Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Universal design for learning: Theory and practice

Universal design for learning: Theory and practice is a 200-page guide written for educators to build their understanding of the tenets of universal design for learning (UDL). Published by CAST professional publishing, the authors are co-founders of the publishing company and a couple of them also authored the universal design for learning principles and framework in the 1990s.

This book offers a comprehensive look at the principles and practices of UDL. It includes new insights drawn on research and implementation from the past decade. Tons of free online videos and "dig deeper" sections are offered throughout the book to help explain and enrich the text.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Parenting through the storm : find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems

Parenting through the storm: Find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems is a 278-page resource for parents who are raising children with mental health concerns. Written by an award-winning parenting author, this book offers strategies, tips, and stories from other parents who have been through it and survived.

This book is broken out into five parts. Part one is entitled, The Challenge and Your Child, discussing the "parent radar," obtaining a diagnosis, starting treatment, and advocating for your child. Part two, "You and Your Child," covers stress management and coping skills, making a difference for your child, and calming the raging storm. Part three offers suggestions on caring for the rest of the family, while part four looks at finding support in your child's school and in the community. Part five offers hope for recovery and beyond.

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

What's new?

                                                                                                                                                         Photo courtesy of arien

Wow! Can you feel that nip in the air? December came in with a roar, didn't it? Makes me want to curl up by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea!

And speaking of good books, have you been wondering what's new? Each month we take a look back at the new items we received in the library that are ready to check out. From transition to social skills to behavior issues, we have a few things to choose from.

To read the entire list of new materials, please visit:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Free screening of award-winning film

The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities is offering a free public film screening of the film, Including Samuel, on Sunday, December 4th at 7 p.m. at the Westin Downtown Indianapolis Grand Ballroom. Registration is not required.

This award-winning documentary film examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. It is built on the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel, 8, in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, students, and disability rights experts.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker and photojournalist, Dan Habib.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Cozi Family Organizer

Need help organizing your family's schedules and activities? Cozi Family Organizer offers a family organizer, shopping and to-do lists, recipe box, and more. It lets everyone see the same information with their own email login.

This app would also be good for direct support professionals who work with several people at a time.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Save the Date!

2017 Memory Bridge Training Retreat

The Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community is pleased to announce the fifth annual Memory Bridge Training Retreat and Scholarship, co-sponsored with the Memory Bridge Foundation. The 2017 training will be held June 1-6, 2017 at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana.

The design of the retreat is based on Memory Bridge’s I Am A Bridge Dementia Immersion Training, an experience-centered learning model that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion. The deadline for receipt of the first phase of the application is January 18, 2017. To learn more about the 2017 Memory Bridge Training Retreat, please visit or contact Jane Harlan-Simmons via e-mail at or by phone by calling (812) 855-2167. There is a Bridge, please join us in building it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus is an easy-to-use app that gives you the real-time location of your child’s bus, and alerts you when the bus is near. With Here Comes the Bus, your children will get to the bus stop not a minute too early – or a minute too late. Great for older children, too, as a means to becoming more independent!

Note: Your child's school district must have a contract with Synovia Solutions and make Here Comes the Bus® and/or Student Ridership available to parents.

For more information about this app, please visit: