Monday, April 29, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Doodle Buddy

Doodle Buddy for iPad is a fun app for anyone. Those who need sensory stimulation or to work on fine motor skills will enjoy playing with their finger or all their fingers! Thousands of colors and playful stamps will keep them entertained. Don't worry about messing it up--the undo feature will take care of that. Shaking the iPad will let you start all over. Other features for this app include:

• Paint with one or multiple fingers
• Funny sounds paired with stamps
• Doodle and stamp all over your own pictures
• Lots of cool drawing tools: paintbrush, glitter, chalk, text, stencils, smudge and more!

Want to know more about it? Please visit:

Friday, April 26, 2013

May is Older Americans Month


May is Older Americans Month, and, once again, the City of Bloomington will be holding a month-long celebration called the Creative Aging Festival. Now in its third year, the festival boasts all kinds of ways to celebrate: through food, the arts, storytelling, and more!

To see the entire brochure announcing these events, please visit:

For additional event information not published in the brochure, please visit:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sailing is for Everyone!

Ever thought about sailing for someone with a disability? US Sailing has a website specifically for adaptive sailing. The site features video of people with disabilities sailing alone and with others, and it has resources for clubs that are interested in starting an adaptive sailing program. You can also find an adaptive resource sailing manual free for download.

Want to learn more? Please visit:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BARD Enhances Services to Patrons

"The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library recently unveiled enhanced services as part of the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). BARD enables registered patrons to download over 22,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazines directly from the program’s website."

Want to find out more about this service? Please visit:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Teenage Brain

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor Presents

The Teenage Brain

Tuesday, April 30th 

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Bloomington North High School

Sponsored by NAMI Greater Bloomington Area

For more information, please visit: 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Pocket Picture Planner

Pocket Picture Planner works with the desktop software, Picture Planner. This mobile app lets you view a personalized visual calendar of scheduled activities that you can create using Picture Planner.

"Use Picture Planner to create your schedule by selecting from either included photos and symbols or your own imported images. Then sync your schedule using Pocket Picture Planner to your iPhone or iPod touch to view the schedule, get visual prompts and reminders, and track activity completion on the go. It’s that simple!"

Ready to learn more about this self-management app for children, users with autism, TBI, and other cognitive disabilities, elders, second language learners, etc.? Please visit:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Who Cares About Kelsey?

From the Film Synopsis:
"Who Cares About Kelsey? follows Kelsey through the ups and downs of her senior year. As the film delves into Kelsey's life, we watch her navigate the halls and classrooms of her school and the fraught terrain of family and romantic relationships. Kelsey interacts with a military father who questions her account of the past and dismisses her plans for the future. She manages her relationship with a mother trying to atone for past failures that set in motion some of Kelsey's most destructive behaviors. She spends much of her time with a boyfriend she cherishes but whose loyalty and support for Kelsey's newly forming independence are uncertain.

"Who Cares About Kelsey? will make viewers reconsider the "problem kids" in their own high schools and spark new conversations about an education revolution that's about empowering--not overpowering--our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth."

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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Now I Get It!: Differentiate, Engage, and Read for Deeper Meaning

Need a practical resource to help with reading comprehension? Now I Get It! Differentiate, Engage, and Read for Deeper Meaning has strategies for differentiating instruction and supporting children with technology. Written mainly for education professionals, parents will also find it helpful when their children are doing homework and reading at home.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hearing Aids Better but Still Costly

According to a story by NPR last week, hearing aids have come a long way from the large, uncomfortable devices of the past. Today's versions are smarter, smaller, and have many more options for  those with hearing impairments. They still don't come cheap, however. Top-of-the-line digital hearing aids can cost thousands.

Music composer Richard Einhorn uses hearing aids due to a sudden hearing loss. Read his story at:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Typ-O HD

Looking for a word prediction app? Typ-O HD is that and more! It can also learn how you misspell words. It has a built-in text-to-speech component that lets you listen to what you wrote before you send it off to someone else. This is great for those who have trouble with writing or with fine motor control.

Want to learn more about this app? Please visit:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Breathing Room

Set in the 1940s when the whole world was in turmoil, Breathing Room takes us to a sanatorium to follow the hopeful recovery of Evvy Hoffmeister, a thirteen year old girl with an unfortunate, for the time, last name. Evvy has tuberculosis, disease that killed hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The political unrest at the time touches the girls even in this secluded place of healing.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Back to Front and Upside Down

Back to Front and Upside Down is a wonderful children's book for those with dyslexia. A classmate helps Stan understand, when Stan writes his letters all wrong, that nobody's good at everything. Stan finds that with a little extra help and a lot of practice, his letters come out all right.

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Don't Call Me Inspirational

From the book description:
"In her empowering and at times confrontational memoir, Don't Call Me Inspirational, Rousso who has cerebral palsy, describes overcoming the prejudice against disability--not overcoming disability. She addresses the often absurd and ignorant attitudes of strangers, friends, and family.

"Rousso also examines her own prejudice toward her disabled body, and portrays the healing effects of intimacy and creativity, as well as her involvement with the disability rights community. She intimately reveals herself with honesty and humor and measures her personal growth as she goes from "passing" to embracing and claiming her disability as a source of pride, positive identity, and rebellion."

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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Fluency Tracker

Looking for an app to help those who have a tendency to stutter? Fluency tracker© may be just what you need. It's an app "that will complement the services of speech therapists in making progress towards a more fluent speech, positive feelings about speech, and reducing avoidance behaviors that are associated with stuttering." Use it to track changes in fluency, behaviors and feelings associated with speaking.

Interested? Visit to learn more about this app.

Friday, April 5, 2013

What's New?

Wondering what's new? Each month, we take a look back at the new items we received the previous month in the library by way of a topical list. From disability awareness to learning disabilities to transition, we received a variety of new books last month.

To view the list, please visit:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Parkinson's Awareness Month

Did you know that, in addition to Autism Awareness Month, April is also Parkinson's Awareness Month?   The Parkinson's Disease Foundation has put together a kit to help make raising awareness easier. To find out more about this kit, please visit:

In addition, there will be a presentation sponsored by the Parkinson's Awareness Association of Central Indiana on Monday, April 15th, at 6:30 p.m. This event will have a special guest speaker, Dr. Mohammad Hassan, Movement Disorder Specialist, Pharmacist, and Professor of Neurology in Hartford, CT. This event will take place at the Marriott North at Keystone at the Crossing 3645 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis. To find out more about this event and to register, please visit:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Community-Based Participatory Research

From the book description:
"Community Based Participatory Research by Dr. Karen Hacker presents a practical approach to CBPR by describing how an individual researcher might understand and then actually conduct CBPR research. This how-to book provides a concise overview of CBPR theoretical underpinnings, methods considerations, and ethical issues in an accessible format interspersed with real life case examples that can accompany other methodological texts in multiple disciplines."

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Soccer for youth with disabilities

This soccer mom's got it on the brain! With the nicer weather that we're currently having comes the chance to play more outdoors and, to many, that means SOCCER! TOPSoccer is a community-based program for kids ages 8 and older to practice and play. "The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players, age 8 and older, who have a mental or physical disability." Come on, kids, score that GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!

Want more information about this program? Please visit:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mobile App Monday - iWriteWords

"iWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game." Give your child or student a helping hand with this app. Drawing the letters with your finger will also help with fine motor skills.

To learn more about this app, please visit: