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.

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

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.

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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Word Magic

Looking for an app for young children just beginning to learn to read? Word Magic is designed for kids ages 3 to 6 to help them learn their letters and how to create words. It's an award-winning app that has a very simple design and is also attractive and offers "rewards" for getting the correct answers.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold

Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold

Book Description:
Here’s a warm and honest portrayal of the treasure hunt of getting through life for young children with disabilities to enjoy with an adult. All children face obstacles on their lives’ treasure hunts. However, there are difficulties for children with disabilities that other children don’t experience (such as working extra hard on normal tasks, being teased, and gaining the courage to ask for help). Constructive ways of dealing with the frustrating parts of having a disability are featured in this book, as well as techniques for building a positive self image. This book emphasizes that all children can find both small and big treasures on their lives’ treasure hunts. A resources section gives suggested books and websites for parents and caregivers.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning: Differentiating Instruction for the 21st Century is a collection of instructional strategies and assessment methods that will help teachers implement and differentiate project-based learning. Written for all grade levels, the book delivers clear explanations and examples as well as practical advice and numerous resources to help teach the 21st century student.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools

The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools offers valuable policies and practices that fit the advances in the cognitive sciences. It provides a forward-thinking model to help teachers integrate the arts with content areas and assess the extent to which brain-friendly concepts are being used in their lesson plans.

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Web Reader -- Text to Speech

Looking for a text-to-speech app that will read web pages to you? Try Web Reader -- Text to Speech. With both male and female voices to choose from, you can also choose how fast the voices speak and adjust the volume. Web Reader also lets you choose when the content is read--as soon as pages are loaded, manual start, or copy and paste so that only sections are read.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Preparing Effective Special Education Teachers

Want a book with the tools teachers need to be excellent special educators? Try Preparing Effective Special Education Teachers. This book is based on current research and policy. It will help teachers build the skills that are critical to instructing and assessing students with a wide variety of learning and other disabilities. Collaborations with parents and other professionals as well as understanding how to get the most out of field placements is also discussed.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Speaking of Apraxia

Looking for a book for parents on the often misunderstood disorder Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)? Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech might be just the ticket for you. This book is written by a knowing parent who has "been there" and offers her own insight into understanding, treating, and living with a child who has this disorder. From the basics of the definition through the education aspects, this guide draws not only on the latest research but also on insights from professionals and her own and other parents' experiences.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RTI Applications

Looking for a helpful book on applying RTI in your classroom? RTI Applications, Volume 1: Academic and Behavioral Interventions can help. It explains how to select interventions with the greatest likelihood of success, such as matching interventions to students' proficiency levels and drawing on the latest research  on the stages of learning. All three tiers of RTI are addressed using case examples.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits

Looking for help with students who have deficits in executive skills, including time and task management, planning, organization, impulse control, etc.? Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits might help. It's a manual that presents an evidence-based coaching model for helping students who are having trouble with their academics. Guidelines for incorporating coaching into a response-to-intervention framework, identifying students who can benefit, conducting each session, and monitoring progress is included.

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Alphabet Photo Machine

Looking for an app to help your child gain confidence in learning the alphabet? Want to help develop their fine motor skills? Try Alphabet Photo Machine. While kids play, they can explore more than 333 photos and learn over 60 early sight words. This app doesn't force learning in alphabetical order but allows children to choose the photos they want to see when they want to see them. Soothing background music allows kids to practice early literacy skills without being distracting.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Bloomington hosts 2nd annual Creative Aging Festival

"In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its second annual Creative Aging Festival in May 2012."

To learn more about this festival and view a program guide, visit Bloomington's Commission on Aging site at:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ABCD in Action: When People Care Enough to Act

Looking for a book to help build community inclusion? ABCD in action: When people care enough to act might be the ticket. Using principles and practices of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development), the book supports a practical approach to creating community collaborations. It provides examples of ABCD organizing in action, learning exercises, worksheets, and reflections from experienced practitioners of ABCD organizing.

Main topics include:
• ABCD Principles & Practice
• Discovering What People Care About
• Mobilizing A Community’s Assets
• People & Programs: We Need Both
• And more!

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Foreign Languages for Everyone

Looking for a practical and inspiring book to help teach foreign languages to students with learning disabilities? Foreign Languages for Everyone can help. This book is based on more than a decade of classroom experience teaching foreign languages to students with learning disabilities. It is loaded with practical tips and insights for successfully teaching foreign languages to children, young people, high school and college students, and older adults who have difficulty learning a second language.

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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.

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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.

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