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
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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.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Go Purple to End Alzheimer's

September is World Alzheimer's Month, and Color for a Cure is an Alzheimer’s Association awareness and fundraising campaign taking place this month. For $20, you can have stylists put a purple swath in your hair, with the money going to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

To learn about the details, visit:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Still time to register for annual Fish-Tival

Herald-Times Report

People of all ages with disabilities, along with their families and friends, can participate in the annual Fish-Tival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Paynetown on Lake Monroe.

The Department of Natural Resources will provide casting lessons and information about the fish in Lake Monroe, and a person who raises hawks will show and provide information about them.

Participants can fish from the accessible pier or can fish or ride on pontoon boats. There will be live music, a pulled pork picnic and awards for most fish caught, ugliest fish, youngest person to catch a fish and oldest person to catch a fish.

No fishing licenses are necessary. Fishing gear, bait, lunch and all activities are free. The only charge is the Paynetown Park admission fee of $5 per car. To register or get more information, call 800-845-6914.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Social Security and Other Benefits Explained

Registration is now open for this fall’s Learning the Basics: Social Security and Other Federal and State Benefits, a two-day informational workshop from the Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers, for VR counselors, mental health professionals, service coordinators, employment specialists, and case managers.

Training dates and location:
     October 15 and 16
     8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
     Fort Harrison State Park Inn
     Indianapolis, IN

Participants will learn more about:

  • The Basics of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI);
  • SSI and SSDI Eligibility, Application, Appeals, and Overpayments;
  • Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program;
  • HUD, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Medicaid Eligibility and Work Incentives; and
  • Work Incentives for SSDI, SSI and Other State and Federal Benefit Programs.

Registration cost is $110, but there is no charge for VR personnel, who are sponsored by Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Deadline for registration is October 1. For more information about the workshop and a registration link,visit: