Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What We Have Done

From the Book Description:
"Nothing about us without us" has been a core principle of American disability rights activists for more than half a century. It represents a response by people with disabilities to being treated with scorn and abuse or as objects of pity, and to having the most fundamental decisions relating to their lives where they would live; if and how they would be educated; if they would be allowed to marry or have families; indeed, if they would be permitted to live at all made by those who were, in the parlance of the movement, temporarily able-bodied.

In What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement, Fred Pelka takes that slogan at face value. He presents the voices of disability rights activists who, in the period from 1950 to 1990, transformed how society views people with disabilities, and recounts how the various streams of the movement came together to push through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Beginning with the stories of those who grew up with disabilities in the 1940s and 50s, the book traces how disability came to be seen as a political issue, and how people with disabilities often isolated, institutionalized, and marginalized forged a movement analogous to the civil rights, women s rights, and gay rights movements, and fought for full and equal participation in American society.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Auto Verbal Pro Talking Soundboard

Looking for an AAC app? Try Auto Verbal Pro Talking Soundboard. Customize this app with your own photos, use the app's text-to-speech function, or scroll through to find the phrase you want to say. This app was voted the #1 iPad (#2 iPhone) Medical app in the iTunes USA Appstore in June, 2010.

Want to learn more about it? Visit: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/autoverbal-talking-soundboard/id368727888?mt=8

Friday, April 6, 2012

Try Charleston!

Thinking about a vacation? Need one that's accessible? Think Charleston. According to Frommer's, not only is Charleston, South Carolina rich in Civil War history, it also has made a conscious effort to become wheelchair/stroller/slow walker-friendly.

Read more about this lovely vacation destination at: http://www.frommers.com/articles/7655.html

Esau's Blessing: How the Bible Embraces those with Special Needs

Looking for something spiritual? Esau's Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs is a fresh look at Biblical characters with a focus on disability and how it appears in the Bible. Symptoms of ADHD, depression, physical disabilities and more are highlighted in this book as are the lessons of acceptance and compassion that we should learn from the Biblical stories where they're found.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Conversations on Citizenship & Person-Centred Work

Conversations on Citizenship & Person-Centred Work is a collection of interviews of top professionals in the field of community inclusion and person-centered planning. These interviews were conducted between April and July of 2010. The eight contributors, one of whom (Connie Ferrell) is a former staff member here at the Indiana Institute, were asked questions around the idea of what makes a person a citizen. Each offers their own insight into this area of "community" inclusion.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April is Accessibility Awareness Month

The City of Bloomington has put together a calendar of Disability Awareness (last month) and Accessibility Awareness activities. We talked about the calendar for Disability Awareness activities last month but thought we'd bring it up again for the Accessibility Awareness activities that are happening around the City this month. Starting next week, many different areas will be covered in terms of accessibility: from Internet to employment to travel.

Take a look at: http://bloomington.in.gov/media/media/application/pdf/11441.pdf

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What's New?

It's the first full month of Spring! This month brings us beautiful weather, gorgeous flowers, seasonal allergies, and a new What's New page! Check out the new items that came in the library last month at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2317

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mobile App Monday - My Underwear

Looking for a fun app for a child who needs help with hand-eye coordination, memory, motor skills and/or pattern recognition? Children can finger paint their own underwear designs, feed the ravenously hungry monsters with underwear falling from the sky (yes, there are underwear-gobbling monsters!), play multiple scenes and levels with fun animations and more!

To learn more about this app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/app/my-underwear/id412488390?ign-mpt=uo%3D6&mt=8

Friday, March 30, 2012

April is Autism Awareness Month

Looking for information for Autism Awareness Month? Check out the other blog that CeDIR shares with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. Navigation at the top makes easy work of finding books, videos, websites, and events. Browse on over to the other blog at: http://iidcautismresources.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Teaching in Tandem

Looking for some answers on how to effectively implement co-teaching? Teaching in Tandem may be  what you need. From the basics of just what co-teaching is to the nitty-gritty of solving everyday challenges, this book can help you creative effective teams of teachers. It's written for teachers, administrators and parents alike.

Interested in checking out this title? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors

Looking for answers with risky behaviors? The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities might be what you need. Learn what is behind these behaviors and how professionals can help manage them. Evidence-based, empirically supported practices are contributed by more than 30 prominent clinicians and researchers, offering readers the latest in research, assessment and intervention.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Complete Guide to RTI

The Complete Guide to RTI offers a complete overview of everything you need to make the strategy successful. Parents, teachers, and administrators will find value in this book as it is written not only for individual but also institutional success. Incorporating technology into analyzing the academic and behavioral data of the RTI process is just one of the many different techniques that can be found in the book.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Chore Pad

Looking for a fun way to get chores done? Working with someone with an intellectual disability? Try Chore Pad. This app allows you to create any number of users and even upload each user's photo to ensure everyone know what chores s/he is supposed to do. Create chore charts and rewards for each person to help motivate them to get their chores done.

Want to see more about this app? Visit: http://itunes.apple.com/app/chore-pad/id389995975?ign-mpt=uo%3D6&mt=8

Friday, March 23, 2012

Systematic Screenings of Behavior to Support Instruction

Book Description for Systematic Screenings of Behavior to Support Instruction:

"Straightforward, practical, and user friendly, this unique guide addresses an essential component of decision making in schools. The authors show how systematic screenings of behavior—used in conjunction with academic data—can enhance teachers' ability to teach and support all students within a response-to-intervention framework. Chapters review reliable, valid screening measures for all grade levels, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and explain how to administer, score, and interpret them. Practitioners get helpful guidance for evaluating their school's needs and resources and making sound choices about which tools to adopt."

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Challenging Ableism

Looking for a sourcebook that moves disability from a medical or economic concern to a social justice concern? Challenging ableism, understanding disability, including adults with disabilities in workplaces and learning spaces might be just the ticket. The authors present the perspectives of individuals with disabilities, service providers, parents, and teachers and offer analyses that range from the personal to the broadly political.

Want to know more? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Seventh Grader Wins Essay Contest

The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission recently sponsored a local essay contest on the theme “What I’ve Learned from People Different from Me.” Seventh grader Mari Walter-Bailey, daughter of Institute employee Wendy Walter-Bailey, won the contest. Congratulations Mari! Below is her essay in its entirety.

What I’ve Learned from People Different Than Me
By: Mari Walter-Bailey
            The U.S.A.  is often known for its diversity. Some people accept it, some people enjoy it, and some people deny it no matter how obvious it is. Personally, it teaches me that I have to accept, and respect others’ beliefs, dress, and ways of being.
            Everyone is different. I am my own, unique individual, and nobody in the whole world has done the exact same things that I have. No one knows my whole life, and I don’t know anyone else’s life. I do know though that some people are trapped in one small town for their whole life, and some people move around so much they don’t have their own bedroom. Others don’t have anything or any place to call their own. I have learned in my 12 years of life that I live a charmed life compared to some people, but to others I may appear to have nothing. Everyone should be thankful since there is always someone who has less.
            I’ve discovered that people are extremely judgmental. In this day and age, you’re judged based on your appearance, skin tone, height, weight, wealth, housing, quality of clothes, hair, religion, disabilities and more. Lots of people my age are very, very rude to people with mental, physical, and/or emotional disabilities.   I can tell, when I look in those kids’ eyes. I see pain. Even if they don’t know what people are saying, they tell me how lucky I am. I have a friend in a wheelchair. I am utterly astonished by the poor way people treat her, as if she is a very inconvenient table in the hallway. People act as if she can’t hear, as if her small problem defines her. I have an Indian friend too. I think teachers are often very ignorant themselves, like they don’t hear the racist Indian jokes.  In fact, most people that are hurting people are usually teacher’s favorites: popular people who think they rule the world.
               I also hear people call some people “Jelly Belly”. What they don’t know is that he/she may have a serious disease, causing her/him to be overweight. Most judge completely on dress. Not many can afford pricy brand names, though. I know for a fact that no matter who you are, or where you live, you ALWAYS want more than what you have. There is always one person you look at with envy. If you have short hair, you want long hair. If you have blue/green eyes, you want brown eyes and vice versa.
               The one thing I always think is, “Why should I dress like someone else?” I should create my own style. People can inspire me, but they can’t change me. I’ve realized that I would hate it if everyone had the exact same shirt. If everyone was a painting, being different is the one thing everyone would truly appreciate.  I learned that life is different, based on your perspective, and everyone should respect that.   

Reprinted with permission from the author

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

21 March 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and, for the first time in 2012, this day will be officially observed by the United Nations. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

For more information, visit: http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/

Simplifying RTI

What are the four essential guiding principles of RTI, you ask? In Simplifying RTI: Four essential guiding principles, you will find effective answers to implementation questions.The four essential principles of pyramid response to intervention explored in the book are:
  1. Collective responsibility - A shared belief that the primary responsibility of each member of the organization is to ensure high levels of learning for every child
  2. Concentrated instruction - A collaborative process that focuses teacher teams on the skills and knowledge most important to the student and his or her future
  3. Convergent assessment - An ongoing process of collecting targeted information to add depth and breadth to the understanding of each student s individual needs, obstacles, and points of learning leverage
  4. Certain access - A systematic process that guarantees every student will receive the time and support needed to learn at high levels

Want to know more? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Special Educator's Toolkit

Are you an overwhelmed special educator? Reduce your stress and support student success with this practical toolkit for whole-classroom organization. The Special Educator's Toolkit: Everything You Need to Organize, Manage, & Monitor Your Classroom is great for special educators in any K-12 setting. This book-and-CD set will help teachers expertly manage everything, from schedules and paperwork to student supports and behavior plans. Every special educator, from the first-year teacher setting up a new classroom to the seasoned veteran who wants a down-to-earth guide to current best practices, will come away empowered and motivated to get and stay organized and they'll see the positive results year after year in their classrooms.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mobile App Monday - soundAMP R

Looking for an alternative to hearing aids? Try soundAMP R. Sounds are sent to your earbuds in real time. Hear what you’d like to hear. Record what you’d like to record! Works in many situations, around the table at home, watching TV, in lecture halls, at parties, wherever you’d like to hear, or overhear, the people around you!

Interested? Visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundamp-r/id318126109?mt=8

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Data Dynamics

Data dynamics: Aligning teacher team, school, & district efforts is a book about the deliberate and continuous tasks of accessing and using information in the context of district and school improvement processes and teachers instructional planning. Common misuses of data are illustrated and as well as strategies for how to use data better to help identify areas for improvement and more effectively help all students succeed. This book is designed to help administrators and leaders use the appropriate data to guide their school improvement efforts.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Technology-related Internships for Students with Disabilities

Are you a high school or college student with a disability?
Would you like to gain valuable experience through paid internships and other work-related opportunities?
Are you interested in computing careers?

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) sponsor the AccessComputing project for the purpose of increasing the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (award #CNS-0540615, CNS-0837508, and CNS-1042260). AccessComputing provides a nationwide resource to help students with disabilities pursue computing fields and computing educators and employers, professional organizations, and other stakeholders develop more inclusive programs and share effective practices.

Want to learn more about it? Visit: http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/team_app.html

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ellettsville Seeking Input from Public

According to an article in the Bloomington Herald-Times, the town of Ellettsville, Indiana, is seeking input from the public on serving residents with disabilities and will hold a public hearing tonight on its ADA Transition Plan. The town's Director of Planning, Connie Griffin, says that planners want public input on this Transition Plan which will outline plans for improving Ellettsville's ADA accessibility. The plan is due for completion by December 2012.

The public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the Ellettsville Fire Department's conference room. The fire department is located at 5080 W. Ind. Hwy. 46.

Mobile App Monday - Expressionist

Expressionist is designed to help users express and model expressions. Expressionist uses high quality pictures and avoids using secondary references (such as using "snail" or "turtle" to represent "slow"). The face and gestures of the cartoon character is carefully designed such that any visual learner would have no issue understanding or modeling it. In fact, none of the pictures requires learning any symbol or encoding system.

To learn more about this app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expressionist/id318022654?mt=8