Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!

The staff at CeDIR wishes everyone a happy holiday season! We will close today at 4:00 p.m. and re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Peace and joy to all.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Studying with Dyslexia

Looking for help with your dyslexia? Studying with Dyslexia is a handy guide that offers skills and advice to help you use your dyslexia constructively and become an effective student. Pocket-sized, but full of tips and tricks, this little purple book also offers plenty of pictures and drawings for those who are more visual.

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Transition planning for secondary students with disabilities

Now in its fourth edition, Transition Planning for Secondary Students with Disabilities is a practical resource for anyone involved with the transition needs of students with disabilities. The authors describe the varied transition needs readers are likely to encounter in their work and provide a succinct look at the options and career paths potentially available. They cover implementing transition systems, creating a transition perspective of education, and promoting movement to post-school environments.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana Announce Partnership

"The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) and Special Olympics Indiana have announced a partnership which will set the stage for ongoing activities between the athletes from both organizations intended to foster mutually beneficial learning experiences for years to come.
"The partnership was inspired by the 2012‐13 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC), as it sought out opportunities for community outreach and volunteer experiences and decided that Special Olympics was a perfect fit for their goals. The SAC is a group of 18 student‐athletes who represent the 160,000 participants around the state as a liaison to the IHSAA staff and Board of Directors."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Jumbo Calculator

Jumbo Calculator for iPad is for anyone wanting the ease of use of a large buttoned calculator. The app looks just like a solar-powered large buttoned calculator. And while the solar panel doesn't actually charge, Jumbo Calculator succeeds at its main purpose: adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, squaring and square-rooting.

For more information, visit:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Closing Early Today

CeDIR and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community will be closing at 2:00 p.m. today so that staff can attend a  retirement celebration for one of its long-time staff members. After many years at the Institute, Kim Davis at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism will be retiring at the end of the year. We all wish her the best in her future endeavors.

We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17th. Happy trails, Kim!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pills for not for preschoolers!

Want to help your child with behavior concerns avoid psychiatric drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers suggests an alternative: child-focused family therapy—a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child’s therapy. Author Marilyn Wedge offers insight into viewing your child's behaviors as responses to relationships that can be altered with the help of a therapist.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Catherine's Story

Catherine's story is a book about a special little girl. But what makes Catherine so special? She can't talk, and she can't walk very well, but she can do some special things. This beautifully illustrated and simply told story is about a girl with an unspecified disability who offers much love and happiness.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader

From the book description (Disability in the Christian Tradition):
"For two millennia Christians have thought about what human impairment is and how faith communities and society should respond to people with perceived impairments. But never has one volume collected the most significant Christian writings on disability. This book fills that gap.

Brian Brock and John Swinton's Disability in the Christian Tradition brings together for the first time key writings by thinkers from all periods of Christian history - including Augustine, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Luther, Calvin, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Barth, Hauerwas, and more. Fourteen contemporary experts in theology and disability studies guide readers through each era or group of thinkers, offering clear commentary and highlighting important themes."

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mobile App Monday - ACT Spell for iPad

Looking for an app that will help you build custom programs that target specific vocabulary? Accessible Curriculum Tools (ACT) Spell will do that and more! Both an educational and a therapy tool, this app will also help with assisting motor, visual, and neurological skills. Its simple functionality and basic design help "where many in the special needs community need to start to train their motor/visual/executive function systems to align and work together."

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Amy Signs

In Amy signs: A mother, her deaf daughter, and their stories, Rebecca Willman Gernon follows through on her promise to write of her struggle to help her deaf child succeed in a mostly hearing world. Together with her now-grown daughter's own perspective interwoven throughout, this book sheds light on Gernon's anguish and difficulties in finding the best learning environment for her daughter.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The jolly old elf in Bloomington

Mister C

Got someone with special needs who would like to visit with Santa without the bright lights and noise? Fountain Square Mall is announcing an exclusive date when children and adults with special needs can see Mr. C in a less-frenzied environment. There will be low-level lighting and sounds, plus extra staff will be on hand for assistance.

Please plan your visit from noon until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14th, at the Fountain Square Mall.

For additional information, contact Chris Cockerham at 812-332-0053.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Looking for a foundational textbook for SLPs, OTs, PTs, teachers, etc. on AAC processes, interventions, and technologies for communication? This fourth edition of Augmentative & Alternative Communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs will help professionals with:
-Advancing literacy skills (new chapter by Janice Light and David McNaughton)
-Conducting effective, culturally appropriate assessment to determine AAC needs
-Choosing AAC interventions appropriate for age and ability
-Selecting AAC vocabulary tailored to individual needs
-And more!

Helpful photos, figures, and photocopiable forms will help get you ready to collect and use important information on assessment, individual communication needs, classroom supports, and more.

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What's New

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Did you make a thankful list this year? We did! We are thankful for our library patrons and for time off to spend with family and loved ones. We are also thankful for new library materials! Want to see a list of what came in last month? Check out the What's New page at:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Wait Timer

Wait Timer is a visual and audio tool to help people with waiting. The app includes a social story about waiting, and an audio/visual tool for waiting that can be set to different times.

★ Great color-coded visual timer that shows the time ticking away.
★ Settings to easily change the “wait” time.
★ Social story that talks about waiting and waiting strategies.
★ And more

For more information, please visit:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Get Ready for Jetty: My Journal about ADHD and Me

Jetty is a fourth grader who learns she has ADHD. Get ready for Jetty is a cool journal that highlights her likes and dislikes and her diagnosis. Jetty likes karate, cartwheels, reading, and cookie dough ice cream. She dislikes girlie girls, anything pink, and writing in complete sentences. Learn how Jetty feels about her diagnosis and how she eventually comes around to feeling like herself again.

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1000 best tips for ADHD

Struggling to help your child with ADHD with their homework, chores, or behavior? Looking for quick, easy, and effective tips you can use right off the bat? 1000 Best Tips for ADHD gives parents quick tips and easy-to-implement solutions on:
• Improving behavior
• Increasing school success
• Helping out at home
• Interacting with others
• And more!

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

IU study uses unique treatment for hidden disorder

According to an article from the IU News Room, an Indiana University study in the Journal of Child Neurology has proposed an innovative treatment for developmental coordination disorder, a potentially debilitating neurological disorder in which the development of a child's fine or gross motor skills, or both, is impaired. This treatment uses "a three-dimensional virtual reality device, the PHANTOM Omni from Sensable Technologies, developed for the visualization of knots by topologists, who study geometric forms in space."

Want to read the entire article? Visit:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Everyday Social Skills

Everyday Social Skills includes common daily activities such as walking down the street, using a restroom, waiting in line, asking for directions, asking for information and joining in a group. The Everyday Social Skills HD app is a complement to The Conover Company's Functional Skills System software. Everyday Social Skills is a part of a series of apps that focus on functional life, literacy, math, social, health, transportation and work skills for both the iPod/iPhone and iPad.

Want more information? Visit:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Hours

Cranberries, turkey, football, and parades are almost upon us! The staff at CeDIR wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day! CeDIR will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st and re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Assistive Technology in the News

A story published yesterday by highlighted advances in science that can make walking viable for those with paraplegia. The "robot" is still in its experimental stage but is being tested now with patients at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. An exoskeleton covers the paralyzed limbs and allows the wearer to stand, walk, and even climb stairs!

To read the entire article, visit:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New issue of CeDIR Citings

CeDIR Citings

Looking for information on early intervention for young children with disabilities? CeDIR has published a new issue of their bi-annual newsletter, CeDIR Citings, with a focus on just that! A new brochure from  Indiana's Act Early team is highlighted along with a book review on CARA's Kit for Toddlers. To view the most recent newsletter, please visit:

To view the newsletter archives for CeDIR Citings, visit:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mobile App Monday - iPraiseU

Looking for an app to help think of praise statements beyond “Good job!” or “Well done?” iPraiseU is easy to use; just tap or shake to generate one of 100 positive praise statements. All are general statements appropriate for any positive behavior. You can use the professionally recorded voice statements or record the statement yourself.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs

Wondering what it means when a child is having difficulty with developmental milestones like walking, talking, and learning to read and write? How about the signs that a disability might be present and what next steps parents can take to help their child? Pediatrician Louis Pellegrino gives you clear and down-to-earth answers in this new version of the trusted bestseller When Your Child Has a Disability. The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs is a go-to guide for families is a highly accessible resource for professionals and a great supplemental text for tomorrow's practitioners.

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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Signing Time ASL

Looking for an early childhood application that focuses on developing language skills using American Sign Language (ASL)? Signing Time ASL contains 145 professional quality flash cards based on the award winning Signing Time and Baby Signing Time series. With many different configuration options, you can tailor and track your child's learning experience.

Want to know more? Visit:

Friday, November 2, 2012

What's New last month?

Looking for something new to curl up with after that scary Halloween? Visit our What's New page to find out what came in the library last month:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility Presents Annual Awards

Bloomington, Ind.The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) recognized organizations and individuals committed to making Bloomington more accessible to people with disabilities at the annual CCA Awards Ceremony, held Monday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 State Road 46.

Pete Giordano, Director of Community and Family Resources, congratulated all the nominees and award recipients and thanked them on behalf of Mayor Mark Kruzan. Giordano presented the Mayor's Award posthumously to Sophia Travis.

"Sophia was tremendously influential and supportive of people with disabilities,” Giordano said. “Along with her dedication and commitment to LifeDesigns as a Board member, Sophia advocated on behalf of people with disabilities throughout the community. She was instrumental in establishing the accessible Karst Farm Splash Pad. She presided over the County Council when it passed a tax levy that benefits families with disabilities needing respite. She made so many contributions to our community in so many areas of life that it is difficult to summarize them tonight. Bloomington and Monroe County are better today because of Sophia Travis.”

The following award winners also were recognized for outstanding service:

Self-Advocacy Award: Rachel Roby, for being highly engaged in the community as an educator on behalf of persons with hidden disabilities and breaking down stigmatizing barriers faced by people with mental disabilities

Professional and Community Service Award: Rebecca Davis, for successfully launching Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) in Bloomington

Business Service Award: James McLary, president and CEO of e2Taxi, for improving mobility for the entire community, especially for people with disabilities, through accessible taxicabs

Employment Award: The Indiana University Wells Library, for providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Housing Service Award: Lauren and Peter Cowan, owners of Agewise Design, for addressing the growing need to modify living spaces for aging adults and people with disabilities

Special Recognition: Lake Monroe Boat Rental, for donating pontoon boats for the last three Fish-tival events organized by the Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living on Lake Monroe; Dr. James Laughlin, for outstanding contributions to children with special medical needs through establishment of a local clinic in partnership with Riley Hospital for Children; and St. Thomas Lutheran Church under the leadership of Pastor Lyle McKee, for extraordinary efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities, enabling them to be fully included in congregational activities

Kristin Willison Volunteer Service Award: Carle Crawford, for volunteering on behalf persons with disabilities at Area 10 Agency on Aging, Citizen Advocacy of South Central Indiana, Monroe County Crop Walk, New Leaf-New Life, Monroe County Public Library, in nursing homes and wherever he sees a need

Mayor's Award: Sophia Travis, for her passionate commitment to better our community

The ceremony also included recognition of several fully accessible local businesses and a keynote presentation by Lou Moneymaker, the president and CEO of Bosma Enterprises.

The Awards Ceremony was presented by the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department. For information on the Council for Community Accessibility, go to or contact Special Projects Coordinator Craig Brenner at 349.3471 or

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Marlee Signs

Looking for a high quality app to learn how to sign? Marlee Signs is great for learning to express yourself in American Sign Language. This app will teach you the fundamentals of ASL – from the signed alphabet and basic vocabulary through to common expressions in everyday life – using high-quality video demonstrations starring Marlee Matlin herself.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, October 26, 2012

High School Transition that Works!

Looking for a book to help you teach competitive, marketable skills in real work settings? Want to break down obstacles to meaningful employment for people with disabilities? Pick up High school transition that works!: Lessons learned from Project SEARCH. This book will help you discover the program's secrets to success and offers practical guidance to counselors, educators, transition coordinators, etc. It's filled with invaluable tips and strategies, case studies, and materials to help you apply principles of the Project SEARCH model.

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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Children with Disabilities, 7th edition

In this 7th edition of Children with Disabilities, the authors examine several new areas: new chapters on diagnosis, neuropsychological assessment, "new" disabilities faced by survivors of previously fatal disorders, and complementary and alternative medicine. The book also has expanded chapters on autism and ADHD, a greater focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, considerations from drafts of the DSM-5, and more!

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Local YMCA Fundraiser

Do you love the YMCA? Live in Monroe County? On Saturday November 10th, the Monroe County YMCA is having a free 1 mile Participation Walk. This walk is open to anyone in the community with a disability. Registration is ongoing up until 8:45 the morning of the walk. Participants are encouraged to get sponsorships to raise money for the YMCA's "Y for All" program. Funds are to be turned in the day of the walk. Participation prizes will be awarded and the top fund raiser will receive an additional prize.

Want more information? Contact the YMCA at (812) 332-5555.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mobile App Monday - My Medical for iPad

My Medical is a comprehensive record-keeping app for your personal medical information. It's meant to replace unreliable paper records or various electronic systems that hold bits and pieces of your medical history. With My Medical, any and all information that is important to you is kept together in one place.

Want to know more? Visit:

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Inclusion has come a long way in the last couple of decades. From being included in schools to being included in classrooms to being included in extracurricular activities, we continue to see how important it is to families and to the kids themselves to make them feel as welcome as the next person. According to an article in the Kansas City Star, kids with Down Syndrome and those on the autism spectrum are even being elevated to homecoming royalty status.

To read the entire uplifting article, please visit:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The SAPRpbis Manual

Looking for a way to compare your school's PBIS efforts with evidence-based practices and benchmarks? The SAPRpbis manual: A team-based approach to implementing effective schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports can help. The manual is an efficient, comprehensive way to make comparisons utilizing six to ten team members from your school. These members rate themselves on key building blocks of successful PBIS and then brings the whole team together to discuss the results, set goals, and assess progress.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recognize and Respond to Emotional and Behavioral Issues in the classroom

From the book description:
"Teachers are often the first to identify a child's emotional or behavioral problems but with limited time and resources, knowing how to start helping can be a tough challenge. [Recognize and respond to emotional and behavioral issues in the classroom: A teacher's guide] puts key psychological principles and straightforward, classroom-ready strategies at every K 12 teacher's fingertips, they can provide effective supports for students, keep families involved, and recognize when outside help is needed."

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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Behavior Breakthroughs

Behavior Breakthroughs is a training app that uses simulations and an interactive environment to model and display a child's behavior. Caregivers learn to effectively implement proven behavioral strategies and techniques using game-based technology. To progress, the user must master the skills of reinforcement and extinction.

Want to learn more about this free app? Visit:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Code Source: Accessibility

Code Source: Accessibility examines accessibility requirements that apply to commercial, residential, and existing buildings. The book focuses on four industry publications: the International building code and its Accessibility Reference Standard, the Revised American with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines, and the Federal Fair Housing Act's Accessibility Guidelines.

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Livable Communities for Aging Populations

Design solutions for building lifelong neighborhoods can be easier than you might think. Livable Communities for Aging Populations offers guidance on urban planning and building design that allows people to age in their own homes and communities. Access to healthcare and accessibility features are essential to "aging in place."

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Aging in Place training

This week, a new approach to an Aging in Place training will be offered. On October 11th, an interdisciplinary group of planners, public officials, neighborhood leaders, developers, public health experts and others, will spend two days creating a model Lifetime Community District (LCD) surrounding the Bloomington "B-Line" trail. An LCD is a zoning and public policy innovation created to incentivize and influence community development and redevelopment initiatives that promote livability for all ages and abilities.

Want more information? Visit:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Faces iMake

FACEWORLD™ is a virtual space where people create together, modify and improve each others art. It is a game, it is a challenge, it is a gallery. For example, you could create a face, upload it to FaceWorld™ and within minutes someone on the other side of the globe, could download it to their own iPad, modify it and upload a modified version to appear next to yours.

It's an extraordinary tool for developing right brain creative capabilities and expanding awareness. It enables kids to express themselves visually in a liberating way. An enthusiastic student will have more incentive to articulate verbally on his/her creation.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. People with disabilities are no less affected by this behavior than those without disabilities; in fact, they're probably more affected by it. Bullying can take the form of verbal, physical, or online attacks, and they can severely affect the victim's self-image, social interactions, and school performance.

For information on bullying prevention, visit:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TOP Soccer

Got an athlete with a disability who would enjoy a great game of soccer? Consider signing up for TOP SOCCER at Karst Farm Park for a game on October 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  The club needs both BUDDIES and ATHLETES, as well as help spreading the word. All are welcome.

TOP Soccer is a community based outreach program for athletes with disabilities to participate in the great game of soccer. Please visit Top Soccer Fall 2012 for a detailed brochure for this upcoming event.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What's New?

Have you noticed the nip in the air? the colors on the trees beginning to change? the pumpkins and scarecrows in the front yards? the sneezes surrounding you? Must be that October is here! But before we get too far into the month, let's take a look back at what new items were received in the library last month. Visit our What's New page at

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mobile App Monday - GoTalk NOW

Looking for a robust app for those who have difficulty speaking? GoTalk NOW combines the simplicity of GoTalks (Attainment Company’s popular original AAC device) with the capabilities of an iPad. GoTalk NOW has all the essentials of an effective AAC app, like adjustable page layouts, customizable navigation, recorded and text-to-speech capabilities, and an included symbol set.

Interested? Visit to learn more about it.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Buddy Walk Bloomington

Sunday, October 7th at Bryan Park
Check-In/Registration - 1:30pm
Walk the Buddy Walk - 3pm
Fun for ALL before and after the Walk
Want more information? Visit:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Become an ADA-Indiana Host Site

ADA-Indiana is seeking to partner with community organizations in Indiana to host a monthly series of Audio Conferences related to the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA-Indiana intends to support up to eight site locations for the 2012-2013 ADA Audio Conference Series, which runs from October 2012 to September 2013.

Organizations wishing to become a local host site for the 2012-2013 ADA Audio Conference series should submit a letter of intent postmarked by October 5th, or complete an online application. An Application Packet is available on the ADA-Indiana website. The packet includes more information about ADA-Indiana’s ADA Audio Conference program, and contains the specific instructions on how to apply.  Please visit the ADA-Indiana website to download the application packet, or complete the online application at For questions, contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mobile App Monday - ABA Receptive Identification

Looking for an app designed to teach language concepts to early learners? ABA Receptive Identification is used by educators and speech language pathologists worldwide. It offers over 300 beautiful, concrete photos presented against a non-distracting white background. Every image has been carefully selected for its familiarity, appeal to children and developmental value.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, September 21, 2012

ADA Quiz Book

Looking for a fun, interactive introduction to the updated regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act? This fourth edition of the ADA Quiz Book is a comprehensive ADA training tool appropriate for individual study or group trainings and seminars. The 105 pages and 45 activities have been updated and expanded to include information about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the revised ADA regulations implementing Titles II and III, and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The ADA Quiz Book includes an overview of the ADA and other disability rights laws, ADA resources, and an updated collection of quizzes, puzzles, and case study scenarios. Activities include implementation strategies for employers, state and local government programs and private businesses and organizations as well as self-advocacy strategies for individuals with disabilities.

Interested? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CeDIR Closed Tomorrow

Due to a staff training, the Center for Disability Information and Referral will be closed all day tomorrow, September 20th. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21st.

Workshops for parents of young children with disabilities

The International Talent Academy will be hosting two lectures at The Fountains in Carmel, Indiana, on Thursday, September 27, 2012. “The Pathway to Wellness” from 1:30-4:30 pm, will educate parents on improving the wellness of their children with cognitive impairments or other special needs. "Fit Baby, Smart Baby, Your Baby!” from 6:00-8:30 pm features ways to advance the physical and intellectual abilities of a young child.

Tickets to each lecture cost $15 per person and $25 per couple. Register online at

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Special Ed Laws and Regulations Workshop

Interested in learning basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21? About Special Kids (ASK) is offering an all day training on Friday, September 28, in Bloomington on Article 7 and IEPs. Come learn how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP.

The cost is $40 for family members and $75 for professionals.

For more information and to register, visit:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mobile App Monday - iHear Dialer

iHear Dialer allows you to dial phone numbers without looking at the keypad. As you move your hand around on the keypad, the dialer will tell you what number your finger is on and when you want that number, just release your finger.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Assistive Technology: A parent's perspective

The Family Center on Technology and Disability puts out a monthly newsletter. This month's focus is a parent perspective on assistive technology.

"As we begin the 2012-2013 school year, the Family Center on Technology and Disability is pleased to bring you the insights of Dana Nieder of New York City, a parent and former teacher and the author of the blog Uncommon Sense.

"Ms. Nieder is the mother of four-year-old Maya who is experiencing a so-far undiagnosable inability to vocalize, as well as fine and gross motor challenges. Through her blog, Ms. Nieder records her struggles, discoveries, and the resources she has found to be most helpful in navigating through the maze of challenges that are all-too-familiar to families of children with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive impairments. Readers of her blog benefit from Ms. Nieder’s generous sharing of photographs and videos documenting Maya’s experiences."

Want to read more? Visit:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities

From the book description:
"For more than two decades, the trusted Life Beyond the Classroom text has shaped the practices of thousands of professionals helping students make a smooth transition from school to adulthood. Now this landmark textbook is in a NEW fifth edition updated with the cutting-edge information professionals need in today's changing world, as young people with disabilities face unprecedented financial, family, employment, and educational challenges."

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Navigating Special Education Law and Policy

From the book description:
"Navigating Special Education Law and Policy is a landmark publication updated in 2012. This comprehensive guide to special education rights and responsibilities covers: IDEA and No Child Left Behind regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act, Rights and Privacy Act, recent and important court decisions, and updated statistical data. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding all aspects of special education law."

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships

Book Description for Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education:
"To succeed in increasingly diverse classrooms, tomorrow's special educators need explicit training on working effectively with all families. Prepare the next generation of teachers with this accessible text, developed by two highly respected experts on cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusive education.

"Ideal for use as a supplementary textbook in a wide range of courses related to special education, this book gives educators a practical framework for cultural reciprocity a process that helps professionals and families examine their own values, respect each other's differences, and collaborate skillfully to benefit children."

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mobile App Monday - PCS Articulation Flash Cards

For more than 25 years Mayer-Johnson has brought you Picture Communication Symbols (PCS™). Now they also bring you Picture Communication Symbol Apps! The PCS™ Apps can be used just as the traditional PCS™ you’ve come to know.

For Educators
Great for classroom activities, PCS™ Apps can be used with general education students, as well as with students who have Autism, Down Syndrome, language delays, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) and more.

For Speech-Language Pathologists
With PCS™ Apps, speech therapy can go wherever you go, and begin with the tap of a button. Ideal for SLPs who frequently move between different classrooms and facilities, you can customize the PCS™ to fit individual speech therapy goals.

For Parents
Parents can use PCS™ Apps to continue lessons at home or on the go. Use them to transform a 10-minute car ride into a time to strengthen existing skills and practice new ones.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs

Is your child having difficulty walking, talking, or reaching other developmental milestones? Pick up The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs: When to Worry, When to Wait, What to Do. Dr. Pellegrino explains in clear language the signs that an issue might be a disability and the next steps to take if it is. This book offers guidance on

  • speech and language development
  • motor skills development
  • social skills
  • learning and cognitive development
  • and more!

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