Thursday, April 30, 2015

Inclusion strategies that work!: Research-based methods for the classroom

In this new edition of Inclusion strategies that work, you will find data-driven methods updated with the latest research and policy developments. Updated information on ADA, IDEA, writing IEPs, transitional services, classifications, RTI, metacognitive strategies, and links to the Common Core along with tips for working with families and making them an integral part of the inclusive team are included. An overview of special education legislative terminology and interactive online forms for planning, documentation, and collaboration are especially helpful.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Civil disabilities: Citizenship, membership, and belonging

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But how much have we achieved? Civil Disabilities urges us to reconceptualize disability and citizenship in order to secure a fully inclusive place for people with disabilities in our society. Essays from leading scholars in a diversity of fields offer critical perspectives on current citizenship studies.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Differentiating instruction: Planning for universal design and teaching for college and career readiness

Looking for help with differentiating instruction? Now in its second edition, Differentiating instruction: Planning for universal design and teaching for college and career readiness is your one-stop resource! Whether you’re new to the concept or just looking to improve your approach, you’ll find tools to meet the needs of all your students. You’ll discover how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and retrofitting can help you adapt general education curriculum to diverse learning styles.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Mobile App Monday - About My Day

About My Day allows caregivers, family members and health-care professionals to make notes about the daily events and experiences of an individual with whom they are working throughout the day. This app is designed to replace paper journals that are often carried in a binder by the individual as a means of sharing information among family and support workers who work with that person.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Indiana Disability Poll Focus on the ADA, 25 Years Later

You are invited to complete a survey about the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), 25 Years Later. The purpose of this study is to invite people with disabilities, parents, family members, and people in the disability field to share their thoughts about the ADA as the nation approaches the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, and to "grade" their community's efforts in implementing the Act.

The Disability Poll should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. You will be one of approximately 400-500 people who we hope will complete this poll. You can answer the questions online on a secure web site, or you can request the survey in an alternative format.

The information collected from this survey will help us better understand the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the state of Indiana. Your responses will be used in the development of programs in Indiana communities for people with disabilities.

To request an alternate format or if you have questions about this survey, contact Phil Stafford, Principal Investigator, at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community or by e-mail to or you may phone him at (812) 855-6508. This project is a collaborative effort between the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Complete the poll online here:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Down Syndrome Awareness Night

This Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30pm, Indy Eleven, Marian University Women's Soccer and DePauw University Women's Soccer are coming together to bring awareness of Down Syndrome to the community. Prior to the Indy Eleven vs Carolina Railhawks game, Marian and DePauw will kick-off at 3pm. For a special price of $20, you can get into both games with half of the proceeds going to Down Syndrome Indiana.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Creative Aging Festival and Symposium

Bloomington, Ind. – In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to participate in the Fifth Annual Creative Aging Festival, a series of events offered throughout the month of May. Several local organizations will be holding events, including art exhibits, musical performances, workshops and informational presentations. The events will help showcase the talents and skills of both established and emerging older artists, writers and performers; promote inter-generational understanding and increase awareness of the value of creative engagement.

The Commission is adding an inaugural event this year, the Creative Aging Festival Symposium. The two-day Symposium will be held May 14 – 15, and its presenters will include both national and local experts from health-related professions, the arts, community development and other relevant specializations. Each day of the Symposium will offer several events at various locations.

Copies of the Creative Aging Festival program guides will be available in many arts and aging venues in the community and City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.  Request for a guide by mail can be submitted to Sue Owens at or 812.349.3468. The guide also will be available online at and

The Commission on Aging meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Hooker Conference Room, 401 N. Morton St., Ste 245.  All commission meetings are open to the public and minutes from meetings can be found on the Commission’s website at

For additional information, contact Program Specialist Sue Owens at or 812.349.3468.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Inclusion Toolbox

Featuring materials relevant to all stages of implementation, The Inclusion Toolbox is an all-in-one resource that combines research-based strategies and practical tools to help you design and implement a truly inclusive education program. With user-friendly online resources and practical strategies, this comprehensive guide will help you make inclusion a reality.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Mobile App Monday - CareMonster

CareMonster supports families caring for a loved one. Families use it to tell everyone when they visit, when they plan to visit and how the visit went. No more guessing and no more overlapped visits. The app can help reduce stress and simplify coordination and communication.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fair housing training offered

On June 10th, the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission will present a Policy training at the Indiana Government Conference Center for anyone interested in learning how to identify and address violations of the Fair Housing Act. The training will run from 8:00 am - 4:15 pm. The training is free, but CLE credit is available for attorneys for a $35 fee payable in cash, check, or money order at the event.

For questions regarding the training, please contact Grace Sonnabend, Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Program Assistant, at

To register for the event, please visit:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Netflix introduces audio description

In an effort to make television viewing more inclusive to those who have vision impairments, Netflix has announced that they will include audio description as an audio option for various titles on their streaming service. The service began with Marvel's Daredevil on Tuesday, and more titles will be added in the coming weeks.

For more information about this service, please visit:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

15 positive behavior strategies to increase academic success

Behavioral problems can disrupt learning for the whole classroom if not managed properly, which is often a matter of frustrating trial and error. 15 positive behavior strategies to increase academic success is a must-have guide that delivers a set of fifteen practical intervention techniques that can be applied to virtually any situation in both pull-out and inclusive classrooms.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Work Incentive Fact Sheets Available Online

The Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers’ website features a series of fact sheets on many of the Social Security Administration’s work incentive programs.

The 19 fact sheets are brief explanations of work incentive programs available to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) beneficiaries, such as:

  • Impairment-Related Work Expenses
  • Trial Work Period
  • Extended Period of Eligibility
  • Substantial Gainful Employment for 2015

Also included on the CCLC Benefits Information and Planning webpage are resources for people with disabilities and their families or providers who may need information on housing subsidies, special savings accounts that won’t impact benefits, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

To see the entire list of fact sheets, please visit:

To view the Benefits Information and Planning page, visit:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Swackett Jr.

Looking for an app to help build daily living skills? Swackett Jr. is an app for kids to easily understand how to dress for the weather. It converts complex weather data into easily-understood, visual weather reports designed for young people. The approach combines raw weather data with thoughtfully crafted people symbols (called "peeps") who always appear appropriately dressed for the weather.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Arc's National Convention to be held in Indianapolis

More than 800 people from across The Arc’s chapter and member network are expected to come together at the national convention in Indianapolis this year to learn, improve and lead the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into the future.

To learn more about the convention, please visit:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions: Facilitator's Guide and Workbook

Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions: Facilitator's Guide and Workbook showcases the variety of human emotions in a colorful, resourceful way by representing them as they relate to emotional management. Students with emotional management problems do not have the skills or knowledge to deal with the triggers and manage their emotions in an acceptable and constructive way. This comprehensive plan for parents, teachers, counselors, or health care personnel coaches students on how to become effective emotional managers.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The queen of distraction: How women with ADHD can conquer chaos, find focus, and get more done

The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether it’s at home, at work, or in relationships. It delves into the feminine side of ADHD—the elements of this condition that are particular to women, such as: relationships, skin sensitivities, meal-planning, parenting, and dealing with out-of-control hormones. In addition, the book offers helpful tips and strategies to get your symptoms under control, and outlines a number of effective treatment options for you to pursue.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Color for Everyone

Ever wonder what it's like to be color blind? Millions of people around the world have some degree of color blindness. For many of these people, even everyday actions such as driving a car could be dangerous because of the difficulty distinguishing between red and green traffic signals.

EnChroma has an answer to that. They have created eyeglasses that help separate signals the eye sends to the brain to bring out each distinct color. It's not a cure for color blindness but an "optical assistive device" that just looks like a pair of sunglasses.

Want to learn more about it? Visit EnChroma at:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Talk About Food

Working with a child with low vision or one that is having difficulty with language development, or just starting to learn and use words? Talk about Food may be helpful. This is a great tool to encourage early developing communication behaviors.

Select a vocabulary item and watch it animate across the screen to music using a high contrast background. When the music stops, you are provided with the option to “Talk About It” or “Finished”. Select “Talk About It” to access the built in communication display. The communication display can be configured to use up to 24 core words in addition to the target noun word.  Choose the “Finished” option to return to the food choices.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

What's New

Wondering what new titles the library received last month? The What's New page just got updated, and the list is varied--from titles on ADHD to disability awareness to social skills. To view the entire list, please visit:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Actors wanted

Love the arts and want to be an actor in a play? The only qualifications you need for this play is to be utilizing mental health services. No other experience is necessary.

Nobody Needs to Know is a forty minute, one act play about mental illness, stigma and recovery. The Casting Call is at 1pm on Saturday, March 28th, and 1pm on Saturday April 4th, 2015 at Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N Audubon Rd, on the near south east side of Indianapolis.

To learn more about it, please visit: