May 2020 - Mobility Awareness Resources

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.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in an effort to continue providing family services while reducing exposure, we are now offering a variety of Triple P Parenting Education Seminars and Circle of Parents groups online. To learn more about these and other online opportunities at the West Virginia Center for Excellence in Disabilities, email or call 304-205-6434.

May 2020 - Mobility Awareness Resources

Mobility Awareness Month

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on mobility awareness. Did you know 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

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who are Deaf-Blind

Cover of Hand in Hand

By Kathleen Mary Huebner, Jeanne Glidden Prickett, Therese Rafalowski Welch, and Elga Joffee

An in-service training guide that presents structured information and guidelines for using the Hand In Hand materials with various audiences. Focusing on the needs of the trainer, this manual provides sample blueprints for individual workshops, as well as an overview of training, assessment, and evaluation. Also includes sample forms for conducting a pre-training needs assessment and post training evaluation.

Borrow Hand in Hand from our library.

When Walking Fails

By Lisa I. Iezzoni

Roughly one in ten adult Americans find their walking slowed by progressive chronic conditions like arthritis, back problems, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. In this passionate and deeply informed book, Lisa I. Iezzoni describes the personal experiences of and societal responses to adults whose mobility makes it difficult for them to live as they wish--partly because of physical and emotional conditions and partly because of persisting societal and environmental barriers.

Borrow When Walking Fails from our library.

Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities cover

By Diane Pedrotty Bryant and Brian R. Bryant

This book provides a lifespan and multidisciplinary approach to a discussion of the use of current technology in the fields of special education, rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, and other disciplines.Chapters include information about assistive technology that promotes knowledge and skills, and activities are dispersed throughout the book to keep readers engaged and to make concrete the practical applications and opportunities that good technology provides for persons with disabilities.Those in the field of special education, and/or technology training.

Borrow Assistive Technology for People Disabilities from our library.

Wheel-Fit: Wheelchair Aerobics Level 1

By Wheely Good Fitness

Wheel-Fit is designed to be demanding but fun, working on upper body mobility, flexibility, posture, and strength whilst putting the body through a good cardiovascular workout. It is also suitable for able bodied clients who want a different type of workout or who wish to improve their upper body fitness. The moves are fully explained to give you a complete understanding before beginning. You can easily manage the level of intensity of the workout by varying the range of each move performed, allowing you to remain fully in control.

Borrow Wheel-Fit from our library.

Xbox Adaptive Bundle (Limited Loan)

X-box at kit

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

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.

Xbox One X Console (1TB), Xbox Adaptive Controller, RAM Tough-Claw Mount fo rXbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, Stealth Switch Food Pedal, Controller Gear - 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), NBA2K19 (Game).

Borrow Xbox Adaptive Bundle from our library.

Navigation Tips - Mobility Awareness

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 Kimberly Calhoun

This month's Child's Champion is Kimberly Calhoun, who has worked as a sign language interpreter in kindergarten classrooms for more than twenty years. She currently works with Monongalia County Schools.

"The most rewarding experience is to see a child succeed in learning. Each new concept learned enlarges their world a little more," she said. "Even on difficult days, I am inspired by the efforts to learn from my past and current students. What a reward it is when they begin to recognize and understand new concepts by making connections to past experiences," Kimberly added.

In 2017, Kimberly completed her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University, but she has been a certified sign language interpreter for many years. In late 2018, she studied at Central Michigan University to become a Deafblind Intervener, where she completed the program of study with honors. In 2019, she received her national certification as a Deafblind Intervener.

Kimberly draws daily inspiration from a Helen Keller quote - "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." She's also inspired by as passage of scripture from 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) - "God has given each of you (me) a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

Please join us in congratulating Kimberly as this month's Child's Champion!

For more information about sign language interpreters, check out the ADA quick tips here.

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 or by phone at 304-205-6434.