Wednesday, November 28, 2007

An upcomming workshop

Cross-posted from the Indiana Institute FYI newsletter:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Public School Setting Workshop: The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host a one-day workshop, Thursday, November 29 at the Carmel Educational Service Center, focusing on applied behavior analysis strategies proven effective in public school settings for students with autism. Specific techniques such as reinforcement, teaching strategies, behavior modification, and social skill development will be explored and examples of each will be discussed. Videotape and role play will be used to demonstrate techniques.

You can find a larger description and contact information here. To read this and previous newsletters, head to the FYI newsletter page.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A world of art: exhibitions, networking and a few good books.

The Philadelphia Inquirer posted this recent article about Bryn Mawr Rehab's annual "Art Ability" exhibit. The juried exhibit features work from artists with disabilities from 29 states and six other countries.

As of summer 2007, Indiana has made its own special contribution to the art world. ArtsWORK Indiana provides information and resources for people with disabilities who would like to pursue careers in art.

CeDIR also has several excellent books on art and art therapy. Here are just a few examples:

Lancelle, Matthew. Sundays with Matthew : a young boy with autism and an artist share their sketchbooks.
CeDIR Call No. 8 .L34

Evans, Kathy. Art therapy with children on the autistic spectrum : beyond words.
CeDIR Call No. 40.3 .E83

Henley, David R. Exceptional children, exceptional art : teaching art to special needs.
CeDIR Call No. 48 .H45

Thursday, November 15, 2007


We all dream of owning our own home. Center on Community Living and Careers, a sister center with CeDIR, offers some resources to help with homeownership for people with disabilities.

  • Rental Housing
  • Homeownership
  • Home Modifications
  • Fair Housing
  • The Consolidated Plan
  • Person Centered Planning & Homeownership
  • Guardianship & Homeownership

    For other information, you might also contact the Indiana Housing Finance Authority (800-872-0371) or the Indianapolis HUD Office (317-226-6303).
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    Alzheimer's documentary

    On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, turn to WTIU (South Central Indiana public TV) for a compelling and informative documentary produced by the Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory and locally sponsored by the Center on Aging and Community, Institute on Disability and Community. There is a Bridge provides a moving portrayal that helps shift our national focus from a solely medical to a cultural model of dementia. If you are not located in the WTIU viewing area, please watch for your local listings in the coming month. If you’d like further information about the film, the people involved, the foundation, go to the Memory Bridge website:

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    A video for the family

    Understanding brothers and sisters with asperger syndrome ( CeDIR Call Number: 20.31 .U6) provides four programs for siblings of children with Asperger's syndrome. Each program is geared toward a specific age group (ranging from 4 years through adult), and parents can watch the video with their children and discuss the information and techniques presented.

    Thursday, November 1, 2007

    Stress and behaviors

    With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, we may find ourselves particularly stressed. For children with behavior problems, this time of the year can be particularly difficult. CeDIR owns a series of books called "How to Manage Behavior," including booklets such as
    • How to use time-out
    • How to use prompts to initiate behavior
    • How to use planned ignoring (extinction)
    • How to teach social skills
    • How to negotiate a behavioral contract
    If you live in Indiana and are interested in borrowing these or any of our other materials, contact CeDIR by phone at 800-437-7924 or via e-mail at cedir (at)