Thursday, May 30, 2013

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Taking charge of adult ADHD

In Dr. Russell Barkley's Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, readers get hands-on self-assessment tools and skills-building exercises, plus clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments for adults with ADHD. Specific techniques are presented for overcoming challenges in critical areas where people with the disorder often struggle—work, finances, relationships, and more.

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Book Description:
"August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance."

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

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Observance

In observance of the 
Memorial Day holiday, 
CeDIR will be closed on 
Monday, May 27th. 

We hope you all have a 
safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment

"The S.I.T.E. program (Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment), based at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), is a 2-year college campus and community-based transition program for students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 following their high school education. The program is designed to create and support a daily schedule personalized to the student's interests and needs in an adult-oriented environment."

CeDIR has a copy of S.I.T.E.'s DVD which is an overview of their program. Email us at to check out this video.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Freaks Like Us

Finding close friends in the SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) classroom, Jason “Freak” Milwaukee learns of the disappearance of Sunshine, a girl with selective mutism who speaks only to Freak and Drip, a boy with ADHD. Freak is the prime suspect in the case and must wade through the various voices in his head to decide whether to keep Sunshine's secret or save her life.

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Kindle

"The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000 books in the Kindle Store plus hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device."

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

A brain injury from the war in Iraq brings a young soldier home forever changed in Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am. This powerful novel takes us through Ben's young life from the success he has in high school to the brain injury he endures in Iraq and his struggle to remember--everything. This book is a Schneider Family Book Award winner that honors "an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Closed-captioning glasses for movie goers

Sony's Entertainment Access Glasses, seen here in a prototype image, display captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers.

Haven't been to the movies because of deafness or hard of hearing? According to a story found on NPR, there will be a special attraction for people with disabilities in theaters nationwide soon. By the end of this month, Regal Cinemas plans to have distributed closed-captioning glasses to more than 6,000 theaters across the country. Not only will these glasses provide closed-captioning for those with hearing impairments, they also have audio tracks with description of the action on the screen for those with vision impairments.

Read the entire article at:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An off-road wheelchair fit for developing countries

A wheelchair for the developing world

According to an article on, a professor at MIT has developed an inexpensive wheelchair fit for the off-road conditions that often exist in developing countries. This new wheelchair is called the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) and is powered by two hand levers that function in a similar manner to gears on a bike.

To read the entire article and view the video, please visit:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mobile App Monday - MindNode

Looking for a powerful mindmapping tool that can be used brainstorming and organizing your life? MindNode is something you might decide to check out. It has iCloud and Dropbox support so that you can always have your mindmaps with you. Lay out your notes and tasks visually. Concentrate on generating and connecting ideas no matter how big or small.

Want more information about this app? Please visit:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Special Needs Puberty and Social Skills

Looking for puberty and personal safety instruction for teens and young adults with disabilities? CeDIR has a copy for boys, A Boy's Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety, and a copy for girls, A Girl's Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety. Each title is a kit that includes a DVD, workbooks for students, and a teaching guide.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Preparing fundable grant proposals

Preparing fundable grant proposals is a self instructional grant module for professionals and graduate students competing for federal grants in the fields of education, developmental disabilities, mental health, community psychology, and human and social services. Developed by a researcher at the University of Oregon's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, this module will help anyone who needs to get that grant funded!

Interested? Email us at to check out this title.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Places with a Purpose: Communities for a Lifetime

As part of the Older Americans Month awareness, tomorrow there will be a creative workshop that will strive to answer the question, "Can Indiana Towns and Cities Become Lifetime Communities?" Several guest speakers will be present to talk about various aspects of this topic:

  • Purposeful Lives Create Good for Everyone
  • Putting Health into Place
  • Urban Form and Purposeful Aging
  • Retrofitting Cities and Towns for All Ages and Abilities

This workshop will be held from 9:00 to 4:00 at Ivy Tech Community College at 200 Daniels Way in Bloomington. The fee is $10.00 which includes lunch and there are three ways to register:

Center on Aging & Community at Indiana University, Pfizer Foundation, Grantmakers in Aging, Indiana
Grantmakers Alliance, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

Hosted by Ivy Tech Community College.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Drawing Pad for iPad

Want a robust drawing app with a small price tag? Take a look at Drawing Pad for iPad. It has 10 coloring books, stamps, stickers, and more! This app has won several awards and is highly rated. Great for working on fine motor skills or for someone who has sensory needs.

To learn more about it, please visit:

Friday, May 3, 2013

Elders with Dementia and Birds

"Bird Tales," a program that brings the natural outdoor world inside for those people who have dementia was developed by Randy Griffin, a Dementia Care Specialist. Using plush birds with their individual chirps built in to help with this multi-sensory program, Ken Elkins from the Audubon Society passes along his knowledge and passion for birds to people with Alzheimer's. Griffin and Elkins have developed a video and workbook to make the program easy to replicate for any assisted living center or dementia care center.

To learn more about the program and to purchase a copy of the program, please visit:

A Dog Called Homeless

Looking for a chapter book that has selective mutism at its heart? CeDIR has one! A Dog Called Homeless is a touching story of a family torn apart by death. A mysterious wolfhound seems to appear when Cally sees her dead mother, but, since Cally has stopped talking, how will she be able to convince her dad that the homeless dog is somehow linked to her mother?

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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Summer Camps for 2013 ... and an Oops!

Believe it or not, it is time to start looking for summer camps for those kiddos! If you have a child with a disability, this can sometimes be a little bit more challenging than for those who don't. Luckily, the folks at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism has put together a nice list. Not only does this list include traditional summer camps, it also offers suggestions for activities such as movie-going in a sensory-friendly environment and therapeutic riding centers across the state. Check it out at:

So now for my Oops: I forgot to add the link to the What's New page yesterday! (facepalm) So if you missed it yesterday, here it is today.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's New?

Happy May Day! Before we start dancing around the maypole, however, let's first look back at the new items we received last month in the library. Last month's list, with its emphasis on "Education" and "Fiction" subjects, reminds me that we're closing up the school year and getting ready for all that summer reading. Gosh! Already? Now where did I put that summer camps list again ... ?