About CAC

For more than 40 years, the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has touched the lives of thousands of people with disabilities and their families.  Our services and programs have helped people receive state of the art services in every county of Utah.  Our training, education and inservice programs have helped every professional in Utah have access to the training needed to improve their skills and stay current with advances in the field.

CPD’s research has contributed to ground breaking developments in prevention, healthy living, and effective services. The Center has played a major role in the development of policies, guidelines, program regulations, and laws that affect people with disabilities. 

We need your help!  The input and perspective of people with disabilities is critical to our success.  We cannot be effective without your help in setting priorities.  Participating on the CPD’s Consumer Advisory Council helps us and it helps you.  You will meet new people, work with fellow advocates, and help us make a difference in every Utah community!

What is the Center for Persons with Disabilities?
The Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is Utah’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Services (UCEDD).

 The purpose of UCEDD’s is to “Provide leadership, advise policymakers, and otherwise promote opportunities for individuals with disabilities to exercise self determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.”

What is the Consumer Advisory Council?
The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is a group consisting of individuals with disabilities, family members, and representatives of government entities and local agencies who work with people with disabilities.

Consumer Advisory Council Executive Members

Kelly Holt, Chair
Self Advocate

Mathew Bone, Vice Chair
Self Advocate

Gordon Richins
CPD Consumer Liaison
(435) 797-2832

What is the CAC’s Purpose?
The Consumer Advisory Council is one of the primary advising and guiding bodies for the Center for Persons with Disabilities.  The CAC advises the CPD director about the Center’s impact on systems change, advocacy, and capacity building. The CAC works with CPD staff to develop annual goals and regularly reviews progress towards their accomplishment.

What are the responsibilities of a CAC member?
Members bring many different perspectives, ideas, and views to the council.  They represent the varied geographical areas and disability issues within Utah. 
Members are asked to:

If I am interested, how can I join the CAC?
To be considered for participation on the Consumer Advisory Council, follow these 3 easy steps:

1)  Fill out a Consumer Advisory Council “Application” form. 
This form can be mailed or emailed to you. It is available in alternate formats upon request.
Please contact Gordon Richins, CPD Consumer Liaison for a copy of the Application form by
 Mail: Gordon Richins
    Center for Person with Disabilities
    6800 Old Main Hill
    Utah State University
    Logan, Utah 84322-6800
Email:  gordon.richins@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-2832

2)    Mail or email the completed form to Gordon Richins.

3)    Wait to hear from the Membership Committee within two weeks to find out if there are openings on the Council.

The CAC is currently seeking parent representatives, agency representation, and members from a diverse population and from all geographic areas in Utah. All interested persons will be considered.