Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is not the Abby show

This is not the Abby show is a 320-page novel about a seventh grader with ADHD who feels out of place in suburban Florida. She longs for the lights of Hollywood, knowing that some day she will be a star. But Abby is what they call "twice exceptional," meaning that she is gifted in one area (math and science) and struggles in another (ADHD). While she excels in math and science, she is failing English and is seriously angry with her teacher. And forgetting to take her medication is probably not helping matters. 

Abby ends up having to go to summer school rather than the summer camp that she has anticipated for months and decides to exact revenge on her teacher. When that goes awry and she is caught, Abby is not only in trouble with her parents but in trouble with the law! She knows that her ADHD sometimes shows up in negative ways, but what she learns that summer is that her disability can sometimes become her strengths as well.

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

United Cerebral Palsy conference information

UCP's "Speak for Yourself" will convene on October 21, 2016, in St. Louis, MO. The one-day conference will offer a chance to discuss having individuals with disabilities advocate for their own healthcare needs, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and play a central role in producing knowledge that can improve choice and health outcomes.

Want to know more about it? Please visit:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Panther Dice

Panther Dice is a fun app that helps people with many types of disabilities join in the fun of a dice game.

- For individuals with autism, lock the screen after rolls to avoid stimming.
- For individuals with motoric challenges, add a moving target to refine motor skills.
- For struggling learners - display the total of the dice.
- For individuals with visual challenges, have numbers read aloud,

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8: A social and emotional learning curriculum

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8 is a 272-page curriculum designed to help build middle school age children's social and emotional skills. The authors, all professionals in the field of school psychology, offer a dozen lessons that educators can use to help increase students' social and emotional competency. This curriculum is designed as both a prevention and an early intervention and can be used with kids of all social/emotional abilities.

The book begins with an overview of the curriculum including thoughts on social and emotional learning, a model for preventing behavioral and emotional problems, and some background on the curriculum itself. The lessons themselves help promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills, and an overview of each of the 12 lessons is contained in a single chapter. The lessons are sequential and include mindfulness techniques as well as sample scripts and tips for transfer training and homework. Definitions of key terms are included with each lesson. Downloadable charts, worksheets, and other materials are available from the publisher with a keycode found in the book.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

TimeSlips is a nonprofit organization headed by Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator in Milwaukee, who has a passion for helping older folks with cognitive impairment. TimeSlips "offers online and in-person training programs and has helped long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world..." The project has been developed into a formal therapy with the idea that stories can be a substitute for the memories that have been lost due to the participants' cognitive impairments.

For more information about this project, a MacArthur Fellows Program, please visit:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is pleased to issue a call for presenters for their 22nd Annual Conference on Disability to be held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, December 5-6, 2016. This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

Call Deadline: September 30, 2016

As part of their continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among people with disabilities, their families, and professionals, they offer an annual conference, which is known for its high "take away” value and camaraderie. The Indianapolis conference will include outstanding keynote presentations, more than a thirty breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to our various participants, networking events and exhibitors demonstrating the latest tools and technology related to accessibility.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October training from About Special Kids (ASK)

Public Health Insurance: 
What You Don’t Know Can Cost You
October 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This training provides parents and professionals with information about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers, Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and private insurance.

Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op
77 A Street NE
Linton, IN  47441

$40 – Family Members
$75 - Professionals
Registration Required

Register at or call 800-964-4746.
Space is limited.  If you register and find you cannot make the training, please call so that someone from the waiting list can attend.

Minimum of 6 per training is required for training to take place.
Training Certificates for Professional Growth Points are available for this training.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Kidofon

Got a kid who has trouble using his iPhone? Kidofon is a very user-friendly app that helps kids make calls to family, providers, or even emergency personnel. Photos from the phone's library can be used as contact pictures or avatars in the app can be used such as police or fireman.

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Google Lime Scholarship Program

What is Google Lime, you ask? It's a scholarship program for undergrads, graduates, and PhD students with disabilities who are passionate about computer science. Google will award scholarships and provide networking retreats as a way of supporting the work of Lime Connect.

To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, please visit:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Zero to Three Conference

Join ZERO TO THREE this December in New Orleans to help you Build the Powerful Connections you need to support young children and their families in reaching their full potential.

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is your one-of-a-kind opportunity to be informed by the experts and inspired by your colleagues—make plans to attend today.

For information about the conference and to register, please visit;

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

19th Annual Buddy Walk®

Down Syndrome Indiana is excited for the 19th Annual Buddy Walk® on Saturday, October 8th at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters.

Last year, the Buddy Walk® attracted nearly 4,000 participants and even more are expected this year! Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is the largest fundraising event for Down Syndrome Indiana.

For more information, to register, and to donate, please visit:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Voting and people with disabilities

"The number of eligible voters with disabilities is growing faster than the number of eligible voters without disabilities," claims an article on The article offers statistics on the numbers of people with disabilities who are eligible to vote as well as describes some of the barriers they find when trying to get out to vote.

You can read the entire article at:

For a voting guide to resources that you can use to see if you are registered, how to register, what your rights are as a voter in Indiana, what poll workers are told about accessibility and more, please visit:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Seizure Log

"Renowned website, is excited to bring you an entirely new way to log seizures that builds on the Seizure Tracker experience. App users can time and videotape seizures simultaneously in this revolutionary and simple-to-use application. When you stop the video and timer, it immediately creates an event log that is stored in a seizure library. You can edit the event at any time to add additional details about triggers, seizure description and what happened afterward. You can also use this app to log seizures without videos attached." -iTunes

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Paralympic Games open today

Today marks the first day of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The games will run until September 18th. Athletes from more than 170 countries will be participating in events from archery to cycling to wheelchair basketball and tennis and more!

For all the news about the Games, the participants, and the medal count, please visit:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Now Accepting Nominations

The City of Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is accepting nominations for its annual awards ceremony. The awards will recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that make the community more accessible for people with disabilities. They will be presented at the CCA Annual Awards Ceremony. The CCA advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, promoting awareness, and working to develop solutions to problems of accessibility in the community.

Nomination Submission:
Send one paragraph about why the individual, business, or organization you are nominating is outstanding, along with your name, e-mail address, and phone number.

Deadline for submitting is Oct. 21, 2016.
Submit to Michael Shermis, by email: If you have any questions e-mail or call him at 812.349.3471.

CCA Annual Awards Ceremony:
Monday, November 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
100 North State Road 46 Bypass

Friday, September 2, 2016

Holiday Reminder

In observance of the upcoming holiday weekend, the CeDIR library be closed on Monday, September 5th. We will close at 4:00 p.m. today and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's New

A new month is upon us already, and with it, a new season. School has started, nights are beginning to cool, and soon there will be a crispness in the air. Grab the last few days of summer while you can!

But before we start bringing out all those fall decorations, let's first take a look back at the new items that came in to the library last month, from autism to behavior to transition.

Check out the entire list at: