Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Going solo while raising children with disabilities

Going solo while raising children with disabilities is the first book for solo parents whose kids have a wide variety of disabilities (physical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric), and who are widowed, separated, divorced, single by choice, adoptive or foster parents, or military spouses with deployed partners. With reliable coping strategies gleaned from a practicing psychologist and specialist in disability adjustment, this book's insightful personal narratives and the author's deconstruction of these to offer universal lessons--from the basic (e.g., practice mindfulness to de-stress) to the profound (e.g., cultivate gratitude as the antidote to resentment).

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Love to Count by Pirate Trio

Looking for an app that will help your child enjoy learning math? Love to Count Pirate Trio creatively demonstrates the idea of numbers being the indicators of order, time, weight and quantity, enhancing their natural urge to find order in the world of numbers and shapes.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Arts for All Fest

VSA Indiana invites you to join them for an exciting event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and their transition from VSAI to ArtMix: Art Redefining Disability.

Arts for All Fest is a FREE family-friendly event held on July 22nd, designed to ensure access for people of all ages and abilities. During the Fest, attendees will enjoy a smorgasbord of arts workshops including drumming, dancing, painting, collage, and more! Food and door prizes are also part of the fun!

ArtMix/VSA Indiana
1505 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tickets are free, but limited. Please click below to RSVP.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Warning signs of Alzheimer's

Do you suspect that a friend or loved one might have Alzheimer's disease? An article on CNN.com offers 10 warning signs of the disease and highlights concerns about self-diagnosing with online tests.

Read the entire article here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success

Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he was equipped with the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie's point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Save the Date!

Down Syndrome Indiana is announcing its 9th Annual 2015 Fly-in Open House to be held on August 1st, 2015. Down Syndrome Indiana is excited to work with Montgomery Aviation again this year for the 9th Annual Fly-In and Open House at the Indianapolis Executive Airport.

The Indianapolis Executive Airport is located at:
11329 East SR 32, Zionsville, IN 46077

For more information, please visit:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Starfall

Looking for a game app for children who might be having trouble learning to read? Starfall was developed by a PhD who struggled to read as a child. Its colorful graphics, fun music, and educational games make it an app even older children enjoy.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ADA Legacy Bus Stop in Bloomington

Friday, June 19th 
Noon  - 2:00 p.m. (Drop in at any time!)

Monroe County History Center
202 E. 6th. St., Bloomington

The ADA Legacy Bus Tour Stop in Bloomington will be on Friday, June 19th, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Monroe County History Center. The Bus Stop will coincide with the opening reception for an exhibition in the “Community Voices” Gallery on some of the history of disability in Monroe County.

- Get your picture taken with the ADA Legacy Bus! “The Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness and build excitement about ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” Find out more about the ADA Legacy Bus Tour at http://www.adalegacy.com/ada25/ada-legacy-tour.

- Visit the Monroe County “Disability Experience” Exhibit in the Community Voices Galley: The purpose of the exhibit is to preserve the history of the disability movement and its impact on individuals, families, and community; celebrate milestones in the development of services and supports; educate the public about the changing role and position of individuals with disabilities in Monroe County. The exhibit includes fascinating profiles of local residents Byron Smith, Carl Selby (deceased), and Carolyn Abbitt (whose art work will also be on display at the History Center throughout the summer).

- Meet Brother Dave Smith, one of our own locals, who will be joining the ADA Legacy Bus Tour in July as one of the volunteer drivers on the tour, and will be on the bus as it enters Washington D.C. for the “national” celebration.

- Take part in a national campaign to “pledge on” and sign either an individual or organization pledge to recommit to the full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pledge Cards will be available onsite.

All are welcome. An ASL interpreter will be available for the duration of the event. For more information about this event, directions to the location, or to request an accommodation, please contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail, mnorris@indiana.edu.

The Monroe County History Center is located at 202 E. 6th. St., Bloomington. Museum Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4 pm. Phone (812) 332-2517.

They will be giving away free ADA25 Commemoratives!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

When my worries get too big!: A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety

When my worries get too big!: A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety is an illustrated children's book with tips on how to recognize and cope with anxiety. This expanded second edition includes teaching ideas for parents and educators and other professionals.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Something different?

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. Our site sports a fresh new look, incorporates mobile responsiveness for viewing on desktops, tablets, and mobile/phone browsing, and features a powerful new search tool from Google to enhance the user search experience! We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site!

For questions or comments, contact Joel Fosha at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail foshaj@indiana.edu.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Training for families with special needs

Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. Some common reactions can be “What do I do now?  Where do I start?”  This training provides families with a brief overview of how to:
find support for your child and family,
find information and services,
find coverage to pay for services, and
will help you start thinking about the future

This training is geared to help parents map out the next steps for their child and family.  

Date:   June 24, 2015
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location:   St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
                 100 N. State Road 46 Bypass
                  Bloomington, IN  47408

Cost: FREE 
                Registration Required

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mobile App Monday - Animated Puzzle 1

Looking for some help with fine motor control and/or visual-spatial acuity? Enjoy this new, exciting puzzle format, incorporating animation and movement into the classic puzzle game. In this new game a child creates an animated scene by reordering the puzzle pieces.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit: