Monday, July 16, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Digit Eyes

Digit-Eyes reads barcode labels. It enables people without vision to scan UPC / EAN codes and hear the names of over 25 million products. Users can also make their own barcode labels on the Digit-Eyes website and print them on inexpensive address labels. These barcodes may contain text that VoiceOver reads aloud or they can be used to record audio on your iPhone or iPad that is played back whenever the bar code is scanned.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Forgotten People

Forgotten People documents horrific conditions in psychiatric facilities around the world including Mexico, Armenia, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia. People with mental disabilities the world over are subjected to serious human rights abuses. These two powerful short videos present a global perspective on the abuse and neglect of people with mental disabilities.

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

RTI & DI: The Dynamic Duo

RTI and DI: The Dynamic Duo highlights two powerful approaches to addressing the needs of all learners in a classroom. With a student-centered focus and utilization of on-going assessment, these two methods of instruction can go hand-in-hand. Response to Intervention uses a problem solving process to match the needs of students to research based interventions. DI is a way to plan/deliver curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. It is through DI that RTI can be successfully implemented.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities

High praise for Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities: A Dance That Matters:

"If parents and professionals could wear out their shoes by dancing the way Fialka, Feldman, and Mikus describe it in this book, the shoes would indeed be worth pressing against one’s heart. Through stories, the authors expertly choreograph the steps families, professionals, and the children must take to foster this essential relationship-like a waltz: one, two, three." (Robin McWilliam, Director, Center for Child and Family Research )

"This book beautifully reminds us that social change happens through listening, dialogue, and engagement. Beneath our roles as professionals and parents, these authors gently help us to remember that 'we are all people first,' and through empathy we can find ways to sidestep-or dance- around many of the missteps that lead to misunderstanding and conflict. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to navigate the complexities of supporting and advocating for disabled students in inclusive classrooms." (Emma Van der Klift and Norman Kunc, Co- directors )

“Rarely does a book hold such promise for promoting genuine partnerships between families of children with disabilities and the professionals who participate in their care. The real-life passages from the authors, seasoned parents, and experienced professionals infuse this work with unparalleled authenticity.” (Susan Addison, Special Educator, Retired )

“The authors get right to the heart of parent-professional relationships. They deconstruct and reconstruct the difficult process of examining how parents and professionals communicate. The stories used to illustrate specific points are superb. We need this thoughtful and provoking perspective to encourage us to listen more closely to one another for the benefit our children.” (Martha E. Mock, Assistant Professor )

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere is an award-winning documentary that highlights the unintended consequences of our pressure-cooker culture and education system. An eye-opening call to action, the film challenges our deepest-held assumptions about how we can best prepare young people for the future.

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

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...

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