Friday, March 9, 2012

Help with Tuition for Adults with Blindness

Looking for a little help with college tuition for someone who is blind?

"To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000.

"Applicant requirements:
  1. must be legally blind in both eyes, and
  2. must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
  3. must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2012 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
  4. must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.
"In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2012 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in July, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations."

For more information, visit the National Federation of the Blind's Scholarship Program page at:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Made for Good Purpose

It's hard enough being a teenager thinking of leaving home and facing the unknown but, for those on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities, it can be even harder. Made for good purpose: What every parent needs to know to help their adolescent with asperger's, high functioning autism or a learning difference become an independent adult can help. Giving these kids the extra support and advice they need  makes all the difference. This book is filled with personal anecdotes from the author's experiences with asperger's and those of his students. Social skills, finances, healthy lifestyles, higher education, and employment are all covered.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pronouns! from teach2talk

Volume 1 of teach2talk’s™ Pronouns! series of videos helps teach children to understand and use a variety of basic pronouns, focusing on the first pronouns which children typically acquire, such I, you, he, she, it, etc. It covers all of the common personal pronouns (including their objective, subjective and possessive forms). Pronouns are extremely important in children’s language development. This DVD is appropriate for any child who has not yet mastered the understanding and use of personal pronouns or who confuses them, as well as children who are just starting to learn and use pronouns. Children typically begin to develop their use of personal pronouns between two and three years of age.

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TalkAbout for Teenagers

A week ago we looked at Talkabout for Children. Today we'll take a peek at Talkabout for Teenagers. This program is designed specifically for teenagers with all the tools you'll need to run social and relationship skills group sessions. The book:
  • Is divided into five, hierarchical modules – self awareness and self esteem; body language; conversational skills; friendship skills; assertiveness skills– each module includes a teaching plan with worksheets and photocopiable resources.
  • Includes a short assessment to highlight the module that is most appropriate to teach and the skills within that module that are relevant
  • Provides a short guide to running successful social skills groups, for example, the numbers for each group, group rules, developing group cohesion, how to set up a role play.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet Thotso, Your Thought Maker

Looking for a book to help children build their positive thinking skills? Meet Thotso, Your Thought Maker is a 30 page board book with interaction on almost every page. The book introduces Thotso the Brain and Thotso's thinking patterns: Smiling Thots, feel good thoughts; BooBoo Thots, hurtful thoughts; and Bandage Thots, kind words that can process BooBoo Thots into Smiling Thots!

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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What's New?

Did you flip over your monthly calendar's page today? I did! And that tells me that it's time for a new What's New page at CeDIR. Looks like we got a lot of new items on literacy and teaching, plus a few others on learning disabilities, AD/HD, and assessing students in the classroom. One special mention is a book of poetry written by people with physical disabilities, from cerebral palsy to deafness and multiple sclerosis to aphasia. An interesting read!

For a complete list of the new items acquired in the library last month, visit:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Looking for information on the theory of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  will help give readers the insight, tools and confidence they need to understand and use CBT in their own lives. With practical tips and strategies, it offers readers the ability to personalize the theory to their own situations.

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bloomington's Disability Awareness Month Activities

Looking for events to attend for Disability Awareness Month and/or Accessibility Awareness Month? The City of Bloomington, Indiana, has put together an online calendar of events related to March's Disability Awareness Month and April's Accessibility Awareness Month. To view the entire calendar, please visit:

Talkabout for Children: Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

From the book description:

Self awareness and self esteem are essential prerequisites to developing social skills. Talkabout for Children is a practical resource loaded with activities and games for developing self awareness and self esteem.  
The book includes:
  • Over 40 activities to develop self awareness and self esteem
  • A CD with colour versions of the activities to print out and use
  • A year’s teaching plan to help teachers incorporate groups into the school curriculum
  • A short introduction to working with children with low self esteem and social skills difficulties

Want to check it out? Email us at

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mobile App Monday - StoryBuilder

Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals:
   1) Improve paragraph formation
   2) Improve integration of ideas
   3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference

Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Story Builder features SmarTots, the premier mobile education application network for families.

Want to learn more about it? Visit:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lesson Plan a la Carte

From the Book Description:

"Lesson Plan a la Carte guides educators through a simple, step-by-step process of creating an integrated lesson plan that addresses the social, environmental and communication challenges that block kids access to academics and other learning opportunities. This model helps to integrate the best clinical and educational practices into a plan that speaks a common language and aligns and focuses priorities, goals and strategies."

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

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home!

From Speech Language Pathologists comes a book to help teach kids who have trouble paying attention to learn how to listen with their whole bodies, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home! The authors conclude that "It is important to break down ALL of the components of listening, to teach your kids to listen with their eyes, hands, feet, brains, hearts - indeed their whole bodies!" This book can be read alone or with others to begin discussions on how to settle down and REALLY listen.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People with Brain Impairment

Looking for information on how assistive and cognitive support technologies are being used to provide assistance for thinking, remembering, and learning? Assistive technologies and other supports for people with brain impairment includes real-life situations in which individuals with cognitive impairments use assistive supports. Tips on selecting the most appropriate technologies from a wide array of accommodations and resources are also included.

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up is a book for girls with intellectual disabilities that answers questions tweens have about their growing bodies. The book is written on a third grade reading level and can be read alone or with an adult as a guide. Its easy text introduces the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty and includes realistic illustrations and photos. It also includes a question and answer section.

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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mobile App Monday--MyIEP Meeting

myIEPmeeting is an app that helps parents and guardians prepare for and participate in their student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Simple tools are included to help organize and gather information and monitor a child’s progress.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Social Fortune or Social Fate

Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers is a graphic novel with anime illustrations that will capture the attention of teens. Ten social scenarios are presented with each one being played out through the lens of Social Fortune or Social Fate by demonstrating visually how a situation can change quickly based on how someone reacts within it.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia

Looking for help teaching literacy to children with dyslexia? Pick up Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia: A Multisensory Approach. Here's an excerpt from the book's description:

"...It offers a structured, cumulative, multi-sensory teaching program for learners with dyslexia, and draws attention to some of the wider aspects of the learning styles and differences of learners with dyslexia such as memory, information processing, and automaticity. Designed to help support any learner, ages 5 to 18, with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties."

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

100+ Ideas for Supporting Children with Dyslexia

100+ ideas for supporting children with dyslexia is a practical guide providing more than 100 great ideas for reinforcing children's learning. This second edition is up-to-date with the latest research and best practices on dyslexia. It also includes a new section on differentiation in the classroom. Full of ready-to-use activities and strategies for the non-specialist teacher in need of extra guidance, the book also offers new ideas and insights to SENCOs, head teachers, parents and carers and anyone else working with a child or young person with dyslexia.

Email us at to check out this title.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Teacher's Guide to ADHD

Looking for practical, data-based tools for helping students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) succeed in the classroom? Teacher's Guide to ADHD may be the answer. Combining instructional expertise with extensive knowledge about the nature and treatment of ADHD, the authors of this book include ways to support students and teach them needed strategies in core areas: academic skills, behavior, self-regulation, and social skills. The book offers step-by-step instructions and concrete examples along with crucial guidance for teaming with other school professionals and with parents.

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Dexteria

Looking for an app to help build fine motor skills? Don't want a game? Dexteria might be a good one for you. This app contains a set of therapeutic hand exercises that, when used on a regular basis, can improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

Want to know more about it? Visit: