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Autism Parent Group Meetings
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Stafford to New Hampshire
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Autism Parent Group Meetings

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host four parent group meetings in the month of April. On Monday, April 20, a meeting on Puberty, Hygiene, and Body Health will be held in Lafayette, IN. Columbus, Indiana will be the site location for a meeting focusing on Tips for Teaching Social Skills on Tuesday, April 21. On Wednesday, April 23, a session on Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health will be held in South Bend, IN. And finally, on Wednesday, April 29, Sensory Differences will be the presentation theme at a session held in Milan, IN.

If you are a professional and know of family members in your area that may benefit from such a meeting, please forward this information. Click for for more information on these meetings, locations, and presenters.

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Aging Re-Imagined Symposium

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Aging Re-Imagined Symposium and Re-Market, to be held in Bloomington, on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, 2015.

Thursday’s sessions include:

Introduction to Moving Well

A two-hour interactive workshop designed to introduce healthcare professionals to the concept of Choreography of Care and offer some easy tools and techniques to increase individual and community well-being through creative engagement. Professionals in nursing, home health care, social work, memory care, and arts education are encouraged to attend.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

This 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner film documents how social worker Dan Cohen, through his nonprofit organization, Music and Memory, advocates for the use of music therapy for dementia patients. A discussion will end the evening.

Friday’s sessions include:

The Art of Active Living

Keynote speaker Tim Carpenter will share thoughts about The Art of Active Living. Tim is the Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE and has been instrumental in the development of the Burbank Senior Artist Colony - a first-of-its-kind 141-unit senior apartment community that offers programs in the creative and performing arts as the core physical, social, and intellectual unifying amenity for residents.


RE-market is Bloomington’s first annual event featuring recycled, repurposed, one-of-a-kind items, antiques, hand-painted furniture, vintage wearables, jewelry and more. If you are a junk gypsy who loves shabby chic, this market is for you! Sprinkled among the mix will also be venders who specialize in helping YOU re-invent your life.

TIME TRAVELS: Soaring in the Second Act

This annual multi-generational celebration is hosted by Krista Detor, who will perform along with Chuck Rainey, Rod Taylor, Malcolm Abrams, Gladys DeVane, Ella Poletti, Storyzilla Storytellers, and other wonderful performers.

For more information, contact Phil Stafford at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail Symposium sponsors include the City of Bloomington, Comfort Keepers, Indiana University Health, and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.



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2015 Work Incentive Fact Sheets Available Online

The Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers’ website features a series of fact sheets on many of the Social Security Administration’s work incentive programs.  

The 19 fact sheets are brief explanations of work incentive programs available to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) beneficiaries, such as:

  • Impairment-Related Work Expenses
  • Trial Work Period
  • Extended Period of Eligibility
  • Substantial Gainful Employment for 2015

Also included on the CCLC Benefits Information and Planning webpage are resources for people with disabilities and their families or providers who may need information on housing subsidies, special savings accounts that won’t impact benefits, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click to browse through the CCLC work incentives fact sheets.



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Stafford to New Hampshire

Phil Stafford, Director of the Institute’s Center on Aging and Community, spent time in Franklin, New Hampshire last week as a featured presenter at the Franklin for a Lifetime workshop. 

The workshop hosted by the City of Franklin, focused on the challenges and opportunities related to aging in community and addressed housing, economic development, planning, and community design ideas for a vibrant Franklin for all ages.



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Library Corner

  • Bashe, P. R. (2014). Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis guide: advice, inspiration, insight, and hope from early intervention to adulthood, 3rd ed. New York: Harmony Books

This fully revised, updated, and expanded edition captures the latest in research, strategies, and parenting wisdom, and delivers it all in an empathetic, practical, and hope-filled style.

  • Buron, K. D., Wolfberg, P. J., & Gray, C. (2014). Learners on the autism spectrum: Preparing highly qualified educators and related practitioners, 2nd ed. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

In an effort to help spread autism awareness, this book has highlighted the new directions of research, training, and practice that are essential to enhancing ones understanding of the ever-changing field. This much-anticipated second edition also includes a new chapter on emotional regulation highlighting the neuroscience, instruction, visual supports and supports for self-management, amongst other topics in this area.

  • Combs, L. (2015). Push to open: A teacher's quickguide to universal design for teaching students on the autism spectrum in the general education classroom. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

A practical and simple guide to strategies which will help remove common barriers to success for students with autism while also benefiting many other students in the general education classroom. Instead of being a reactive, first aid approach to fixing problems after they occur, Push To Open offers a proactive planning guide to help general education teachers understand some of the most critical characteristics of autism and plan their classroom environment and teaching methods to avoid some of the pitfalls.

  • Ozonoff, S. (2014). A parent's guide to high-functioning autism spectrum disorder: How to meet the challenges and help your child thrive. New York: Guilford Publications.

Leading experts show how you can work with your child's unique impairments--and harness his or her capabilities. Vivid stories and real-world examples illustrate ways to help kids with ASD relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. You'll learn how ASD is diagnosed and what treatments and educational supports really work.

  • Tincani, M., & Bondy, A. (2014). Autism spectrum disorders in adolescents and adults: Evidence-based and promising interventions. New York: The Guilford Press.

The book reviews the growing research base and describes ways to support adolescents and adults in succeeding in higher education and work, living independently, enjoying leisure activities, navigating meaningful personal relationships, and more. Specific behavioral and instructional interventions--such as functional communication training, positive behavior support, and applied behavior analysis--are discussed.

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 an e-mail to, or visit us at 1905 North Range Road in Bloomington.

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