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: