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FYI Newsletter February 3, 2014

 
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Webinar on Accessible Routes
2014 Coros ADA Community Grants Program
Data Share Agreement with the Indiana Department of Education
Welcome Sally Reed Crawford to the Institute
Students on the Spectrum (SOS) Club
The Museum of the Person: A Global Network for Life Stories
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Webinar on Accessible Routes

On Thursday, February 6th, the ADA National Network and the U.S. Access Board will host a free webinar session on accessible routes under the 2010 ADA Standards. 

“Accessible Routes on Sites”
Thursday, February 6th   
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EASTERN
 
It's free, but REGISTRATION is required to participate in the webinar.

Exterior accessible routes are critical for individuals with disabilities using mobility devices in connecting from site arrival points to accessible building entrances. Specific scoping provisions also address connecting accessible elements and spaces “within a site.” This session will review the application of these requirements using examples of newly constructed sites and an existing site undertaking alterations.

If you have a question for the presenters, you can submit a question in advance of the session by clicking here.


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2014 Coros ADA Community Grants Program

ADA-Indiana, in conjunction with the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, is pleased to announce the availability of funding for organizations in Indiana to carry out local ADA-related projects during 2014. The purpose of the Coros ADA Community Grants program is to promote increased implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and “Livable Community” concepts in Indiana communities. The Request for Proposals is available on ADA-Indiana’s website. The close date for proposal submission is March 3rd.   

For more information on ADA-Indiana’s Coros ADA Community Grants program, contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail adainfo@indiana.edu.

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Data Share Agreement with the Indiana Department of Education

Current legislation to establish public-funded prekindergarten in Indiana has passed the House and is now under consideration in the Senate. One element of this legislation involves the importance of progress monitoring and measuring the impact that future prekindergarten programs have on young children. 

Through a new “Data Share Agreement,” the Institute’s Early Childhood Center will be working with the Indiana Department of Education to investigate the Department’s current student assessment system, the “Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness (ISTAR-KR),” and how it can meet the evaluation needs of state policymakers and local program administrators. The yearlong agreement will involve a number of activities, including:  analyzing current ISTAR-KR data to determine and present the impact of current early childhood programs on young children, developing reporting tools and formats that are useful to state and local decision makers, and determining how well ISTAR-KR measurements align with children’s success in kindergarten. For more information, contact Michael Conn-Powers, Director, Early Childhood Center, at mipower@indiana.edu.

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Welcome Sally Reed Crawford to the Institute

The Institute’s Early Childhood Center would like to welcome Sally Reed Crawford to the staff. Crawford comes to the Center from the Indiana Department of Education where she was an Early Childhood Assessment Specialist providing technical assistance to early childhood special educators using ISTAR KR. Crawford will be working part time on the IDOE Data Share Agreement project. Welcome Sally!

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Students on the Spectrum (SOS) Club

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism is sponsoring its fifth year of supporting the Students on the Spectrum (SOS) club. SOS invites all Indiana University and Ivy Tech students as well as young adults in the Bloomington community who live with an autism spectrum disorder to join SOS! SOS meets weekly on the campus of Indiana University and provides members with the opportunity to engage with each other around topics and activities of interest such as becoming an effective self-advocate, dealing with anxiety, communication and social skills, and finding supports and activities on campus and in the community.

S.O.S. meets every Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Tree Suites wing on the Mezzanine level of the Indiana Memorial Union. For more information, contact Marci Wheeler, MSW, S.O.S. Club Advisor, (812) 855-6508 or via e-mail at mwheeler@indiana.edu.

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The Museum of the Person: A Global Network for Life Stories

The Museum of the Person is a global network that links individuals and groups through authoring and sharing their life stories. 

Phil Stafford, Director of the Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community is the contact person for the project in the United States. Museum of the Person story projects include:

Indiana Disability History Project  - Share your story to safeguard memories of the disability movement in Indiana

CAC Voices (YouTube video channel) from the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University

Videotaped stories from Story Tent participants at the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities annual conference

Memory of the Fair

Stories of the Spirit

The Indiana Disability History Project is sponsored by the Center on Aging and Community, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services. For more information, contact Phil Stafford at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail staffor@indiana.edu.

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NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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Library Corner

Antosh, A. A., & Association of University Centers on Disabilities. (2013). A collaborative interagency, interdisciplinary approach to transition from adolescence to adulthood. Silver Spring, MD: AUCD, Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 

Colarusso, R., & O'Rourke, C. M. (2010). Special education for all teachers. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Dalgliesh, C. (2013). The sensory child gets organized: Proven systems for rigid, anxious, or distracted kids. New York: Simon & Schuster.

McCarthy, B., & O'Neill-Blackwell, J. (2007). Hold on, you lost me!: Use learning styles to create training that sticks. Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press.

These new materials may be borrowed from the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR) at the Institute. To check out materials, please call the library at 800-437-7924, send us an e-mail at cedir@indiana.edu, or come by and visit us at 1905 North Range Road in Bloomington.

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