Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Poetry Matters: Aging with Creativity

Poetry Matters, a two-day workshop series will be offered October 25th and 26th in Bloomington, Indiana. The event will be presented by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Center on Aging and Community and facilitated by Gary Glazner, the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

The two-day event will include three separate workshops that will focus on including poetry in the lives of older people who may be isolated from others in one form or another. To learn more about the program and the specific workshops, please visit:


Friday, October 21, 2016

Teaching a child with special needs at home and at school: Strategies and tools that really work!

Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School: Strategies and Tools That Really Work! is a 296-page guide for parents and teachers of children specifically with learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, or Asperger's syndrome. Written by a special educator with over 30 years of experience teaching those with special needs, this book offers instructional strategies and advice about what works for teachers and parents who may homeschool their children.

This book is divided into five sections plus an appendix. In the first section, the author discusses the basic principles of effective instruction and offers a framework of the four key skills for learning. Section two delves into specific areas of deficits that children with special needs often display, while section three offers teaching strategies organized by academic topics. Section four covers evaluation and assessment and section five offers advice on when to seek professional help or evaluation for your student. The appendix at the end of the book contains a list of online and print resources to help further the parent or teacher's own education on the subject of children with special needs.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

YouCue Feelings: Using online videos for social learning

YouCue Feelings: Using online videos for social learning is a 90-page guide written by a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years experience. The book offers to help parents and professionals use online videos in teaching social skills to elementary and middle school children with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, or other social learning delays.

The book is broken out into five chapters and five appendices. The first chapter offers an introduction to using YouTube videos as a means to teach social skills and the importance of social learning. Chapter two discusses the YouCue Feelings (YCF) program itself. The third chapter offers further information about the preselected videos including the URL as well as a brief summary of what is involved in each one. Chapter four has activities that accompany the videos in the previous chapter. Level 1 activities focus on the characters in the video and level 2 activities are meant to help begin discussions of the students' emotional experiences. Chapter five offers tips for further learning including some on selecting or developing your own videos.

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 19, 2016

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process

About Special Kids (ASK) is offering a one-day training in Linton that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations, preparing for case conferences, and writing IEPs. Suitable for both parents and professionals, the training will be face-to-face and will be held at the Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

This December 5th and 6th, the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities in partnership with the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council will host the 2016 Indiana Conference on Disability at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. This year's theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Sound Touch

Looking for a robust early learning app that offers identification, vocabulary, and language skills? Sound Touch contains 408 sounds, images, written and spoken words for animals, vehicles, birds, musical instruments and household items. And it's available in 35 different languages!

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law

Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law has 176 pages of  jargon-free information on the basic principles and laws that govern education. Written by a professor who teaches courses on special education law, emotional and behavior disorders, and diverse learners, this book offers teachers a quick guide to turn to when heavy legal tomes are too much.

The book begins by discussing important laws such as Section 504 and IDEA 2004, defining disability, and the legal responsibilities of IEP team members. It goes on to discuss the parent-educator partnership and creating a collaborative academic team. Basic principles of an IEP covered along with the important aspect of teachers supervising and protecting students from harm while in their care. Documentation and the rules of record keeping are highlighted in addition to using a team approach when making decisions. Critical court cases are used to provide insight into how to interpret the law and each chapter includes two court cases to show the difference between exemplary practices as opposed to common mistakes that are sometimes made.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.