Disability Resource Library May Newsletter

Summer time is perfect for exploring and learning new things. For this month’s issue, we decided to dive into some of our resources that will help you do both. Relax in the sun with a good novel, take some time to learn about Appalachia, or join a youngster on the carpet as they delight in controlling devices with switches. We are excited to introduce this month’s Child Champion, the entire staff of the statewide MODIFY Program (Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth).

Professional Resources

cover of the Appalachian Cultural Currency book

Appalachian Cultural Competency by Susan E. Keefe

Grounded in real, tested strategies, "Appalachian Cultural Competency" is an invaluable sourcebook, stressing the importance of cultural understanding between professionals and the Appalachian people they serve. Through a variety of essays, Susan Keefe advocates an approach to delivering health and social services that acknowledges and responds to regional differences without casting judgments or creating damaging


Here are a few other Appalachia titles available in our library!

Young Adult Resource

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

cover of Ghosts

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: there are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own. A wonderful adventure…a must read.

Check out "Ghosts", today.

Child Resource

Sing and Swing Olaf

Sing and swing with Olaf, the enchanted snowman from Disney’s 2013 animated film, Frozen. He talks, sings and dances. He will get any age moving and having fun! Be sure to request one or more of our many switches to accompany this loan.

Navigation Tips

Summer camp experiences can benefit both you and your child, but it can be an anxious decision for both. For kids, it’s fear of the unfamiliar. For parents, its worries about how their child will be cared for by someone who doesn’t know them. Here are some suggestions to help build confidence in making your decision:

  1. Set Objectives: Talk to your child about how they’d like to spend the summer and what programs they’d like to try.
  2. Do Your Homework: Day camp or residential? Adaptive sports, inclusive settings? Find out as much as you can about the camp. Ask to visit. Ask for references.
  3. Communication: Identify a staff member as your key contact person. Educate the staff about your child’s personality and disability. Find out how they update parents during camp?

A Child's Champion

a photo of the MODIFY team

Meet our team of Child Champion’s for the month of June! MODIFY (Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth) with WVUCED provides on-going services to youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system. The program also provides technical assistance to the Department of Health and Human Resources, group foster care residential facilities, specialized foster care agencies, youth, foster parents, and the community on independent living services and transitioning services for youth aging out of foster care. Our team consists of Tina Faber, Jessica Sammons, Alison Messer, Debi Schaible, Rhonda Bills, Betsy Hill, Pamela Arnett-Staron, Kentia Smith and Michelle Fleece. Our staff has decades of experience in the child welfare system and, while all have varying reasons of why they do the work, they all believe they truly make a difference. Everyone on the team has a genuine care and concerns for the youth they serve. Their team motto? You can do it! We apply that to the youth we work with as well as our own motivation to get the job done.

Paths for Parents Program

Paths for Parents

Navigating systems as a parent or caregiver of a child with disabilities can be confusing and overwhelming. The Paths for Parents program provides information and support through three unique services in effort to empower parents in becoming real partners within the medical home.Services in this program include: The Disability Resource Library, Parent Network Specialists, and Nutrition Services. To learn more, visit http://p4p.cedwvu.org/.

The Disability Resource Library (DRL) provides educational information and resource materials to individuals with disabilities, family members, and practitioners throughout the state of West Virginia.Resources available to loan include:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books (children, adolescent and adult)
  • Reference Materials
  • DVDs
  • Assistive technology devices & adapted toys
  • Teaching and training curricula
  • Demonstration kits and Medical models
  • Disability Awareness Puppets

With two locations and knowledgeable staff, the Disability Resource Library is committed to supporting parents, educators, and the general public in finding appropriate, quality materials and services related to disability.The libraries are free of charge for the general public throughout the state and provide an online request and mail-out service.