Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Vote is Your Voice!

The voting guide, Your Vote is Your Voice!, is now available in hard copy through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. This 52-page booklet provides information on voting including key dates, access requirements for polling places and voting machines, how to check to make sure you are registered, how to find out who your candidates are and research their records, different ways to cast your ballot, voter identification requirements, helpful resource groups and more.

To download your personal copy, visit:
http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/files/5402-Voting_Guide_V10-low-rez.pdf

To order a hard copy, visit:
http://indianadisabilityawareness.org/order/pc/home.asp

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome: The respond but don't react method


In Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome, the author, a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, offers 150 pages of help and support for parents and caregivers of children and teens with Down syndrome. With tips and strategies, some of them intuitive and some not, this book can help families and professionals who work with them.

After a look at the brain and the differences that are present in an individual with Down syndrome, the book discusses how those differences affect behavior and why it is important to see behavior as a form of communication as opposed to a willful act. Terms that are used by behaviorists are explained using scenarios as examples. The author then introduces his behavior management system which includes using visuals, a token economy system, and redirection. A chapter on siblings and their needs is followed by a chapter on using the behavior management system in the school and community. Thoughts on discipline and transition are discussed as well as a chapter on resources.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Tinycards - Flashcards


Tinycards is a memorization flashcard app that has animated decks you can customize. Pre-loaded decks offer a chance to learn about the solar system, countries in Africa, vocabulary words in different languages or you can create your own decks with the subjects that you need to work on. "Trending decks" are popular decks that others are working on.

To learn more about this app, please visit:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1109425556

Friday, August 19, 2016

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together


Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together is a 200-page guide to supporting those who support people with dementia. Written by a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care, this book offers a mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help caregivers meet their own needs and lower their own stress levels while caring for a loved one. The author offers strategies she used herself while caring for her own mother.

In the first part of the book, readers will learn more about dementia and which professionals to turn to for more help. The connection between dementia care challenges and stress are explored along with the way in which mindfulness can benefit the caregiver. Basic mindfulness practices are discussed along with the importance of acknowledging grief. Readers will also learn how to integrate mindfulness into communication and response to challenging situations. Self-care and the fruits that can be reaped from this program are discussed.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tactile tools help students with vision impairments

In an article from Makezine.com, folks at the D’Arcy Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis are working with 3D printers to help students with vision impairments. A partnership between the Missouri School for the Blind has resulted in the creation of didactic tools to increase the students' ability to measure objects and understand spatial orientation.

To read the entire article, please visit:
http://makezine.com/2016/08/17/3d-printed-spatial-reasoning-tools-visually-impaired/

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FSSA Resource Guide

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has put together a resource guide of services in the state containing information about programs provided and administered by FSSA.  The guide also gives direction on how Hoosiers qualify to receive state assistance from a variety of programs including:

• Early Care & Education
• Employment
• Financial Services
• Food / Nutrition
• Health Coverage
• Home- & Community-Based Services for the Aged, Blind and Disabled
• Mental Health / Addictions
• Transportation
• Housing

The guide can be found in its entirety at:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paralympics begin in September


The 2016 Olympic games are just about over, and the Paralympics are set to start on September 7th. According to the Paralympics website, "Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 528 medal events in 22 different sports." The website has information on the athletes that are set to compete as well as the adapted sports and rules.

Check it out at:
https://www.paralympic.org/