July 2019 - Getting to Know Your DRL

Disability Resource Library Newsletter


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. The libraries are free of charge for the general public throughout the state and provide an online request and mail-out service.

As part of the Paths For Parents Program, the DRL has immediate access to Parent Network Specialists and Dieticians who work in collaboration with the DHHR Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. 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.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library has to offer and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Xbox One Adaptive Bundle

Xbox One Adaptive Bundle

Designed to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, our Xbox Adaptive Bundle is a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible. The bundle includes the following: Xbox One X, Portable Gaming Monitor, Xbox Adaptive Controller, RAM Tough-Claw Mount, Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, Stealth Switch Food Pedal, Silicone Protective Cover for Xbox Adaptive, One-Handed Joystick for Xbox Adaptive Controller, Power Supply for Xbox Adaptive Controller, AbleNet Big Red Switch, Minecraft (Game), Lego City Undercover (Game), and NBA2K19 (Game).

NOTE: This bundle (all items listed above) is available for teachers and approved facilitators only. This bundle is not permitted for home loan.

Borrow Xbox One Adaptive Bundle from our library.

Caring for the Hospitalized Child

Caring for the Hospitalized Child

By American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine

Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this popular point-of-care manual offers practical, authoritative guidance in the hospital setting for safe, effective inpatient care from initial evaluation through hospital discharge management.

Pediatric hospitalists provide proven recommendations for various pediatric inpatient problems, including anaphylaxis; cardiac conditions; dermatologic, ENT and GI issues; infectious diseases; seizure; eye trauma; fractures; physical and sexual abuse; and much more. Borrow Caring for the Hospitalized Child from our library.

Guiding Adolescents to Use Healthy Strategies to Manage Stress

By Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, FSAHM and Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD

Developed for all youth-serving professionals, this book with video reviews the basic principles of strength-based communication, discusses the sources of worry for teens, offers practical approaches for helping youth understand they can control their reactions and behaviors, and offers strategies to help professionals deescalate tension when stressors lead to crises. Borrow Guiding Adolescents to Use Healthy Strategies to Manage Stress from our library.

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Don't Let the Pidgeon Stay Up Late!

By Mo Willems

Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative (I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational) to cajoling (Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-¦) to classic (Can I have a glass of water?). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon-and at themselves. Borrow Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late from our library.

Solar System 48 Piece Floor Puzzle

By Melissa & Dave

The Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle includes 48 extra-thick cardboard pieces that are easy for children to put together. The finished puzzle displays beautiful original artwork. Borrow Solar System Puzzle from our library now.

Navigation Tips

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet your child's unique, individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. The purpose of it is to set reasonable learning goals and to state the services that the school system will provide for your child. As a parent of a child with special health care needs, it is important to learn how to effectively work with schools to meet the needs of your child. If you want to learn more about IEPs, contact our Disability Resource Library staff.

A Child's Champion

West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council logo

This month's Child's Champion is the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council. The WV Developmental Disabilities Council is a 31 member organization that was established by an Executive Order of the Governor on March 6, 1972. The Council is authorized and funded by the Federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

The Council’s mission is to assure that West Virginia citizens with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports, and other forms of assistance they need to exercise self-determination and achieve independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in the community.

Four major ways the Council works to accomplish its goals are 1) including people with developmental disabilities and their families in the development of policies and programs; 2) analyzing needs and advocates for improvements to the human service system; 3) providing training and technical assistance to build competent and inclusive communities; and 4)providing grants to community organizations to demonstrate innovative services and practices.

You can learn more about the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council by visiting their website.