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: http://www.mindadentler.com/

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: https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id363590051?mt=8

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ramps 101

Looking for information on how to build accessible ramps for homes and/or businesses? Ramps.org 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: http://www.ramps.org/

To view their resource directory, please visit: http://www.ramps.org/free-ramps.htm

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 cedir@indiana.edu to check out this title or use worldcat.org 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: http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/team_app.html

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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bignames-large-text-contact/id305591358?mt=8#

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. "...one 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: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/17/236211811/brains-sweep-themselves-clean-of-toxins-during-sleep?utm_

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: http://www.fatherresource.org/special-needs-symposium

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: http://sycamorelandtrust.org/lake-lemon-woods

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, www.monroecountyymca.org

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 cedir@indiana.edu.

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 (aacspeech.com) 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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aacspeechbuddy/id398117401?mt=8#

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: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2316

Want to subscribe to our newsletter? Visit: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=3618

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 (http://eric.ed.gov/) 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 http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC 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 cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org 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. http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2317

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.