Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Closing

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! These holidays and more are celebrated at this time each year, giving us the chance to sit back and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new year.

After today, CeDIR will be closed for the next two weeks in observance of the holiday season. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CeDIR Closing Early Today

CeDIR will be closing at 1:30 p.m. today for a staff function. Please let us know early in the day if you want library materials. We will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. After that, we will be closed for two weeks in observance of the holiday season. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- iLuv Drawing Santa

Got a child who needs to work on dexterity skills? iLuv Drawing Santa is a fun holiday app that can help people build developmental skills or as therapy for fine motor skills. Learn to draw five different holiday characters:
✓ Santa Claus
✓ Snow Man
✓ Reindeer
✓ Christmas Tree
✓ Jingle Bells

The app also has eight different backgrounds to choose from, and the drawings can be saved as photos or shared with others as Christmas cards.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Closings

Ready to put your feet up? We are!

Looking forward to a long winter's nap? You bet!

Time to light the fire? Brrr! Yes sir!

In observance of the upcoming holidays, 
CeDIR will be closed on
Thursday, December 15th 1:30-4:00 for a holiday celebration and
December 17th through January 2nd.

We will re-open for the new year on Tuesday, January 3rd with our normal hours
8:00-11:30 and 12:30 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities

The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities: What Went Wrong and a Strategy for Change

Book Description:
The U.S. disability insurance system is an important part of the federal social safety net; it provides financial protection to working-age Americans who have illnesses, injuries, or conditions that render them unable to work as they did before becoming disabled or that prevent them from adjusting to other work. An examination of the workings of the system, however, raises deep concerns about its financial stability and effectiveness. Disability rolls are rising, household income for the disabled is stagnant, and employment rates among people with disabilities are at an all-time low. Mary Daly and Richard Burkhauser contend that these outcomes are not inevitable; rather, they are reflections of the incentives built into public policies targeted at those with disabilities, namely the SSDI, SSI-disabled adults, and SSI-disabled children benefit programs. The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities considers how policies could be changed to improve the well-being of people with disabilities and to control the unsustainable growth in program costs.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title, or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Leaders of Learning

Looking to foster improvement not only student achievement but at the school and district level as well? Authors Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano have teamed up to create Leaders of learning: How district, school, and classroom leaders improve student achievement. With DuFour's knowledge of professional learning communities and Marzano's rich background in research on effective teaching and leadership, the two have melded their ideas together in one book. It's loaded with advice and scenarios on building essential skills necessary to improve schools. And when schools improve, ALL children can succeed.

Want to know more? Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- DAF Assistant

DAF Assistant implements Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and Frequency-shifting Auditory Feedback (FAF) techniques that can help people with speech impediments and/or delays speak more fluently. DAF Assistant can help control speech fluency, slow down speech rate, increase confidence level, and develop good speaking habits.

DAF delays your voice to your ears a fraction of a second. The application provides delay range from 20 to 320 milliseconds with 10 millisecond increments. FAF shifts the pitch of your voice which can enhance the effectiveness of the application when used simultaneously with DAF.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Section 8 Housing Waiting List to Open in Bloomington

ONLY 300 Section 8 Applications will be available.
Applications will be distributed at the Bloomington Convention Center, located at Third and College beginning promptly at 9:00 am.
Only the Head of Household Will Have Access to the Distribution
Applicant(s) must be income eligible (Annual Income cannot exceed)
1  Person   $22,050
2  Persons  $25,200
3  Persons  $28,350
4  Persons  $31,450
5  Persons  $34,000
6  Persons  $36,500
7  Persons  $39,000
8  Persons  $41,550
Applicants must bring Government issued Photo ID.
An information session of approximately thirty minutes will follow the distribution of the applications.
Applicants will have until 4:00 pm on January 9, 2012, to return the completed application with all required documents.  Applications returned without all required documents will not be accepted.
If you are elderly or have a disability, you may obtain an affidavit at the Bloomington Housing Authority to have someone else apply on your behalf. This must be done prior to December 28th.  The Bloomington Housing Authority is located at 1007 N. Summit Street.
To avoid potentially unsafe conditions, early arrivals or camping out is prohibited, the Bloomington Police Department will be patrolling.
For questions please contact Jane at 339-3491 ext 133 or via email at

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2011

Lawrence Carter-Long, Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 202-272-2112     

Statement by the National Council on Disability on the 19th Observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council on Disability today released the following statement on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2011:

NCD observes the 19th International Day of Disabled Persons, first recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The theme of this year’s observance is “Together for a better world for all:  Including persons with disabilities in development.” 

Why is meaningful involvement by persons with disabilities in international development important?  The United States invests billions of taxpayer dollars into foreign assistance programs that foster international diplomacy and development annually, aimed at improving the quality of life for people around the world. These programs develop economies, promote democracy and governance, provide humanitarian assistance, build new infrastructure, and advance and protect human rights. Given that 15 percent of the world population is made up of people with disabilities, and growing, the United States cannot effectively accomplish the goals of foreign assistance programs unless it ensures programs are accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. 

Conservative estimates by the World Health Organization suggest more than one billion people, an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population, have a disability. 80 percent of these individuals live in developing nations. Although people with disabilities make up a large segment of the global population, they continue to face worldwide discrimination and segregation at alarming levels. Moreover, numbers are likely gravely underestimated because people with disabilities are typically shunned, hidden from public view by their families, and commonly excluded from community activities.

Exclusion from the built environment prevents use of necessary services and resources that non-disabled populations take for granted. These barriers have a negative, spiraling effect. Physical barriers also keep people with disabilities from using voting centers, polling places, courthouses, administrative agencies, schools, and embassies.

Those who aren’t hidden by families or communities of origin are often left to languish in institutions – further removing them from civic and social engagement. Conflict and poverty continue to increase the incidence rates of disability in less developed and industrialized economies alike.  Already significant numbers are rising due to a variety of factors including aging, poverty, armed conflict, as well as improved data collection.

Overseas economic development will not be successful unless people with disabilities are included.  If development is not inclusive, the significant numbers of people with disabilities in developing countries will hinder the very economic growth the U.S. seeks to facilitate.  NCD recommends both micro-level solutions to spark income generation in coordination with large scale interventions to create the kinds of legal and regulatory structures to better serve and benefit from the contributions of people with disabilities.

As the world observes the 19th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, NCD welcomes the opportunity to focus greater attention to workable solutions to concerns faced by people with disabilities, their families and the diverse communities people live in around the globe.

About NCD: Founded in 1978, the National Council on Disability is a small, independent federal agency comprised of 15 Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Council Members and a small staff, who advise the President, Congress and other Federal agencies on disability policy, programs and services.

More information on NCD's website at:

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's New?

Want to know what's new in the library? Once a month CeDIR updates the What's New? page to give you a monthly glance at what new materials have been purchased for or donated to the library during the previous month. From books on autism to learning disabilities to social skills we got 'em all last month! Check out the full list by visiting:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why O God?

From the book description of Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church:

"With two in seven American families affected by disability, the body of Christ has a great opportunity. As we’re called to minister to those walking through deep suffering, we need to learn to do so with wisdom and sensitivity.

"Joni Eareckson Tada and others with disabilities, as well as seminary professors, ministry leaders, and medical professionals, do more than offer a biblical perspective on suffering and disability; they draw from very personal experiences to explore Christians’ responsibility toward those who suffer—all the while reminding us that as we seek to help the hurting, they will minister to us in return."

Interested? Email us at to check out this title. Or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Understanding RTI in Mathematics

Looking for help using RTI in math? Understanding RTI in mathematics: Proven methods and applications might be what you're looking for. This research-based text offers information on what is known about RTI, why it works, and how teachers can use it to provide high-quality math instruction. What is included:

  • summaries of research studies
  • best-practice guidelines
  • how to monitor students' progress
  • using visual representation to solve math problems
  • vignettes
  • and more!

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- iDress for Weather

Looking for an app to help people with disabilities choose the right way to dress for the day? Try iDress for Weather. Its closet can be customized by uploading photos or images and the temperature settings can be personalized to what is comfortable to an individual. Best of all, iDress for Weather's designers state that the app was "specifically designed to support individuals whose cognitive processing or memory is affected by a disability (such as autism or other developmental disabilities) or has changed due to an injury or illness (such as a traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, or dementia)."

Want to learn more? Visit:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday Hours

Gobble, gobble! Who's ready for Thanksgiving? We are! In observance of this holiday, CeDIR will close today at noon and will re-open on Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Now in its second edition, Assistive technology in the classroom: Enhancing the school experiences of students with disabilities has even more to share! Focusing on the use of assistive technology to increase independence and participation of students with disabilities, the book emphasizes the relationship between assistive technology and learning, how AT can be incorporated into the curriculum, and provides assessment tools to help pair the student with the appropriate technology.

Want to know more? Email us at to check out this title. Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Amplify'd

Today on Mobile App Monday, we take a look at a piece of assistive technology: Amplify'd. This app is great for those who are hard of hearing and need an auditory boost. At 99 cents, it's much cheaper than other hearing devices or ear mounted hardware and lets you watch TV or listen to the radio without having to turn up the volume.

Want to learn more? Check out the preview at:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coach 3

Now in its 3rd edition, Choosing outcomes & accommodations for children: A guide to educational planning for students with disabilities provides professionals and families with an effective process for developing IEPs. Learn to promote inclusive settings using a systematic process. Tools and forms are bound in a convenient CD format that accompanies the book. Three examples of the COACH process are offered as models of successful implementation: one for a kindergarten student, one for an elementary student, and one for a student in transition.

Want to know more? Email us at to check out this title. Or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pay Attention, Emily Brown!

Got a child with attention issues--ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, or sensory processing disorder? Pay Attention, Emily Brown! is a fun picture book of a mother who uses poetry and illustrations to try to get a child's attention. This book is written for children 4-8 years old and will capture not only their attention but also their imagination and keep them entertained.

Email us at to check out this title, or use or Evergreen to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Handbook of Self-Regulation

The Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications is now in its second edition. The authors examine how people self-regulate their thoughts, emotions, attention, behavior, and impulses and what can happen when these areas are not self-regulated. This new edition expands on the social basis of self-regulation, incorporates significant scientific advances, adds many new topics and more.

To check out this title, email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level

Need to address problem behaviors? Pick up Positive behavior support at the tertiary level: Red zone strategies. Packed with practical information to help a behavior support team succeed, this book will help parents and professionals alike understand what sets off students' behaviors and how to address them in positive, helpful ways. Real-life examples are used to guide the reader in assessing behaviors and implementing behavior plans.

Check out this title by emailing us at or by using to find it in a library near you.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Social Rules for Kids

Got a kid who needs some extra help learning social skills? Social rules for kids: The top 100 social rules kids need to succeed is written in a fun kid-friendly style. From rules on making conversation to recognizing and avoiding bullying to learning good manners, this book will have a bit of something for everyone who needs help. Tips to remember at the end of each skill are presented again at the end of the book in the form of a list that could be copied and kept near at hand as a quick reminder.

Want to learn more about it? Email us at, or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Heating Assistance

Brrr! Did you bundle up today? Feel that nip in the air? Colder weather is approaching which means higher energy bills for all of us. For people with disabilities, that can be especially difficult. With that in mind, the Arc of Indiana is announcing the opening of this year's Winter Heating Assistance Program. This program can assist 300 low-income individuals with disabilities with $100 toward their winter heating bills. Funding for the Winter Heating Assistance Program comes from The Arc of Indiana's trust.

Guidelines for this program can be found here:

To learn more about this program, visit:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs

Shy spaghetti and excited eggs: A kid's menu of feelings is a book for children to help them understand their emotions and how they can better manage them. Based on a restaurant theme, the menu lists choices such as Happy Hot Dog, Worried Watermelon, and Scared Shrimp. Each choice offers techniques to use when feelings get too big, and a Note To Parents page gives further tips and information about how to help children identify, experience, and manage their feelings.

Check out this playful title by emailing us at or by using or Evergreen to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Critical Conversations in Co-Teaching

Interested in co-teaching or already co-teaching? Straight from staff right here at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community comes a new book that focuses on the communication and collaboration involved with co-teaching. Critical conversations in co-teaching: A problem-solving approach is a practitioner's guide to building quality relationships with colleagues. The authors first discuss the framework of communication needed and then use practical examples to show how co-teaching strategies can positively influence students' achievements.

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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Bord

Looking for an Android app for someone with sensory issues? Bord may be the answer for you! This colorful app allows users to create drawings using six different colors and three different chalk thicknesses. Drawings can be saved and emailed or can be uploaded to Facebook. This app also fully supports tablets with Android Honeycomb 3.0. To learn more about it, visit:

Friday, November 4, 2011

For Families with Special Needs


The Down Syndrome Family Connection will hold a workshop and Panel Discussion on Sunday, November 13 from 2:45 - 5pm, as well as a SibShop for Siblings ages 6 - 13.The parent workshop will include a video about the experience of siblings of people with special needs, and a panel discussion with the real "experts" - adult siblings who will share experiences and recommendations and take questions from attendees.

The SibShop is an opportunity for brothers and sisters ages 6-13 of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education wtihin a recreational context. Sibshops are conducted by a trained facilitator. 

This event is free and open to all families regardless of diagnosis. Free childcare will be provided - please register by November 9th to secure childcare. Location is:
Ellettsville Christian Church
731 Independence Street
Ellettsville, Indiana

For more information or to register, call 812-720-9603 or send an email

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Medicaid Fact Sheets

Want the facts on Medicaid and how important it is for children? The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the National Association of Children's Hospitals, has created fact sheets for each state with explanations and statistics on how each state assists its children on Medicaid. Please visit to see the Medicaid fact sheet for your state.

Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children

Looking for a little help assessing young children who are developmentally diverse? Alternative approaches to assessing young children might be the answer. Now in its second edition, this book was written by experts in early childhood special education. Thoroughly updated to include the last 10 years demographics, research, technology, and legislation, this book is also easy to use. Chapter review questions, a glossary, in-depth case studies, and a sample syllabus help make this text accessible for college instructors.

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's New?

November is here! Time to start preparing for colder weather and thinking about the upcoming holidays. Like me, you might be wondering what happened to October. The month flew by so quickly! But if you're also wondering what new titles the library acquired last month, you're in luck. The "What's New" page on CeDIR's website has been updated. Visit this link to view the list of new materials, with titles ranging from assistive technology to learning disabilities to therapies:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Special Diets for Special Kids

With the holidays approaching, thoughts of comfort food come to mind. For kids with special dietary restrictions, however, it can be difficult to find just the right recipes. Lisa Lewis has combined her first two volumes of Special Diets for Special Kids into one book. The first three chapters focus on dietary intervention in detail while the remainder of the book is saved for hundreds of recipes! It also has a CD of printable recipes so you can keep your favorites in your own way.

Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Attention girls! A guide to learn all about your AD/HD

Looking for something specifically for girls with AD/HD? Attention girls!: A guide to learn all about your AD/HD might be just the trick. This book, written by a woman with AD/HD herself, addresses the different types of attention deficit disorders, who to turn to for help, differences between girls and boys with AD/HD, making friends, medication, and more. The book examines fictional characters displaying different symptoms and offers guidance for each one.

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- A Special Phone

Need a way to make a phone call without looking at the phone itself? You might like the app A Special Phone. This cool app lets iPhone users shake their phone to dial a specific number. Or simply touch your finger anywhere on the screen, and the app will tell you which number you are touching. This is great for folks with low or no vision or anytime you can't use your eyes to dial.

To learn more, visit:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Break

CeDIR will be closed Friday, October 21.
We will reopen on Monday
October 24.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CeDIR Citings -- Focus on Nutrition

The latest issue of CeDIR's newsletter, CeDIR Citings, has been released, and its focus is on nutrition. With Fall coming on, our thoughts turn to comfort foods, and this issue is packed with resources. Whether it's library books or websites on nutrition or information on the difference between food allergies and intolerances, you'll find it in this issue.

To read this latest issue of the newsletter, visit:

To see a list of past issues, visit:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monroe County Money Smart Week

$$Money $mart Week$$

Wondering where to refer clients with disabilities who need to become more financially savvy? On Friday, October 14th at the Monroe County Public Library, there will be a Kickoff Event and Fair to the Monroe County Money Smart Week. Gather in the public library's atrium where Bloomington's mayor and members of local financial literacy groups will discuss the events for the week. Local service providers will also be on hand to  show off the tools needed to master finances.

For service providers:
On Monday, October 17, 2011 from 3:15-5:00 pm at Bloomington City Hall, providers who serve people from Monroe, Brown, Greene, and Owen counties will come together to share information about their services and to connect with colleagues.

Registration is from 2:45 to 3:15 pm. From 3:15 to 4:40 pm, each organization will have two minutes to share about their programs that help clients become and stay financially stable. After the event, there will be a reception in the atrium where you can enjoy refreshments and pick up brochures from other agencies. Feel free to bring your brochures -- about 50 copies -- to place on the information tables in the atrium.

RSVP by Friday, October 7 to Ashley Hall at In your RSVP, please indicate if you would like to give a brief (2 minute) presentation about your programs and services and/or if you would like to bring brochures for the resource tables.

For more information, contact Ashley Hall at United Way of Monroe County: 812-334-8370 or

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Braille Trainer

Looking for an app to help teach the Braille system? Braille Trainer uses vibrating sound to simulate the arrangement of the dots for each letter. Text can be added by the teacher and the student can feel the letter pad and receive immediate feedback. To make it more challenging, decrease the letter size.

Learn more about this app at:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Community Recreation for Young Athletes

Looking for a fun way to get young athletes with disabilities involved in physical recreation? TOPSoccer is a community-based program for athletes with disabilities; both physical and cognitive. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning, playing, and falling in love with soccer to any player (age 8 and older) who has a disability. The goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become successful members of US Youth Soccer, Indiana Soccer, and Cutters Soccer Club families.

On Monday, October 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a TOPSoccer event will take place at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington on Field 2. Directions to the park and a map can be found at:

TOPSOCCER ATHLETES -  any players (age 8 and older), which have a mental or physical disability. Print out and complete Registration Packet (online at the Indiana Soccer website Be sure to wear soccer equipment - cleats (or tennis shoes), shin guards, water bottle, and a WHITE shirt.

TOPSOCCER BUDDIES - volunteers age 12 and older, will help the athletes to understand concepts, activities, and encourage them through the session. To register email or call Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or Buddies should wear soccer clothes, cleats, and a RED shirt (preferably Cutters if you have one).

Questions? Contact Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ralph Braun Foundation

Need some help purchasing a mobility product? Now through the end of November, applications are being accepted by the Ralph Braun Foundation to help cover the cost of purchasing an accessible vehicle.

Applicants must have already been through evaluation and have targeted the appropriate mobility product to best meet their needs. When pricing has been established and the individual is able to produce most of the purchase amount but still remains short of the total amount necessary for the purchase, the Foundation will entertain proposals written by an applicant in conjunction with his/her mobility dealer for up to $5000. The mobility dealer must be a member in good standing of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

October 3, 2011

For more information, please contact:
Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3471,
Jared Schlemmer, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3406,

City Council for Community Accessibility Invites Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

Bloomington, IN -- Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is sponsoring an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 N. State Road 46 Bypass. The ceremony, which is open to the public, recognizes individuals and groups in Bloomington who make our community a better place for people with disabilities.

The program includes light desserts, live music, and keynote and annual awards presentations. Sally Conway, director of Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will give the keynote address. The awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and will include the Mayor's Award presented by Kruzan and sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.

Those planning to attend or needing accessibility accommodations should RSVP to Craig Brenner by Friday, Oct. 28 by calling 812-349-3471 or e-mailing

In addition to the awards ceremony, the CCA is sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Conway will give a talk entitled, "The ADA: How the New Accessibility Regulations Affect You!" and she will highlight recent and upcoming changes in ADA regulations regarding governmental organizations and public accommodations. People who have disabilities or who advocate for those with disabilities, people who work for governmental organizations, and business owners and employees should all be familiar with the new regulations.

Workshop participants will learn about the new definition of service animal, new requirements for accessible seating and ticketing, new definitions of wheelchairs and powered mobility devices, and how the ADA applies to new communications technologies. Barbara McKinney, director of the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission, will talk about local accessibility issues. The workshop will include a continental breakfast.

Major underwriters for the ceremony and workshop include Ivy Tech Community College and Cook, Inc. Sponsors include Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, IU Health, Options, Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living and Stone Belt Arc, Inc, and the IU Credit Union.

For more information and to RSVP or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, at 812.349.3471 or

Monday, October 3, 2011


Looking for an app to help with communication? Try Look2Learn. This app uses pictures to express wants and needs. With features such as the ability to adjust picture sizes and a vocal output that is not the typical robotic speech, this app assists individuals with fine motor and /or visual impairments in addition to those with a speech and language disorder.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Closed tomorrow

A chill is in the air; pumpkins everywhere...

Okay, but what does that mean for CeDIR?

It means that we will be closed tomorrow for a staff training that takes place each year at about this time. But don't think that means you can't still request library materials! Send us an email at with your requests or leave us a message on chat. We'll be sure to get back in touch with you on Monday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

The formative assessment action plan: Practical steps to more successful teaching and learning offers real-life scenarios showing you how to implement the four steps in formative assessment in your classroom. These four steps:

  • Where am I going?
  • Where am I now?
  • How am I doing?
  • Where am I going next?

help you get the most out of your assessment data in order to adjust your classroom or individual instruction in a more beneficial way.

To check out this title, email us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On Your Own

Got a teen who is interested in attending college? On your own: A college readiness guide for teens with ADHD/LD can help them understand the difference between high school and college and how to prepare for the challenges that those entering higher education can face. Ways to solve problems, make decisions, increase communication, and more can be found in this easy to read book.

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

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Touch Mouse

Looking for some assistive technology? How about a mobile app to help operate a computer? Do you use your TV as your monitor? Touch Mouse operates through your home's wi-fi system, so you can browse, type, and mouse all with your mobile phone.

For more information, visit:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sensory Interventions

Looking for sensory-based interventions? Want something for use by educators, occupational therapists and parents alike? A buffet of sensory interventions is a practical and well-researched tool that focuses on middle and high school students, whose sensory needs are often overlooked. The book also explains sensory integration basics, describes the sensory systems and their dysfunction and helps develop daily educational interventions through assessment of sensory needs.

Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Optimistic Parenting

Want to:

  • pinpoint the why behind your child's challenging behavior?
  • understand how your thoughts affect interactions with your challenging child?
  • interrupt negative thoughts and replacing them with positive, productive ones?
  • increase mindfulness and parenting in the moment?

Learn about all of this and more with Optimistic parenting: Hope and help for you and your challenging child. Practical tools, strategies, and exercises, along with stories of experience will help the struggling parent develop more positive thoughts and perceptions--key ingredients of successful parenting and effective behavior management.

Check out this title by sending us an email at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A History of Intelligence and "Intellectual Disability"

From the product description:

"From the twelfth-century beginnings of European social administration to the onset of formal human science disciplines in the modern era, "A History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability': The shaping of psychology in early modern Europe" by C. F. Goodey, reconstructs the sociopolitical and religious contexts of intellectual ability and disability and demonstrates how these concepts became part of psychology, medicine and biology. Goodey examines a wide array of classical, late medieval and Renaissance texts, from popular guides on conduct and behavior to medical treatises and from religious and philosophical works to poetry and drama. Focusing especially on the period between the Protestant Reformation and 1700, Goodey challenges the accepted wisdom that would have us believe that 'intelligence' and 'disability' describe natural, trans-historical realities. Instead, Goodey argues for a model that views intellectual disability and indeed the intellectually disabled person as temporary cultural creations."

To check out this title, email us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Behavior Journal

Looking for an app to help track behaviors? Behavior Journal will let you record your data, sync to an internet portal, and create detailed reports. Track each behavioral episode, customize behavioral parameters, analyze data to recognize patterns, and more! You can even email reports to yourself.

Want to know more? Visit

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't Erase Your Dreams

Joe Cooper couldn't read, write or spell until he was 38 years old. Don't erase your dreams is the story of how he struggled with illiteracy, dyslexia and years of frustration and discrimination. Cooper, who left home at the age of 15 to live on the streets, in vacant cars, and on friends' couches, was taken advantage of by many people throughout the years because of his illiteracy. His continuing pursuit of a formal education makes his story is an inspirational one for those who also struggle with education.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

From the product description:

"Join Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system one that has no beginning and no end. This ongoing approach enhances an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning...

No matter what grade level you teach, The Formative Assessment Action Plan will help you make better use of assessment data so you can more quickly adjust instruction to keep every student on the path to success."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technology for all

A report released last May from the United Nations states that "ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States" and suggests that "[e]ach State should thus develop a concrete  and effective policy, in consultation with individuals from all sections of society, including the private sector and  relevant Government ministries, to make the Internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of population." Read the entire report, at

Comcast, a broadband service provider, is offering a program called "Internet Essentials" to low income families. For a low monthly payment, Comcast delivers high-speed broadband service to the home. They also offer a computer at a significantly reduced price at the initial enrollment in addition to free training--online, in print, and in person. Learn more about this program at

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Model Me Going Places

Interested in an app that helps children learn appropriate behaviors when going out in the community? Try this free app: Model Me Going Places. Developed by the folks who produced the Model Me Kids DVDs, this high-quality app has six locations for children to explore and practice appropriate behaviors:
- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment

Looking for help teaching all kids the wonders of science? Differentiating science instruction and assessment for learners with special needs, K-8 may be able to help. This book includes step-by-step instructions for using rubrics for revising and assessing activities, strategies and accommodations for those students who find science more challenging, and case histories and checklists for teachers.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Disability Rights Movement

Looking for a text on the history of the disability rights movement? Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's time to today, authors Doris Fleischer and Frieda Zames look at the history of the movement from a research study perspective in their book, The disability rights movement: From charity to confrontation. This history is told through many first-hand accounts and descriptions of those who were there. One reviewer claims the book is " excellent primer on a wide variety of current disability issues..."

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