Monday, February 29, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Match & Find

Got a young child with learning disabilities?

"Match & Find is designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory." -iTunes

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Friday, February 26, 2016

The smart but scattered guide to success

In The smart but scattered guide to success: How to use your brain's executive skills to keep up, stay calm, and get organized at work and at home "leading experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare help you map your own executive skills profile and take effective steps to boost your organizational skills, time management, emotional control, and nine other essential capacities. The book is packed with science-based strategies and concrete examples, plus downloadable practical tools for creating your own personalized action plan." -publisher

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Applied meta-analysis for social science research

"Offering pragmatic guidance for planning and conducting a meta-analytic review, Applied meta-analysis for social science research is written in an engaging, nontechnical style that makes it ideal for graduate course use or self-study. The author shows how to identify questions that can be answered using meta-analysis, retrieve both published and unpublished studies, create a coding manual, use traditional and unique effect size indices, and write a meta-analytic review." -publisher

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology

The Great Lakes ADA Center is announces an upcoming session titled The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology: Core Technologies for Non-visual Access scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

This webinar will combine aspects of the ADA as it relates to Assistive Technologies that benefit people with low vision or individuals who are blind.  Presenters include Diego Demaya, Legal Specialist with the Southwest ADA Center, and Curtis Chong, Assistive Technologist with the New Mexico Commission for the Blind. During the presentation we will discuss:

  • Recent ADA cases involving access for persons who are blind and individuals with low vision;
  • Talk about employment-related technology access issues for individuals who are blind or experience low vision; and
  • Go over some examples of auxiliary aids that are useful in places of public accommodation for individuals who are blind or experience low vision.

For more information or to register, please visit:

Questions should be directed to or by calling 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) M-F 8:00-5:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Friday, February 19, 2016

Save the date

Down Syndrome Indiana
2016 Conference

May 13-14, 2016

Down Syndrome Indiana and Riley Children's Hospital are partnering to bring you a conference on Down syndrome from birth to transition to adulthood. This year, the featured speaker will be Pat Winders, author of Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down syndrome.

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Challenging behavior in young children

Challenging behavior in young children "provides teachers with background information that enables them to understand why children behave the way they do and presents several evidence-based strategies to address their challenging behavior effectively so that teachers can select those best suited to the child and the situation. Useful to education students as well as in-service teachers in pre-school, child care, and primary school, the book emphasizes the importance of the teacher’s role in the behavior of children and encourages students and educators to reflect on their own values, feelings, and actions." -publisher

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Visual design for online learning

"Written for both new and experienced instructors, [Visual design for online learning] guides you in adding pedagogically relevant visual design elements that contribute to effective learning practices. The text builds upon three conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning. This resource explores critical issues such as copyright, technology tools, and accessibility and includes examples from top Blackboard practitioners which are applicable to any LMS." -publisher

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A glove for Parkinson's on the horizon

A couple of years ago, we blogged about a spoon that could assist those with hand tremors in eating. The spoon has a motion sensor in the handle that helps to cancel out the movements of hand tremors allowing people with essential tremors or Parkinson's to eat without spilling.

Now, a prototype of a glove has been developed that essentially does the same thing. According to CNN, the glove uses physics to cancel out the tremors of the hand, allowing the wearer to use their hands to accomplish many everyday tasks that had been to difficult for them.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Art Redefining Disability

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, there will be a free exhibit featuring multi-media works by local artists in the disability community. After the gallery tour, there will be live jazz and a discussion panel.

For more information on this event, please visit:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

3D-printed braille and picture books help blind children to read

According to an article in de zeen magazine, "A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have used 3D printing to create tactile versions of famous books for visually impaired children." The pages have both braille text and raised images that will allow children with vision impairments to experience a picture book using touch.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Using Choosito

Looking for a free search engine that takes the guesswork out of which websites might be appropriate for your students? Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, has produced a short video on how to do that with Choosito, a reading level-indexed search tool.

To check out his blog post, please visit:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Arc of Indiana Utility Support Program

The Arc of Indiana has a program to help support the utility costs for families in need. Along with other eligibility requirements, families served and/or eligible for First Steps Services or those on a waiting list for Medicaid Waiver Services may benefit from this program. Funding is available to

  • Prevent disconnection of services
  • Reactivate services
  • Cover utility debt back to one year from date of application
  • Deposit assistance to begin services
  • Up to two months heating or cooling utility bill assistance

Contact your local First Steps or Medicaid Waiver provider to get a referral for this program. Or call the Arc at 800-573-9816 for more information.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Scene & Heard – Augmentative Communication

"Scene & Heard is an award winning augmentative communication aid. Use visual scenes for context based communication or create new learning aids with interactive features. Whether you are a parent, therapist or carer, the easy-to-use interface will help you import photos and allocate actions to any scene. Personalise each scene with fun and interactive options including audio messages, video clips and Widgit symbols. Use scene links to transition to a new scene and tell a story within the app." -iTunes

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cognitive and behavioral interventions in the schools: Integrating theory and research into practice "offers a new framework for providing psychological services in schools at the individual, group, and systemic levels. It examines a variety of disorders common to school children, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and conduct disorder, and outlines treatment options from evidence-based cognitive and cognitive-behavioral methods." -publisher

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Working with students with disabilities: Preparing school counselors

Working with students with disabilities: Preparing school counselors "is an essential tool for all school counselors in training and in practice with the aim to provide a comprehensive approach to working with students with disabilities in a school setting.  As more students with disabilities are being included, school counselors need to have a fundamental understanding of the terminology, laws, principles, collaboration, assessment measures, and psycho-social, diversity issues associated with special education. This book continues in the trend of providing sound, evidenced-based knowledge with practical case examples and guided exercises, making the material 'come alive' and fostering critical thinking." -publisher

To check out this title, email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

School shadow guidelines

"Your child may find it difficult to adapt to new surroundings and learning environments from time to time. School Shadow Guidelines helps guide your child to develop appropriate behaviors in school, establish an environment that helps to strengthen academic ability, and also build up on his/her social interaction skills with the goal of independence. Special needs children can benefit from having inclusive education to aid in their development and growth; this is where school shadowing serves vital roles." -publisher

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's New

It's hard to believe that January has already come and gone! February (and a leap one at that!) is here with its warmer weather and longer days. Did you hear that Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow? An early spring!

But before we get into that spring fever, let's first take a look back at the new titles that came in to the library last month. From attention deficit to transition, here is the list of newbies from January:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Pango Sheep

"The sheep are all over the place! Play as a shepherd and help Pango find them. Help out with finding the sheep, gather them in herds, and bring them back to their pen. But be careful: there's a wolf on the prowl! The sheep have wonderful surprises for you! You'll love disguising them, coloring their wool, jumping in the mud, taking a nice bath in the river, taking train rides, playing ball, and even shearing them... 5 challenges to face inside a game of search-and-find and free exploration." -iTunes

Want to learn more about it? Please visit: