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FYI Newsletter September 8, 2014

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ADA-Indiana Audio Conference

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, ADA-Indiana will host a free audio conference entitled “ADA and Accessible Construction Management," from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. The audio conference will feature Andrea Haenlin-Mott, the ADA Coordinator for Cornell University. Understanding the implications of integrated accessibility in new construction and alteration projects starts at the very beginning stages of concept and site development. It's important to involve everyone in all aspects of the design process from the architects and designers to the construction team and most importantly, the end users.

This session will discuss these concepts and introduce the Universal Design balance with ADA compliance. A concept of "Experiential Equity" will be discussed in the realm of design and construction processes. Achieving ideal accessibility requires comprehension and commitment from all involved with an inclusive vision from the project leaders. This session will examine and explore successful techniques to achieve this goal.

The audio conference is hosted in nine Indiana locations that include Bloomington, Gary, Indianapolis (two locations), Marion, Monticello, Terre Haute, Versailles, and West Lafayette. Click for more specific information about these site locations (if you can’t make it to one of the hosted locations, find out more about other options, some are available at no cost!).

For more Information, contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508, or e-mail

The Indiana ADA Audio Conference program is sponsored by ADA-Indiana, Great Lakes ADA Center, and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.

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Workshops on Handling Problematic Behaviors

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host a series of one-day workshops focusing on providing paraprofessionals and interested others with information about understanding and handling problematic behaviors. Additionally, attendees will learn about tools associated with both positive behavior supports and applied behavior analysis. Practical ideas will be provided that can be quickly utilized in an instructional setting with a range of students. 

Workshop outcomes include:

  • The ability to identify behaviors, setting events, antecedents and consequences that teach and maintain these behaviors (e.g., how our behavior can maintain their behavior);
  • Utilizing strategies for reducing behavioral challenges and for teaching alternative behaviors; and
  • Implementing strategies associated with the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Registration fee is $60.00 per person. Certificates of Attendance for 6 instructional hours will be available for free and can be used for Professional Growth Plan points. For workshop dates or to register, click here.



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Students on the Spectrum Club at IU

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is pleased to announce its 6th year of support of a student group on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University entitled “Students on the Spectrum (SOS).”  This is a safe place for students to come and be themselves.

All Indiana University students who live with an autism spectrum disorder are welcome. SOS will provide students with the opportunity to engage with each other and others within the university community 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.

The SOS Club meets weekly at the Indiana Memorial Union on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus.  For more information, contact Marci Wheeler, SOS Club Advisor, Indiana University, at or phone (812) 855-6508.



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Family Caregivers Education Series

Indiana University Health will host a free two-day workshop on Saturday, September 27th and Saturday, October 11, 2014 focusing on caring for the seniors in your life. Both sessions will be held at the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington.

Workshop topics will address:

  • What it means to be a caregiver;
  • Changing relationships in Alzheimer’s;
  • Communication/behaviors in Alzheimer’s;
  • End of life issues;
  • Home safety/mobility;
  • Dietary needs for older adults;
  • Resources in our Community: Where to go for help;
  • Having difficult conversations; and
  • Legal issues to consider.

Respite care will be provided. To register, contact Mary Boutain at (812) 876-3383, Ext. 505 or e-mail The deadline to register is Monday, September 22, 2014.



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New Library Collection Items

  • Alderson, Jonathan. (2014). Challenging the myths of autism: New perspectives, new strategies, new hope. Toronto, Ontario: HarperCollins.
  • Allison, H. G., & National Autistic Society. (2014). Support for the bereaved and the dying: A guide for managers and staff in services for adults on the autism spectrum. London: National Autistic Society.
  • America's Test Kitchen (Firm). (2014). The how can it be gluten free cookbook: Revolutionary techniques, groundbreaking recipes. Brookline, MA: America's Test Kitchen.
  • Attwood, T., Evans, C. R., & Lesko, A. (2014). Been there, done that--try this!: An Aspie's guide to life on earth. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Boyd, B. (2014). Parenting a teen or young adult with Asperger syndrome (autism spectrum disorder): 325 ideas, insights, tips and strategies. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Dubin, N. (2011). Asperger syndrome and depression. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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

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