July 2020 - More Than a Lending Library

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

COVID-19 is affecting our Disability Resource Library services. We have suspended loans until further notice. You can still request items and we will fulfill your requests when loans resume. If you have an active loan, you are welcome to keep it until the loan program resumes. If you have a critical need, please contact us.

July 2020 - More Than a Lending Library

Did you know the Disability Resource Library is more than just a lending library? The library can provide many services virtually during this time of COVID-19 caution:

  • Conduct research for families on topics related to disabilities and provide current information
  • Assist families in finding needed resources, services, and equipment
  • Connect families to other families through our Family-to-Family Program
  • Provide current news, updates, and information through social media outlets and our mailing list (subscribe here)
  • Teach Disability Awareness with our disability awareness puppets virtually via ZOOM
  • Provide information about local, community-based resources and family focused activities
  • Free one-on-one advocacy coaching for school or medical related situations from a Parent Network Specialist

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides 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

Arrangements for borrowing or returning resources during this COVID period can be made by calling 304-205-6434.
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Online Resource: Understood

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Since 2014, Understood has served millions of families of kids who learn and think differently. Their programs for Families, Educators, and Young Adults focus on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. Understood works with educators, health care professionals, researchers, and human resource professionals to provide proven, vetted information. By providing resources, support, and community, they can prevent people from being left behind and start to address systemic issues like high school dropout rates, underemployment, and the stigma surrounding disabilities. You can learn more about Understood here.

Online Resource: Children's National

Rise and Shine is a blog from the Children's National Hospital site devoted to helping children everywhere lead happier, healthier lives. Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you’ve come to the right place. At Rise and Shine, you’ll find expert advice on everything from boosting your teen’s sleep to planning healthy meals. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes straight from the experts at Children’s National Hospital – medical experts committed to keeping your child healthy and happy.

Online Resource: Complex Child

Complex Child

Complex Child is a monthly online magazine written by parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. It is intended to provide medical information, along with personal experiences, in simple language that other parents can understand. Articles are on a wide variety of topics ranging from basic information on medical conditions and treatments to advice on how to beat insurance company denials. The new edition and all archived editions and articles are completely free, but are only available online.

Online Resource: Family Voices

Family Voices

Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families–including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve healthcare services and policies for children. Learn more about Family Voices here.

Navigation Tips - Individualized Education Plan

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

a photo of George Nunn

This month's Child's Champion is George Nunn. George is a Special Education math teacher at an adventure school for at-risk youth. George has spent most of his adult life working with young people through education or sports. Most of the programs George has worked with involve kids with behavioral disorders or emotionally disturbed individuals that simply need care and guidance. "I absolutely love what I do," he added. "I was a troubled youth that needed that one adult to help me stay on the right path. It has inspired me to do the same for as many kids as possible," George shared. "My favorite saying is Let's Go M.A.D (make a difference)."

"I worked with a young man that was a handful for lack of better words. He came in my class as a fireball sixth grader that could barely make it through a school day without calling a parent or even sending him home. We worked hard to help him and by the time he started 8th grade I was able to walk him to his regular education classes for the first time in all his years of schooling. Needless to say it was a very emotional day and I'm proud to say that young man is preparing for college next year. Situations like that keeps me going and motivated to Go M.A.D.," George shared. Thank you, George!

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact 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.