DO-SI-DO WITH AUTISM FRIENDSHIP KIT
Your Do-si-Do with Autism Friendship Kit offers an inventive and exciting approach to building meaningful relationships between children with and without autism. While most disability awareness materials for children focus on ways to include a child with autism into our world, the Do-si-Do with Autism Friendship Kit takes a new approach: It draws children into the world of Taylor the turtle with autism and promotes understanding and acceptance. Use this kit for one neighbor child or for a whole disability awareness unit at school. You’ll learn too!
Includes: The book Do-si-Do with Autism in DVD, PDF, MP3 and stageplay formats, Presenter Guide, Tool Kit, Fun Pack, Inspiration.
SAFE BEGINNINGS: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE
Safe Beginnings, a healthy, affirming, how-to book, can reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children with and without disabilities. Practical and powerful, this book includes:
- Strategies for teaching preschool children self-respect, self-esteem, sexuality, and safety
- Skills for empowering children to resist and report sexual abuse
- How to create safe environments in nurseries, preschools, day care centers, and schools
- Tips for raising boys and girls
- What to do if abuse occurs
- Resources and ideas for social change
This must-read book is written with wisdom and compassion and features real-life examples.
DO-SI-DO WITH AUTISM
The book’s star is Taylor, the turtle with autism, who shares what it is like to feel pain from the overwhelming movements and sounds around him. His feelings are especially pronounced on square dance day at school when, filled with dread, he retreats to the sidelines and finds solace in his beloved books. To his surprise, however, his classmates follow his lead and, in doing so, begin to focus less on their differences and more on all they have in common.
Sarah Stup wrote Do-si-do with Autism as a way to introduce children to the importance and joy of building meaningful relationships with those who have autism and other developmental disabilities.
MY BODY… MY CHOICE
This fully illustrated mini-book is written for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. My Body…My Choice covers the basics of body safety and is empowering people with disabilities across the nation to resist and report sexual abuse.
The book can be used in group settings as well as on an individual basis. It has been incorporated into reading nights in group homes and used in recovery groups and prevention education classes. My Body…My Choice can also be used in peer education and “acted out” by individuals with disabilities. Plus, it’s a simple, straightforward way for parents to teach their children about safety from abuse.
ARE YOUR EYES LISTENING?
In this honest and heartfelt collection of writings, Sarah takes us inside her world so we can experience the very sights, sounds, and feel of autism. Her vivid imagery and wrenching language reveals “the beast” but also the special gifts it imparts, gifts that make her the unique person she is. This book is about more than autism. Ultimately, it is a book about life.
“People with disabilities are the last minority group in which legal segregation for housing and employment is still routinely provided”, writes human services professional Dale DiLeo. “And their lives are controlled by one of the last publicly-funded monopolies in America today.” He speaks of the “disability industrial complex”, a vast array of systems and funding sources that, once upon a time, paid for atrocities as Raymond’s Room. This was a stifling, smelly bedroom where up to four “unruly” students at a school for children with autism spent most of the day and even slept. Granted, services for people with disabilities have vastly improved since the days when Raymond’s Room was a common phenomenon, but today’s society still has a long way to go in terms on integrations and inclusion. DiLeo encourages readers to think twice about services for people with disabilities. After reading Raymond’s Room, one will hopefully see that all people with disabilities, regardless of degree or severity, deserve far more in life.
STICKS AND STONES
A collection of over 50 stories about facing abuse and violence written by a diverse group of people with disabilities, family members, service providers, and other allies covering a wide range of mistreatment and recovery experiences. By sharing their stories, the writers hope to empower similar survivors to recognize, resist, and disclose abusive situations; to recover if abuse occurs; and to move ahead to live strong, fulfilling lives. The companion teaching guide will help educators and trainers build creative and meaningful activities around the stories.
LESSONS IN GRIEF AND DEATH
Grieving is not a process to be avoided, rushed, or silenced. Lessons in Grief and Death tells poignant stories from the lives of real people. It offers valuable lessons about the cycle of life and the power of people with developmental disabilities to master this deep emotional challenge.
CREATING A MEANINGFUL DAY
Discover a new world of meaning! This debut pack of highly creative lesson plans offers activities for socializing, athletics, nature awareness, drama, visual arts, creative movement, sensory events and storytelling. Each lesson plan features objectives, a materials list, areas of documentation, and more. But, Linda’s work is not just about materials, schedules and checklists. It’s about relationships. It’s about curiosity. It’s about making choices, and living each day with passion and meaning.
HEALTH MATTERS SET
This set includes two books:
Health Matters: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program
This book provides practical guidance on every stage of program development, including how to effectively communicate the key “selling points” of a health promotion program. With a focus on discussions of improved quality of life and reduced cost of health care, the book walks through practical aspects of implementing a Health Promotion program like budgeting, gathering resources, and recruiting staff. Adults with developmental disabilities are at significant risk for health problems. Effective health promotion can improve outcomes, including healthcare costs and quality of life.
Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum
For people with disabilities, a good health and nutrition program can have life-changing results: more energy, increased knowledge, more confidence and self-esteem, and fewer serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. This innovative, easy-to-implement curriculum is the perfect way to help adults build healthy lifestyles and help communities reduce the high costs of common health problems.
SPECIAL ED IS DOWN THE HALL
Poet Marlin Thomas was seven years old when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; he wasn’t expected to live past the age of 17. After Marlin died at the age of 30, his mother, Cynthia Campbell, compiled this collection of poetry as a tribute to his life. Marlin’s poems reflect his life, dreams, hopes, and commitment to the Disabled Rights Movement. Packed with emotion and written in modern free verse, Marlin’s poetry provided an outlet for him to shout about inequality, to laugh about the absurd, to love intensely and passionately, and to ponder life’s complexities.
I LIKE ME!! GROWING SONGS FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN
A CD of prevention music for all children. The CD includes songs about self-esteem, feelings, touches, telling, secrets, diversity, respect, and more. Includes 10 songs, 10 karaoke tracks, and activities.
A powerful song about sexual abuse of a person with developmental disabilities. Useful in counseling, employee development, prevention education, parent education, and community awareness.
MY CHOICE, YOUR DECISION
Using the acclaimed talents of the Interact Theatre Company, My Choice, Your Decision illustrates the often hilarious differences between what people with disabilities want for themselves and new fads of providing them service. Comprised of actors with and without developmental disabilities, Interact Theatre is brilliant at using humor to uncover our most basic prejudices and common mistakes.
Exercises bring participants through the ABCs of understanding choices and making decisions. This video is a must for individuals and groups working on the basics of self-advocacy and an effective tool for showing staff and professionals how to share power. Learn how to set goals, make decisions, and work through conflict. Choose from 12 easy-to-follow exercises that build real-life skills.
My Choice, Your Decision is perfect for staff trainings, self-advocacy gatherings, and everyone working to improve service systems. It includes a facilitator’s handbook with discussion guide, participatory exercises and tips for trainers, and a closed captioned video featuring interviews with the cast and director. My Choice, Your Decision is a National Council on Foundations Film Festival Award Winner.