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FYI Newsletter September 22, 2104

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ADA Audio Conference
Primarily for Paraprofessionals: Handling Problematic Behavior Workshops
Grant Funding Opportunities
Early Investigators Scholarship
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ADA Audio Conference

On September 25th, the Great Lakes ADA Center and Pacific ADA Center will host another webinar in their “Accessible Technology Webinar Series.” In this session, the accessibility of the Android operating system will be covered. 

“Android is Accessible... Really?”

Free Webinar
Thursday, September 25th   
 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EASTERN

Most people in the blindness community know Apple devices are accessible, but many don't realize other mobile devices also include off-the-shelf accessibility. This presentation discusses the level of accessibility available on Android to people who are blind or have low vision. It focuses on the accessibility services, settings, and apps routinely used by the eyes-free Android community to work with their phones and tablets.

The presenter will address how Android on tablets, phones, and other mobile devices can be accessible, customizable and the “originality” in Google’s approach to accessibility.

It's free, but REGISTRATION is required to participate in the webinar.
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Primarily for Paraprofessionals: Handling Problematic Behavior Workshops

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism realizes the important role that paraprofessionals play in educating all students, including those on the autism spectrum. While the content focuses on students on the autism spectrum, the material is relevant for any student who has behavioral or learning challenges.  The goal is to provide paraprofessionals and interested others with information about understanding and handling problematic behaviors.  Additionally, paraprofessionals will learn tools associated with both positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis.  Practical ideas will be provided that can be quickly utilized in an instructional setting with a range of students. 

As a result of this workshop, participants will gain knowledge and skills related to:

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

Training dates and locations for October include:

October 9, 2014
New Haven, IN
Park Hill Learning Center

October 16, 2014
Jasper, IN
Vincennes University, Jasper Campus

October 17, 2014
Evansville, IN
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Registration fee is $60.00 per person. Click for more information or to register.



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Grant Funding Opportunities

The staff of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism receives numerous requests each year from organizations, professionals, and families to fund a host of things, including iPads and other technology, training, and other services and resources.

The Center has put together a listing of grants available nationally, statewide, and through private local community organizations for families, educators, and professional organizations in Indiana. If you take the time to fill out the applications and follow the specific guidelines each funding organization requires, there are dollars available.

To facilitate your search for grant funding, IRCA has identified and targeted four specific areas of need:

  • Crisis
  • Health Services;
  • Therapy or Educational Services and Related Products;
  • Technology and Training.


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Early Investigators Scholarship

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, is accepting submissions for research projects in Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias for its "Early Investigators Scholarship Program." This program encourages, recognizes and awards promising researchers pursuing projects in basic biomedical, patient-oriented, caregiver, social-behavioral, or any other dementia related study. The scholarship award ($2,500.00 cash award) is open to students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral programs in Indiana academic institutions.

Submissions are due no later than Monday, April 6, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated immediately thereafter. Notification of finalist will be Monday, April 13, 2015. For questions, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter: 800-272-3900.



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New Library Collection Items

  • Ahlers, M., & Zillich, C. H. (2014). TIPS: teaching important parenting strategies: Raising a child with limited verbal skills. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing. 
  • Aitken, K. J. (2013). Sleep well on the autism spectrum: How to recognize common sleep difficulties, choose the right treatment, and get you or your child sleeping soundly. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Blank, M., & Goh, S. (2014). ASD Pre-Speaking program: A program to teach the foundations of language to nonverbal children. [United States]: ASD Language.
  • Blank, M., & Goh, S. (2014). ASD piano play: A program to teach early music. [United States]: ASD Language.
  • Blank, M., & Goh, S. (2014). ASD speaking sounds: A program to foster the sounds of language. [United States]: ASD Language.
  • Miller, L. J., Fuller, D. A., & Roetenberg, J. (2014). Sensational kids: Hope and help for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). New York: A Perigee Book.

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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