Monday, November 30, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Christmas Countdown

With Christmas Countdown, you always know exactly how long it is until Christmas. Launch this app once and you will see its badge label count down the days to Christmas on the home screen. Christmas music will play in the background as you see the countdown get closer and closer to Christmas, and each morning the app will automatically update its badge, so that the number of days left until Christmas will always be displayed.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Creating Advocates for Livable Communities Web Seminar

The American Society on Aging, as part of their Disabilities in Aging Series, will host a web seminar on Thursday, December 3, 2015 featuring the Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community’s Advocates for Livable Communities project. The Advocates for Livable Communities project is designed to identify ways to engage the aging and disability communities around the significance of livability. Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • List three reasons why it is desirable to join together older adults and people with disabilities to promote community livability;
  • Identify four features of a livable community;
  • Identify methods that can be used to promote collaboration between older adults and people with disabilities to make communities more livable for all; and,
  • Describe several ways to effectively advocate.

For more information, and to register, please visit:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Thanksgiving Coloring Book

"This holiday, Thanksgiving Coloring Book is FREE for a short time. The unique features found in this app will make any kid, or adult, feel like a coloring rockstar! This will only be offered for free for a short time so get it while you can.

- Use our unique color in the lines feature to make professional looking pictures
- Shake your device to clear the picture and start over
- Zoom in and out to color those small spaces
- Over 60 colors to choose from
- Save your pages to the gallery, the photo album or email them
- Use our paint bucket tool to easily color beautiful pictures"

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Hours

Next week, CeDIR library will be open on Monday and Tuesday. We will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mindful Parenting

According to an article on, "one things [sic] we know about parenting is that while it can be incredibly rewarding at times, at other times it can be extremely challenging. Then you throw in a little attention deficit and hyperactivity with the kids or parents and life gets interesting."

The article is an interview with Dr. Mark Bertin, a board certified developmental pediatrician, who has written a recently published book entitled, Mindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guide to Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress, and Helping Children Thrive. In the interview, Dr. Bertin, discusses "the unique challenges of parenting a child with ADHD, why we’re seeing more ADHD in our culture and a few specific techniques parents can take home with them today to help themselves and their kids."

To read the entire interview, please visit:

CeDIR has Dr. Bertin's book on order, and we'll let you know when it comes it!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Children with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Parents' Guide to Early Speech-Language Development and Treatment

Children with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Parents' Guide to Early Speech-Language Development and Treatment offers "[h]elpful strategies, illustrations of cleft repair procedures, photos of equipment, and recommended resources [to] empower parents to get started on addressing speech problems for very young children and other issues for school-aged children. Speech-language pathologists, early intervention specialists, and medical professionals will also want this book to recommend to the families they serve." -publisher

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tending to Grace

In Tending to Grace, Cornelia is a freshman in high school who is stuck in the easiest English class because of her stutter. But Cornelia is capable. She tends to her mother when Lenore won't get out of bed; she takes care of the house and cooks their meals. But when Lenore and "the boyfriend" decide to take off for Vegas, Cornelia is taken out of school and left with Eccentric great-aunt Agatha who doesn't need or want Cornelia's care. What will Cornelia need to tend to now? Herself, maybe?

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ADA-Webinar on Wellness Programs

Wednesday, November 18th
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EASTERN

To register for this free webinar, please visit:

On November 18th, the Great Lakes ADA Center, on behalf of the ADA National Network, will host another session in their ADA Legal Webinar Series. In this webinar, attorney Diego Demaya will look at the ADA issues raised by employer-sponsored wellness programs.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Hand Turkey

Looking for a holiday inspired app that will help teach cause and effect? Hand Turkey can do it! From fine motor skill building to learning about cause/effect to teaching counting, this fun little app will be enjoyed this holiday season.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Aging in Place Webinar

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (INACT) will host a webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 focusing on Aging in Place: Creating Senior-Friendly Communities from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The webinar will feature the Indiana Institute’s Phil Stafford, director of the Center on Aging and Community and John Marron, AICP, senior policy analyst, IU Public Policy Institute.

Registration fee is $17.00 for INACT members and $47.00 for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Culturally responsive teaching and the brain

Culturally responsive teaching and the brain: Promoting authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students offers an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction. It includes information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships, ten “key moves” to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners, prompts for action and valuable self-reflection, and more.

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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

From exclusion to equality: Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities

From exclusion to equality: Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities "aims to assist parliamentarians and others in efforts to realize the Convention so that persons with disabilities can achieve the transition from exclusion to equality. It seeks to raise awareness of the Convention and its provisions, promote an appreciation of disability concerns, and assist parliaments in understanding the mechanisms and frameworks needed to translate the Convention into practice. By providing examples and insights, it is hoped that the Handbook will serve as a useful tool for parliamentarians to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities all over the world." -publisher

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

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mobile App Monday - GreyMatters: Reaching Beyond Dementia

"GreyMatters is a tablet application that aims to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. Through an interactive life storybook, paired with music & games, the app helps patients and families preserve yesterday’s memories, as well as share today’s joyful moments. With a strong belief that people with dementia are "still here," GreyMatters taps into the abilities that remain to keep individuals engaged and connected." -iTunes

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Blue skies for Lupe

Blue skies for Lupe is based on the real-life adventures of a Mexican immigrant born with physical disabilities. "Lupe and her mother cross the desert at night and arrive in California where their new life begins." From listening to her mother sing while she works in the fields to attending school where Lupe uses a wheelchair, we get a glimpse of what life is like for a little girl and the community that supports her. An update on the adult Lupe's accomplishments and future plans, as well as a short glossary of Spanish-language vocabulary words featured in the story are also included.

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What's New

Wow! Is it already November? The weather is currently mild but the shorter days are certainly telling... Before we get into the full swing of the holidays, let's first take a look back at the new items that came in to the library last month.

From Behavior Supports to Inclusion to Research Methods, take a look at the full list at:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Election Day assistance

Today is Election Day, and Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services (IPAS) advocates and attorneys will be available to answer questions and take complaints from persons with disabilities who have any issue casting their vote. IPAS staff will be available to take calls during the time the polls are open, 6:00AM EST – 7:00PM EST (6:00PM CST).

Exercising the right to vote is an essential element of our civil rights. Every person who has registered to vote and has proper identification should be able to cast their vote privately and independently at their polling place or through absentee voting. Unfortunately, some people with disabilities may experience issues when they try to vote.If you experience any of the following issues, call IPAS:
Lack of an accessible path from the parking spot/drop off point to the voting booth;
Stairs or non-paved surfaces such as gravel or grass as the only path to the polling location;
Lack of at least one doorway wide enough for a wheelchair to get through to access the polling location;
Lack of at least one set of automatic doors or someone available to open doors.
Lack of a functioning, accessible voting machine.
Lack of poll workers available who know how to assist with operating the accessible voting machine.

Know your rights. If you require assistance in order to cast your vote, a poll worker may assist you or you may bring someone with you to assist you. The person who assists you cannot be your employer or your union representative. You must request assistance before you enter the voting booth.

If you are a person with a disability, and you are unable to cast your vote privately and independently during this election, contact IPAS at 800-622-4845. You will be prompted to enter an extension number.  Between the hours of 6:00AM-12:30PM EST, enter extension #451. After 12:30PM, enter extension #470. Leave a message with your phone number and issue. Your call will be returned promptly.

Your vote counts! If you are unable to cast your vote, IPAS is here to help.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Multiplying Acorns

Multiplying Acorns is a fun math app centered around the autumn season. Kids will learn how to multiply from 1×1 up to 9×9, visualize multiplication and grouping concepts, and understand multiplication conceptually


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