Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays!

The library is closing today at 4:00. Here's to a very happy holidays for everyone!

We'll be back at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6th.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle

Have you ever heard about Belle? Many of us know the story of Helen Keller's amazing life, but in Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle, we learn about her amazing love for her dog. This picture book of Helen Keller's early life offers readers an introduction to her beloved dog, Belle, who is with Helen every step of the way.

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Learning disability: Theory to practice

Learning disability: Theory to practice offers two major objectives: it provides up-to-date information on theories and current practices in teaching those with learning disabilities, and it demonstrates the effectiveness of two major techniques of intervention--cognitive behavior therapy and computer-assisted instruction--through a series of case studies.

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

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Holiday Apps

Today on Mobile App Monday, we thought you might like to see a list of the 10 Best Holiday Apps for Kids according to Both Christmas and Hanukkah are included here, and the fact that there are actually 11 apps on the list is just a gift!

To view the list, please visit:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Hours

On Thursday, December 19th, the library will be closed for staff functions. We will be open on Friday, December 20th and then closed again on Monday, December 23rd. We will re-open after the holidays on Monday, January 6th.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Disaster preparedness for people with disabilities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has put together a unique instructional video containing information specific to Americans with disabilities or other access and functional needs regarding emergency or disaster preparedness. See the video at:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

E-learning and Disability in Higher Education

E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education evaluates current accessibility practice and critiques the extent to which 'best' practices can be confidently identified and disseminated. This second edition has been fully updated and includes a focus on research that seeks to give 'voice' to disabled students in a way that provides an indispensable insight into their relationship with technologies and the institutions in which they study.

Want to check it out? Email us at

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Life with cerebral palsy, as documented by a twin

Photojournalist Chris Capozziello has put together a book of pictures documenting his twin brother's life during the last thirteen years. His brother, Nick, has cerebral palsy, and the project was developed as a way to help Chris learn about life, suffering, and faith.

This book is on pre-order for the library. We'll let you know when it is ready to circulate. In the meantime, here is a link to the article on Chris and Nick from NPR:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Epilepsy and brain science

According to an article at NPR, scientists having been using patients who have epilepsy to study the way our brains work. By implanting tiny electrodes in various parts of the brain, doctors can learn more about which parts of the brain control movement, speech, and even the will to persevere.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snow Day!

Well, it's a winter wonderland here in Southern Indiana!  CeDIR will be closed today, but we will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9th.  Please email us at if we can be of service!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Charity Questions Traditional Body Image

This past Tuesday was this year's International Day Of Disabled Persons. As part of a new campaign called “Because Who Is Perfect? Come Closer,” the Swiss charity Pro Infirmis sought to expose the public to a wide range of body types through clothing store mannequins.

To read the article from Medical Daily and view the video of reactions to the mannequins, please visit:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Story of Intellectual Disability: An Evolution of Meaning, Understanding, and Public Perception

The Story of Intellectual Disability: An Evolution of Meaning, Understanding, and Public Perception is filled with contributions by the country's most celebrated disability experts. It offers a look at how intellectual disability has been understood from prehistoric times to present with illustrations and images rounding out the story.

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Best Books of 2013

Looking for some award-winning nonfiction to read during the upcoming holidays? has put together their Best Books of 2013. Their top pick just happens to be a book that CeDIR has in the library: Temple Grandin's "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum."

Want to see the rest of the list? Please visit:

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Items in the Library

Wondering what's new in the library? Last month, we received several titles for our children's collection along with some on the autism spectrum. Want to see the list? Please visit:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Holiday Hours

Photo courtesy of

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CeDIR will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. The library will re-open on Monday, December 2nd.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Donation Request from the Indiana School for the Blind

Looking for a chance to donate this holiday season? A librarian at the Indiana School for the Blind has a request. Mrs. Abbott says, "I see great potential in 3-D printing allowing us to create items and representations of things like maps and even mathematical concepts so our students can experience them actually instead of only relying on a sighted person's description."

For more information, please visit:

Preventing the emotional abuse and neglect of people with intellectual disability: Stopping insult and injury

Preventing the Emotional Abuse and Neglect of People with Intellectual Disability shares the traumatic experiences faced by people with intellectual disability living in disability accommodation services. Through the narratives of nine people with intellectual disability and their family members, key issues concerning the problem are identified: the central role of systems; the cumulative impact of emotional and psychological abuse and neglect over time; recognition of the abuse by people with intellectual disability; and the lack of moral authority accorded to them in abuse acknowledgement and reporting.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Theo's Mood

Theo's Mood is a story about a class sharing how they feel after the weekend. One student, though, doesn't know whether he's in a good mood or a bad mood. As his classmates discuss all their feelings, Theo realizes that just one mood isn't enough!

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2 day workshop on benefits

Looking for information on Social Security and other State and Federal Benefits? The Center on Community Living and Careers is offering a two-day workshop for Indiana Social Service Professionals who work with family members and people with disabilities. Find out information on:
The Basics of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

  • SSI and SSDI Eligibility, Application, Appeals, and Overpayments 
  • The Ticket to Work Program 
  • HUD, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 
  • Medicaid Eligibility and Work Incentives 
  • Work Incentives for SSDI, SSI and Other State and Federal Benefit Programs

For more information and to register, please visit:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mobile App Monday - P3 Mobile

All the same great features that you know and love on Purple’s P3, available on a mobile app. P3 is a video-based telephone relay system for deaf and hard-of-hearing customers to place and receive VRS and VP calls over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.

Read more about this app at:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Speech and Skill Development Video Modeling Program

Created for learners with special needs, this Speech and Skill Development Video Modeling Program will help your child learn social, self-help, communications, and play skills. Join John and learn what happens and how you behave wherever you go, whether it's a visit to a doctor or dentist or getting your hair cut. Speech, labeling, writing, reading, sequencing, modeling, generalization, and association to objects, actions and concepts are included.

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Talking is hard for me!: Encouraging communication in children with speech-language difficulties

Talking Is Hard for Me! features a lively, full-color illustrated children's story that follows a child and his family as they challenge, prompt, and support his communication efforts. Use this book to improve the communication skills of young children ages 3 through 7 who have speech differences due to autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, hearing loss, or another condition.

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Understanding and teaching the at-risk adult student

Understanding and Teaching the At-Risk Adult Student can help teachers working with adult education of students who are at-risk due to their criminal backgrounds, substance abuse issues or undiagnosed learning disabilities. This book provides readers with an overview of the challenges of working with this population of students, presents research on their unique challenges as learners, and provides teachers with evidence-based practices to enhance the success of this adult learner population.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moving out: A family guide to residential planning for adults with disabilities

Moving out: A family guide to residential planning for adults with disabilities is all about finding the right residential situation for an adult with an intellectual disability. The process doesn't have to be overwhelming. The authors share decades of experience counseling families on housing options to help parents prepare themselves and their children for a new living arrangement. Discover the universal considerations most families should face before putting plans in place.

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

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Koko Books

Looking for a e-reader app? With Kobo, you can read on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch anywhere, anytime. Visit Kobo and browse more than 3.5 million free and affordable titles in the Kobo Store, including bestsellers, award winners, new releases, classics, and hidden gems. All your books sync right to the app.

Want to know more? Please visit:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Alumni donations benefit Disability Services at IU

According to an article in Indiana University's Indiana Daily Student, the IU Office of Disability Services for Students recently received two donations totaling more than $500,000 for scholarship money. Students who register with the office can apply for these scholarships even if they don't receive services from the office. DSS provides students with resources including referrals, peer mentors and classroom accommodations.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD

Looking for a practical book that provides evidence-based strategies for helping adults with ADHD? Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD might be just the thing. This guide will provide tools for the therapist to help clients build essential skills for time management, organization, planning, and coping. Leader Notes for therapists, in-session exercises, and reproducible take-home notes and homework assignments are included.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What's New?

Have you seen the leaves? The trees were in full color last month and now the leaves are coming down like a gorgeous, colorful snowfall. Time to turn over a new leaf, or a new page! And turning the page on the calendar reminds us to reflect on the new items that arrived in the library the previous month.

To see the entire list, please visit:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Para-Athlete Finishes Ironman

Earlier this month, para-athlete Minda Dentler became the first woman handcyclist to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, using only her arms for the full 140.6 miles. She finished the race with a time of 14:39:14.

To learn more about this accomplished athlete, visit:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Netflix

The Netflix app now has the majority of its collection of movie and TV episodes closed captioned. The app is free when you purchase a monthly subscription. Video out is supported on all generations of iPad, iPhone 4 and later generations and iPod (4th generation) and later generations.

Want more information? Please visit:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ramps 101

Looking for information on how to build accessible ramps for homes and/or businesses? is a great website with that information and more. Suggestions on materials to use, layout considerations, and even a resource directory can be found. They have even compiled a list of charitable programs and institutions that offer both funding and building services.

To visit the website, go to:

To view their resource directory, please visit:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Peanut-Free Cafe

In The Peanut-Free Cafe, Simon believes that peanut butter is essential to life and is one of only four foods he will eat. But a new student comes to school who is allergic to peanut butter and can't sit near anyone eating it. Students at Nutley School make suggestions to help all of the students can enjoy a peanut-free cafe.

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Computer Science and Students with Disabilities

AccessComputing would like to invite students with disabilities who are pursuing computer science or other computing-related majors to join their team. AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers.

Want more information? Please visit:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mobile App Monday - BigNames - Large-Text Contact List

"BigNames makes calling people in your contact list easy. Large, high-contrast text allows everyone (not just people with reduced vision) to easily browse names and select the correct number." -iTunes

Want to learn more? Please visit:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sleep and Alzheimer's

According to an article from NPR's Shots, "While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say." Apparently, researchers noticed that while laboratory mice sleep, their cerebrospinal fluid actually washes out harmful waste from their brains. " of the waste products removed from the brain during sleep is beta amyloid, the substance that forms sticky plaques associated with [Alzheimer's]."

To read the Shots article, please visit:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Special Needs Symposium

The Fathers and Families Center of Indianapolis will be holding a symposium on Saturday, November 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The symposium will feature special presentations, workshops, and resources for dads. For more information on this event, please visit:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Trail at Lake Lemon Woods

The Sycamore Land Trust is announcing that a new trail is under construction at Lake Lemon Woods that will be designed for use by people with low vision. Directions to Lake Lemon Woods and the short announcement about this trail can be found at:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fitness, Fun, and Confidence for all at the Monroe County YMCA

The YMCA offers several programs for individuals with special needs and all have the goal of helping those with special needs transition to a larger integrated community.

Adapted Aquatics
          Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm

Adapted Strength Training
          Mon/Wed 2:00-3:00 pm

Adapted Sports For Adults (age 15 & up)
          Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm

Adapted Dance For All (age 6 & up)
          Saturdays 12:00-12:40 pm

Adapted Sports For Youth (age 7 & up)
          Tuesdays 5:15-6:00 pm

Adapted Martial Arts (age 8 & up)
          Fridays 4:45-5:30 pm

Adapted Gymnastics (age 5 & up)
          Saturdays 1:00-2:00 pm

Financial assistance available

For more information please call the YMCA, 812-332-5555 or visit the website,

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sensory Overload

The goal of Sensory Overload is to educate and raise awareness about autism. It is also a story about family and love. A personal story of the struggles and growth in the lives of parents and siblings faced with autism.

Want to view this DVD? Email us at

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mobile App Monday - AAC Speech Buddy

Know someone who could use some help with communication? AAC Speech Buddy may be the answer. It was created to quickly & easily create custom Speech Sets Online ( which could be loaded on one or many AAC SpeechBuddy Apps. Use your own or others' photos to customize this app.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, October 4, 2013

CeDIR Citings newsletter

Looking for the newest issue of our newsletter, CeDIR Citings? It's in the works as we speak! This latest issue will feature resources and information on Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Have you missed an issue lately? Check out our archive page at:

Want to subscribe to our newsletter? Visit:

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ERIC for free!

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website ( as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown, access to the full text of articles and other materials will not be available but researchers will have access to the full set of A&I records on EBSCOhost. Users going to will now see ERIC listed among the other free EBSCO databases such as GreenFILE™ and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA).

The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities

The ninth edition (2013) of the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities is a thorough and one-of-a-kind investigation on public spending, revenues, and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental services within the United States. This book is rich in information on trends and analyses in developmental disability services, and contains a 4-page “report card” on each state’s performance in disability spending.

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's New?

The weather is changing. It's cooler during the day and chilly at night. Apples and pumpkins and persimmon pudding are on my mind--along with what my children are going to wear at the end of this month. But before we go all Halloween-y, let's first take a look back at the new items that were received last month in the library.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Postal Address for the Indiana Institute and its Centers

Effective today, October 1, 2013, the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, and thereby the Center for Disability Information, will have a change in the way our address reads. We will no longer be using the 2853 East 10th Street address. We have NOT physically moved. Our new address simply reflected changes in the roads around us. Please let us know if you have any questions about this change.

Our new postal address is 1905 North Range Road, Bloomington, IN 47408-9801.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mobile App Monday - LouderTV

Having trouble hearing the TV when others have it turned down "low?" LouderTV might be the app for you. This app acts as a hearing aid that allows you to set the fine tuning yourself. Simply place the device near the TV with the microphone aimed at the source and tune.

Want to learn more about this app? Please visit:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes

Want to do it yourself rather than spending a lot of money searching for just the right solution? Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes, Book II offers just that: creative, problem-solving solutions without the need for power tools using everyday materials. This full-color text contains over 750 photographs with step-by-step fabrication instructions. The book also comes with a DVD featuring 115 video clips and printable PDF sheets for easy sharing.

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Understanding and Interpreting Educational Research

Looking for a text exploring research design issues in education and psychology? Understanding and interpreting educational research offers coverage of quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and single-case designs. Readers learn the basics of different methods and steps for critically examining any study's design, data, and conclusions, using sample peer-reviewed journal articles as practice opportunities.

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Inclusion in the Early Years

Inclusion in the Early Years shows how attitudes and responses of adults in a range of early years settings can influence outcomes for kids. An expanded definition of inclusion is discussed, and the book presents original stories of how the lives of practitioners, parents and children have been affected by inclusive and non-inclusive practices.

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

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mobile App Monday - LookTel Money Reader

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people with visual impairments to identify and count bills. By using the camera of your iOS device, this app will tell you the denomination of a bill in real-time. Twenty one currencies are supported.

Want to learn more about this app? Please visit:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Mountain Within

The Mountain Within tells the story of a multi-ability team of people who set out to summit Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. What they find on the journey to the top is the power to overcome the obstacles within.

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Visualizing Data

Need to show trends and patterns in your data? Data points: Visualization that means something can help. Yau uses examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography, and online media to illustrate data. Standard rules don't always answer questions; explore when and where you can break those rules.

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Self-Determination and Transition Planning

Got a teenager or young adult who is ready to move on from school? Self-determination and transition planning can help you teach them the skills they need to make their own choices. Through worksheets and activities, this guide is full of practical, research-based strategies to help your students increase their self-determination skills in order to manage their own lives.

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

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mobile App Monday - BrainPOP

"Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free!" BrainPOP award-winning content can be further extended by choosing an optional in-app subscription that offers more than 750 Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects. -iTunes

Want more information on this app? Please visit:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Library closed today

Due to a staff training, the library is closed today. We'll be back open on Monday, September 16th.

Have a cool weekend!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Service Dogs Being Faked

According to an article yesterday at, service dogs are being faked and that can lead to issues for those with a legitimate need. The article states that service dogs are highly trained animals that perform specific tasks for people with disabilities and behave extremely well in public. Fake service dogs are not trained and can sometimes exhibit scared or aggressive behaviors around other people.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Library closed this Friday

Due to a staff training,

the library will be closed on 

Friday, September, 13th. 

We'll be back open on 

Monday, September 16th.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Apple's Accessibility Resources

Looking for more suggestions for Apple mobile apps that help with accessibility issues? Apple has created a list of third party solutions for just OS X. These apps offer help for people with hearing, speech, or vision impairments with using Apple products. Check out the entire list of suggestions at:

Friday, September 6, 2013

Let's Dance!

Looking for some fun exercise for youth with developmental disabilities? The YMCA adapted dance program is set to start on September 14th. Dance is fantastic for most youth with developmental disabilities and a wonderful way to stay active.

Questions? Contact: Angela Dilts, Preschool/Youth/Camp Director at the Monroe County YMCA.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Change coming in adult education in Indiana

According to an article in Indiana University's newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana is one of the first two states to replace the GED with a new test for people without a high school diploma. Beginning January 2014, the GED test will only be offered online which limits access for many along with its price increase. The new test that will be offered in January in Indiana is the Test Assessing Secondary Completion and will be offered on paper and electronically as well as costing about a third of what the GED will charge.

To learn more about this change, please visit the Indiana Department of Workforce Development who oversees Indiana's adult education:

To read the entire article in the IDS, please visit:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry

Book Description:
Engagingly written, this book builds the reader's skills for conducting in-depth interviews designed to address a particular research question. With an emphasis on the dynamics of the research relationship, Ruthellen Josselson artfully demonstrates the steps of a successful interview. Each step is illustrated with excerpts from interviews on diverse topics. The book describes how to structure interviews effectively, develop questions that elicit meaningful narratives, cultivate skills for empathic listening and responding, avoid common pitfalls, and deal with problems that develop in an interview.

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's New?

The kids are all back in school. The summer is winding down. But before we put away those flip flops and suntan lotion, let's first take a look at some new items in the library. Last month, CeDIR got in a few new books on the autism spectrum and how to help people with autism succeed. Titles on learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy rounded out the list.

Want to see the entire list? Please visit:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CeDIR Closed Tomorrow

CeDIR will be closed tomorrow and Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings

Emotions! Making sense of your feelings was written by a clinical psychologist to help teens learn more about motivation, self-awareness, social relationships, decision-making, self-control, and the ability to achieve goals. The book looks at shame, anger, hope, and happiness and shows teens where each emotion originates, how it makes people feel physically and mentally, and what can be done about it if it feels too big or out of control.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vocabulary-building site

Looking for a website that will help your students build their vocabulary? Check out Much like a translation site, will take your difficult text and replace the harder words with easier-to-understand synonyms or explanations. It will highlight the words that are changed and even place them side-by-side with the original words so that the meaning is clear. For those with reading disabilities, this free site might prove to be beneficial.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Sign 4 Me

"Sign 4 Me is the ULTIMATE tool for learning sign language. The ONLY iPad app using a full-body avatar providing sign language instruction in 3D! Our 3D character can be zoomed in or out and rotated to give you the best vantage point for every sign. YOU control the placement of the character - not us! No other product lets you do this!" -iTunes

Want to learn more? Please visit:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Holiday Hours Next Week

One last vacation before summer ends....

In observance of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, next week CeDIR will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29th and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Happy Trails!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Disabled Education: A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Book Description:
"Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides all children with the right to a free and appropriate public education. On the face of it, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But is that really the case? In Disabled Education, Ruth Colker digs deep beneath the IDEA’s surface and reveals that the IDEA contains flaws that were evident at the time of its enactment that limit its effectiveness for poor and minority children.

"Through an examination of the evolution of the IDEA, the experiences of children who fought for their education in court, and social science literature on the meaning of “learning disability,” Colker reveals the IDEA’s shortcomings, but also suggests ways in which resources might be allocated more evenly along class lines."

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Succeeding As a Student in the STEM Fields With an Invisible Disability

The STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) attract many students with invisible disabilities who sometimes struggle with independent living and a different way of learning that comes with higher education. Succeeding As a Student in the STEM Fields With an Invisible Disability will help prepare students and their families with everything they need to know about the university experience. Classroom behavior, study skills, self-reliance, accessing support services, and more are covered.

The time is right! Email us at to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Action Research in Education

Book Description for Action Research in Education:
This accessible, pragmatic text shows educators step by step how to conduct classroom- and school-based studies to improve instructional practices. The book presents methods and strategies for implementing each stage of the action research cycle, providing balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Readers learn how to: select and define a research topic; develop a literature review; choose a design; formulate data collection strategies; design and/or evaluate assessment tools; and interpret, analyze, and report study results. Helpful examples and vignettes depict a variety of real-world teaching and learning situations, school subjects, and age groups (PreK-12).

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

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Pictello

Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices. Stories can be shared using iTunes File Sharing or via WiFi with other Pictello users through a free account on the Pictello Sharing Server. Stories can be shared with non-Pictello users as PDF files through email or iTunes File Sharing. -iTunes

Want to learn more about this versatile app? Please visit:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Creating effective programs for gifted students with learning disabilities

Looking for help understanding what gift students with learning disabilities need? Pick up Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students With Learning Disabilities. It offers suggestions for creating assessment and programming for this classroom population in the era of Response to Intervention. Current research and case studies are both provided.

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How do you doodle?

Gold Medal Winner, Mom's Choice Awards

How Do You Doodle? is a drawing book to help kids get in touch with and learn to express their emotions. Activities such as "name your feelings," "what do you feel when," and "how does it feel when" will help readers start thinking about what they experience when they are feeling an emotion. A "Note to Parents" is included.

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Inclusion Coaching

Inclusion coaching for collaborative schools can help lead your team to inclusion success. Equip yourself with this hands-on guide with an emphasis on establishing coaching baselines, introducing research-based inclusion strategies, and promoting inclusion schoolwide.

Want to know more about it? Check it out my emailing us at or using to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Starbrite Traveler

Looking to help make traveling with children with special needs a little easier? Starbrite Traveler is an easily accessible, illustrated guide that gives families a well-organized travel resource. This guide shows you how to follow the 5 D’s of travel, Dream, Determine, Dry Run, Depart, and Destinations to plan an amazing trip for your family.

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

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Speak it! Text to Speech

"Future Apps presents Speak it!, the highest quality text to speech App available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and now iPad! Speak it! utilizes the same voice synthesis engine that has made our iSpeak translator apps such a great hit. The text to speech engine is so powerful, it reproduces speech which is clear and natural sounding." - iTunes

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Supporting Communication for Adults with Acute and Chronic Aphasia

Looking for a textbook to help SLPs, OTs, PTs, and other service providers support adults with aphasia? Supporting communication for adults with acute and chronic aphasia can help. This text provides readers with both electronic and non-electronic options to aid communication and offers case studies to cast light on strategies and tips for professionals working with those who have aphasia.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

News from VSA Indiana

Saturday Community Classes are back!

We're enrolling now for our Saturday Community Arts Class for youth with disabilities! Classes start August 17th from 10:30 - noon each Saturday through October 5th. Each class includes a clay and 2-D visual arts activity. Tuition is on a sliding scale, starting at $2.50/class. Visit our website or call us at 317-974-4123 to enroll!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language

Children and teens with developmental disabilities sometimes have trouble understanding the language of nonverbal communication. With the practical strategies developed by veteran special education teacher Pat Crissey, Body Talk offers more than 100 activities break down elements of body language into teachable components. Role playing, games, art activities, watching video clips, and using worksheets, quizzes, and charts will all help you teach kids how to understand body language.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mobile App Monday - ABA Flash Cards - Animals

"’s Animal Flash Card set offers 100 beautiful animal photos. With early learners in mind, we’ve included a fun audio description of each animal. Our hope is that by offering descriptive language, beyond the label, your child will begin to develop and comprehend further language concepts." -iTunes

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