Friday, May 29, 2015

Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a deeply moving, inspirational documentary about the power of music. Watch as people who are living with dementia transform when listening to music that stirs their soul.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Applied qualitative research design: A total quality framework approach

Applied qualitative research design: A total quality framework approach provides a comprehensive framework for creating, managing, and interpreting qualitative research studies that yield valid and useful information. Examples of studies from a wide range of disciplines illustrate the strengths, limitations, and applications of the primary qualitative methods: in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, ethnography, content analysis, and case study and narrative research.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Community Arts Classes: Arts for All Abilities

Very Special Arts Indiana (VSAI) is enrolling now for our Community Arts Classes for all ages and abilities! Classes start June 1st and a few spaces are left on Wednesdays (4:00-5:30 pm) or Saturdays (10:30 am-noon).  Each class includes a clay and 2-D visual arts activity. Tuition is on a sliding scale, starting at $20/8-week session.

Visit the website or call 317-974-4123 to enroll.

To register:

More information:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dolls with disabilities

A British toy maker is now making dolls that look just like their owners--disabilities and all. Makie has so far made dolls that use hearing aids, a cane, and one that has a facial birthmark. And according to their blog, they're now working on making a wheelchair.

The dolls ship from the U.K. to the U.S. and all over the world. Check it out at:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Holiday hours

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, CeDIR will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 22nd and will re-open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 26th.

Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New early childhood newsletter

The Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community has created a newsletter that will be offered on a quarterly basis. The newsletter will be "focusing on current research and best practices for Early Childhood professionals and settings to inform practices in the state of Indiana."

To sign up for email notices of this newsletter, please visit:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Family-centered Early Intervention

Focusing on the specific needs and challenges of children from birth to three, Family-centered Early Intervention gathers more than a dozen expert contributors with proven expertise in helping children who have or are at risk for developmental delays. Early interventionists will learn recommended practices for family-centered, evidence-based intervention and team collaboration, knowledge they'll use for the rest of their careers to ensure the best possible outcomes for infants and young children. -book description

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Music therapy handbook

Looking for some help with music therapy? Music Therapy Handbook has plenty of case material and provides a comprehensive overview of music therapy, from basic concepts to emerging clinical approaches. Experts review psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and developmental foundations and describe major techniques. An expansive section on clinical applications examines music therapy with children and adults, as well as its role in medical settings.

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

Managing the cycle of acting-out behavior in the classroom

Got students who are acting-out in the classroom? Managing the cycle of acting-out behavior in the classroom can help. This latest edition of the book offers insights into new research in applied behavior analysis, tips on instruction, and functional behavioral assessment to help you with interventions. It includes case studies, checklists, tools, and more.

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mobile App Monday - American Wordspeller

Looking for help with spelling especially for someone with dyslexia or has English as a second language? American Wordspeller might be just what you're looking for. This app offers to help you spell words by how they sound even if you can only get the first two or three letters. Type "fone" and your results might be: fone, phone funny, and phony along with the definitions just to be sure.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Developmental Profile 3

Like previous versions, this fully revised third edition of the Developmental Profile evaluates children’s functioning in five key areas, in just 20 to 40 minutes. However, this edition adds norm-based standard scores, an expanded age range, updated item content, clearer interpretive guidelines, a nationally representative standardization sample, new empirical studies demonstrating its reliability and validity, and unlimited computer scoring and interpretation.

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Assistive Technology 101

Introduction to Assistive Technology:
Assistive Technology 101

June 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. to noon

Looking for a free training that will introduce you to new technology, equipment, and services for people with disabilities? High-tech and low-tech solutions will be shown to help increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact AgrAbility Coordinator Linda Tarr at 812.849.4447 or

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Plan Your Visit to CeDIR

Did you know that you can come visit us at the CeDIR library to browse the collection and get personalized services based on your specific needs? We strive to maintain regular hours of operation, but given our small staff, sometimes meetings or offsite programs can take us away from the office. Calling ahead can help ensure staff are available to help you during your visit.

We are located at 1905 N. Range Road in Bloomington, Indiana; however, the easiest way to find us is to type “Indiana Institute on Disability and Community” into Google maps. This will provide an exact result. Other map services are less specific about our location.

We are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed during our lunch hour from 11:30 to 12:30. We are closed most holidays and often closed for two weeks at the end of the year.

There are times that we need to be closed to attend meetings or other programs. We strive to communicate these closings through our website and blogs. Please check these and call or email us before coming to the library to ensure that we will be open and available to help you.

Contact Us
Phone: 800-437-7924 (in Indiana) or 812-855-9396
Blogs: and

Bicycle Camp for Individuals with Disabilities Now Accepting Applications

iCan Bike Camp, an event that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheeled bicycle, is coming to Bloomington later this summer and is now accepting rider applications. The program will take place August 17-21, 2015, at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. The five-day camp requires riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day with all the sessions meeting during the after-school hours.

To be eligible to enroll, riders must be at least eight years old, have a disability and be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane. Riders must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Riders must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds.

The iCan Bike program is offered through iCan Shine, a national nonprofit organization that collaborates with local organizations to host camps in their communities. This camp is being hosted in Bloomington by the Down Syndrome Family Connection and the Bloomington Chapter of the Autism Society of Indiana. Sponsors include the Herald-Times, Monroe County Autism Foundation, and Indiana University Health. The Bicycle Garage has joined as a local bike shop partner for the event.

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Game imitates life with dementia

According to an article on Mashable yesterday, a 21 year old student has created a video game as a final honors project for his degree that simulates what life would be like if the player had Alzheimer's or other dementia. "Alexander Tarvet, a student in Abertay University's Game Design & Production Management program in Dundee, Scotland, aims to use the game to raise awareness of the brain disease, in which a person's memory, thinking and problem-solving skills progressively worsen over time."

Read the entire article at:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Jigsaw Puzzle Bug

Looking for a puzzle app that users of all ages will enjoy? Jigsaw Puzzle Bug is an app that helps users develop problem solving and hand-eye coordination along with visual memory and fine motor control. The number of puzzle pieces can be adjusted based on user ability.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Inclusive practice in the primary school: A guide for teachers

Looking for help with inclusion with young children? Inclusive practice in the primary school: A guide for teachers can help you feel more confident teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It provides clear and flexible frameworks for effective inclusive teaching, and explains how to teach and plan for supporting any child’s learning, no matter what their needs are.

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Free screening of the documentary Alive Inside

Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Monroe County Library Auditorium

Speaker: Michael Gerhard of Ball State University and Music and Memory - Muncie

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s astonishing ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett.

Sponsors: The Center on Aging and Community at Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, 
Monroe County Public Library, and The Ryder Film Series

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May is mental health awareness month

May is national mental health awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control about 1 in 4 Americans is currently living with mental illness. This is significant not only for the mental illnesses themselves but also for the oftentimes secondary factors that can accompany them such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity:

Many organizations are trying to bring about change in the way that mental illness is identified and supported. Here are just a few:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Sago Mini Fairy Tales

Looking for a fun app to build creativity and communication in your little one? Sago Mini Fairy Tales is great for preschool, elementary and speech therapy students. Mini Fairy Tales provides a rich, playful world, but still leaves enough space for children to introduce their own stories. Help your child increase purposeful touch, increase creative play, and develop language skills.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, May 1, 2015

What's New?

Happy May Day everybody! As they say, April showers (we had a few, didn't we?) bring May flowers. And sometimes allergies--but let's don't look for them. Let's look, instead, at what new items came in to the library last month.

To see the entire list, please visit: