May 2019 - Mobility Awareness Resources

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

May is National Mobility Awareness Month. Since 2012, May has been recognized as the month to highlight and celebrate ways in which people living with disabilities persevere and triumph over their physical challenges while bringing attention to the many life-changing mobility solutions available to make independence more accessible.

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 or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

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The Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom

The Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom cover

By Patti Gould and Joyce Sullivan

This resource manual on how to adapt regular curriculum activities for children with special needs offers concrete suggestions that are easy to implement, giving teachers the tools to turn their classrooms into effective learning environments for all students. The book discusses six categories of special needs in relation to featured chapter topics; categories of special needs include: developmental delays, orthopedic impairments, pervasive developmental disorder and autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioral issues, motor planning problems, and visual impairments. For teachers, therapists, and parents—especially those with children of special needs. Borrow The Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom from our library.

Community Recreation and People with Disabilities

By Stuart J. Schleien, M. Tipton Ray, and Frederick P. Green

Written by authors committed to ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities in community recreation, this practical book equips readers to design, implement, and evaluate recreation programs. Professionals in therapeutic and community recreation and special education will find this long-popular resource as essential as ever. Borrow Community Recreation and People with Disabilities from our library.

Learning Through Play: Music and Movement

By Ellen Booth Church

This book discusses the why's and how's of using music and movement with young children. From fostering spontaneous music and movement to talking with families about music and movement, this books covers a wide range of learning through play activities. Borrow Learning Through Play: Music and Movement from our library.

Great Day for Up

Cover of a Great Day for Up

By Dr. Seuss

The meanings of "up" are conveyed with merry verse and illustrations in a happy book that celebrates the joy of life. A fun-filled classic! Borrow Great Day for Up from our library.

(DVD) Ease Into Fitness

Ease Into Fitness is a complete physical workout for people with developmental disabilities. Structured as any other workout tape, the instructor leads a small group of young adults with various developmental disabilities through a warm-up, stretching moves, gentle aerobics, strength and balance, floor exercises for the core muscles, and a cool down. A balanced, beginners workout tape for a specific audience, Ease Into Fitness from Iris Media is highly recommended for academic health sciences and education collections, as well as rehabilitation and mental health agencies serving an adult developmentally disabled population. Borrow Ease Into Fitness from our library now.

SoundMoovz Musical Bands

a photo of SoundMoovs, a blue wristband with a tiney built in light up face

SoundMoovz is a motion activated wearable device. You can simply connect SoundMoovz to the app via bluetooth and make music by moving! On your wrists: Shake, high five or simply move your hands/arms to make sounds! On your ankles/through shoelace: Walking, running, kicking in the air, or dance steps… any impact will trigger the sound! The app includes 400+ sounds to choose from. You can create beats and rhythm, or add effect to your favorite songs! Borrow SoundMoovz from our library now.

Navigation Tips

Most of us take the ability to move in our home and community for granted, but for someone with a disability, even the smallest step on a curb can prevent them from accessing normal places. Being mobile enhances a child's ability to learn, interact with others, and participate in the community. A variety of mobility aids and devices are available to provide support, motion and access, as well as assist them in leading active and fulfilling lives. Contact the WV Assistive Technology Program at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities for more information.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Kendra Shaw

Meet Kendra Shaw, the family coordinator for the Family Partnership Program and the LEND Programs Next Steps Clinic at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Kendra also works as the administrative secretary for the MCH/LEND Program.

As coordinator for the Next Steps Clinic, Kendra works with children and the families to discuss what concerns and needs they might have as well as what difficulties they may be experiencing including issues with transition. In her role as coordinator for Family Partnership Program, she pairs families of children with disabilities with our trainees in the LEND Program for an academic year.

Kendra has always expressed a desire to help people. "I really do have the perfect job," she said. "I am inspired by every family I meet and the appreciation expressed by the families we help mean more to me than any award or other recognition ever could," she added.

"I think what drives me the most to help families and children is because I know what a struggle it is living with a disability and the hopeless feeling that comes over you when no one seems to understand what you are going through,” Kendra shared. “The struggle is real and it is constant so if I can make life easier for a family or a child that is what I'm going to do."

Join us in thanking Kendra for all she does and help us celebrate her as May's Child's Champion!