Friday, February 28, 2014

Equity and Full Participation for Individuals with Severe Disabilities: A Vision for the Future

Looking to strengthen supports and services for people with severe disabilities? Equity and full participation for individuals with severe disabilities: A vision for the future can help. More than a dozen topics critical to the lives of those with severe disabilities are covered along with suggestions of reforms to policy and practice.

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Advice from the FDA on medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a booklet for those who use medical devices that require electricity to operate, Home Use Devices: How to Prepare For and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity. This could be especially useful for people with disabilities. In the event of a power outage, this booklet serves as "an established plan to obtain and organize your medical device information, take necessary actions so that you can continue to use your device, have the necessary supplies for the operation of your device, and know where to go or what to do during a power outage."

To read and print the FDA's booklet, please visit:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Design and Deliver

Need ideas to help students sharpen executive function skills, improve comprehension, and stay engaged during lessons? Check out Design and deliver: Planning and teaching using universal design for learning. In this easy-to-read book, K-12 educators will learn how to use the three key principles of UDL "Engagement, Representation, and Action & Expression." Learn how to present information in multiple ways and meet the needs of diverse learners.

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sleep better!

Sleep better! A guide to improving sleep for children with special needs is an updated edition that offers help and hope for parents who have a child with nighttime disruptions. Authored by a psychologist and father, the book helps parents develop a positive outlook and attitude as they work to resolve their child’s challenges.

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Distance Between Us

Back in December, we posted about a book we had on order, and it's now available to be checked out. The Distance Between Us is a story of twins, the younger one diagnosed after birth with cerebral palsy.

To see our original post in December, please visit:

To check out CeDIR's copy, email us at To find a copy in a library near you, visit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Got Research?

CeDIR has received a good bit of research material recently. Here's a short list of what's we now have in the library.

Cooper, H. M. (2011). Reporting research in psychology: How to meet journal article reporting standards. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Daiute, C. (2013). Narrative inquiry: A dynamic approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Fink, A. (2014). Conducting research literature reviews: From the internet to paper. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Nicol, A. A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (2010). Displaying your findings: A practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Nicol, A. A. M., Pexman, P. M. (2010). Presenting your findings: A practical guide for creating tables. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Sternberg, R. J. (2014). Writing successful grant proposals from the top down and bottom up. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Want to check something out? Email us at

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Telecommunication Technology for All

Heard about an equipment distribution program for those who are deaf-blind? The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) ensures that everyone with deaf-blindness has access to and training for equipment to help them be a contributing member of society. iCanConnect provides outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology and training free of charge.

For more information on this program, please visit:

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Glow Draw

Got a kid who needs help with fine motor skills? Got one who needs sensory stimulation? Try Glow Draw. This free app allows you to draw in several bright colors against a black background. Learn more about this app at:!/id364873934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bloomington Seeks Public Input on ADA Transition Plan

As part of the City of Bloomington’s ongoing effort to comply with the requirements and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City is seeking public input on a draft version of an update to its ADA Transition Plan. The City of Bloomington prepared its first ADA Transition Plan in 1990 and has updated it several times since then.

The City of Bloomington’s draft update of its ADA Transition Plan can be accessed online at A printed version is available for review at the Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., in the Indiana Room. Printed and Braille versions of the plan will also be available in the Planning Department office at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St, Suite 160.

Residents have the opportunity to provide input on the draft plan until Feb. 28.  Written comments can be sent to the Planning Department via email at or by mail to 401 N. Morton St., Ste. 160, Bloomington, IN 47404. Residents also may comment by contacting the Planning Department directly at 349-3423.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

7th Grader Develops Braille Printer

A 7th grader in the San Francisco Bay area has developed a Braille printer using a Legos building set and a few items from a home improvement store. His printer is 80% cheaper than a standard one! Shubham Banerjee has received special recognition by the California State Assembly for his printer, and he hopes someday to make the printer design and the software open source.

To read the entire story, please visit:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to Do Your Research Project

Wondering about:

  • How to choose your research question?
  • Project management and study skills?
  • Doing an effective literature review?
  • Methodology, theory and research design?
  • Ethics and access?
  • Tools for data collection?

Then pick up How to Do Your Research Project, 2nd edition. This book will guide you through the complete research process with relevant advice and real world examples, jargon-free language and anecdotal evidence. Get your questions answered and find best practices through every stage of your project.

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FEMA and Disability Integration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently disbursed its monthly newsletter, the Disability Integration Update. If you didn't get one, the newsletter is "a monthly compilation of news, events and resources related to disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities by and for people with disabilities or access and functional needs." It is meant to offer information for FEMA Region V partners interested in inclusive emergency management. Stories in January's issue include:

  • Home Heating Safety
  • FEMA Hiring Disability Integration Advisor Reservists
  • US Department of Justice Publishes New Technical Assistance Documents
  • Federal Hiring of People with Disabilities Increases

Want a copy? Comments, questions and requests for alternate formats can be directed to Jessica Mitchell, Region V Disability Integration Specialist, at 312-408-5499 or

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Dyseggxia

Dyseggxia is a mobile game that helps children with dyslexia overcome their reading and writing problems by the means of fun word games. All exercises in Dyseggxia have been scientifically designed to target reading and writing errors specific for dyslexic children.

Interested? Learn more at: