Friday, July 31, 2015

Makeathon Calling for Challenges

TOM, UCP of the North Bay and will host the Bay Area Makeathon focused on assistive technology and the needs of people with disabilities September 11-13, 2015. "During the 72 hour makeathon we will develop hardware and software product prototypes designed to meet needs that people with disabilities identify are important to them. By bringing together people who understand the needs ('need-knowers') alongside engineers, designers, developers and makers, and providing a space for innovation and prototyping, we will create solutions, make new connections and share unique experiences."

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

The survival guide for kids with ADHD

 In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, The survival guide for kids with ADHD helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Special Olympics World Games LA2015

Want to keep up with the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles? The games began last Saturday and will continue until Sunday, August 2nd. A robust website has been set up for the games and has loads of information about the competitions, results, and ceremonies.

Read all about the games at

Results can be searched at

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Special Olympics 2015

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games opened in Los Angeles this past weekend in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. More than 6,000 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries are participating this year. Want to keep up with the news from the games? You can with The LA2015 App. It's a fun, new way for you to keep in touch and join the global community.

Want more information on the app? Please visit:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Last Chance for VR Employment Model/Rate Structure Training

The Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is offering one final day of training for the state’s vocational rehabilitation personnel, community employment providers, and other key stakeholders wanting to attend the Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services Model workshop. The additional training will be Tuesday, July 28th, at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alzheimer's and the search for a drug

According to an article from NPR Shots, younger people with Alzheimer's may be key in finding a drug to combat the disease. DIAN (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network) is an international research project based at Washington University in St. Louis. They created DIAN TU (the TU stands for Trials Unit) to help participants get access to experimental drugs.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Observations Based on Sensory Integration Theory

Observations Based on Sensory Integration Theory is a DVD and workbook covering two 30-minute presentations that demonstrate the administration and interpretation of specific observations, including those originally defined by DR. A. Jean Ayres as "Clinical Observations." The workbook includes a table of observations, normative information, and a glossary of terms, references and worksheets.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Join July’s ADA-Indiana Audio Conference and commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA by welcoming representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The DOJ and EEOC will provide updates on their litigation, technical assistance, and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.

The ADA Update Audio Conference session will be available at six Indiana locations (Bloomington, Gary, Indianapolis (two locations), Terre Haute, and Versailles) on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 form 2:00 -3:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Don’t forget to join in Indiana’s State ADA25 Celebration on Friday, July 24th at the Indiana State Museum.

ADA Anniversary Update: 25 Years Later
Tuesday, July 21st   
2:00-3:30 p.m. EASTERN 

6 Indiana Locations
Free and Open to the Public

Register for the webcast on your own

For more information, please visit: or contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508 or email

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Baby Rattle Toy

Looking for an app to use with babies? Teach them cause and effect at a young age with Baby Rattle Toy, an interactive app that supports your baby’s development through touch, sound and sight.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Occupational therapy in sensory processing and sensory integration

Designed primarily for clinical practitioners, Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration is a vital reference for occupational therapy students and educators and provides a clear definition on the role of occupational therapy services for policymakers and other health care professionals who work with children and adolescents these disorders.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety

After witnessing firsthand the detrimental effect that social anxiety had on close friends and family, two Stanford graduates create Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challenges. In an article found at, the two creators discuss the reasons why they began the program and how it works.

Read the entire article at:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bloomington, Ind. – The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility will host a public celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The festivities will take place Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the B-Line Trail at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market, 401 N. Morton St.

 Eight agencies, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Down Syndrome Family Connection, Stone Belt, Area Agency on Aging, LIFEDesigns, League of Women Voters, Ivy Tech and The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, will offer a series of fun and thought-provoking challenges that raise awareness on accessibility issues. Participants will be given scorecards and a chance to win a cupcake and be entered into a drawing for door prizes, as well. Local recording artists Sharlee Davis and Will Devitt will provide entertainment. Join in the fun and learn how to make Bloomington a community for all to feel welcomed.

 In addition to the festivities, the event will hold a presentation to award recipients of the AccessAbility decal to local businesses. AccessAbility decals are rewarded to businesses that meet accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as determined by CCA volunteers and are thus welcoming to people with disabilities, their friends and families. Businesses that will be presented with with a decal at the event are:
   • Bub’s Burger’s, 480 N. Morton St.
   • Bloomington Housing Authority, 1007 N. Summitt St.
   • Domo Steak and Sushi, Inc.,106 S. Franklin Rd.

 Any business may obtain a decal, but its parking spaces, access paths, entrances and doors, service counters, common areas and restrooms must meet the basic requirements of the ADA in order to qualify. CCA members provide free accessibility screenings for businesses and award decals throughout the year.

 For a complete list of Council for Community Accessibility volunteer opportunities and activities or to request an accessibility screening, visit or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at or 812.349.3471.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PRESERVE: Local Disability History

PRESERVE: Local Disability History with Alan Rowe, Local History Partners Coordinator, Indiana Historical Society

DATE: Friday, July 24th
TIME: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Indiana State Museum (Training Conference Room)
COST: Free

Dr. Phil Stafford will provide a brief overview of the Indiana Disability History Project and the importance and role of local disability organizations. Alan Rowe from the Indiana Historical Society will provide an overview of how to locate, preserve, and care for your invaluable records, documents, and photographs related to your organization and your local community. He will explain that you don’t have to be a historian to use simple, effective techniques for preserving your organizational and community documents and photographs to preserve your local disability history.

(The class is limited to the first 30 registrants.)

Plan to stay for the afternoon reception to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!

To register, please visit:

Friday, July 10, 2015

INDOT seeks members for ADA Advisory Working Group

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking applications from Indiana residents for its Americans with Disabilities Act Community Advisory Working Group.

INDOT seeks individuals from a broad cross-section of Indiana for the panel, and membership is open to anyone. It particularly seeks individuals with disabilities, disability advocates, or individuals who provide services to persons with disabilities. Members serve two-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.

Selected working group members provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT's ADA Transition Plan, including efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning. The voluntary group meets quarterly at various locations throughout the state.

Interested Individuals should contact Erin Hall by Aug. 3 via email at or by fax at 317-233-0891.

White House holds its Conference on Aging

Once each decade since the 1960s, the White House holds its Conference on Aging (WHCOA).  The 2015 WHCOA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, and it is scheduled for Monday, July 13. The City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the public to participate in a livestream viewing session of the conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL), 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Rm. 2A. There will be a break from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. for participants to obtain their own lunch if they wish.

The Conference will focus on four key issues: healthy aging, long-term services and supports, elder justice and retirement security. WHCOA organizers have been gathering input from older Americans, their families, caregivers and the general public throughout the past year in regional forums and via their website. Through this input, detailed policy briefs have been prepared on each of the four key issues, which can be found in full on the WHCOA website,

The viewing will offer participants the chance to join in on Bloomington’s discussion of “the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.”  Commissioners will be present at MCPL throughout the livestream session. Members of the public are welcome to join the event at any point; no pre-registration is required.

For additional information, contact Program Specialist Sue Owens at or 812.349.3468.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Occupational therapy evaluation for children: A pocket guide

Providing an overview of theory as well as step-by-step coverage of techniques, Occupational therapy evaluation for children: A pocket guide includes clinical examples that illustrate the application of content, as well as client and family-centered practice; illustrations that demonstrate assessment techniques; and extensive tables that summarize key assessments, techniques, and actions. -book description

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tips for Families Working with Professionals

Families are a huge part of the life of a child with a disability, and a lot of times that means family members are directly involved with all types of professionals who support the child. The following was developed to help families work with these professionals.

  • Become as knowledgeable as possible about your child. Read as many books and articles as you can. Attend lectures and workshops. Become involved in a parent group.
  • You know your child better than anyone else. Professionals know more about their profession than you do. But you know your child best. Each of you have a special knowledge that can help your child.
  • Everyone responds better when treated respectfully. It is important for both you and the professional to be equal members of the team. You can both help your child best if you work together as a team.
  • Before an appointment, write down questions about the things you want to discuss with the professional. Bring the notes with you. Be specific and use examples whenever you can. Write down the answers as they are given. You may not be able to remember everything later.
  • Ask the professional to explain things to you if you do not understand the terms or acronyms being used. Don't be embarrassed to ask for an explanation. You need to know what is being said.
  • If you do not understand how the professional came to a conclusion, ask for the specific reasons behind it. A recommendation will always make more sense if you clearly see what led to it. Continue to ask questions until you understand the professional's thinking.
  • Do not be afraid to disagree with professionals about their recommendations for your child. You know your child in a way they cannot. If you think what they are suggesting will not work for your child, talk about it. Remember, you are a team.
  • Explain your point of view in a calm, courteous way. If you are calm, rather than angry when expressing your opinion, the professional will be much more likely to see you as a partner who has a different point of view rather than as a "difficult parent." It is okay to disagree, to express emotion, cry or be angry, but if you are feeling "out of control," it may be better to take a break or to stop and schedule another meeting.
  • Parents and professionals should respect each other's time. It is important to make an appointment and be punctual. You need to ensure that both you and the professional have enough time to meet and thoroughly discuss any problems.
  • If you need more time with the professional, say so. One appointment may not be long enough to get all your questions answered. The professional should be willing to schedule more time to meet with you. Ask for the best time to make an appointment for a longer talk with the professional.
  • Keep in contact with the professionals involved with your child. Suggest and schedule meetings on a regular basis, as agreed upon by both you and the professional.
  • Keep all of your child's important records in a safe place. You will need to refer to them often. This will help professionals know your child's history so they do not do things over again. Keep all of these records in a box, a notebook, or a file to help you remember what educational, medical, therapy and/or social services your child has received.
  • Encourage members of your child's professional team to talk with one another. Part of your job is to make sure all the professionals in your child's life are communicating with each other.
  • Professionals like to know when they are doing a good job. A "thank you" can mean a lot and will go a long way towards guaranteeing that they continue to do the best job for your child.
  • If you cannot work things out with a professional directly, you may need to discuss your problems with their supervisor. Make sure you have made every effort to resolve things with the professional before you see the supervisor.
  • If you have tried all of the above and still cannot work effectively with the professional, think about changing to a different person. Sometimes people simply cannot get along. If you have done the best you can and still do not feel comfortable with a professional, you will be better off finding someone else to help your family.

Adapted from 16 Tips for Dealing with Professionals written by the Parent Involvement Committee of the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Everyday Grooves

Got a child who has difficulty with schedules? Everyday Grooves will help make setting up routines and structure easier by using music. Twelve songs offer support in such tasks as:

  • Waking up
  • Brushing teeth
  • Getting dressed
  • Saying goodbye
  • And more!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Holiday hours and What's New

Holiday Hours

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

What's New

But before we get to that noisy, fun-filled, colorful holiday, have you been wondering what's new in the library? Topics cover anxiety, autism, personal safety, social skills, and more! To view the entire list, please visit: