May 2018

Disability Resource Library May Newsletter

National Mobility Awareness Month

Since 2012, May has been recognized as National Mobility Awareness Month, which works to highlight and celebrate the 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.

People with disabilities constitute the second largest minority in the United States. In the United States and Canada, over 18 million people have mobility issues, six million of whom are veterans. (Language sponsored by Federally Employed Women. For more information about National Mobility Awareness Month, visit

Featured Resources

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Going Places: Orientation and Mobility, DVD. From the Can Do! Video Library by Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Going Places

The Can Do! Video Library was developed to show parents and professionals some practical ways to assist the young child who is blind or visually impaired to develop needed skills and take off on the road to independence. Six families with children, ranging in age from 14 months to six years old, model in their own homes some very basic practices in parenting the child who is visually impaired. This video teaches parents what they can do from the time their child is very young to encourage independent and safe movement.

Other titles in this video library include: Making Friends, Growing My Way, Part 1 and 2, Through Their Eyes, Seeing Things in a New Way, Learning About the World, and Becoming a "Can Do" Kid.

The Running Dream (fiction novel)

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Running Dream cover

When Jessica is told she'll never run again, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before. The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story. Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Wheelchair Workout: Chair Aerobics for Everyone, DVD

Wheelchair Workout is a fun, easy, motivational workout for all ages. This video is designed for people in wheel chairs that would like to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Control weight; increase mobility; improve circulation; strengthen back and arm muscles. This DVD is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Consult your doctor before undertaking a new exercise regime.

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

Meet Lindsay Ammirante, our Child's Champion for the month of May. Lindsay is a special education teacher at Bridge Street Middle School in Ohio County. She began working with children at a young age every summer at area basketball camps. She became a teacher and basketball coach right out of college in 2007, but from an early age, knew she had a passion for special education. She has been able to travel the state, sharing resources and knowledge with the most dedicated and hard-working teachers West Virginia has to offer and is part of Ohio County's 2018 Leadership Program. She treats every blessing as a gift that is meant to be shared with others and firmly believes that teachers can change the world for students when shown they are safe and loved. She leaves us with her favorite motivational reminder: "To whom much is given, much is expected."

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

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.