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 http://www.memorybridge.org/ or contact Jane Harlan-Simmons via e-mail at jeharlan@indiana.edu 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 cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org 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 adainfo@indiana.edu. To register for this free event, please visit: