Friday, December 23, 2016

Library Holiday Hours

Wondering when the library will close for the holidays? We generally follow the public school calendar's closings here in Bloomington, so this year we will be closed the week following Christmas Day and the week following New Year's Day. We will be open until December 23rd and will be closed until January 9th.

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The kids' guide to staying awesome and in control: Simple stuff to help children regulate their emotions and senses

The kids' guide to staying awesome and in control: Simple stuff to help children regulate their emotions and senses is a 112-page book for kids in 3rd grade through the 6th. Written by an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory integration and self-regulation strategies for children and young people.

This book is written in two parts. The first part is for kids. From learning how to understand what they're feeling to learning how to use tools to recover their control and self-regulation, this part offers loads of tips and strategies (and the science behind why to use them) to help kids stay grounded when they are beginning to feel out of control. The second part is written for adults and includes some background on sensory disorders along with suggested charts to use as visuals for kids.

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Talkabout for teenagers: Developing social & emotional communication skills

Talkabout for teenagers: Developing social & emotional communication skills is a program to help professionals develop group sessions on social and relationship skills for teenagers with social, emotional or behavioral difficulties. It offers a way to assess each child's level of social skill to help identify where to begin teaching with a mix of activities, group discussions, worksheets and handouts. This edition has been thoroughly updated and edited for a US audience.

The book begins with an introduction covering the theory behind the talkabout approach (where basic skills are taught first and more complex skills last) and key points for setting up and running the group sessions. The assessment includes a student interview and self-assessment and a social skills rating assessment. The program is then broken out into 5 levels and can be started wherever the group needs to begin. Activities are offered at the end of the book along with forms for session planning and evaluation.

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Library Holiday Hours

Wondering when the library will close for the holidays? We generally follow the public school calendar's closings here in Bloomington, so this year we will be closed the week following Christmas Day and the week following New Year's Day. We will be open until December 23rd and will be closed until January 9th.

Happy holidays!

CeDIR Hours

CeDIR will be open from 8:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
on Dec. 15, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Co-planning for co-teaching: Time-saving routines that work in inclusive classrooms

Co-planning for co-teaching: Time-saving routines that work in inclusive classrooms is a 64-page booklet to help educators who are co-teaching with effective strategies to plan out their instruction. Written by a professor in special education, this guide will assist teachers in both general and special education.

This booklet includes strategies for elementary and secondary co-teachers on "how to eliminate the frustration and barriers often associated with co-planning, how to maintain the rigor of the coursework, how best to address the needs of students, and co-planning strategies for meeting IEP goals."

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Educating students with severe and multiple disabilities: A collaborative approach

Educating students with severe and multiple disabilities: A collaborative approach is a 552-page fifth edition of a bestselling textbook that offers a thoroughly updated, and streamlined version. Written for both current and future educators, this book is packed with research and teaching strategies in a team-based, collaborative approach. Folks from special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication, counseling, and pediatrics fields all had a hand in this edition. New to this edition are chapters on teaching strategies and transition to adulthood, cutting-edge information on assistive technology and understanding challenging behaviors, case stories at the start of each chapter, and more!

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mobile App Monday - 25 Greatest Christmas Stories

Looking for an app for those horse-drawn sleigh rides over the river and through the woods? This simple app offers 25 of the most beloved Christmas stories. Read these beautifully illustrated stories with your child or have them practice on their own. Stories include:

* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
* The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
* The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
* The Cobbler's Guest by Leo Tolstoy
* The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke
* And more!

For more information, please visit:

Friday, December 9, 2016

ADA Audio Conference on Transportation

On Thursday, December 15 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (ET) the Great Lakes ADA Center will host an audio conference titled "Moving from Transportation towards Mobility Management: Disparities, Data and Action."

Transportation has consistently been identified as an ongoing problem for people with disabilities impacting quality of life and participation in communities. In an effort to increase equitable access to transportation, this webinar will highlight new initiatives focusing on a shift towards mobility management, current research initiatives using mapping that analyze transportation disparities for people with disabilities, and use of transportation data to create potential for community action.

To register for this free audio conference, please visit:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms Through Effective Instruction

Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms Through Effective Instruction is a 296-page guide for teachers or textbook for post-secondary students in the education field. It offers strategies for managing classroom behaviors and self-assessment checklists and discussion questions for teacher book-study groups. Each chapter also offers an online video module to further the instruction. The book is broken out into three sections: Behavior and Instruction, The Daily Grind, and Individualized Strategies. The first section includes 5 chapters on effective teaching and assessing student behavior, the second offers discussion of classroom arrangement and planning, and the third section assessing the effectiveness of instruction and responding to escalation.

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Universal design for learning: Theory and practice

Universal design for learning: Theory and practice is a 200-page guide written for educators to build their understanding of the tenets of universal design for learning (UDL). Published by CAST professional publishing, the authors are co-founders of the publishing company and a couple of them also authored the universal design for learning principles and framework in the 1990s.

This book offers a comprehensive look at the principles and practices of UDL. It includes new insights drawn on research and implementation from the past decade. Tons of free online videos and "dig deeper" sections are offered throughout the book to help explain and enrich the text.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Parenting through the storm : find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems

Parenting through the storm: Find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems is a 278-page resource for parents who are raising children with mental health concerns. Written by an award-winning parenting author, this book offers strategies, tips, and stories from other parents who have been through it and survived.

This book is broken out into five parts. Part one is entitled, The Challenge and Your Child, discussing the "parent radar," obtaining a diagnosis, starting treatment, and advocating for your child. Part two, "You and Your Child," covers stress management and coping skills, making a difference for your child, and calming the raging storm. Part three offers suggestions on caring for the rest of the family, while part four looks at finding support in your child's school and in the community. Part five offers hope for recovery and beyond.

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

What's new?

                                                                                                                                                         Photo courtesy of arien

Wow! Can you feel that nip in the air? December came in with a roar, didn't it? Makes me want to curl up by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea!

And speaking of good books, have you been wondering what's new? Each month we take a look back at the new items we received in the library that are ready to check out. From transition to social skills to behavior issues, we have a few things to choose from.

To read the entire list of new materials, please visit:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Free screening of award-winning film

The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities is offering a free public film screening of the film, Including Samuel, on Sunday, December 4th at 7 p.m. at the Westin Downtown Indianapolis Grand Ballroom. Registration is not required.

This award-winning documentary film examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. It is built on the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel, 8, in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, students, and disability rights experts.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker and photojournalist, Dan Habib.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Cozi Family Organizer

Need help organizing your family's schedules and activities? Cozi Family Organizer offers a family organizer, shopping and to-do lists, recipe box, and more. It lets everyone see the same information with their own email login.

This app would also be good for direct support professionals who work with several people at a time.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Save the Date!

2017 Memory Bridge Training Retreat

The Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community is pleased to announce the fifth annual Memory Bridge Training Retreat and Scholarship, co-sponsored with the Memory Bridge Foundation. The 2017 training will be held June 1-6, 2017 at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana.

The design of the retreat is based on Memory Bridge’s I Am A Bridge Dementia Immersion Training, an experience-centered learning model that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion. The deadline for receipt of the first phase of the application is January 18, 2017. To learn more about the 2017 Memory Bridge Training Retreat, please visit or contact Jane Harlan-Simmons via e-mail at or by phone by calling (812) 855-2167. There is a Bridge, please join us in building it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus is an easy-to-use app that gives you the real-time location of your child’s bus, and alerts you when the bus is near. With Here Comes the Bus, your children will get to the bus stop not a minute too early – or a minute too late. Great for older children, too, as a means to becoming more independent!

Note: Your child's school district must have a contract with Synovia Solutions and make Here Comes the Bus® and/or Student Ridership available to parents.

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Hours

In observance of the upcoming holiday, next week the Library's hours will be

Monday - Open from 8:00 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 4:00

Tuesday - Open from 8:00 to noon

Wednesday - Closed

Thursday - Closed

Friday - Closed

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Teacher's Guide to Special Education

A Teacher's Guide to Special Education is 182 pages of practical advice from a professor and a special education administrator with decades of combined experience in the field of disabilities. Both authors have spent many years in schools as special educators working with students with disabilities.

This book offers a look at what general educators need to know about the laws and processes found in special education and includes best practices for instruction in inclusive classrooms. The examples, action steps and more will boost the confidence of K-12 general ed teachers who find themselves supporting students receiving special ed services. Topics include:

  • The pre-referral, referral, and evaluation processes
  • Individualized education programs (IEPs) and the parties involved
  • Accommodations for students who do not quality for special education, including those covered by Section 504
  • Transition from preK to K-12 and from high school to postschool life
  • Classroom management and student behavior
  • Educational frameworks, instructional strategies, and service delivery options
  • Assessment, grades, graduation, and diplomas

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Library Hours on Friday

The library will be closed on Friday, November 10th due to a staff training. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14th.

You are welcome to send an email or leave a voicemail message. We'll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Vocational Rehabiliation video

The Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) has released a Spanish version of its popular video, “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services.” The video, originally published in English in 2015, is illustrated in “quick draw” style, which takes viewers through the VR referral, eligibility, and application process. CCLC created both videos for Indiana VR to help Hoosiers with disabilities and their families as they learn new skills, look for a job, or start a career. Indiana’s VR counselors, secondary transition teachers, job coaches, employment service providers, and human resource professionals are using the videos at job fairs, conference exhibits, parent nights, and as they work with their individual job seekers.

The Spanish version, Servicios de Rehabilitacion Vocationales de Indiana includes new voiceover, translated on-screen text, and Spanish captions and is available to watch and share on YouTube.

View the YouTube video at:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ADA Webcast

The Great Lakes ADA Center will host an audio conference that features representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice answering questions about the ADA and their enforcement activities on Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

Be ready to ask your tough questions regarding a specific aspect of the Title II or Title III provisions of the ADA, or any of their enforcement activities they have undertaken over the past several months. The DOJ will provide a brief update on their ADA related activities prior to the Q&A session.

For more information about this session, contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail To register for this free event, please visit:

Friday, October 28, 2016

Library Hours Next Week

The CeDIR library will have different hours for next week only.

Monday          Closed
Tuesday          Closed
Wednesday    Closed
Thursday        8:00 a.m. to noon
Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon

If you would like to check out a title, please send us an email or leave a voicemail message. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Library materials can be returned to us by mail, or they can be returned to any Indiana University campus library and they will get them back to us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Poetry Matters: Aging with Creativity

Poetry Matters, a two-day workshop series will be offered October 25th and 26th in Bloomington, Indiana. The event will be presented by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Center on Aging and Community and facilitated by Gary Glazner, the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

The two-day event will include three separate workshops that will focus on including poetry in the lives of older people who may be isolated from others in one form or another. To learn more about the program and the specific workshops, please visit:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Teaching a child with special needs at home and at school: Strategies and tools that really work!

Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School: Strategies and Tools That Really Work! is a 296-page guide for parents and teachers of children specifically with learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, or Asperger's syndrome. Written by a special educator with over 30 years of experience teaching those with special needs, this book offers instructional strategies and advice about what works for teachers and parents who may homeschool their children.

This book is divided into five sections plus an appendix. In the first section, the author discusses the basic principles of effective instruction and offers a framework of the four key skills for learning. Section two delves into specific areas of deficits that children with special needs often display, while section three offers teaching strategies organized by academic topics. Section four covers evaluation and assessment and section five offers advice on when to seek professional help or evaluation for your student. The appendix at the end of the book contains a list of online and print resources to help further the parent or teacher's own education on the subject of children with special needs.

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

YouCue Feelings: Using online videos for social learning

YouCue Feelings: Using online videos for social learning is a 90-page guide written by a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years experience. The book offers to help parents and professionals use online videos in teaching social skills to elementary and middle school children with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, or other social learning delays.

The book is broken out into five chapters and five appendices. The first chapter offers an introduction to using YouTube videos as a means to teach social skills and the importance of social learning. Chapter two discusses the YouCue Feelings (YCF) program itself. The third chapter offers further information about the preselected videos including the URL as well as a brief summary of what is involved in each one. Chapter four has activities that accompany the videos in the previous chapter. Level 1 activities focus on the characters in the video and level 2 activities are meant to help begin discussions of the students' emotional experiences. Chapter five offers tips for further learning including some on selecting or developing your own videos.

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process

About Special Kids (ASK) is offering a one-day training in Linton that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations, preparing for case conferences, and writing IEPs. Suitable for both parents and professionals, the training will be face-to-face and will be held at the Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

This December 5th and 6th, the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities in partnership with the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council will host the 2016 Indiana Conference on Disability at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. This year's theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Sound Touch

Looking for a robust early learning app that offers identification, vocabulary, and language skills? Sound Touch contains 408 sounds, images, written and spoken words for animals, vehicles, birds, musical instruments and household items. And it's available in 35 different languages!

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law

Your Classroom Guide to Special Education Law has 176 pages of  jargon-free information on the basic principles and laws that govern education. Written by a professor who teaches courses on special education law, emotional and behavior disorders, and diverse learners, this book offers teachers a quick guide to turn to when heavy legal tomes are too much.

The book begins by discussing important laws such as Section 504 and IDEA 2004, defining disability, and the legal responsibilities of IEP team members. It goes on to discuss the parent-educator partnership and creating a collaborative academic team. Basic principles of an IEP covered along with the important aspect of teachers supervising and protecting students from harm while in their care. Documentation and the rules of record keeping are highlighted in addition to using a team approach when making decisions. Critical court cases are used to provide insight into how to interpret the law and each chapter includes two court cases to show the difference between exemplary practices as opposed to common mistakes that are sometimes made.

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Resources for Indiana Transition Teachers

Hoosier middle and high school teachers now have access to hundreds of transition assessments, tutorials, checklists, presentations, and Transition IEP guides with the introduction of the updated and redesigned Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website.

INSTRC, a project of the Indiana Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers, is funded by the Indiana Department of Education to assist transition educators and administrators as they comply with federal transition requirements and provide their students and their families with the information and experiences they need to move from high school to their postsecondary lives. There you will discover:

  • Resource Collections: Including health, sample IEPs, information for new teachers and families, and more.
  • Transition Assessment Matrix: Assessments are a key component of transition planning. The new Matrix allows teachers to quickly find age-appropriate transition assessments that fit their student.
  • Access to dozens of state and national education, employment, and service organizations.

To access this site, please visit:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dementia activist: Fighting for our rights

Dementia activist: Fighting for our rights is a 152-page memoir from a translator and activist who was diagnosed at an early age with Lewy Body Dementia. At the time of publication, Rohra had been living with a dementia diagnosis for over three years and in this book offers a unique glimpse into the challenges she encounters on a daily basis along with finding new meaning in her life post-diagnosis.

Rohra beings her memoir discussing her active life as a single mom raising a son on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum and her work as a freelance medical and scientific translator. When she began losing the ability to come up with the proper word, she tried to find the humor in the situation but gradually began to get worried. Amazed at her diagnosis, Rohra began to withdraw at first but found the courage to continue being an activist for the dementia community with humor and grace.

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

Friday, October 7, 2016

CeDIR Closed on Monday

The library will be closed all day on Monday, October 10th. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11th.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CeDIR Citings

CeDIR Citings is the biannual newsletter of the the Center for Disability Information and Referral. Each March and October the staff at CeDIR focus on an area of interest. The latest issue focuses on Community Living for people with disabilities.

To see the latest edition and previous ones as well, please visit:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It's a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues. The image above is a poster created by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor. To learn more about it and to order or download the poster, please visit:

Did you know that CeDIR has a topic guide that covers the issue of employment for people with disabilities? There you will find books, videos and online resources to help you learn more about getting jobs, supporting employees, the state of employment for people with disabilities and policies influencing employment options for people with disabilities. Visit the guide at:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Time Timer

Time TIMER® for iPhone is the original timer designed to “show” the passage of time through the use of its signature red disk that disappears as time elapses. Unlike traditional timers that fail to make the abstract concept of time concrete, its innovative and visual depiction of “time remaining” is ideal for anyone (particularly a visual learner) who wants to measure and manage time more effectively at work, school and home.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is not the Abby show

This is not the Abby show is a 320-page novel about a seventh grader with ADHD who feels out of place in suburban Florida. She longs for the lights of Hollywood, knowing that some day she will be a star. But Abby is what they call "twice exceptional," meaning that she is gifted in one area (math and science) and struggles in another (ADHD). While she excels in math and science, she is failing English and is seriously angry with her teacher. And forgetting to take her medication is probably not helping matters. 

Abby ends up having to go to summer school rather than the summer camp that she has anticipated for months and decides to exact revenge on her teacher. When that goes awry and she is caught, Abby is not only in trouble with her parents but in trouble with the law! She knows that her ADHD sometimes shows up in negative ways, but what she learns that summer is that her disability can sometimes become her strengths as well.

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

United Cerebral Palsy conference information

UCP's "Speak for Yourself" will convene on October 21, 2016, in St. Louis, MO. The one-day conference will offer a chance to discuss having individuals with disabilities advocate for their own healthcare needs, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and play a central role in producing knowledge that can improve choice and health outcomes.

Want to know more about it? Please visit:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Panther Dice

Panther Dice is a fun app that helps people with many types of disabilities join in the fun of a dice game.

- For individuals with autism, lock the screen after rolls to avoid stimming.
- For individuals with motoric challenges, add a moving target to refine motor skills.
- For struggling learners - display the total of the dice.
- For individuals with visual challenges, have numbers read aloud,

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8: A social and emotional learning curriculum

Merrell's strong kids, grades 6-8 is a 272-page curriculum designed to help build middle school age children's social and emotional skills. The authors, all professionals in the field of school psychology, offer a dozen lessons that educators can use to help increase students' social and emotional competency. This curriculum is designed as both a prevention and an early intervention and can be used with kids of all social/emotional abilities.

The book begins with an overview of the curriculum including thoughts on social and emotional learning, a model for preventing behavioral and emotional problems, and some background on the curriculum itself. The lessons themselves help promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills, and an overview of each of the 12 lessons is contained in a single chapter. The lessons are sequential and include mindfulness techniques as well as sample scripts and tips for transfer training and homework. Definitions of key terms are included with each lesson. Downloadable charts, worksheets, and other materials are available from the publisher with a keycode found in the book.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

TimeSlips is a nonprofit organization headed by Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator in Milwaukee, who has a passion for helping older folks with cognitive impairment. TimeSlips "offers online and in-person training programs and has helped long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world..." The project has been developed into a formal therapy with the idea that stories can be a substitute for the memories that have been lost due to the participants' cognitive impairments.

For more information about this project, a MacArthur Fellows Program, please visit:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Indiana Conference on Disability

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is pleased to issue a call for presenters for their 22nd Annual Conference on Disability to be held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, December 5-6, 2016. This year’s theme is “Creating a Culture of Change.”

Call Deadline: September 30, 2016

As part of their continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information and resources among people with disabilities, their families, and professionals, they offer an annual conference, which is known for its high "take away” value and camaraderie. The Indianapolis conference will include outstanding keynote presentations, more than a thirty breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to our various participants, networking events and exhibitors demonstrating the latest tools and technology related to accessibility.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October training from About Special Kids (ASK)

Public Health Insurance: 
What You Don’t Know Can Cost You
October 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This training provides parents and professionals with information about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs. It includes information on Medicaid, Medicaid Disability, Medicaid Waivers, Children’s Special Healthcare Services, Hoosier Healthwise, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and private insurance.

Greene-Sullivan Special Education Co-Op
77 A Street NE
Linton, IN  47441

$40 – Family Members
$75 - Professionals
Registration Required

Register at or call 800-964-4746.
Space is limited.  If you register and find you cannot make the training, please call so that someone from the waiting list can attend.

Minimum of 6 per training is required for training to take place.
Training Certificates for Professional Growth Points are available for this training.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Kidofon

Got a kid who has trouble using his iPhone? Kidofon is a very user-friendly app that helps kids make calls to family, providers, or even emergency personnel. Photos from the phone's library can be used as contact pictures or avatars in the app can be used such as police or fireman.

For more information about this app, please visit:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Google Lime Scholarship Program

What is Google Lime, you ask? It's a scholarship program for undergrads, graduates, and PhD students with disabilities who are passionate about computer science. Google will award scholarships and provide networking retreats as a way of supporting the work of Lime Connect.

To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, please visit:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Zero to Three Conference

Join ZERO TO THREE this December in New Orleans to help you Build the Powerful Connections you need to support young children and their families in reaching their full potential.

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is your one-of-a-kind opportunity to be informed by the experts and inspired by your colleagues—make plans to attend today.

For information about the conference and to register, please visit;

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

19th Annual Buddy Walk®

Down Syndrome Indiana is excited for the 19th Annual Buddy Walk® on Saturday, October 8th at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters.

Last year, the Buddy Walk® attracted nearly 4,000 participants and even more are expected this year! Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is the largest fundraising event for Down Syndrome Indiana.

For more information, to register, and to donate, please visit:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Voting and people with disabilities

"The number of eligible voters with disabilities is growing faster than the number of eligible voters without disabilities," claims an article on The article offers statistics on the numbers of people with disabilities who are eligible to vote as well as describes some of the barriers they find when trying to get out to vote.

You can read the entire article at:

For a voting guide to resources that you can use to see if you are registered, how to register, what your rights are as a voter in Indiana, what poll workers are told about accessibility and more, please visit:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Seizure Log

"Renowned website, is excited to bring you an entirely new way to log seizures that builds on the Seizure Tracker experience. App users can time and videotape seizures simultaneously in this revolutionary and simple-to-use application. When you stop the video and timer, it immediately creates an event log that is stored in a seizure library. You can edit the event at any time to add additional details about triggers, seizure description and what happened afterward. You can also use this app to log seizures without videos attached." -iTunes

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Paralympic Games open today

Today marks the first day of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The games will run until September 18th. Athletes from more than 170 countries will be participating in events from archery to cycling to wheelchair basketball and tennis and more!

For all the news about the Games, the participants, and the medal count, please visit:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Now Accepting Nominations

The City of Bloomington's Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is accepting nominations for its annual awards ceremony. The awards will recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that make the community more accessible for people with disabilities. They will be presented at the CCA Annual Awards Ceremony. The CCA advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, promoting awareness, and working to develop solutions to problems of accessibility in the community.

Nomination Submission:
Send one paragraph about why the individual, business, or organization you are nominating is outstanding, along with your name, e-mail address, and phone number.

Deadline for submitting is Oct. 21, 2016.
Submit to Michael Shermis, by email: If you have any questions e-mail or call him at 812.349.3471.

CCA Annual Awards Ceremony:
Monday, November 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
100 North State Road 46 Bypass

Friday, September 2, 2016

Holiday Reminder

In observance of the upcoming holiday weekend, the CeDIR library be closed on Monday, September 5th. We will close at 4:00 p.m. today and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's New

A new month is upon us already, and with it, a new season. School has started, nights are beginning to cool, and soon there will be a crispness in the air. Grab the last few days of summer while you can!

But before we start bringing out all those fall decorations, let's first take a look back at the new items that came in to the library last month, from autism to behavior to transition.

Check out the entire list at:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The early intervention guidebook for families and professionals: Partnering for success

The early intervention guidebook for families and professionals is a 224-page guide to early intervention for both families and professionals. The author is a professor and program coordinator of early childhood special education at Hunter College in New York. This second edition offers recent research and related implications for practice, specific tips that the family professional partnership can implement right away, a new chapter that describes how families and professionals, university instructors, and inservice providers can use the book, and more.

The book focuses on the family-professional partnership and is great for coursework, in-service professional development, and families investigating early intervention options. How children learn and develop is covered along with family functioning and priorities, and planning for ''what's next.''

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Indiana Disability History Project

Are you interested in first-hand stories of Hoosiers with disabilities and their advocates? The Institute’s Center on Aging and Community’s Indiana Disability History Project is documenting the challenges and victories of Hoosiers who’ve worked for disability rights. The project is also looking at the “everyday” lives of people with disabilities, and how those experiences have changed over the years.

There is now an Indiana Disability History Facebook page ( where you can share your stories and find excerpts of video interviews and other thought-provoking information from disability history.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Convo Mobile

"Video chat naturally in the kitchen, out in the backyard, or when doing your food shopping. It’s video chat wherever you’re comfortable!

* Deaf-to-Deaf: Call any videophone
* VRS: One-click call
* Easy connect: 3G, 4G or WiFi" -iTunes

Download this app at:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ready, set, breathe: Practicing mindfulness with your children for fewer meltdowns and a more peaceful family

Ready, set, breathe is a 224-page guide to the art of staying mindful and in the moment to combat your child's meltdowns as, or even before, they occur. Written with children from 2 to 10 years old in mind, the book is authored by a writer and mom with a MSW and PhD in social work. The author's knowledge and humor is evident as she clearly shares stories of her own children and their use of mindfulness practices as a family.

This guide aims to shows parents how to calm themselves and their child and stay in the present moment in order to stop or even avoid meltdowns altogether. Written in two parts, the book offers tips and strategies to teach your child how to calm down while learning about how to stay calm yourself. Part 1: Getting Into A Mindful Mind-Set discusses the ways in which mindfulness can help your child as well as acknowledging that it all begins with the parent. Part 2: Sharing Mindfulness With Your Child shares simple but effective games, activities and strategies to teach children how to focus, calm down, and deal with stress.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions is a 224-page guide where parents get advice from two licensed clinical social workers on using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to support their intensely emotional teenagers—especially those who exhibit disruptive or dangerous behaviors. DBT is a type of therapy that involves increasing four different sets of skills that parents can utilize in order to minimize teenagers’ unwanted behaviors.

The book has essentially three parts: chapters 1 through 4 offer insight into foundational skills and concepts on understanding and accepting teens, chapters 5 through 8 provides information on specific behavioral issues that may arise because of a teen’s emotions as well as safe and effective responses to those behaviors, and chapters 9 and 10 discuss ways parents and families can stay healthy in the face of unwanted behaviors as well as ways to explain those behaviors to other family members. The book is written to provide clear explanations and practices enabling parents to intervene whether or not a teen is in DBT treatment. It seeks to help parents understand, in a non-judgmental manner, how their own lack of understanding and behavior toward their teens can reinforce their child’s behavior.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Vote is Your Voice!

The voting guide, Your Vote is Your Voice!, is now available in hard copy through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. This 52-page booklet provides information on voting including key dates, access requirements for polling places and voting machines, how to check to make sure you are registered, how to find out who your candidates are and research their records, different ways to cast your ballot, voter identification requirements, helpful resource groups and more.

To download your personal copy, visit:

To order a hard copy, visit:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome: The respond but don't react method

In Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome, the author, a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, offers 150 pages of help and support for parents and caregivers of children and teens with Down syndrome. With tips and strategies, some of them intuitive and some not, this book can help families and professionals who work with them.

After a look at the brain and the differences that are present in an individual with Down syndrome, the book discusses how those differences affect behavior and why it is important to see behavior as a form of communication as opposed to a willful act. Terms that are used by behaviorists are explained using scenarios as examples. The author then introduces his behavior management system which includes using visuals, a token economy system, and redirection. A chapter on siblings and their needs is followed by a chapter on using the behavior management system in the school and community. Thoughts on discipline and transition are discussed as well as a chapter on resources.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Tinycards - Flashcards

Tinycards is a memorization flashcard app that has animated decks you can customize. Pre-loaded decks offer a chance to learn about the solar system, countries in Africa, vocabulary words in different languages or you can create your own decks with the subjects that you need to work on. "Trending decks" are popular decks that others are working on.

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together is a 200-page guide to supporting those who support people with dementia. Written by a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care, this book offers a mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help caregivers meet their own needs and lower their own stress levels while caring for a loved one. The author offers strategies she used herself while caring for her own mother.

In the first part of the book, readers will learn more about dementia and which professionals to turn to for more help. The connection between dementia care challenges and stress are explored along with the way in which mindfulness can benefit the caregiver. Basic mindfulness practices are discussed along with the importance of acknowledging grief. Readers will also learn how to integrate mindfulness into communication and response to challenging situations. Self-care and the fruits that can be reaped from this program are discussed.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tactile tools help students with vision impairments

In an article from, folks at the D’Arcy Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis are working with 3D printers to help students with vision impairments. A partnership between the Missouri School for the Blind has resulted in the creation of didactic tools to increase the students' ability to measure objects and understand spatial orientation.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FSSA Resource Guide

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has put together a resource guide of services in the state containing information about programs provided and administered by FSSA.  The guide also gives direction on how Hoosiers qualify to receive state assistance from a variety of programs including:

• Early Care & Education
• Employment
• Financial Services
• Food / Nutrition
• Health Coverage
• Home- & Community-Based Services for the Aged, Blind and Disabled
• Mental Health / Addictions
• Transportation
• Housing

The guide can be found in its entirety at:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paralympics begin in September

The 2016 Olympic games are just about over, and the Paralympics are set to start on September 7th. According to the Paralympics website, "Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 528 medal events in 22 different sports." The website has information on the athletes that are set to compete as well as the adapted sports and rules.

Check it out at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Duolingo

Want to learn another language for free? Duolingo offers more than 20 languages to learn in a single app! Learn a new vocabulary in stages and get extra help in weak areas. This fun game-style app lets you level up and even compete with friends. It keeps track of your points and offers an incentive for purchasing bonus lessons with "lingots" that you win by gaining experience points and leveling up.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Two trainings available from About Special Kids

A Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan
August 24, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bloomington, IN

Parents of children with special needs live with added emotional, medical, social and financial challenges. These extenuating circumstances can often lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, marital and family problems and health issues. This training will focus on identifying types of stressors, identify coping mechanisms and providing ways to incorporate them into everyday life, and the importance of good communication.

For more information and to register for this training, please visit:

My Child Has Special Needs:  Now What?
August 24, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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. 

NOTE:  This is a training for family members. This is not intended for professionals.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Voting Guide

Wondering about your rights as a voter in this election season? CeDIR has developed a voting guide that has links from the agencies that make up the Developmental Disabilities Network. There you can check to see if you are currently registered to vote, find out how to register if you aren't, learn about accessibility at polling places and more!

Please visit the guide at:

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) works to promote positive outcomes for all deaf and hard of hearing children through information, services, and education. It provides direct services and facilitation of services to children birth through school exit. The CDHHE is available to provide support, resources, and professional development that are specific to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adhere to all federal, state, and local laws, follow current evidence-based best practice, and align with national and statewide trends at no cost in the following areas: accommodations, assessment, assistive technology devices, audiology, auditory skill development, direct communication opportunities with peers and adults, eligibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing services according to state law, equal access in the educational setting, language development, Least Restrictive Environment, provision of educational services and related services, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

For more information, please visit the CDHHE website at

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Direct behavior rating: Linking assessment, communication, and intervention

Direct behavior rating: Linking assessment, communication, and intervention is 306 pages of guidance on using Direct Behavior Rating (DBR) as a tool for behavior support. The authors are all three prolific writers and researchers interested in the field of educational evaluation and assessment.

Educators in grades K-12 can learn the benefit of linking assessment to communication and intervention to support their students while working on positive behaviors and self-management. Strategies are offered to help provide educators with ways of using DBR in conjunction with multi-tiered systems of support. It is easy to use and can make a difference in informing intervention decisions school-wide. Step-by-step guides, worksheets, checklists, and forms all work together to help make this accessible tool useful for all types of administrators and teachers.

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics

Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics isn't just a tracing app to work on handwriting and fine motor skills. It's also a great spelling and reading tool to help kids with and without disabilities get the practice they need to master these skills. Free materials are also available to download from the website.

Learn more about this app at:

Friday, August 5, 2016

What's New?

Wondering what's new in the library? Each month we take a look back at the new items that were received the previous month. Looking for assistive technology, attention deficit, autism, or transition topics? Check out the list at:

Then give us a call at 800-437-7924 or send us an email at to request delivery!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Barrier free real estate: Achieving freedom at home

From a realtor with over 17 years of experience in the industry comes a 128-page guide called Barrier free real estate: Achieving freedom at home. This guide offers a look at accessible housing for the homeowner, visitability for guests with disabilities, and thoughts on modifying homes to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. The author specializes in barrier free real estate in the Toronto, Ontario area.

Beginning with thoughts on how architecture can be enabling or disabling, the book looks at what existing architecture can be barriers for people with physical disabilities and goes on to describe how they can be modified so that everyone can benefit. Making homes accessible so that guests with disabilities can comfortably visit and so that older folks can age in place are important aspects of barrier free real estate and are discussed in the book. Tips for finding a house or condo to make accessible and ideas on renovations are covered as well as some thoughts on assistive technology to make the home more livable.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The teacher's pocket guide for positive behavior support: Targeted classroom solutions

The teacher's pocket guide for positive behavior support: Targeted classroom solutions has 160 pages of targeted behavior intervention and support. The authors have a combined 50 years of experience training teachers in positive behavior support in the classroom and offer this tier II training that can be used when Tier I support isn't working.

The authors include advice, strategies, and case studies along with anecdotes that can help teachers answer questions such as how targeted supports differ from universal supports, how targeted supports are used in the classroom, how to adjust targeted supports based on student progress, and more. At the end of each chapter is a conclusion that pulls together ideas learned so far.

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