Friday, May 28, 2010

Nursing Care

Nursing Care for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: An Integrated Approach by Cecily Betz and Wendy Nehring is a new textbook for nurses to help them in their goals to provide the best care for individuals with disabilities. This book gives a general overview and history of the topic, care guidelines, information on specific disabilities, and more!

Want a closer look? Call us at 812-855-9396. Not an Indiana Resident? Find it at a Library near you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Planning a visit to CeDIR?

Because our patrons are scattered throughout the state, it's a special treat when we get to meet you in person! If you are planning a trip to Bloomington and you would like to stop by CeDIR and browse the collection or check out materials here are some things to know:

  • If you have a specific topic in mind, or you would like research help, give us a call ahead of time (800-825-4733) and we'll be sure to have materials and resources you might be interested in all set and ready for you to begin exploring!
  • Once you get here, it may at first appear that there isn't any parking available to worries! Just park in any "C" spot and stop by the Information Desk in Building "A" for a free pass.

Monday - Friday

If these times don't work for your schedule, let us know! We'd be happy to set up a time for you to come in and visit.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

People who care about you

Continuing the series on the 40 Developmental Assets is the book on the supports asset: People who care about you. This 91-page book will help kids learn the value of adding support at home, at school, in their neighborhood, in faith communities, and with their friends. Within each child's vignette are ideas on how children can increase the support they need in their lives.

Interested in checking this one out? Send us a message!

Not an Indiana resident? Check to find it in a library near you.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Proud to be you

Another in a series of books on the 40 Developmental Assets, this 88 page book, Proud to be you, is packed with ideas on creating and maintaining a positive identity. Stories about kids who are practicing having a positive identity for themselves plus ideas to try in the home, at school, in the neighborhood, in faith communities, and with friends can be found in this volume. If you know a kid who is in need of a boost with positivity, contact us and check it out!

Not an Indiana resident? Use to find it in a library near you.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Smart ways to spend your time

Do you know a kid who is a couch potato? Maybe she spends all of her time on the computer. Does he need ideas for places to go instead of just sitting around? Smart ways to spend your time has just that! Ideas are suggested, commercial-like, inside vignettes featuring kids who are also in need of adding the asset of constructive use of time in their lives. Ideas are offered in topics: At Home, At School, In Your Neighborhood, In Your Faith Community, and With Your Friends.

This book is part of a series called The Adding Assets Series for Kids. Each book in the series focuses a few of the 40 Developmental Assets that researchers have identified as necessary for kids to have in their lives.

Interested? Contact us.

Don't live in Indiana? Check to see libraries who have it in your area.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Motivation Breakthrough

Author Richard Lavoie shares his knowledge and experience in The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child. Parents and teachers alike will benefit from learning proven techniques and strategies on the six different motivation styles laid out in this book. Lavoie suggests ways parents and teachers can work together to help children succeed in the classroom and in life, with specific suggestions on how to work with children with learning disabilities.

Want to check it out? Email us!

Not an Indiana resident? Check Worldcat for options in your area.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Social Research Methods

From the land Down Under comes Social Research Methods, a book written by active researchers in Australia. This second edition includes new chapters on designing social research, measurement and sampling, and working with SPSS using quantitative data. Prominent Australian researchers provide insight into current field work. Online resources extend the book's range of teaching and learning.

Interested in checking out this resource? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Check to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Rate your community’s implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act at The Polling Place

People with disabilities, their family members, and their advocates are invited to complete the 2010 ADA POLL, a survey about how Indiana communities are doing with implementation of the ADA. It’s important that your voices are heard when accessibility and discrimination issues are being addressed in your community! So don’t delay – let us know what you have to say!

To request the survey form in an alternative format, or for additional information, contact Dr. Vicki Pappas by phone: 1-800-825-4733 or e-mail:

Monday, May 17, 2010

How do they decide?

Ever wondered what criteria the Social Security Administration uses to decide who gets disability benefits? Their website has the answers. Learn all about their five-step process, updated January 2010, that helps the SSA make decisions about benefits. Also find a list of frequently asked questions on the process. To find out more about what you can do online or to locate a Social Security office near you, go to

Friday, May 14, 2010

Neurogenetic syndromes

Lauded as an essential textbook and professional resource for pediatricians, Neurogenetic syndromes: Behavioral issues and their treatment has not only the theory and science behind these syndromes but practical clinical information for diagnosis as well. The research and knowledge of two dozen physicians, therapists, and other professionals are all packed into this one 300-page book. Chapters are organized into three categories: the syndromes, their treatments, and future implications. Pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, researchers, SLPs, OTs, and PTs will all benefit from the wealth of information in this book.

Interested? Email us!

Not an Indiana resident? Check to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Summer camps

Summer is almost upon us! Are you trying to find a camp for that special child or adult in your life? The Indiana Department of Education has a whole list of them! Check it out at:
This 12 page list includes contact information, session dates, and more.

If you're looking for something outside of Indiana, here are a few more listings that may be of interest:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ArtsWORK Indiana update

ArtsWORK Indiana is an informal, statewide group of people interested in improving arts-related professional opportunities and careers for people with disabilities. The featured artist this month on the ArtsWORK website is Tony T. Williams. This multi-talented man is a musician, an athlete, a poet, an author, and an award-winning speaker. Check out Williams' story at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Learning in motion

Looking for great ways to improve learning and behavior in the classroom? Check out Learning in Motion: 101+ Sensory Activities for the Classroom. Perfect for teachers of children from preschool through primary elementary school, this book includes age-appropriate activities for every week of the school year. Activities have been developed using a multi-sensory approach and include activity goals, educational objectives, materials list and more! Activities are also organized by month so teachers can thumb right to the activities they need. Also included with each activity is a Letter to Parents with explanations about the activity and suggestions on ways to extend the learning at home.

Interested? Email us!

Not an Indiana resident? Use to find this book in a library near you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 Wheel-a-Thon

The Indianapolis Resource Center for Independent Living (IRCIL) is announcing its 2010 Wheel-a-Thon to be held on Saturday, June 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center on the campus of the University of Indianapolis. Those with and without a disability can participate in the Wheel-a-Thon using a wheelchair to navigate the route. Proceeds from the Wheel-a-Thon will be used by IRCIL to help promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. Also at the event will be information booths from various vendors, free health screenings, a demonstration of adaptive self defense, and dancing.

For more information, go to:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Vision Awareness Day

Interested in solutions for low vision? Make plans to attend the Indianapolis Vision Awareness Day seminar hosted by the Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project at Easter Seals Crossroads. Discover the benefits of video magnifiers, screen magnification software, accessible Pocket PC, products that read your computer screen or read your books, bills, mail and more!

This seminar will feature sessions for those with vision loss, instructors and trainers, parents and families of those with vision loss, seniors and senior center staff, and support groups.

When and Where

June 8, 2010
9 AM - 4 PM

Easter Seals Crossroads
4740 Kingsway Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46205

A complimentary lunch will be served.

To register, call 1-800-336-5658, send an e-mail to or go online at

Early registration is encouraged. Seating is limited.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Trainings in Mental Health

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is announcing trainings on local systems of care for children and adolescents with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families.

The trainings will be held in Washington, DC from July 14 - 18, 2010. The intent of the Institutes is to provide in-depth, practical information on how to develop, operate, and sustain systems of care and how to provide high-quality, effective clinical interventions and supports within them.

For more information on these trainings and to register, go to:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Scholarship available

In these tough economic times, it is difficult for many people to afford college courses. It's sometimes even more difficult for those who have a disability. Help is available, though, for people with Down syndrome who are interested in applying for a post-secondary program or just want to take a few enrichment classes.

For the past six years, the Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund has awarded $2,000 to five applicants per year, and this year is no different. Even those who have not yet decided whether to take a course or have not been accepted into a program are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The funds may be used at a college, university, learning center, or an employment training program. The application must be postmarked by July 12, 2010, and scholarship winners will be notified by August 31, 2010.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Poster Competition Announcement

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is calling for entries in its newly created disability and accessibility awareness poster competition. The competition runs through the end of May, and prizes will be awarded to selected entries. Winners will be announced at the July celebration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All poster submissions should highlight a disability and/or an accessibility issue and may include graphic design, drawing, painting, or photography. To register or to learn more about the competition, contact the Community and Family Resources Department at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street, Suite 260. Information is also online at

Monday, May 3, 2010

Free Webinar on Accessible Parking

The U.S. Access Board and the ADA National Network are offering a free webinar on Accessible Parking on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. (Eastern time). Access to parking spaces and passenger loading zones will be discussed along with upcoming revisions to the current standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). This session is part of their collaborative webinar series titled AccessibilityOnline.

To Register, visit and click on the “Registration Information” web link to start the process. Registration is free but you must register to participate. There are a few Indiana organizations hosting the webinar for the public. Please visit the ADA-Indiana website if you are interested in attending at one of those locations at