Monday, July 9, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Word SLapPs Vocabulary

Word SlapPs is used to teach vocabulary words specific to your child’s world. Just upload and save your images into customizable categories and pair them with your own recorded questions. Easy to use, Word SLapPs is designed by an SLP and modeled after Discrete Trial teaching. Children touch target images and are rewarded with sounds and/or visuals.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Helen Keller in Her Story

Helen Keller In Her Story is a simple, honest, tremendously moving saga that is brought to the screen with the help of such notables as Katherine Cornell, Martha Graham, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Through newsreels, interviews, photographs and motion pictures, this film traces the life of Helen Keller from birth until 76 years of age, and shows how this blind, deaf, and mute woman became one of the most celebrated women of two centuries.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Month ... New Stuff!

Well, the first half of the year is over. Time to start thinking about Christmas! Er, I mean what's new in the library. Last month, we got in some new items on education, advocacy, and leadership, and we also got in some fun fiction books portraying people with disabilities. These last few make great summer reading just for fun!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mobile App Monday - OneVoice -- AAC

OneVoice turns the iPad or iPhone into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. OneVoice is easy to understand, and designed for usability above everything else. Though OneVoice comes with a pre-populated vocabulary (focused on children) the real value is that you can easily add your own phrases and photos to create a custom experience.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder

Does your partner have ADHD? Feeling a strain on your relationship? Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder is your guide to navigating a relationship with someone with ADHD so you can create healthy boundaries while remaining sympathetic to your partner’s symptoms. This book can help you:

• Understand medication and other treatments
• Recover quickly when your partner’s symptoms frustrate you
• Establish personal boundaries to avoid excessive caretaking
• Identify and take care of your own needs so you can feel more relaxed

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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Inclusive Instruction

Looking for tools to manage your inclusive classroom? Inclusive instruction: Evidence-based practices for teaching students with disabilities presents research-based strategies for supporting K-8 students with high-incidence disabilities to become accomplished learners. Learn to plan a curriculum that fosters concept development across content areas, promotes strategic learning, and builds fluent skill use. Find out how to integrate technology effectively into instruction.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Freedom Scientific Announces Scanning and Reading Desktop Video Magnifier

(St. Petersburg, Florida, June 27, 2012) — Since their release in December, the new High Definition video magnifiers from Freedom Scientific have been getting rave reviews. Now, with the release of GEM™ 4.0 software, Freedom Scientific has added scanning and reading capability to the TOPAZ® XL HD.

With the press of a key, the GEM software sends the High Definition image from the TOPAZ XL HD to Freedom Scientific’s OpenBook® scanning and reading software, which automatically performs optical character recognition and begins reading aloud.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

AAC Conference

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) is announcing its 2012 ISAAC Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, July 28 through August 4, 2012. Their 15th Biennial Conference's theme is "Highest performance communication; best life experience - WOW!" It focuses on ISAAC's mission that people anywhere in the world who communicate with little or no speech deserve to achieve the most effective communication possible in order to achieve their maximum potential.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Cookie Doodle

Cookie Doodle is a fun app for those who need help with fine motor skills, sensory issues, or for those who just love making cookies but don't enjoy the mess! A rolling pin, cookie cutters, the dough, frosting, sprinkles and candies are all provided for your enjoyment.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Communities for a Lifetime

Three recipients of a pilot grant to study how to make their communities friendly for residents of all ages were recently announced. Communities for a Lifetime, a collaborative effort among state agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations, encourages cities and towns to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all abilities across the entire lifespan.

These communities will receive grants to complete a 5-month planning process that will include determining their local need and walkability to food, medical care, and amenities. Other aspects will include setting safety standards, finding ways to locally promote intergenerational interactions and civic engagement, and maximizing independence for their residents.

The winning communities, which will receive $16,000 planning grants, are:
•    Huntington
•    Linton
•    Valparaiso

For more information on this project, visit:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Bugs and Buttons

Looking for a game app to help your child with fine motor skills and education? Want one that progressively adapts to your child's skill level? Bugs and Buttons is designed to be self paced with each activity offering simple visual instructions. The game also has two play modes: children can choose to be automatically guided or explore and play.

• Counting
• Fine motor skills (i.e. pinching)
• Path finding
• Patterns
• Sorting
• Tracking
• and more...

Want to learn more about it? Visit:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Proposed changes to REPA II

Jill Shedd, Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Indiana University-Bloomington, hosted a webinar yesterday on proposed changes to the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA II). This proposal will greatly impact teachers, administrators, parents of children with disabilities, advocacy groups, and those involved in teacher education. Below you will find the link to the recorded webinar and the downloadable documents.

On June 21st at 9:00 a.m. there will be a Public Hearing at the Indiana Department of Education in Indianapolis. If you have concerns about these proposed changes to the teacher rules, you are invited to attend this hearing and make your voice heard.

If you have any questions, please email Kharon Grimmet, Associate Instructor, Doctoral Candidate Indiana University - Bloomington at

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Systematic instruction for students with moderate and severe disabilities was developed by a seasoned educator who has trained thousands of teachers. This textbook offers the nuts-and-bolts of the systematic instruction process which has its roots in applied behavior analysis. It includes sample lesson plans, chapter objectives, reflection questions, and a glossary. Practical materials, including 20 blank data collection sheets and quick step-by-step charts of instruction procedures, make this an invaluable resource for in-practice educators.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Count Me In! K-5

Count Me In! K-5: Including learners with special needs in mathematics classrooms is research-based and field-tested. In this book, elementary teachers will find help creating programs for students with special needs. Case studies and teacher viewpoints are included as well as research on disability and solutions to managing learning environments.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents

Got a child in your class who is unwilling or refuses to speak? Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals can help. Written for guidance counselors, teachers, principals and deans, school psychologists, and school-based social workers, this book educates readers about the nature of selective mutism and its most common clinical manifestations (such as social anxiety, oppositional behavior, and communication difficulties). Offering methods to determine the form and function of a child's chronically mute behavior, the book provides evidence-based strategies to enhance a child's verbal participation at school and in other social and academic activities.

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

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mobile App Monday - My DPS

The Digital Problem Solver (DPS) originally appeared in The Social Express™ as a tool for the characters to use to identify emotions and coping strategies. Users quickly requested a real DPS to use outside of the software. My DPS is a customizable application that enables children to select a feeling and a coping strategy to calm themselves. My DPS features eight feelings including:
• Bored
• Surprised
• Mad
• Annoyed
• Happy
• Scared
• Sad
• Frustrated

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