Friday, May 30, 2014

Monday coffee & other stories of mothering children with special needs

Mothers of children with special needs feel guilt, sadness, and joy simultaneously, which is hard to understand. The mothers in Monday coffee & other stories of mothering children with special needs don't seek pity; instead, they illustrate a complexity of emotions that start with diagnosis, explore care in both early and later years, and invite us to witness the aftermath of too-early deaths of their children. Weaving together essays, poems, and graphics by mothers of children with a wide range of disabilities, Jones and Whiteacre have edited a collection that highlights the challenges and joys of motherhood, exposing both fears and guilty pleasures as mothers explore their relationships with their children, partners, families, caregivers, educators, and the medical community. -book description

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Adaptive Web Design

In Adaptive Web Design, Aaron Gustafson chronicles the origins of progressive enhancement, its philosophy, and mechanisms, and reveals the countless practical ways that you can apply progressive enhancement principles using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. By understanding progressive enhancement and how to apply it properly, web practitioners can craft experiences that serve users (rather than browsers), giving them access to content without technological restrictions. -book description

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Looking for an online service to help students study? ExamTime is one such service that can create flashcards, mind maps, and practice quizzes. And it's free to sign up.

ExamTime recently added some new features, too; the most significant of which is the new performance tracking option that lets students track their scores on quizzes and which flashcards and nodes they need to spend more time working on. "Pinning" has become an option now, too, as the study material can be shared publicly so there is already a wealth of material to access.

Want to know more about it? Visit

Friday, May 23, 2014

10 Critical Components for Success in the Special Education Classroom

Looking for help with managing your special education classroom? 10 Critical Components for Success in the Special Education Classroom can help. Find real-world examples and learn about strategies to:

  • Support all students with special needs,  including those with more severe disabilities
  • Organize your classroom, materials, and staff and student schedules
  • Plan and assess standards-based lessons, annual IEP’s, behavioral interventions, and more
  • Foster parent communication and staff collaboration

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Making self-employment work for people with disabilities

In Making self-employment work for people with disabilities, readers will discover the basics of person-centered business planning and step-by-step strategies for everything from marketing to finances. This edition has been updated with a new approach to assessments, the latest on policy changes and online opportunities, and some great self-employment success stories.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Disability and New Media

Disability and New Media examines the accessibility, or lack thereof, of the World Wide Web given the new media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The book discusses an array of such applications that have grown within and alongside Web 2.0, and analyzes how they both prevent and embrace the inclusion of people with disability.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Smart but stuck

Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships. -book description

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Pango Hide and Seek

Need to work with a child on their visual discrimination or fine motor skills? Pango Hide and Seek is a fun game where a child can tap objects on the screen with the end goal of finding Pango. Fifteen different worlds are available to explore.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

A guide to online course design

Looking for help building your online course? A guide to online course design can help. Find quality standards and outcomes, effective instructional strategies and the instructional design principles needed to move your courses online.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Closing early today

The library will be closing at 2:45 p.m. today, Thursday, May 15th, so that staff may attend an Institute function.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Assistive technology for hand tremors

Know someone who is having a hard time eating because of hand tremors? According to an article at NPR, engineer and inventor Anupam Pathak hopes to change that. The Liftware spoon had its beginnings while Pathak was still in grad school but really came to life after he was working at the Army Research Lab to stabilize rifles in combat.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TenMarks Summer Math Program

Looking for a way to limit your child's learning loss in math over the summer? TenMarks, which is an Amazon company, has an option that is free for families this summer. Parents can go online, set up an account for each of their children, and TenMarks will put together assignments based on each child's age and grade level.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Proloquo4Text

Proloquo4Text™ is a text‑based communication app that gives a voice to people who cannot speak. It offers a customizable single screen layout for easy conversation, free natural-sounding voices in 15 languages, word and sentence prediction, social media sharing, and more. -iTunes

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Disability awareness from the U.K.

From the U.K. comes a series of one-minute ads meant to end the awkwardness that sometimes happens between people with and without disabilities. Those without disabilities can sometimes seem downright offensive to people with disabilities without even knowing it. In addition to the ads, there is also a quiz to find out just how awkward you are with someone with a disability.

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Qualitative methodology: A practical guide

Qualitative methodology: A practical guide introduces the relevant methods of generating, collecting and analyzing data for each discrete methodology and then looks at best practices for presenting findings. This enables new researchers to compare qualitative methods and to confidently select the approach most appropriate for their own research projects.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Multicultural education for learners with special needs in the twenty-first century

Multicultural Education for Learners with Special Needs in the Twenty-First Century provides general and special educators innovative information that address the road blocks to effective practice such that diverse learners will be appropriately; identified, assessed, categorized, placed and instructed. The book provides those who instruct diverse learners comprehensive, creative and best practice chapters by scholars in the area of multicultural education. -book description

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Community Discussion - The Care Gap Crisis

Stone Belt of Bloomington will host a community discussion on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Church, 2420 East Third Street, Bloomington, on the “Care Gap Crisis.” With a suppressed pay scale that has not been adjusted for more than four years, the industry is facing workforce shortages and challenges with maintaining the infrastructure necessary to train and support that workforce. Turnover and job vacancies have caused increased pressures on the remaining staff and put the quality of services in peril.

Panel members include:

Phil Meyer, Moderator, WTIU Station Manager, Stone Belt Board Member
- Leslie Green, Stone Belt CEO
- Jacqueline Hall, Stone Belt Client and Board Member
- Tiba Walters, Stone Belt Direct Support Professional
- Rep. Matt Pierce (D), Indiana State Representative
- Rep. Matt Ubelhor (R), Indiana State Representative
- John Dickerson, The Arc of Indiana Executive Director
- Kim Opsahl, INARF President and CEO

Don't miss this important community event featuring a panel of experts. Stone Belt invites you to come to learn more and become an advocate!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Self-help for Anxiety Management

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. It has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Targeting language delays : IEP goals & activities for students with developmental challenges

From Woodbine House comes Targeting language delays: IEP goals & activities for students with developmental challenges, a thorough but accessible guide for everyone from SLPs to parents who help support kids with IEP goals. More than 100 goals and activities are provided that can be used either in the home or at school to help kids build their listening, language, and whole-word reading skills.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

What's New

Wondering what's new in the library? In April, we received several items on autism spectrum disorders, the education of children with disabilities, and bullying. To see the complete list, please visit:

Also new is the Spring edition of our newsletter, CeDIR Citings. For this edition, we featured the items we have in the library on Response to Intervention/Instruction (RTI). To view our newsletter and its archives, please visit: