a beautiful and bittersweet stop-motion film by animator Hayley Morris. This film is inspired by Morris' grandfather and captures, in abstract, the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This 6 1/2 minute short film is exquisite in its tenderness and creativity.

To view the film, visit:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ADA Indiana's New Site

Want the low-down on the goings-on around the ADA in Indiana? Check out the ADA-Indiana's new web site. It features News & Events, Trainings, and Resources all about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

See the newness now at:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Language Builder

Language Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve sentence ideation ; 2) Improve sentence formation; and 3) Improve receptive and expressive language. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Auditory playback of child's voice offers reinforcement for language development.

Language Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create grammatically correct sentences.

-Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
-3 levels of hints
-Simple and intuitive interface to record sentence
-Save and email recorded sentences
-250 distinct images to create sentences from
-Optional hint button
For more information about this app, visit:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Arts Mentoring and You

South Central ArtsWORK Indiana is presenting a series of free training events on arts mentoring this fall for emerging artists, performers, and writers with a disability of any kind (including intellectual disabilities) in the greater Bloomington area. Attendees will participate in three brief sessions with hands-on exercises to help them understand what arts mentoring is, how it works, and how it can help them achieve their goals as artists.

At this time, there is no area program established to match emerging artists with disabilities with an experienced artist-mentor. The purpose of the trainings is to set the groundwork for such a program by defining what local needs it could meet, and by identifying and preparing individuals who might participate as mentees (attendance at the trainings does not require nor guarantee a commitment to future participation in a mentoring program).

Target audiences include individuals who:
*Have an arts-related interest or skill they wish to develop;
*Live in Monroe or surrounding counties;
*Are age 18 or older;
*Have a disability of any kind; and
*Can attend all 3 training sessions.

Click for dates, location, and sponsor information. You can find the promotional and registration materials on the ArtsWORK Indiana website’s Events Page. Please help us spread the word!

To register, complete and submit the registration form and pre-workshop questionnaire by SEPTEMBER 1, 2012. It is not possible to register for individual events, just for the series. Space is limited; participation is first come, first served. By September 10th, we will confirm that a place for the registrant is successfully reserved.

Contact Jane Harlan-Simmons at or call (812) 855-2167 with questions. Learn about South Central Arts WORK Indiana and its partner organizations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Schools and IUPUI collaborate in Indy

The IUPUI SITE (Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment) program has a new website. A collaboration of the Indianapolis Public Schools and IUPUI, SITE enables individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in postsecondary programming on the IUPUI campus. Click here to find out more about the young men and women who are changing their lives through SITE.

SITE is expanding in the 2012-13 academic year to include the school districts surrounding Indianapolis. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to create the Indiana Partnership for Education and Careers project. A key component of the project is partnering with the SITE program at IUPUI.

The project is also interested in establishing additional programs at other institutions of higher education to expand opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Visit Think College Indiana for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Webinar: Employer Engagement Strategies for Indiana Employment Service Providers

On Wednesday, August 29th, the Center for Community Living and Careers is sponsoring a free webinar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The title of this webinar is "Employer Engagement Strategies
for Indiana Employment Service Providers."

"This webinar will provide you with information on how to engage employers so you can understand their needs and expectations, gain insights into what they consider qualified candidates, and develop relationships that go beyond just a “placement.” We’ll also preview a new web‐based, contact and knowledge management system that allows you to store all the intelligence gained from employers, resulting in stronger relationships, expedited employment opportunities, and a positive impact on your bottom line."

For more information, contact Susan Henning-Harris at or call 812-855-6508 and ask for Susan. To register for this webinar, visit:

Registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on August 24th.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mobile App Monday - iHomework

Looking for an app that will help your child with their executive function skills? iHomework lets them:
*Keep track of all the upcoming work for the school year.
*Record grades for every assignment and let iHomework figure out their report card.
*Add partners to their group assignments and have quick access to their contact information.
*Email assignments to their friends (when they forget to show up to class).
*Organize information however they like it.
*Keep track of their work on iHomework's built-in color coded calendar.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Disabilities at work: Successful job hunting for people with disabilities: Effective job search

Disabilities at work: Successful job hunting for people with disabilities: Effective job search is a three-part series of DVDs that will help people with disabilities gain the confidence, awareness, search tools, and interview strategies that they will need to become successful at the job search. This 3-part series runs 23-28 minutes for each DVD.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Ball

Who doesn't love a high school prom? The Ball is a wonderful film from Australia that takes a look into the world of students with special needs who get ready to attend their debutante ball. The students at the Ashwood School all have mild cognitive impairments and have varying abilities. They are also at the age when they start becoming interested in the opposite sex and their own futures. The film includes first loves, fist fights and falls on the dance floor interspersed with interviews with parents, the school principal, and intimate moments in their day-to-day lives at home.

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Person-Centered Care in Practice

Person-Centered Care in Practice: Tools for Transformation offers a practical approach to implementing person-centered care, a promising mode for achieving culture change in long-term care settings. This book is based on the authors’ decade-long partnership of research and real-world experience in an elder and dementia care facility and describes a multidimensional model and process of change.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards

Looking for help aligning student IEP goals to instruction, assessment, and grade-level state standards? Aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities presents a user-friendly template for doing just that. This book features new ideas for aligning IEPS in Language Arts and Math. Self-determination and assistive technology are also explored along with current hardware and software examples used to teach academic objectives.

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mobile App Monday - iTooch Elementary

Looking for a fun way to help identify and address an upper-elementary student's learning needs? Take a look at iTooch. With more than 18,000 exercises, iTooch Elementary has the largest collection of educational activities based on the US National Common Core Standards. It covers Math, Language Arts and Science curricula for Grades 3 to 5, and Health for Grade 5.

iTooch is a full learning solution which helps parents, teachers and students to identify and address their learning needs in a fun and motivating way.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cara's Kit for Toddlers

CARA's Kit (Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities) will help to make sure all toddlers in your early childhood program are participating, learning, and thriving. Practical solutions to effective adaptations are in CARA's Kit: a guidebook and CD-ROM with step-by-step ideas for adapting environments, activities, and materials for children 18 to 36 months. This guide will help educators:

*implement adaptations in key areas: environment, daily schedule, activities/routines, materials, and requirements or instruction

*increase engagement and participation for all children, including those with disabilities, challenging behaviors, and other special needs

*create and use adaptations anywhere in a home, a child care center, or any other type of early childhood setting

*and more!

Check out this kit by emailing us at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Attainment's Explore Social Skills

Attainment's Explore Social Skills is a program that teaches 50 social skills specific to a high school environment. Each skill has five or six steps that have to be taught and mastered to fulfill the goal. These skills can be modified to meet standards specific to your school. The proficiencies taught in this program establish a model of necessary social skills essential to attain social competency and be successful in school, community and workplace.

Want to check out this kit? Email us at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Attainment's Whose Future Is It?

Attainment's Whose Future Is It? is a comprehensive self-regulated curriculum for teenagers with disabilities. It covers decision making skills, problem solving, negotiation and compromise, and leadership, all of which enable students to take a meaningful role in planning for their future.

Want to check it out? Email us at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Writing Measurable Functional and Transition IEP Goals

Writing Measurable Functional and Transition IEP Goals is a new book that can help teachers who are working with students with severe and multiple disabilities. These students typically do not get as much direct, individual instruction as they need in functional and transition skills areas such as social skills, communication, transportation training, leisure-recreation, self-care, and many others. Students with moderate or mild disabilities may also lack this instruction. This book addresses all these groups with its focus squarely on two instructional steps: writing measurable goals (target behaviors,) and identifying steps on the way to those goals (task analysis).

Want to check it out? Email us at

Friday, August 3, 2012

Life Skill Stories

Attainment's Life Skill Stories are literature-based life skill curricula for secondary students who read at a third grade level and above. The  set includes six books with a total of 120 stories. They focus on typical teenage experiences, and the skills we all need to navigate life. Each story is 5 pages long with a Flesch-Kincaid 2-3 reading difficulty level. The characters in the stories are teenagers, friends, and family members. Some stories are humorous, some are a little mysterious, and others have a touch of drama. Each story concludes with What Do You Think? and What Would You Do? sections.

Want to check them out? Email us at

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Transition to Retirement

From Australia comes Transition to Retirement, a pilot program designed to help older employees with disabilities transition out of paid work. They are supported to join mainstream community or volunteer groups where they can participate and enjoy their retirement years. This DVD includes six stories following people who are participating in the transition to retirement program. Includes comments by project leaders.

Email us at to check out this title.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What's New?

Wow! August. Can you believe that summer is half over? The kids will be going back to school soon, and the leaves on the trees will start turning.... wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Before we get too far into August, let's take a look back at the new items we got in the library last month.

Visit CeDIR's What's New page at: