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Poverty is a State of Mind

Poverty is a State of Mind

09/13/2018

During a conversation with Kim, the Costco/Ameriprise lady who was helping me save money, I shared that I was writing a book, The Art of Poverty. “Poverty is a state of mind,” I said. She agreed and added: “You may be broke, but you’re never poor.”

CPD joins statewide program to help neurodiverse young adults

CPD joins statewide program to help neurodiverse young adults

09/06/2018

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has joined in a multi-university program aimed at easing the way for young adults with certain disabilities, including autism, to enter the workforce or higher education.

Tot Spot: A mother’s journey at Up to 3

Tot Spot: A mother’s journey at Up to 3

08/27/2018

My son, Liam, has been in the Up To 3 program for 18 months now. When we first started, I cried, a lot. He had a meltdown every time any of his therapists came into our home, and he screamed at his ABC class, the entire time. He was draining our whole

A Rolling Perspective: To Thine Own Self Be True

A Rolling Perspective: To Thine Own Self Be True

08/08/2018

You may have heard the joke about the fellow who, after watching a TV ad for tampons showing women swimming, sky diving, playing tennis and such, went out and bought a box for himself. When his friend asked why on earth he’d done so, he said, “I’ve always...

CPD Welcomes Bryson Carpenter to its Media Team

CPD Welcomes Bryson Carpenter to its Media Team

07/31/2018

Meet Bryson Carpenter, a freshman at Utah State University. He is on the CPD’s social media team. When we do a Facebook Live video, he is often the face behind the camera. He also contributes photos to the CPD’s social media feeds.

Up to 3 Welcomes New Info Specialist

Up to 3 Welcomes New Info Specialist

07/26/2018

If you see Rachel Williams with a camera, smile! She has joined Up to 3 as an information specialist and a specialized child care provider. She comes to the CPD through the Americorp VISTA program.

A Rolling Perspecitve: Empower(chair) Yourself

A Rolling Perspecitve: Empower(chair) Yourself

07/20/2018

Why on earth would you get yourself a power chair if your health team doesn’t recommend it? My personal story of “em-powerchair-ment” might provide you with a new perspective. My wish is for you, too, to lead a vibrant life of joy and empowerment because

Assistive Technology Comes Full Circle with Donated Walker

Assistive Technology Comes Full Circle with Donated Walker

07/17/2018

Rick Escobar first came to Utah State University on unfinished business: he wanted to complete a degree in agricultural systems technology, after an injury interrupted his schooling. At USU he heard about assistive technology, took a class, and was hooked...

The Difference a Wheelchair Makes

The Difference a Wheelchair Makes

07/05/2018

Jennifer Holland embodies the independence the Center for Persons with Disabilities strives to offer people with disabilities in Utah and around the world. She recently talked with the Utah Assistive Technology Program about the difference the right wheel...

CPD's Pavithran Challenges Ninja Participants

CPD's Pavithran Challenges Ninja Participants

06/12/2018

Sachin Pavithran, policy director at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was the keynote speaker at last week’s sixth annual NINJA (New Ideas to Network Junior Advocates) conference banquet. The three-day conference prepares yout...

Dr. Sachin Pavithran Assumes Policy Leadership Role at the CPD

Dr. Sachin Pavithran Assumes Policy Leadership Role at the CPD

06/11/2018

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has appointed Dr. Sachin Pavithran as its policy director, effective July 1. The Center has been involved in policy issues since its inception in the early 1970s, when it secured funding t

Grief and Fibromyalgia

Grief and Fibromyalgia

05/25/2018

Several years ago, as I was struggling to get a diagnosis for a slew of worsening symptoms, a therapist shared something that has continued to baffle me. He said researchers who study happiness and grief found that within six months after winning the lott...

CPD named Organization of the Year at Conexiones Familiares Conference

CPD named Organization of the Year at Conexiones Familiares Conference

05/23/2018

This year, the Center for Persons with Disabilities was honored as Organization of the Year at the Conexiones Familiares conference last weekend in Salt Lake City. The award was from the conference committee, which selects an outstanding organiza...

Disability Skills Laboratory Update: Springing into Summer

Disability Skills Laboratory Update: Springing into Summer

05/21/2018

This month we celebrated many birthdays here at DSL! Many of our friends had birthdays and we were able to celebrate each birthday. Now that the weather has started to warm up we are all about being outside. We were able to have our first picnic at Willo

Living Well with Chronic Pain Begins June 4 in Brigham City

Living Well with Chronic Pain Begins June 4 in Brigham City

05/11/2018

People living with chronic pain in the Brigham City area will soon have a free option to learn more about managing their condition. A workshop begins June 4 that helps participants reduce their pain, increase confidence in managing it, decrease emergency

Living Well with a Disability Starts in 2 Northern Utah Locations

Living Well with a Disability Starts in 2 Northern Utah Locations

05/07/2018

A free workshop that promotes reduced health care costs, reduced limitations due to secondary health conditions and better daily living begins this month in two northern Utah locations. Living Well with a Disability begins Monday, May 14 in Ogden and Tues...

Living Well Workshops | CPD

Living Well Workshops

05/07/2018

Living Well Workshops: Managing disability, chronic conditions & pain Living Well With a Disability Mondays and Thursdays, May 14-June 18, Ogden Registration: Karen @ RTI, (801) 612-3215 Tuesdays May 15

URLEND Survey Finds Future Teachers Largely Unprepared for Children on the Autism Spectrum

URLEND Survey Finds Future Teachers Largely Unprepared for Children on the Autism Spectrum

05/01/2018

When it comes to teaching students on the autism spectrum, a recent survey of future teachers in eight states found most could be better prepared. The preservice teachers were in their third or fourth year. Their average score on the autism knowledge scal...

Living Well Workshops | CPD

Living Well Workshops

04/18/2018

Living Well Workshops: Courses on managing disability, chronic conditions & pain. Living Well With Chronic Conditions Tuesdays May 1-June 5, Logan Registration: LaDawn, 435.797.7142 To Be Announced: St. George Living Wel

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Starts May 1

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Starts May 1

04/16/2018

A free series of workshops designed to help people reduce hospitalizations, decrease their pain and symptoms and enjoy life more begins on May 1 in Logan. Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-part workshop developed at Stanford University to help

Living Well Workshops | CPD

Living Well Workshops

04/13/2018

Living Well Workshops: Courses on managing disability, chronic conditions & pain. Living Well With Chronic Conditions Tuesdays May 1-June 5, Logan Registration: LaDawn, 435.797.7142 To Be Announced: St. George Living We

Sharon Weston Honored as Staff of the Year

Sharon Weston Honored as Staff of the Year

04/12/2018

Thursday’s College of Education and Human Services awards honored a CPD staff member who needs no introduction. And yet, while people at the CPD know and appreciate Assistant to the CPD Director Sharon Weston, they probably do not know how much she deserv...

CPD Services on the Move

CPD Services on the Move

03/26/2018

After months of construction, the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence building is now in operation--and some CPD services have made the move across the way, from the CPD building to the new center to its west. Here is a list of

Early Spring at the Disability Skills Laboratory | CPD

Early Spring at the Disability Skills Laboratory

03/23/2018

We have been very busy here at DSL! We now have four participants that have part-time jobs! Sara and Ryan Dickey continue to work at Malouf in Nibley. When asked what they do there, they are very proud to tell you that they are janitors and keep things

CPD Welcomes Research Fellow Who Will Study Disability in Native Communities

CPD Welcomes Research Fellow Who Will Study Disability in Native Communities

03/19/2018

The CPD welcomes Erica Ficklin, one of the Association of University Centers on Disability's Diversity and Inclusion research fellows. She is working under Dr. Eduardo Ortiz to learn more about the perception of disability among Native American communitie...

Up to 3, Logan's AT Lab team up on Sam's first bike

Up to 3, Logan's AT Lab team up on Sam's first bike

03/09/2018

Spring is coming, and when it does, Sam and his family will be ready. He attended Up to 3 at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. During that time he worked on building up the strength in his legs. Soon, Sam and his family

Considering College for Students with Intellectual Disabilities | CPD

Considering College for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

02/22/2018

Students with developmental and intellectual disabilities have been going to college for four years at Utah State University, through the Aggies Elevated Program. The third cohort will graduate in May. For Dr. Jeff Sheen, the program’s co-principal inves

In Memoriam: Gordon Richins

In Memoriam: Gordon Richins

02/14/2018

Gordon Richins, our dear colleague, advocate and friend, passed away on February 11. He leaves a hole at the CPD, and in many other places where his influence was felt. He served on multiple boards and committees at the local, state and national level, al...

Statewide Training Teaches Low-tech Assistive Technology Techniques | CPD

Statewide Training Teaches Low-tech Assistive Technology Techniques

01/31/2018

Representatives from the Center for Persons with Disabilities went to St. George earlier this month to spread the word about low-tech assistive technology, and help train professionals on how to make their own. Assistive technology is any device or syste

Low Tech Trainings | CPD

Low Tech Trainings

01/30/2018

Low-tech Assistive Technology Trainings Roosevelt: February 26 Uintah Basin Technical College Price: March 29 Utah State University, Price Blanding: March 30 Utah State University, Blanding

The "Why" Behind the Design: One Man's Experience with Web Accessibility Training | CPD

The "Why" Behind the Design: One Man's Experience with Web Accessibility Training

01/19/2018

WebAIM regularly brings web developers and other professionals to Utah State University, where they conduct trainings on accessibility. Recently, participant Dan Hendrickson wrote what that experience meant to him: One of the most memorable experiences w

New Tools from the CPD Allow Site-Wide Web Accessibility Evaluation | CPD

New Tools from the CPD Allow Site-Wide Web Accessibility Evaluation

01/16/2018

WebAIM has long set the standard for web accessibility, and its WAVE tool has made it possible for people everywhere to find out whether a web page is usable for people with disabilities. Now, new options make it possible to use WAVE across an entire webs...

South East Early Intervention Program | CPD

South East Early Intervention Program

01/05/2018

The South East Early Intervention Program was recently honored as the Community Partner of the Year by the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMCC) for its efforts in "building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collabor...

School Partnership Wins Awards | CPD

School Partnership Wins Awards

12/18/2017

In the last month, the Public & School Partnership has been involved in two wins and two cash prizes. Along the way, volunteers have enriched their communities through service and leadership. Bates Elementary food and winter clothing drive provides donat

Judith Holt: Working for the Day | CPD

Judith Holt: Working for the Day

12/07/2017

Co-director, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities I heard on the news recently that more classified files relating to the 1962 assassination of President John F. Kennedy had been released. I always associate 1962 with anot...

Child Care Nutrition Program Expands | CPD

Child Care Nutrition Program Expands

11/20/2017

The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Child Care Nutrition Program provided meals to 13,888 children in the last fiscal year. This year they are on track to serve even more, in even more parts of the state. Director Michael Diehl wanted to both grow t...

Judith Holt Recognized | CPD

Judith Holt Recognized

11/14/2017

In a room packed with colleagues, advocates, and family members at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Honors Celebration in Washington, D.C., Dr. Judith Holt was presented the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award on N...

Linda Keith Honored | CPD

Linda Keith Honored

11/13/2017

Linda Keith received the Lieutenant Governor’s Power of Service award last week. A longtime volunteer with the Senior & Community Volunteer Program, her spirit of service has touched the lives of many people in Cache Valley. The award is given through the...

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule | CPD

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule

11/04/2017

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule Updated April 11 2) Tuesday, April 25, 12-1 pm at the Bridgerland West Campus, 1410 N 1000 W, Logan. Target audience: employers of people with autism 3) Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Workers’ Compensation

Disability Tech Advocate: Autonomous Vehicles | CPD

Disability Tech Advocate: Autonomous Vehicles

11/03/2017

The day of the fully autonomous vehicle is approaching much faster than most people realize. Like other new technologies, it will be disruptive. Amid the many voices that are shaping the driverless future, Dr. Sachin Pavithran at the Center for Persons wi...

Sweet and Scary Times | CPD

Sweet and Scary Times

10/27/2017

This week, the CPD staff had a chance to enjoy the moment. Halloween, dressing up, and more.

School Partnership Brings Tradition of Volunteerism | CPD

School Partnership Brings Tradition of Volunteerism

10/16/2017

Every Tuesday, Ann Egeland puts on a hip outfit and goes back to school. It’s not that she’s fashion-conscious, but as a former teacher and current volunteer with Public & School Partnership’s community and senior volunteer program, she knows: Seventh gra...

Paper Urging Monitoring of Vitamin D | CPD

Paper Urging Monitoring of Vitamin D

10/12/2017

In light of chronic and sometimes serious health conditions that stem from vitamin D deficiency in prenatal development, and noting that a majority of Utahns are not getting enough of the vitamin, the Center for Persons with Disabilities has issued a sta

Employability Clinic: Linking Adults | CPD

Employability Clinic: Linking Adults

09/29/2017

Marissa Bell began working her first job six weeks ago, and she loved it from her first day. “I feel wonderful!” she told her job coach. “Like Wonder Woman!” She works at a recycling center, where she was hired after attending the Disability Skills Labora...

Visiting Researcher Links Vitamin D Levels | CPD

Visiting Researcher Links Vitamin D Levels

09/25/2017

After reviewing and performing multiple clinical studies, Dr. Bruce Hollis argues vitamin D does much more than strengthen bones--and that a failure to understand its role in human health can have serious implications for pregnant and nursing mothers. The...

Longitudinal Look at Environment | CPD

Longitudinal Look at Environment

09/06/2017

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is partnering with the University of Utah on a landmark project to help researchers better understand children’s health. For a year now, data for what is now called the Utah Children’s Proj...

Dickeys DSL Scoop: Aug. 2017

Dickeys DSL Scoop: Aug. 2017

08/30/2017

In August we were able to do many fun, new and exciting things here at DSL! Summer Program came to an end on the August 19th. We celebrated the end of summer by having the 2nd Annual DSL Summer Olympics! Some of the events included: Bean Bag toss, a wat

Meeting Changing Needs | CPD

Meeting Changing Needs

08/22/2017

Cathy and Jerry Johnson walked a long and difficult road after Jerry received a diagnosis of multiple systems atrophy: a rare degenerative, neurological condition. MSA brought with it some medical challenges and rapidly-changing needs. Cathy works for the...

Michelle Hogan - Parents Perspective | CPD

Michelle Hogan - Parents Perspective

08/09/2017

Michelle Hoggan came to the Center for Persons with Disabilities as the new parent of a nine-month old girl. Doctors told her not to expect her daughter to ever walk or talk. “I think doctors don’t want to get your hopes up,” she said. But she’s thankful

Adventures in Accessibility | CPD

Adventures in Accessibility

08/07/2017

My name is Mary Ellen Heiner and I have been working at the Center for Persons with Disabilities since 1984 as a staff assistant/office manager, and now even an instructor. I was involved in a farming accident at the age of two that left me paralyzed from...

Access Road Closes | CPD

Access Road Closes

08/02/2017

It's been a construction-intensive summer. The next round to hits the road south of the CPD on August 4, when 850 North is closed for repaving. It will remain closed through August 9. Traffic will be re-routed to Aggie Boulevard (700 North), then to the a...

Dickeys DSL Scoop | CPD

Dickeys DSL Scoop

07/31/2017

Here at the Developmental Skills Lab we have a NEW blog tag team. They are Ryan and Sara Dickey! No, they aren’t married but they are brother and sister! Sometimes they ACT like brother and sister too! Here is a quick bio: Ryan- Ryan is 37 years young

Interview With a SKI-HI Alumns | CPD

Interview With a SKI-HI Alumns

07/27/2017

Blogger's note: I "met" Andy Prouty via an email interview while working on a story for Utah State Magazine about the CPD's SKI-HI Institute, and its contributions to education for deafblind children. (USU alumni, watch your mailboxes for that story in Au...

Uintah Basin AT Labs | CPD

Uintah Basin AT Labs

07/17/2017

Clay Christensen displays a personal electronic assistant device and modular hose: examples of high- and low-tech AT.[/caption] People at the CPD's AT Labs hear it all the time: disability can be expensive. They want to help. The AT labs, which are part o...

RWR Sponsors | CPD

RWR Sponsors

06/29/2017

Thanks again to our sponsors! Crumb brothers, Fish Rentals, City of North Logan, Paco’s Tacos, Firehouse Pizzeria, Walgreens, Import Auto, Great Harvest Bread Company, Runners North, Aggie Ice Cream, Willow Park Zoon, Square One Printing, Malouf, Old Gri

Run, Walk, and Roll

Run, Walk, and Roll

06/02/2017

Most people don’t remember when they started to understand cause and effect. They flip a switch, the lights turn on—they take it for granted. However, for some children, it’s harder to make that connection (no pun intended). This month, be assured that yo...

Walk and Roll Success | CPD

Walk and Roll Success

05/29/2017

To everyone who turned out at this year's Run, Walk and Roll event, thank you! We are so pleased this event is catching on--we enjoyed twice as many participants as last year, and twice the support for children with disabilities in the Up to 3 program. Th...

Graduate Reflects On Living Away From Home | CPD

Graduate Reflects On Living Away From Home

05/24/2017

It's summer--the time that college-bound students save money, collect household furnishings and wonder what life will be like away from home. Fortunately, they can learn from the experience of others, including Riley Cochran, an Aggies Elevated graduate w...

Getting First Job | CPD

Getting First Job

05/15/2017

Brenna Mantz, a graduate of the Aggies Elevated program at Utah State University, is a new employee at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. In this interview she talks about her AE experience, how she prepared for her first job, and what it's like wo...

10 Things About People With Fibromyalgia | CPD

10 Things About People With Fibromyalgia

05/12/2017

It started at least 5 years ago with bouts of intense body fatigue and weakness. It continued to progress into bouts of hideous pain. I’d suddenly find myself unable to move after laying on the floor, dropping things constantly, and writhing in pain at ni...

Linda Alsop Recognized | CPD

Linda Alsop Recognized

05/11/2017

Linda Alsop has followed her passion, serving the Deafblind community for more than 20 years. The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness recently recognized her dedication with the Exemplary Advocate Award. “It...

Congratulations to Graduates

Congratulations to Graduates

05/04/2017

Congratulations to the CPD employees who are graduating this year! Utah State University's graduate commencement and hooding ceremony is on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The undergraduate commencement begins Saturday, Ma...

Top 14 Utah Travel Sites for People With Disabilities | CPD

Top 14 Utah Travel Sites for People With Disabilities

05/01/2017

Eric Stoker, a CPD Consumer Advisory Council member, has compiled Utah's Travel Guide for People with Disabilities. The document was created for the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, it's packed with tips for travelers of all ages and abilities, a

Lesther Papa Wins Awards | CPD

Lesther Papa Wins Awards

04/26/2017

Lesther Papa, a graduate student employee at the CPD's Behavioral Health Clinic, received the Utah State University Student Association's Dedication Award for his contributions to the organization. He graduates with an Ed.S in school psychology this year,...

Why I do What I do | CPD

Why I do What I do

04/21/2017

Think about it…when was the last time someone asked you why you care about certain things? What are you building through your daily efforts here at the CPD? I can pinpoint the exact moment in my life that keeps me focused on why I do what I do. It was a

Six Apps to Help With Reading

04/12/2017

Do you have resources for people with learning disabilities? It's one of the most frequently asked questions I hear at public events when I'm representing the Utah Assistive Technology Program. We recently addressed the question in a webinar featuring K

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule | CPD

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule

04/11/2017

Tuesday, April 25, 12-1 pm at the Bridgerland West Campus, 1410 N 1000 W, Logan. Target audience: employers of people with autism Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Workers’ Compensation Fund Building, 1453 S Dixie Dr., St. George. Target a

Pilot Without Arms

Pilot Without Arms

04/03/2017

On a visit to USU, Jessica Cox shared her experience as a pilot--and how it fulfilled yet another goal in a string of achievements she has gained as a child of "can-do" parents. But when she came to the CPD, she spoke candidly about experiences common to

Thank You Up to 3 Supporters

Thank You Up to 3 Supporters

03/24/2017

To all the people who contacted their legislators in support of the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Up to 3 program, thank you! You made the difference. Up to 3 is part of Baby Watch, a statewide program providing services to families of infants and...

Statewide Workshop for People on ASD Spectrum | CPD

Statewide Workshop for People on ASD Spectrum

03/21/2017

Wednesday, May 24 marks the next in a series of statewide workshops will help people on the autism spectrum, their families, service providers and potential employers to use tools that will teach job skills. The Logan event features a job fair and a work

Taboo Topics Among Refugees

Taboo Topics Among Refugees

03/17/2017

If you’re gathering information, fostering leadership and spreading awareness about a taboo topic across cultures, there is one thing you don’t want to do: Sound like the all-knowing, arrogant American. Dr. Eduardo Ortiz, a researcher from the Center for

Service of 15 Employees | CPD

Service of 15 Employees

03/15/2017

The CPD recognizes its dedicated employees who observed milestones in their work with us this year. They will be honored at the 24th annual employee recognition luncheon at Utah State University. Congratulations, everyone! A list of those celebrating mile...

Life Changing Adventure | CPD

Life Changing Adventure

03/10/2017

Sherena Huntsman became a student of the IDASL class on a recommendation from her doctoral committee chair. “My dissertation is an investigation of marginalized identities in digital spaces, and that overlapped with disability studies,” she said. And that...

Consumer Advisory Council Celebrates Success | CPD

Consumer Advisory Council Celebrates Success

02/23/2017

The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Consumer Advisory Council is one of the primary guiding bodies of the CPD. Made up of self-advocates, agency representatives and family members of people with disabilities, it sets goals and monitors the progress

METAS Group Teach Independence | CPD

METAS Group Teach Independence

02/20/2017

The idea for METAS started in 2015 with some conversations—the kind that could only happen between blind self-advocates from diverse backgrounds. “We’d been talking about services in the U.S. and how people here have opportunities to be more independent.

Legislators Need to Hear From You | CPD

Legislators Need to Hear From You

02/17/2017

"The home visitors were so kind and helpful. She helped me understand how to help him [her 2-year-old son] without making me feel like I should have known." "To find out a service like this existed was such a blessing in our lives!" These are all statem

URLEND Collaborates on Attitudes Toward Sexuality Survey | CPD

URLEND Collaborates on Attitudes Toward Sexuality Survey

02/15/2017

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) and the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) members are surveying the attitudes of developmental disability providers, medical providers, and mental health providers

AT Project | CPD

AT Project

02/07/2017

Last week, a St. George classroom-full of middle-school students blended science, engineering and technology with a genuine desire to help real people--and CPD staff members were there to help it happen. "They were having a blast, and so was I," said Up t...

Awkwardness of Disability | CPD

Awkwardness of Disability

01/25/2017

The IDASL program has trained students on addressing disability issues since 2001. In 2017, it is getting a new advisor. While new to the program, Mary Ellen Heiner has long been dedicated to its mission of bringing people with and without disabilities to...

SPARC Grant Supports Autism Research | CPD

SPARC Grant Supports Autism Research

12/20/2016

Utah State University to study immune genes in children with autism and their mothers. Their work will investigate whether certain genetic variants are associated with maternal immune activation against the fetus, affecting the child's intelligence. The

Accessing Utah's Arts is Easier for People with Disabilities | CPD

Accessing Utah's Arts is Easier for People with Disabilities

12/16/2016

A higher percentage of Utahns attend performing arts events than any other state, and we are second in the nation for attending arts exhibits. There are plenty of opportunities, especially around the holidays, and many of them are free. For example, in Ca...

Policy Will Be a Major Focus

Policy Will Be a Major Focus

12/12/2016

A new director will come to the Center for Persons with Disabilities at the end of January 2017. Dr. Matthew Wappett approaches his new job with experience in leadership, policymaking, program-building and providing services to people with disabilities in...

New Child Care Nutrition Program Director | CPD

New Child Care Nutrition Program Director

12/09/2016

The Child Care Nutrition Program welcomes its new director in January, following the retirement of its current director, Jeanie Peck. It’s the changing of the guard in a program that quietly affected the lives of more than 13,000 of Utah’s children over t...

Know your Special Education Acronyms | CDP

Know your Special Education Acronyms

11/04/2016

Here are 23 acronyms that are commonly used when discussing legal requirements for the education of children with disabilities. This list is brought to you by Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, a division of the Center for Persons w...

Assistive Technology Director Named to National Board | CPD

Assistive Technology Director Named to National Board

10/28/2016

Sachin Pavithran, program director for the CPD's Utah Assistive Technology Program, was recently named to the Association of University Centers on Disability's Board of Directors. AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers dedicated to serving people

Video Helps Staff Understand Autism Spectrum | CPD

Video Helps Staff Understand Autism Spectrum

10/24/2016

Autism -- University Faculty and Staff: What We Know, What We Do Not Know and What We Need to Know explains autism from a students' perspective. "Have you ever had a student in your class who came to ask you for information, and immediately you felt like

Sherry Joy Honored | CPD

Sherry Joy Honored

10/13/2016

The Northern Utah Down Syndrome Foundation recently honored the CPD's own Sherry Joy for her work in behalf of the families of children with Down syndrome. The award marked her record as an advocate over the past 20 years, starting when she co-founded an

Help a Family Explore New Possibilities | CPD

Help a Family Explore New Possibilities

10/10/2016

Aaron began beating the odds soon after he was born. His condition--trisomy 13--is fatal within the first year, 90 percent of the time. At two and a half years old, he is something of a pioneer. "Anything he does, we just think it's great," said his mothe...

Advocates as Leaders

Advocates as Leaders

10/05/2016

My name is Eric Stoker and I’m a part of the Advocates as Leaders Self-Advocacy Speaker’s Network. I have been a part of the network for one year, which is amazing. Let me tell you a little bit about the Advocates as Leaders Network. This network is a pa

New Frontiers for Families needs your Help | CPD

New Frontiers for Families needs your Help

09/30/2016

The building that housed the New Frontiers for Families office in Panguitch was destroyed by a tornado earlier this week. New Frontiers for Families staff members provide after school programs, direct services (wraparound teams and parent peer support), e...

Utah Gubernatorial Contestants | CPD

Utah Gubernatorial Contestants

09/28/2016

Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz agreed on Monday that health care coverage could be better in the state. They disagreed on plenty, including how to expand Medicare coverage and how much Utah policy makers sho...

Wanted: Your Opinions!

Wanted: Your Opinions!

09/14/2016

The CPD is seeking input from Utahns with disabilities, the professionals who work with them and their families on four key topics: transition (from early intervention to preschool; preschool to kindergarten; school to post school experiences, etc); healt...

Shauna Crane Appointed as TAESE Associate Director | CPD

Shauna Crane Appointed as TAESE Associate Director

08/11/2016

The Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) announces the appointment of Shauna Crane as its new Associate Director. Crane has been part of the organization for over 30 years and brings a wealth of experience and skills...

Food Extravaganza Helps Picky Eaters Explore | CPD

Food Extravaganza Helps Picky Eaters Explore

07/14/2016

Special picnics for picky eaters are just one of the fun community activities being held in July by Up to 3 to help accommodate varying summer schedules for families. According to Amy Henningsen, occupational therapist, the picnics are a fun way to encou

Disability Visibility is Important this Election Year

07/05/2016

Americans with disabilities are the largest minority group in the nation. This election year, they want their voices heard and their questions answered.

Watch the CPD Demolition in one Minute!

06/30/2016

Thanks to the talents of CPD staff member Jared Smith, you can watch the entire demolition of the CPD in one minute. One second of video is 45 minutes in real time. At :13 and :26, you can see the moon streak across the sky.

URLEND Trainee Exchange: Alaska

URLEND Trainee Exchange: Alaska

06/21/2016

Through the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (URLEND), trainees from different disciplines are given the opportunity to attend an exchange experience in another PacWest LEND program. The exchange experi

Former Division Director Dies | CPD

Former Division Director Dies

06/17/2016

Dr. Richard N. Roberts, director of the CPD Research and Evaluation Division from 1989-2010, passed away June 10, 2016 in Utah. Roberts's career focused on children with special needs and their families, and he worked closely with the Maternal Child Healt...

CAC Corner: You Can Make a Difference | CPD

CAC Corner: You Can Make a Difference

06/13/2016

The CPD Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is composed of Utah individuals with disabilities, family members, and staff liaisons and advises the CPD director about the Center’s impact on systems change, advocacy, and capacity building. This month’s CAC Corne...

UATP Opens Second Assistive Tech Lab | CPD

UATP Opens Second Assistive Tech Lab

06/13/2016

There is a new face in the assistive technology scene in Roosevelt—and he’s ready to get people rolling. Cameron Cressall is the coordinator of the new Assistive Technology Lab on Utah State University’s Roosevelt campus. Assistive technology is used to h...

Construction Updates/Moving Schedules | CPD

Construction Updates/Moving Schedules

06/02/2016

MOVING SCHEDULE UPDATE: March 5th Clinical/Medical, MA’s, Upto3/ABC Classroom move to new building. March 6th Dennis Odell, Marty Toohill, Vicki Simonsmeier, George Wootton, Clint Field March 15-16th Richard Jewkes, Jodie Anderson, Joy Gines , Connie P

Success for Sam - A Mother's Story | CPD

Success for Sam - A Mother's Story

06/01/2016

This amazing young man graduates from High School today. There's so many things that just make me in awe of this moment. Yet, they seem so ordinary now. Everyone expects their son or daughter to graduate from High School. Right? No big deal! I mean I

Utah Act Early Ambassador Appointment | CPD

Utah Act Early Ambassador Appointment

05/26/2016

As Sue Olsen winds down her 2-year term as the Utah Act Early Ambassador, co-worker Janel Preston is gearing up to take the reins. Both women are part of the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at the CPD and have long histories in services and research wi...

Outstanding Authors | CPD

Outstanding Authors

05/16/2016

A recent publication by Dr. Cyndi Rowland, Jonathan Whiting, and Jared Smith was awarded the “Outstanding Author Contribution” in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The cited chapter, entitled "What do you need to create and maintain...

Farewell Celebration for the CPD Building | CPD

Farewell Celebration for the CPD Building

05/04/2016

Here's your chance to create a work of art with spray paint on a brick wall without being arrested! Please join us in a final celebration of the Center for Persons with Disabilities building, scheduled for demolition near the end of May. This is a unique

Up to 3 Thanks Braveheart Run Organizers and Runners | CPD

Up to 3 Thanks Braveheart Run Organizers and Runners

04/29/2016

The Up to 3 program at the CPD wishes to thank USU students who sponsored the 2016 Braveheart 5K/10K. Proceeds were donated to Up to 3 and will be used to support their mission of promoting the development of children, under the age of 3, who have any typ...

CAC Corner: The Stare | CPD

CAC Corner: The Stare

04/25/2016

This month’s CAC Corner was written by CAC member Laura Anderson and originally posted on the Mother’s of Autistic Kids (Big MAKS) web site. Anderson is a member of the CPD Consumer Advisory Council, and mother of Ty, a child with autism. As a parent of

A Week of Emergencies at the CPD | CPD

A Week of Emergencies at the CPD

04/18/2016

Fire trucks, squad cars, SWAT teams, ambulances, and bomb robots swarmed the original CPD building last week. However, no one was in danger and there was no imminent threat on campus. As a final public service, the outgrown building was being used for tr

Congratulations to Emily Lund | CPD

Congratulations to Emily Lund

04/11/2016

The CPD is happy to congratulate Emily Lund as Graduate Student Researcher of the Year at the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. She was presented the award by Dean Beth Foley last week, who said: "Emily Lund is a wonderfully appr

Thank You to Our "Bennies" and "Johnies" | CPD

Thank You to Our "Bennies" and "Johnies"

03/31/2016

Eleven students from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in central Minnesota spent their spring break last week volunteering at the Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) and local disability-related communi

CPD Employees Honored for Years of Service

03/23/2016

The USU Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon today in the Ballroom of the TSC. The luncheon recognizes employees who reached or will reach the 10-year or greater milestone year of service between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. In add...

Dr. Temple Grandin to Speak at USU | CPD

Dr. Temple Grandin to Speak at USU

03/18/2016

Dr. Temple Grandin will speak March 31 at 5:00 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center (TSC) Ballroom at Utah State University. The event is free to the public and will be followed by a book signing. Grandin is a renowned American author, animal behavior expe

TAESE Coordinates Kansas Conference | CPD

TAESE Coordinates Kansas Conference

03/15/2016

The 34th Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference (KDEC) was held February 25-26 in Wichita, Kansas. The theme of this year’s conference was Building Real Relationships with Professionals and Families Using Evidence Based Practice. Staff from...

CAC Corner: Spread the Word | CPD

CAC Corner: Spread the Word

03/14/2016

Hello everyone, my name is Kelly Holt. March is Disability Awareness Month and we need everyone to take the pledge not to use the wrong words. We need to have some respect for everyone in this world that have disabilities or not. it is very inportment t

Donate Fabric to CReATE | CPD

Donate Fabric to CReATE

03/03/2016

Citizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment, also known as CReATE, is collecting donations of fabric that will be stitched into wheelchair bags by volunteers. Quilters and sewists, here’s your chance to clear out last year’s fabric from your stash...

UPDN Organizes Transition Institute | CPD

UPDN Organizes Transition Institute

02/17/2016

The 2016 Utah Transition Institute took place January 28 and 29 at the Davis Conference Center. The event was organized by the Utah Professional Development Network, a project of the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAE...

CReATE Opens eBay Shop | CPD

CReATE Opens eBay Shop

02/11/2016

CReATE, or Citizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment, has opened an eBay shop to expand its mission of providing assistive technology to people in need at affordable prices. CReATE is a project of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah St...

CAC Corner: Mindfulness and self-compassion | CPD

CAC Corner: Mindfulness and self-compassion

02/09/2016

I started off 2016 by attending a 5-day intensive at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center, learning and practicing mindful self-compassion. One of the teachers was Kristen Neff, Ph.D. (www.self-compassion.org), who is a professor at the University of Texas in A...

Hearts for DLS | CPD

Hearts for DLS

02/04/2016

DSL participants are busy making Valentines cards for their families, and would love to make extras for you! A $10 donation brings you a handmade, personalized Valentine. That same $10 donation provides two hours of respite care for a person with a disabi...

TAESE to Review Services | CPD

TAESE to Review Services

02/02/2016

Recently, the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) announced that a new focus for federal and state compliance monitoring for the implementation of IDEA will be in the area of services for students placed in juvenile correctional settings.

Poster highlights CPD youth programs

01/26/2016

A poster presented at a recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference highlighted three programs at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities that empower, elevate and offer experiences to youth with disabilit...

Successes, Challenges of Diverse LEND Trainees

01/21/2016

A poster presented at the recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference examined the successes and challenges of recruiting and supporting racially and ethnically diverse Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (...

AUCD Poster Examines Self-Advocacy Instruction

01/19/2016

Since self-advocacy is an important skill for high schoolers and adults with developmental disabilities, it is imperative that teachers, case managers and service providers are equipped with best practices to teach self-advocacy skills to high schoolers a...

Diversity, Leadership and Disabilities

01/12/2016

A poster that was presented at a recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference highlighted the activities of two programs at Utah State University—Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND), h...

Shaping and Informing Professionals

01/07/2016

A poster that was presented at a recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference highlighted the activities of two programs at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities—Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neur...

URLEND Trainees Experience Exchange Program

01/05/2016

Trainees from the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities presented their experiences in an exchange program at a poster session at the recent Associatio...

2015 URLEND Projects Provide Unique Student Experiences | CPD

2015 URLEND Projects Provide Unique Student Experiences

01/04/2016

The Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program is an interdisciplinary learning experience for post-graduate trainees who want to learn to provide optimal services for children and adolescents with special healt...

ASSERT Hosts Visitors from Russia

ASSERT Hosts Visitors from Russia

12/17/2015

A group of nine visitors from Russia recently visited the Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training (ASSERT) program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. ASSERT serves children ages 3-5 on the autism spectrum.

Legislative Update

12/15/2015

The new session of the Utah Legislature begins on January 26, 2016 and runs through March 10. CPD staff will be attending and monitoring various committee meetings/actions and tracking disability related bills throughout the session and will provide regu

Your Input is Needed! | CPD

Your Input is Needed!

12/14/2015

People First of Utah is working with Southwestern Alliance on a five-year self-advocacy plan for the state of Utah. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

First Director of the CPD, Dr. Marvin Fifield, Dies | CPD

First Director of the CPD, Dr. Marvin Fifield, Dies

12/08/2015

We are saddened to announce that the first director of the CPD, Dr. Marvin Fifield, passed away suddenly last Friday. Dr. Fifield was the founding force at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, originally called the Exceptional Child Center. His lasti...

Remembering Our Leader, Friend, and Mentor, Dr. Marvin Fifield

Remembering Our Leader, Friend, and Mentor, Dr. Marvin Fifield

12/07/2015

It is with sadness and respect that we say goodbye to our friend and colleague, Dr. Marvin Fifield, the pioneering director of the Center for Persons with Disabilities (originally called the Exceptional Child Center). When the building opened in 1973, he

Save the date! Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 11

Save the date! Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 11

12/03/2015

Mark your calendars for the annual CPD Holiday Party and Giving Tree celebration! The event will be at noon on Friday, Dec. 11 in CPD Room 170. The Giving Tree is set up in the CPD main office, with lots of tags still available to claim. You can make the

Op-Ed: Pay for Success Model Changes Lives | CPD

Op-Ed: Pay for Success Model Changes Lives

12/01/2015

Utah has long been a pioneer state, and for more than two years we've been pioneers in the field of early childhood education. Our groundbreaking first-in-the-nation Pay for Success program for early childhood education is providing high-quality preschool...

Eat Turkey, Help DSL | CPD

Eat Turkey, Help DSL

11/20/2015

This Thanksgiving we all have a lot to be thankful for. For some members of our community, this includes being able to participate in our Developmental Skills Lab (DSL). DSL provides safe, stimulating and fun care and activities for adults with disabiliti...

Invisible Disabilities are Still Difficult | CPD

Invisible Disabilities are Still Difficult

11/19/2015

Ahhh… Invisibility. It’s one of those superpowers we dream about as kids and, let’s face it, as adults too. How often do we wish we could be a fly on the wall, to listen in on conversations, to see what people are like when nobody’s looking? “To be invisi...

Success in Social Impact Bond Aids Schoolchildren | CPD

Success in Social Impact Bond Aids Schoolchildren

11/12/2015

Financial results at Goldman Sachs are going to look a little bit better this quarter because of the educational success of 100 or so kindergarten pupils in Utah. The students were part of a relatively new financial experiment in which Goldman put up mon

Hammond Named Interim IDT Director | CPD

Hammond Named Interim IDT Director

11/10/2015

Marilyn Hammond has been named the interim director of the Interdisciplinary Training Division at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. She replaces Judith Holt, who is currently serving as the CPD’s interim director. The appointme...

CAC Corner: Durable Power of Attorney | CPD

CAC Corner: Durable Power of Attorney

11/05/2015

A Durable Power of Attorney, which covers medical and financial matters, is a legal document that gives your designated representative the “power to act in your place” should you become mentally incapacitated and/or unable to handle your affairs. It can b...

Reflections on TEDxUSU | CPD

Reflections on TEDxUSU

11/03/2015

Being involved in the TEDx process and actual event was such an amazing honor and treat for me. It definitely created extra work and stress, but they were well worth it, and I learned so much from the TEDx producers, my fellow speakers, and all of the TED...

Moving Out | CPD

Moving Out

10/29/2015

The most current plans for the relocation of CPD personnel were announced yesterday in a late afternoon meeting conducted by Judith Holt and Sue Olsen. The current plans and any future updates are posted on a white board in the main office.

My Disability Doesn't Control Me | CPD

My Disability Doesn't Control Me

10/27/2015

I went to a comedian show at the TSC in the International Lounge. The show was for the ADA week. ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act. The two comedians both had disabilities, one of them had a stutter and the other had Tourette’s. They were rea...

Legal Services to Be Topic of Focus Groups

10/22/2015

Non-profit legal services Utah Legal Services and the Disability Law Center will be conducting two focus groups in Cache County to better understand how to serve this area. One focus group will target professionals who work with vulnerable populations, an...

Crane Celebrates 30 Years With TAESE | CPD

Crane Celebrates 30 Years With TAESE

10/20/2015

Shauna Crane started her career at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities in September 1985, and recently celebrated 30 years of service. She was a staff member at the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC), an Office of Sp...

Parents: Teach Your Kiddos About Differences | CPD

Parents: Teach Your Kiddos About Differences

10/12/2015

Can I ask a favor of you? Something you can do to make things better for my little hero and his friends like him all over the world? Will you please teach your kids about difference? Will you teach them to celebrate, embrace and love different? Will you p...

IDASL Program Increases Awareness | CPD

IDASL Program Increases Awareness

10/09/2015

The Interdisciplinary Disability and Service Learning Program, or IDASL, is a two-semester course inviting students from all majors and levels to learn about the issues people with disabilities face every day. In the weekly class, students watch presentat...

NAMI Utah Receives Community Investment Award | CPD

NAMI Utah Receives Community Investment Award

10/07/2015

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah (NAMI), a West Valley City-area non-profit, has received the Community Investment Award from the Consumer Advisory Council at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The $500 award was present...

Applications Open for Medically Complex Children's Waiver | CPD

Applications Open for Medically Complex Children's Waiver

10/05/2015

The Medically Complex Children’s Waiver was authorized by the Utah State Legislature (details here) as a pilot program that will run through June 30, 2018. Authorized funding for the program will allow approximately 165 children to be served on an ongoing...

FCHD seeks survey participants | CPD

FCHD seeks survey participants

09/28/2015

A research study to understand how family quality of life and relationships are influenced by the individual with disabilities is being conducted by the Department of Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University. Primary caregivers of a...

Disability Rights: What's With the Hat?

Disability Rights: What's With the Hat?

09/23/2015

You may be wondering why we chose a cowboy hat as the icon of Disability Rights Week, planned for Oct. 5-9 and hosted by the Center for Persons with Disabilities, the Disability Resource Center, and the Utah State University Students Association. The hat

CAC Corner: A Disability-Related Resource List | CPD

CAC Corner: A Disability-Related Resource List

09/21/2015

In the old paradigm of disability, individuals with disabilities were thought to be broken and need to be fixed by the medical field. In the new paradigm of disability, individuals with disabilities are not broken, it is the systems and the environments

CReATE Matches its Own Record

CReATE Matches its Own Record

09/18/2015

Citizens Reusing Assistive Technology (CReATE), matched its record of placing 15 mobility devices during the month of August. CReATE gives used power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs and power scooters new life. The reutilization of mobility devices keeps

Disability Rights Week coming Oct. 5-8

09/16/2015

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will present its inaugural Disability Rights Week Oct. 5-8. The week-long celebration is co-sponsore...

Researcher Prepares for TEDxUSU Talk | CPD

Researcher Prepares for TEDxUSU Talk

09/15/2015

The press release says, “Utah State University’s premier TEDx event returns to the Caine Performance Hall on Oct. 23, bringing together some of the brightest minds in northern Utah ... ” One of those bright minds belongs to Vonda Jump, senior researcher a...

TAESE Hosts State Director Summit | CPD

TAESE Hosts State Director Summit

09/14/2015

TAESE (the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, a division of Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities), recently hosted a State Director Summit in Bozeman, Montana. There were 18 participants from 12 st...

AT Lab Opens Satellite in Uintah Basin | CPD

AT Lab Opens Satellite in Uintah Basin

09/11/2015

The Utah Assistive Technology Project, part of Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, is expanding its AT lab into the Uintah Basin. UATP is holding public meetings on Thursday, Sept. 17, to explain how people can get and use assist...

CAC Corner: Making Connections | CPD

CAC Corner: Making Connections

09/09/2015

One of the most difficult things for people who are differently abled or the families they belong to is how to make connections with people and services that have the knowledge and ability to help through the difficulties they are experiencing. As a paren...

Trainees Assist in Parent-Directed Consultations | CPD

Trainees Assist in Parent-Directed Consultations

09/02/2015

A clinical activity in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program allows trainees to interact with the families they are learning to serve. URLEND is an interdisciplinary post-graduate training program at Ut...

PICCOLO Meeting Draws International Visitors

PICCOLO Meeting Draws International Visitors

08/31/2015

A recent three-day research meeting brought together 18 people from five countries to learn about and discuss Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO™). The gathering was hosted by researchers at Utah St...

Exchange Students Visit Up to 3 | CPD

Exchange Students Visit Up to 3

08/31/2015

Two occupational therapy students from a university in South Korea spent a month with the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The students have gone on client home visits with Up to 3 service...

AIDD Unveils New Rules | CPD

AIDD Unveils New Rules

08/27/2015

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), the Federal agency responsible for implementation and administration of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act), has announced new rules, w...

Mental Health Resource Directory Available | CPD

Mental Health Resource Directory Available

08/25/2015

Mental health is a sensitive discussion topic that is frequently avoided, but a new resource may help.

See You Later, Alligator! | CPD

See You Later, Alligator!

08/21/2015

The CPD says good-bye to Heidi Hill as she move to Phoenix, Arizona, with her parents and her cat. Heidi has been a long-time member of the Developmental Skills Laboratory family. She loves a good party and enjoyed a lively send-off from the DSL crew.

In Memorium: Dorothy Johnson Taylor | CPD

In Memorium: Dorothy Johnson Taylor

08/18/2015

Friday morning, July 24, 2015, a long-time member of the SKI-HI Institute staff, Dorothy Johnson Taylor, passed away in her home in Kirkland, Washington after a courageous battle with cancer.

DSL Happenings: Summertime is Fun Time | CPD

DSL Happenings: Summertime is Fun Time

08/17/2015

Cindy Jones (CJ) is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Each month, she’ll be sharing the fun activities that go on at the DSL.

TOP Sports Needs Volunteers!

TOP Sports Needs Volunteers!

08/10/2015

Volunteers are needed to help with the TOP Sports T-ball league, which begins on Monday, August 31. The league runs on Mondays through September 28 (weather permitting). The cost is $15 per participant.

Pancake Run to Benefit ASSERT

Pancake Run to Benefit ASSERT

08/06/2015

IHOP will sponsor the 2nd Annual First Dam Pancake Run on Saturday, August 15 to benefit the Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training (ASSERT) preschool at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Paralympian to Raise Money for UATF

Paralympian to Raise Money for UATF

08/04/2015

Paralympian and Utahn Muffy Davis is lending her experience to the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation to raise funds to make assistive technology more accessible for those who need it. Her goal is $25,000 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signi...

TEDxUSU to Include CPD Researcher | CPD

TEDxUSU to Include CPD Researcher

07/31/2015

Vonda Jump, senior researcher at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been selected as one of 12 presenters at the TEDxUSU event on October 23 in the Caine Performance Hall.

DLC Visits AT Lab | CPD

DLC Visits AT Lab

07/29/2015

Representatives from the Disability Law Center, Utah’s protection and advocacy agency, visited the Assistive Technology lab at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities recently.

Through Their Eyes

Through Their Eyes

07/25/2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA’s five sections, or titles, guarantee freedom from discrimination in employment, accessibility an...

Next U.S. Access Board Meeting to Be Webcast

Next U.S. Access Board Meeting to Be Webcast

07/23/2015

The U.S. Access Board will hold its next meeting on July 29 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. ET (11:30 - 1 p.m. MT) and will stream the proceedings live for the first time. The public is invited to attend the meeting through the scheduled webcast or in person at the Bo...

New wheels from CReATE! | CPD

New wheels from CReATE!

07/20/2015

I’m so excited to tell you the story of my wheelchair miracle, and why I’m so grateful for people in the world who care. So when I originally bought a wheelchair (more than a year ago), we didn’t think I’d need it for very long so we got the cheapest one

URLEND, Utah Dept. of Health Collaborate | CPD

URLEND, Utah Dept. of Health Collaborate

07/17/2015

A joint initiative between the Utah Department of Health and Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND), a project at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities warns of the dangers of cytomegalovirus,...

Why Disability Rights is Everyone's Business | CPD

Why Disability Rights is Everyone's Business

07/14/2015

Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, labor force participation is actually lower and significant transportation obstacles remain. Here’s why everyone should care. Last May, suffering from a back problem that would r

DD Council Seeks Input | CPD

DD Council Seeks Input

07/08/2015

The mission of the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is to be the state's leading source of critical innovative, and progressive information, advocacy, leadership and collaboration to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities....

DLC to Host Waiver Services Planning Seminar | CPD

DLC to Host Waiver Services Planning Seminar

07/07/2015

The Disability Law Center will host a free transition planning informational seminar for providers who want to learn more about the new federal settings rule that will apply to everyone on waiver services. The seminar will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday...

New Option for AAC Users | CPD

New Option for AAC Users

07/02/2015

A Salt Lake City-based company gave a brief demonstration of its new cloud-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app at Utah State University’s assistive technology lab recently. AAC apps are used on electronic devices by people who have

The State of Transition in Utah | CPD

The State of Transition in Utah

06/30/2015

Transition from high school to work or higher education for young adults with disabilities is a complicated subject, but the state of Utah is taking on the challenge on several different fronts. From youth leadership conferences, to an action team that me...

CPD Partners with Local Cafe on Fundraiser | CPD

CPD Partners with Local Cafe on Fundraiser

06/26/2015

Morty’s, a popular restaurant located adjacent to Utah State University, has partnered with the Center for Persons with Disabilities for an event that hopes to fund the Consumer Advisory Council’s Community Investment Award.

Up to 3 Plans Information Fair July 18

Up to 3 Plans Information Fair July 18

06/24/2015

The Up to 3 Early Intervention program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will present an Early Childhood Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at Elk Ridge Park (1100 East 2500 North Meadow View in Nort...

DLC Produces Transition Report | CPD

DLC Produces Transition Report

06/19/2015

The Disability Law Center, a Salt Lake City-based non-profit organization that is Utah’s designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency, has produced a report on transition in the state of Utah. In the report, the DLC explores opportunities and barriers

Utah Autism Give Receives Community Investment Award | CPD

Utah Autism Give Receives Community Investment Award

06/17/2015

Utah Autism Give, an American Fork-area non-profit, has received the Community Investment Award from the Consumer Advisory Council at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The $500 award was presented by Gordon Richins, the CPD’s C...

Startsmart Data Showing Gains in Student Outcomes | CDP

Startsmart Data Showing Gains in Student Outcomes

06/16/2015

StartSmart K-3 Plus, a five-year research project measuring the effects of an extended school year for children in grades kindergarten through third grade, is showing “substantial gains” in reading, writing and math skills. According to Damon Cann, an as

Changes Coming to CPD | CPD

Changes Coming to CPD

06/12/2015

Dr. Bryce Fifield has announced his resignation as director of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Fifield will become a faculty member in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, housed in the Emma Eccles Jon...

CAC Corner: June is National Home Ownership Month | CPD

CAC Corner: June is National Home Ownership Month

06/04/2015

Many people don’t know that June is designated as “Homeownership Month.” June 2015 is even more exciting, because agencies across the country are celebrating the 50th year of the Mutual Self Help Program and the completion of 50,000 homes! There are appro...

Trainee of the Year Reaches Out to Give Back | CPD

Trainee of the Year Reaches Out to Give Back

05/29/2015

Ana Caballero already had an impressive resume before being named Trainee of the Year by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities—medical doctor, researcher, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND...

Aggies Elevated Receives Sorenson Grant | CPD

Aggies Elevated Receives Sorenson Grant

05/29/2015

Aggies Elevated, an inclusive college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, based at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was recently named the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Salt Lake City-based Sor...

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

05/28/2015

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and professionals at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities say that early intervention is key to helping at-risk children develop vital communication skills.

Spring Break Students Give of Themselves | CPD

Spring Break Students Give of Themselves

05/17/2015

The words “spring break” often bring to mind a group of young people piling into a van and driving 24 hours to ... Utah? To do service work for people in need? Wait, what? Doesn’t spring break usually involve someplace sunny and tropical, with beach voll

CPD Hosts Russian Visitors | CPD

CPD Hosts Russian Visitors

05/14/2015

A delegation of Russian professional educators and specialists visited the CPD May 11 as part of the Open World Program, hosted by Firefly. Firely is a charitable NGO with a vision of securing a healthy, productive life for all disadvantaged children. The...

IOTI Grant to Fund Suicide Prevention Efforts

05/07/2015

An Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) grant has been awarded to the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University to fund suicide prevention efforts. According to Jeanie Peck, licensed clinical social worker and the project c

International Visitors at CPD | CPD

International Visitors at CPD

04/30/2015

Six visitors from the United Arab Emirates toured the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University on Tuesday, learning about the Utah Professional Development Network, the Assistive Technology Lab, ASSERT, WebAIM and SKI-HI.

Up to 3 Graduate Returns to USU

Up to 3 Graduate Returns to USU

04/30/2015

Jordan Snell is a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student at Utah State University, but his connection to the university started long before he arrived on campus last fall. Snell has cerebral palsy due to complications at birth. He enrolled in the Up

Congratulations, Graduates! | CPD

Congratulations, Graduates!

04/28/2015

Graduation is this Saturday—congratulations to these CPD graduates! Rachel Anderson is from Mendon, Utah and works with StartSmart. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science and plans to attend Idaho State University’s physician ass

First Caroline's Cart in Utah appears in Lee's | CPD

First Caroline's Cart in Utah appears in Lee's

04/24/2015

“I have a child with special needs who cannot hold himself upright while sitting in a shopping cart,” the letter begins. It explains how difficult it is to shop for groceries while simultaneously pushing the wheelchair or stroller of a child with disabili...

The ADA's Influence on the Field of Telecommunications

The ADA's Influence on the Field of Telecommunications

04/23/2015

One of the things the Americans with Disabilities Act has done, is to allow for improvements to technologies that better the lives of people with hearing and other communication disabilities by making them more accessible. Since the enactment of the Amer

ADA Celebrates 25 Years

ADA Celebrates 25 Years

04/21/2015

After many years of providing people with disabilities with equal rights, this year the Americans with Disabilities Act is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The ADA became a law in 1990 and was the first law to establish a clear ban on discrimination on

Amberley Snyder: A Recap of the American

Amberley Snyder: A Recap of the American

04/17/2015

Amberley Snyder has been in the news. A lot. The Utah State University student was a champion barrel-racer who was more at home on the back of a horse than anywhere else. Her life changed in 2010 when she rolled her truck, leaving her paralyzed from the

Free Concert Will Be Accessible to All

Free Concert Will Be Accessible to All

04/17/2015

The ‘Dreamers and Heroes’ concert, a fully accessible concert for music-lovers of all ages and abilities, will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in the Kent Concert Hall on the Utah State University campus. Admission is free.

Faculty Fellows to Be Honored

Faculty Fellows to Be Honored

04/15/2015

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will honor its Faculty Fellows on Friday, April 17, from 3-4 p.m. in CPD 152. CPD Faculty Fellows are USU faculty members from various disciplines who conduct research and/or direct program...

New Faculty Fellows | CPD

New Faculty Fellows

04/15/2015

he Center for Persons with Disabilities will ring in the new year with a group of fellows—faculty members from other parts of the Utah State University campus who bring real-world experience to their students. Through their relationships with the CPD, mem...

Aggies Elevated to Be Subject of Documentary | CPD

Aggies Elevated to Be Subject of Documentary

04/13/2015

A documentary filmmaker from New York City will be at Utah State University the week of April 20 to document the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Aggies Elevated program. Ben Stamper visited the campus recently to learn more about the program, and s

Management Class Takes on Up to 3 Project | CPD

Management Class Takes on Up to 3 Project

04/10/2015

Eleven members of the MGMT 3110 class at Utah State University gathered in North Logan one sunny afternoon with a mission: to build a fence. The recipient of the 6-foot-tall cedar fence is a client of the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at USU’s Center...

Student Researchers Present at Research Week | CPD

Student Researchers Present at Research Week

04/08/2015

Two doctoral students with ties to the ASSERT (Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training) Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will present their findings at a Research Week event.

Aggies Elevated Student to Climb for a Cause | CPD

Aggies Elevated Student to Climb for a Cause

04/06/2015

What would you do for a program that changed the course of your life? Troy Shumway is climbing Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro—at 19,341 feet, the highest mountain on the African continent—in June 2015. He’s doing it to raise awareness—and money—for Aggies E

Class Offers Disability Awareness | CPD

Class Offers Disability Awareness

04/03/2015

The Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning (IDASL) Program at the Center for Persons with Disabilities offers USU students opportunities from a variety of disciplines to increase their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of people...

CAC Corner: Why is Fair Housing Important? | CPD

CAC Corner: Why is Fair Housing Important?

04/01/2015

Fair Housing means all people have equal access to the housing of their choice, which they can afford. Fair housing laws, like the Fair Housing Act, ensure this equal access.

CPD Employees Honored for Service | CPD

CPD Employees Honored for Service

03/30/2015

These CPD employees were honored for their years of service at USU at the Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Taggart Student Center on March 25. Congratulations to all!

Why Did I Have to Be Born with Cerebral Palsy? | CPD

Why Did I Have to Be Born with Cerebral Palsy?

03/30/2015

March 25 is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for a number of non-progressive, non-genetic, non-communicative disorders that affect a person’s movement and muscle control. According to United Cerebral Palsy, there a...

Why Did I Have to Be Born with Cerebral Palsy?

Why Did I Have to Be Born with Cerebral Palsy?

03/25/2015

Guest post by Candi Carter Olson, assistant professor of media & society at USU. March 25 is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for a number of non-progressive, non-genetic, non-communicative disorders that affect a

Transition Institute Supports Youth with Disabilities | CPD

Transition Institute Supports Youth with Disabilities

03/24/2015

The third annual Utah Transition Institute was held at Davis Conference Center in Layton in February with more than 150 attendees from 40 local education agencies (LEAs). The Institute was planned by Kim Mendenhall and Emily Wilson, instructional coaches

CAC Corner: Language Matters | CPD

CAC Corner: Language Matters

03/20/2015

I love March, because March is a Disability Awareness Month and we need to remember and also not to use the -r- word. We all are trying to step up for our rights and also to respect others. And we are also to have a positive way to be strong and we have a...

CAC Corner: March Madness with a Twist | CPD

CAC Corner: March Madness with a Twist

03/18/2015

There’s still time for CPD staffers to participate in the March Madness bracket challenge for fame, glory and wonderful prizes! And this year, the Consumer Advisory Council will benefit.

WebAIM Staff Attends CSUN Conference | CPD

WebAIM Staff Attends CSUN Conference

03/16/2015

WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) project staff attended the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, commonly known as CSUN, in San Diego March 2-7. WebAIM is a project of Utah State University’s Center for Persons

Heidi's Happenings: SpongeBob and Science Day | CPD

Heidi's Happenings: SpongeBob and Science Day

03/13/2015

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Copenhaver Honored with Strong Award

Copenhaver Honored with Strong Award

03/09/2015

John Copenhaver, director of the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Strong Human Services Award by the Emma

They're here!

They're here!

03/02/2015

Students from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota have arrived, and you can welcome them today at the annual CPD Nacho Party! The festivities begin at noon in room 170.

WebAIM’s Smith Named Community Hero of Accessibility

WebAIM’s Smith Named Community Hero of Accessibility

02/27/2015

Jared Smith, associate director of WebAIM at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been named a Community Hero of Accessibility by Knowbility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the independence of c...

Students Share Their Perspective on Match Day | CPD

Students Share Their Perspective on Match Day

02/26/2015

Few days are as important in the life of a psychology doctoral student as Match Day, the day when they find out where they will be completing their required internships. Match Day is a standard process for psychology students who are getting a Ph.D. in p

Heidi's Happenings: Snow Day!

Heidi's Happenings: Snow Day!

02/25/2015

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Access Board Proposes Updated Requirements
Pilot program for Children with Special Healthcare Needs Passes House

Pilot program for Children with Special Healthcare Needs Passes House

02/20/2015

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed HB199, a bill introduced by Rep. Ed Redd (R-Logan) that would provide secondary Medicaid support to families of children with special health care needs.

Video-Based Coaching Transfers Skills to Classroom | CPD

Video-Based Coaching Transfers Skills to Classroom

02/18/2015

About 75 educators across the state of Utah have participated in Video-Based Coaching instruction offered by the Utah Professional Development Network since July, said Dave Forbush, associate director of the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence

Save the Date: Nacho Party Planned

Save the Date: Nacho Party Planned

02/18/2015

Join us on March 2 as we greet another group of spring break volunteers with the CPD's infamous mid-winter-blah-busting Nacho Party! The students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict's in Minnesota, who choose to spend their spring b...

Save the Date! Dreamers and Heroes Concert

Save the Date! Dreamers and Heroes Concert

02/11/2015

Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities and Caine College of the Arts are partnering to present a free concert on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus. The one-hour event is intended to be fully incl...

Still Time to Order Valentines!

Still Time to Order Valentines!

02/09/2015

Make Valentine's Day extra special for your sweetie--order a handmade greeting AND provide two hours of respite care for participants at the Developmental Skills lab! The individualized cards created by DSL participants during last year's Hearts for DSL

CAC Corner: Expanding Roles for People with Disabilities

CAC Corner: Expanding Roles for People with Disabilities

02/06/2015

“Hollywood’s Greatest Role Ever: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities,” was a panel discussion sponsored by Shiners Hospitals for Children at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Panelists included Montel Williams, a famous TV talk show host;

Hand-Made Valentines to Benefit DSL

Hand-Made Valentines to Benefit DSL

02/04/2015

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.” ― Maya Angelou Caring for a loved one with a disability is a labor of love that requires a 24/7/365 commitment. There are never enough hours in the day to t

Legislative Issues to Watch This Session

Legislative Issues to Watch This Session

02/02/2015

Utah’s 2015 legislative session began on January 26, and several issues that concern people with disabilities may be discussed. According to Jeff Sheen, policy analyst at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, the biggest issue wil

Researchers Evaluate Results of Social Impact Bonds

Researchers Evaluate Results of Social Impact Bonds

01/30/2015

Researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities are evaluating the results of the first-ever social impact bond designed to finance early childhood.

Ames Named TAESE Associate Director

Ames Named TAESE Associate Director

01/29/2015

Norm Ames has been named an associate director at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE), a project of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Family Mentorship Program Offers Insight | CPD

Family Mentorship Program Offers Insight

01/29/2015

Tracy and Travis Smith of South Jordan, Utah, are the parents of a daughter, Peyton, age 7. Peyton has Nager Syndrome, a rare craniofacial syndrome, as well as a heart condition, asthma, upper extremity deformities and a severe bilateral hearing loss. She...

Heidi's Happenings: Merry Christmas!

Heidi's Happenings: Merry Christmas!

01/27/2015

In the month of December we all had gone down to the mall to see and talk to Santa, and give him our wish lists, so he'd know exactly what Heidi and her DSL buds would like to have for Christmas. Heidi and her buds enjoyed Christmas time with their friend...

3 Openings on Consumer Advisory Council

01/22/2015

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is seeking three new members for the Consumer Advisory Council, according to consumer advocate Gordon Richins. The CAC is composed of individuals with disabilities, family members, represe

CPD People Make A Difference

CPD People Make A Difference

01/20/2015

“Dear People who helped my family out on Christmas ... “ began the first letter, written in pencil on lined notebook paper. “Thank you so much for everything you gave us. I thought Christmas was going to be ruined but you saved Christmas,” said another.

Host Families Needed for Spring Break Students

Host Families Needed for Spring Break Students

01/16/2015

For the fourth year in a row, students from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota will spend their spring break participating in service learning projects at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The st...

CAC Corner: About the LCPD

CAC Corner: About the LCPD

01/14/2015

The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities (LCPD) advocates for public policy affecting all people in Utah who have disabilities. Membership is open to all and is comprised of voting and non-voting members. The Coalition is incorporated as a p...

Home Visiting Practices Explained

Home Visiting Practices Explained

01/12/2015

A researcher at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities presented a poster on home visiting practices in early intervention at a recent Association of University Centers on Disabilty (AUCD) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

#I am The CPD

01/05/2015

Last semester, three students from the Journalism department's Social Media class were assigned to the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Their mission: to learn how to use social media for real clients in the real world.

USOR Plans Order of Selection - Public Comment Sought

12/31/2014

The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, which offers vocational rehabilitation services in the state of Utah, has proposed to enter an Order of Selection plan on March 2, 2015. This will change the way people with disabilities receive rehabilitation serv...

AUCD Poster Discusses Diversity

AUCD Poster Discusses Diversity

12/29/2014

Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) researchers Eduardo Ortiz, Vicki Simonsmeier and Judith Holt, along with another colleague, presented the poster in Washington, D. C.

Holiday Reading List From the CPD

Holiday Reading List From the CPD

12/19/2014

The CPD blog will not be updated next week during the Christmas break, but don't fret! There is plenty to keep you busy and up-to-date on CPD happenings!

Torres Presents Brown Bag Lecture on Autism | CPD

Torres Presents Brown Bag Lecture on Autism

12/18/2014

Dr. Anthony Torres, director of the Biomedical Lab at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently presented a brown-bag lecture on the link between autism and the immune system. Torres, a medical doctor, has spent his entire car...

Holiday Happenings at the CPD

Holiday Happenings at the CPD

12/17/2014

Don't forget, the CPD Holiday Lunch will begin at noon on Friday, Dec. 19 in Room 170. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share, and join in the fellowship of the holiday season with your co-workers!

Heidi’s Happenings: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Heidi’s Happenings: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

12/15/2014

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

DSL Cookbooks Make a Great Stocking Stuffer!

DSL Cookbooks Make a Great Stocking Stuffer!

12/11/2014

Need a last minute stocking stuffer? Or some new ideas for feeding family and guests this holiday season?

Holt and Simonsmeier Present AUCD Poster

Holt and Simonsmeier Present AUCD Poster

12/04/2014

Two staff members at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities presented a poster at the recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference in Washington, D.C. Judith Holt and Vicki Simonsmeier presented a poster e...

Preserve Accessible Recreation at Oneida Narrows

Preserve Accessible Recreation at Oneida Narrows

12/04/2014

The Oneida Narrows (north of Preston) is a popular recreation area in Cache Valley. It is is one of the few places that is easily accessible for those who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments for flyfishing and kayaking/tubing. The proposed dam

Happy Thanksgiving from the CPD!

11/26/2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Persons with Disabilities! We give thanks for our families, friends, co-workers, and the people we serve. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Giving Tree Set Up in Main Office

Giving Tree Set Up in Main Office

11/19/2014

The Giving Tree, a holiday tradition at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, has been set up in the CPD Main Office. Here is how your generosity can make the holiday season a little brighter for a few CPD children and familie...

CPD's Consumer Advisory Council Receives AUCD Award | CPD

CPD's Consumer Advisory Council Receives AUCD Award

11/18/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University was honored for its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) at the annual meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 11, 2014. The award was

Heidi's Happenings: Halloween fun and football!

Heidi's Happenings: Halloween fun and football!

11/17/2014

All of the DSL-buds spookified the entire work-site upon this high campus. We made cylinder-candles in the shape of an actual mummy. University buds also wore costumes. We listened to spooky music. We also painted pumpkins. Everybody just had the greatest...

CPD Wins AUCD Council on Consumer Advocacy Award

CPD Wins AUCD Council on Consumer Advocacy Award

11/12/2014

We’ll have more details after CPD Consumer Liaison Gordon Richins returns from Washington, DC, but you heard it here first—Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities wins the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2014

CPD Collaborates with English Department on Project

CPD Collaborates with English Department on Project

11/11/2014

An assistant professor of English who teaches classes in technical communication is working with Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities to create a series of accessible videos related to the disability experience.

Costume Contest Winners Announced

Costume Contest Winners Announced

11/06/2014

The results have been tallied, and here are the winners of the 2014 Very Scary CPD Halloween Party Costume contest! In first place, with 36 votes, is Heather Mariger (Project GOALS/StartSmart) as Mother Nature. In second place, with 26 votes, is Jacqueli

Innocenti Presents in Australia

Innocenti Presents in Australia

11/04/2014

Mark Innocenti, director of the Research and Evaluation Division at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently visited Australia as one of three keynote speakers at the Early Childhood International Australia conference.

Leadership Program Has Interdisciplinary Focus | CPD

Leadership Program Has Interdisciplinary Focus

10/30/2014

Now in its 14th year at Utah State University, the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program is encompassing its largest geographic location yet. According to Judith Holt, director of the Interdisciplinary Tra

Ending the MPRRC After Thirty-Four Years

Ending the MPRRC After Thirty-Four Years

10/29/2014

The last several months have been tumultuous and bittersweet at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE). In March, TAESE was awarded a five-year contract to provide professional development and technical assistance

The Dignity of Risk

The Dignity of Risk

10/27/2014

Risk is a part of success. All accomplishments come from some level of risk-taking. It’s how people learn.

Mummy Wrap Added to Halloween Event

Mummy Wrap Added to Halloween Event

10/24/2014

It is a trick and a treat for Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities at the first-ever Very Scary Halloween Party, open to all staff and students.

ASSERT Finds Success in Expansion

ASSERT Finds Success in Expansion

10/22/2014

The Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities has added an additional afternoon session to the program and administrators have so far been pleased with its s...

TAESE Gets Two New Projects

TAESE Gets Two New Projects

10/20/2014

The Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is a partner in two new projects that will begin soon.

Distinguished Guests from Morocco Visit CPD

Distinguished Guests from Morocco Visit CPD

10/17/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities recently hosted Dr. Mohamed Knidiri, the former Minister of Education for the Kingdom of Morocco, to discuss plans for a specialized neuro-rehabilitation center in Marrakech City, Morocco and the possibility of col...

Keeley Has Long History With the CPD | CPD

Keeley Has Long History With the CPD

10/16/2014

When Cache Valley native Becky Keeley moves to Caldwell, Idaho later this week, she leaves with a lifetime of memories. But, her nearly life-long connection to the Center for Persons with Disabilities will remain as she works remotely from her new home.

Heidi's Happenings: A Visit to the Fire Station

Heidi's Happenings: A Visit to the Fire Station

10/15/2014

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

DSL Plans Holiday Cookbook

DSL Plans Holiday Cookbook

10/13/2014

Staff at the Developmental Skills Lab will be creating a Christmas cookbook for friends and family, and they need your help!

RISE, Inc. Receives Community Investment Award

RISE, Inc. Receives Community Investment Award

10/10/2014

RISE, Inc., was recently named the recipient of the Community Investment Award, given by the Consumer Advisory Council of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

CAC Corner:  Is Your Character Showing?

CAC Corner: Is Your Character Showing?

10/08/2014

Some disabilities have very visible clues, while others do not. If we happen to see someone who is looking confused or uncertain, chances are we have an opportunity to help someone if we will just take the time to ask them if we can help. The confusion o

Former CPD Colleague Mark Huber Dies

Former CPD Colleague Mark Huber Dies

10/06/2014

If you would like to honor Mark with your stories and memories, please share them in the comments below. Mark Reuben Huber, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the family cabin just outside of Evanston, Wyoming - one of his favorite pla

Students Learn About Voting

Students Learn About Voting

10/03/2014

Sherie Newton from the Disability Law Center in Salt Lake City visited the Project PEER (Post-secondary Education, Employment and Research) classroom at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities recently to teach the students about voti...

Interns Gain Skills in Clinical Services

Interns Gain Skills in Clinical Services

10/01/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is an internship site this semester for four students who are working with the Clinical Services division.

Up to 3 Adds Fun to Quality Improvement Process | CPD

Up to 3 Adds Fun to Quality Improvement Process

09/29/2014

What does a paper airplane-flying contest have to do with quality improvement? It’s all about using teamwork and communication skills to build a better airplane—or to improve a process that leads to a better outcome. “COSF scores are developmental scor

Logan Film Festival to Show Film Focused on ABA

Logan Film Festival to Show Film Focused on ABA

09/26/2014

A family who used applied behavior analysis techniques to help their young son with autism is the subject of a film that will be shown at the Logan Film Festival this weekend. The 40-minute documentary, “Be With Me,” chronicles the journey of the Cairns f...

DSL Adds Picnic Space

DSL Adds Picnic Space

09/24/2014

A new addition to the Developmental Skills Laboratory at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will make every day a picnic day.

CAC Corner: Affordable Housing Matters

CAC Corner: Affordable Housing Matters

09/22/2014

When you hear the term “affordable housing,” what does it bring to mind? Some people think of it as having a negative connotation, but actually, HUD defines it simply as paying no more than 30% of a household’s total income for housing. Those that pay mor...

Heidi's Happenings: Harry Potter Day

Heidi's Happenings: Harry Potter Day

09/18/2014

We did window art and we did other activities and we had fun! We had Harry Potter Day. We dressed like him. We made wands and capes. Heidi and her buds sure did have one heck of an enormous blast, directly up here, on campus.

Alaska Bikerun benefits SKI-HI

Alaska Bikerun benefits SKI-HI

09/16/2014

For the 13th year in a row, Dr. Mike Tuccelli, now a retired deaf ASL instructor, led a group of 12 motorcyclists on his annual benefit ride for SKI-HI from Florida to Alaska and back. They took off from St. Augustine, Florida with seven riders on July 26...

Program Aids People with Disabilities in Search for State Jobs

Program Aids People with Disabilities in Search for State Jobs

09/11/2014

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities through an on-the-job examination period. The law that provides for this program has been around since 2010, said Leah Lobato, the direct...

Research Study Addresses Behavior Basics

Research Study Addresses Behavior Basics

09/09/2014

A research study headed by Gretchen Peacock, a Faculty Fellow at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, will examine prevention-oriented parenting strategies for misbehaviors by young children.

TOP Sports T-Ball League Starts Soon

TOP Sports T-Ball League Starts Soon

09/04/2014

The TOP Sports t-ball league will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Forrester Acres Softball Field, 50 West 100 North in Smithfield. TOP Sports is an activity for children ages 3 and up who have mild to severe intellectual delays and/or physical d...

UATP, CPD to Take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

UATP, CPD to Take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

09/02/2014

My name is Deanna and I was nominated by a friend, Wendy Shelton, to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. It's been well over a week, but I waited to complete the challenge so I could introduce to you my friend Kim Maibaum.

CRPD Basics for Youth Advocates (and You!)

08/29/2014

What is the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities)? The CRPD is a United Nations treaty, already signed by 158 nations. The CRPD would give people with disabilities around the world the same protections as the Americans with Disabili

Youth Leader Talks About Advocacy and Personal Growth | CPD

Youth Leader Talks About Advocacy and Personal Growth

08/29/2014

Matthew Huskinson wants to be a leader. And a ninja. He is well on his way toward both. Matthew is in his early 20s and has an intellectual disability. He works part-time at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities for Gordon Richin

Gear Up Grant to Aid Multicultural Students

Gear Up Grant to Aid Multicultural Students

08/28/2014

The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant program provides assistance to multicultural students who are interested in pursuing higher education options, specifically careers within the Emma Eccles Jones College o...

CAC Corner: People Are More Than Their Disability

CAC Corner: People Are More Than Their Disability

08/19/2014

Part of the concept of the “American Dream” is that everyone, no matter who they are, can have a job, a home, etc. Becoming self-sufficient, able to do for themselves, makes a person feel good, more self-confident, and a part of something. A job is one

Heidi's Happenings: Christmas in July

Heidi's Happenings: Christmas in July

08/12/2014

For the month of July, we went outdoors to have some soaking-wet fun with water balloons. Another day, we made funny hats and wore them. To celebrate Pioneer Day, everyone made dolls and dresses out of colored yarn. My favorite day of that entire work wee...

CPD Receives IOTI Grant for Multicultural Training

CPD Receives IOTI Grant for Multicultural Training

08/07/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has received an Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) grant to provide multicultural training to service providers across the state.

Aggies Elevated Receives USU Diversity Grant

Aggies Elevated Receives USU Diversity Grant

08/05/2014

Aggies Elevated, a new inclusive post-secondary education opportunity for young adults with intellectual disabilities, has received a three-year, $15,000 grant from the Utah State University Diversity Council. The program is located within the Center for

Your CPD Summer Reading List

Your CPD Summer Reading List

07/25/2014

It's summer time, and the living is easy. If you need a little quiet time this week, in between trips to the lake and the mountains and the splash pads and the zoo, kick back with a cold beverage and your e-reader, and revisit some of these CPD-related st...

Harris Named “Student of the Year”

Harris Named “Student of the Year”

07/22/2014

David Harris, who provides tech support for the Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation program, has been named the 2014 “Student of the Year” at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with disabilities.

Ferrara named “Alum of the Year”

Ferrara named “Alum of the Year”

07/17/2014

Dr. Joseph Ferrara has been named the 2014 “Alum of the Year” by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Ferrara was a graduate research assistant from 1976-1978, did post-doctoral study in 1983-1984, and was an associate research p

Up to 3 Giveaways Encourage Attendance

Up to 3 Giveaways Encourage Attendance

07/15/2014

A big summer giveaway by the Up to 3 program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is one way to encourage attendance at community activities, said Kim Allen, Up to 3 service coordinator.

CAC Member Vickie Brenchley Dies

CAC Member Vickie Brenchley Dies

07/11/2014

Ogden -- Vickie Call Brenchley, 66, passed away May 25, 2014. She was born August 7, 1947 in Evanston, Wyoming to Norman C and Elaine Hoffman Call. She grew up in Randolph, Ut as a rancher's daughter and rodeo queen. She graduated from Rich High School. S...

Don’t Miss the CPD Picnic Tomorrow Night!

Don’t Miss the CPD Picnic Tomorrow Night!

07/10/2014

The CPD’s annual picnic and summer swim for employees and their families begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Willow Park West Rotary Pavillion, 500 W. 700 S. in Logan.

Jewkes' "Other Life" Includes Photography

Jewkes' "Other Life" Includes Photography

07/08/2014

A childhood interest in photography has become a lifelong hobby for Richard Jewkes, senior business officer at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Heidi's Happenings: New friends and lots of fun!

Heidi's Happenings: New friends and lots of fun!

07/01/2014

At DSL, June was bustin’ busy for Heidi Sue Subaru and her buds. Everyone just had fun doing science projects on campus. Then we went in three vans downhill to this one public library to check out, and return books we've read, and ''Reading Rainbow'' fli

Aggies Elevated: Dreams Do Come True | CPD

Aggies Elevated: Dreams Do Come True

06/26/2014

Most parents expect that their child will go to college, get a job, move away from home. And most children do, although not necessarily in that order. For the parents of a young adult with an intellectual disability, however, the future is never as certa

Webaim Celebrates 15 Years Of Service | CPD

Webaim Celebrates 15 Years Of Service

06/25/2014

A light-bulb moment at a conference in 1996 led to the creation of WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), a project at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities that now offers guidance in accessible web design and development to users aro...

Economist Visits NM Six Times in Four Months

Economist Visits NM Six Times in Four Months

06/24/2014

Mustafa Karakaplan, co-investigator and cost-benefit study lead for the Start Smart project, visited New Mexico five times during his first three months of employment at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Start Smart, a project

Aggies Elevated: Making History

Aggies Elevated: Making History

06/20/2014

A new pilot program, housed at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, will make history when the fall semester starts in August. The program, called Aggies Elevated, offers an inclusive post-secondary college experience for you...

CAC Corner: Art is Essential

CAC Corner: Art is Essential

06/19/2014

I believe the arts are essential to the life of a nation. It is therefore essential the arts are accessible to all. There are many arts organization committed to welcoming everyone. I am highlighting Art Access of Salt Lake City. Take a few minutes to rev...

Heidi’s Happenings: May, Moms and Movies | CPD

Heidi’s Happenings: May, Moms and Movies

06/12/2014

We had a great month in May! With warmer weather we got to go outside a lot and see the miracle of springtime! We had a wonderful picnic at First Dam and saw ducks and ducklings, geese and goslings. We took bread crumbs for our feathered friends to eat.

Soccer and Cultural Diversity

Soccer and Cultural Diversity

06/10/2014

Over the past few months I have spent time providing and polishing cultural and linguistic competence training among the various divisions at the CPD and other agencies/organizations outside the university. One of the areas of emphasis is to better unders...

Youth Learn to be 'Ninja' Leaders

Youth Learn to be 'Ninja' Leaders

06/04/2014

Last June, 10 young people gathered at Utah State University for the first-ever leadership conference for youth with disabilities. They made plans for when—not if—they’d be back for another conference.

Blanding Students Spend a Week in the AT Lab

Blanding Students Spend a Week in the AT Lab

06/03/2014

Two students from Utah State University’s Blanding campus spent a week working in the Assistive Technology lab, a program of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at the Logan campus.

TAESE to provide high-tech coaching for state’s special ed teachers

TAESE to provide high-tech coaching for state’s special ed teachers

05/29/2014

A coaching model for special education teachers based on the medical concept of doctors' rounds is the highlight of a five-year, $11 million contract awarded to the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) by the Utah St...

Graduate Student Of the Year Gets Involved With People At DSL | CPD

Graduate Student Of the Year Gets Involved With People At DSL

05/29/2014

Kate Seader knows what it’s like to fall through the cracks and not receive services when she needed them. She also knows it’s up to her to deal with it. “You have a responsibility to not give up,” she said. “You say OK, this happened, but now what do I

Campaign Targets Warning Signs of Communication Disorders

Campaign Targets Warning Signs of Communication Disorders

05/27/2014

A public awareness campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is aimed at educating the public about the warning signs of communication disorders. At the core of the ASHA campaign's message is that speech, language, and hearing disorders...

ASSERT Receives Funding for Expansion

ASSERT Receives Funding for Expansion

05/22/2014

A preschool program at Utah State University for children on the autism spectrum has received an additional $75,000 in ongoing funding from the Utah Legislature.

CAC Corner: Safety Training for Everyone

CAC Corner: Safety Training for Everyone

05/20/2014

Everyone has the right to be safe. While anyone may become a victim of crime, unfortunately people with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk. They may face barriers in protecting themselves, reporting abuse, and accessing services.

CPD Offers Social Skills Day Camps for Children

CPD Offers Social Skills Day Camps for Children

05/15/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will offer three day camps focused on social skills for children in grades 2-5. The camps will run from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday for four weeks in June and July at the CPD.

Heidi's Happenings: Busy, busy, busy!

Heidi's Happenings: Busy, busy, busy!

05/13/2014

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Congratulations to our 2014 CPD graduates!

Congratulations to our 2014 CPD graduates!

05/01/2014

Congratulations to 10 students employed at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities who will graduate this weekend! They are:

TAESE Starts Strategic Planning Process

TAESE Starts Strategic Planning Process

04/29/2014

Work has begun on a five-year strategic plan for the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE), a project of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Researchers Present At National Conference

Researchers Present At National Conference

04/29/2014

Two researchers from Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities recently were invited presenters at the International Congress on Early Childhood Interventions in Antalya, Turkey. Mark Innocenti, Director of the Research and Evaluation D...

Cache Valley People First Kickoff Planned

04/24/2014

The Cache Valley chapter of People First of Utah will kick off with a Cinco de Mayo party on Thursday, May 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by OPTIONS for Independence, 106 East 1120 North in Logan. There will be drawings, dinner, the chance t...

CAC Corner: April is Fair Housing Month

CAC Corner: April is Fair Housing Month

04/22/2014

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing against people because of their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, family status and disability. Utah law also prohibits discrimination based on source of inco

Open House Planned at CPD

Open House Planned at CPD

04/18/2014

The Center for Persons with Disabilities will host a Donor Appreciation Event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

GOALS Offers ‘Cheat Sheets’ to Content Creators

GOALS Offers ‘Cheat Sheets’ to Content Creators

04/16/2014

As web-based instruction becomes more commonplace, institutions of higher learning are being pressured to ensure their content is accessible to people with disabilities. For some content creators, it’s like being asked to work in a foreign language.

Little Things Mean A Lot | CPD

Little Things Mean A Lot

04/16/2014

On a perfect early spring day, a group of Utah State University students waited nervously at the Community Gardens in Hyde Park for their visitors from the Developmental Skills Lab to arrive. After months of planning and mountains of details, only one que...

Heidi's Happenings: March Madness!

Heidi's Happenings: March Madness!

04/14/2014

We had our own version of March Madness here at the worksite. We enjoyed taking a vote to see what our favorite pies were. The winners were: Apple, cherry, chocolate, banana, and strawberry. We all pitched in and made pies for pie day, March 14 (3.14)

CPD Researchers Honored at USU Awards Gala

CPD Researchers Honored at USU Awards Gala

04/11/2014

Five researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities were among those honored on April 8 at USU 2104 Research Awards Gala.

Faculty Fellows Welcomed at Reception

Faculty Fellows Welcomed at Reception

04/09/2014

A recent afternoon reception at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities honored new and existing CPD Faculty Fellows. These faculty members, from various departments throughout the university, were honored for conducting research and

URLEND trainees visit ASSERT

URLEND trainees visit ASSERT

04/07/2014

Five Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) trainees spent a week at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities recently to learn more about using Applied Behavior Analysis with children on the aut...

Are you eligible for AT? Free online training

Are you eligible for AT? Free online training

04/04/2014

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a free online interactive training, “Eligibility requirements for getting assistive technology,” on Wednesday, April 16 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. MST.

MPRRC Facilitates Arizona Meeting | CPD

MPRRC Facilitates Arizona Meeting

04/02/2014

On March 31 and April 1, Part B and Part C teams from the ten states in the Mountain Plains Region and the Bureau of Indian Education (Part B only) met together in Phoenix, AZ to learn about and plan for the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) that eac...

5 Top Tools for Web Accessibility

5 Top Tools for Web Accessibility

03/31/2014

Even though web accessibility can be a complex thing, there are some basic tools you can use to help ensure your web content is usable by people with disabilities.

Reach Out To People With Disabilities

03/28/2014

Forty years ago in many major U.S. cities, a person with an obvious physical disability could be fined up to $50 simply for leaving home. The Chicago Municipal Code included this ordinance: “No person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way defo

Vazquez Honored with USU Diversity Award | CPD

Vazquez Honored with USU Diversity Award

03/24/2014

JC Vazquez, multicultural coordinator at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was recognized by the university as part of its 20th annual Diversity Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations on campus and in commun...

CPD Employees Recognized for Service | CPD

CPD Employees Recognized for Service

03/21/2014

Congratulations to the following CPD staff who were recognized for their years of service at the annual USU Employee Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday!

Pavithran Elected Vice-Chair of the U.S. Access Board | CPD

Pavithran Elected Vice-Chair of the U.S. Access Board

03/19/2014

The U.S. Access Board elected Sachin Dev Pavithran to a one-year term as its new vice-chair on March 12. Pavithran, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was appointed to the Boa...

CAC Corner: We Are People, First! | CPD

CAC Corner: We Are People, First!

03/17/2014

My name is Kelly Holt and I live in Price, Utah with my dad and my sister and my dog, Punky. I am very proud to be on the Consumer Advisory Council for the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. This is a learning process for me to...

spring Break Students Receive Robust Experience At CPD | CPD

spring Break Students Receive Robust Experience At CPD

03/11/2014

As I rounded the corner to my office Monday morning, I glanced into the open door of Room 173. It was dark. Empty. For that split-second, I had expected it to be filled with light and laughter and the sounds of nine students getting ready for another day

Heidi's Happenings: Buds, Books and Valentines! | CPD

Heidi's Happenings: Buds, Books and Valentines!

03/10/2014

In February, Heid and her buds were very busy spreading the love. We made many, many, many Valentine Cards for a fund-raiser. The buds worked very hard to make them as special as could be and they turned out all right!

What are Centers for Independent Living? | CPD

What are Centers for Independent Living?

03/07/2014

Centers for Independent Living (CIL) are non-residential, community-based service, education and advocacy organizations that serve all people with disabilities, regardless of disability, age, gender, race or religion. CILs promote the philosophy that peop...

Who Pays for Assistive Technology?

Who Pays for Assistive Technology?

03/05/2014

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is an excellent place to go for Assistive Technology (AT). They can pay for all kinds of things, regardless of cost, and they can even help with AT services, such as training and device maintenance. But there is one caveat:

Wheelchair Lift Design Nominated for Award | CPD

Wheelchair Lift Design Nominated for Award

03/03/2014

A wheelchair lift, designed by Utah State University mechanical engineering students in partnership with the Utah Assistive Technology Program, has been nominated for a da Vinci Award. The awards are given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to hel...

Minnesotans to Spend Spring Break at the CPD | CPD

Minnesotans to Spend Spring Break at the CPD

02/28/2014

Nine young men and women from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in central Minnesota will spend next week at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities for an Alternative Break Experience. This will be the third year

Zen And The Eart of Wheelchair Maintenance | CPD

Zen And The Eart of Wheelchair Maintenance

02/27/2014

As an experienced wheelchair user for the last 26 years, I have a strong understanding of how necessary general maintenance and repair is for an expensive power wheelchair. Preventive maintenance and general repairs lessen the chance of a chair failure wh...

It’s Nacho Week! | CPD

It’s Nacho Week!

02/26/2014

It’s Nacho Week at the CPD, so even if that wind outside is a little chilly, it’s hot hot hot inside!

Vazquez Expands Multicultural Awareness

Vazquez Expands Multicultural Awareness

02/24/2014

Juan Carlos Vazquez, the multicultural coordinator at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, will present multicultural diversity training to the Bear River Health Department Hispanic Coalition’s monthly meeting. The coalition is ma...

Heidi’s Happenings: Busy Start to the New Year! | CPD

Heidi’s Happenings: Busy Start to the New Year!

02/20/2014

In January, Heid and her buds were very busy starting the New Year off right! We had three special activities. We had Science Day, where we learned about surface tension with corn starch and water. We also made a volcano that really erupted. We also m

CAC Plans Fundraisers Across the State | CPD

CAC Plans Fundraisers Across the State

02/18/2014

The Consumer Advisory Council at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities meets regularly to discuss the CPD’s impact on systems change, advocacy and capacity building. The CAC also grants an annual Community Investment Award to a Utah...

Knowledge of Diversity Improves Service Delivery

Knowledge of Diversity Improves Service Delivery

02/14/2014

n the past few months I have spent time providing and polishing cultural and linguistic competence training among the various divisions at the CPD and other agencies/organizations outside the university. One of the areas of emphasis is to better understan...

Man Travels The World Seeking Help For His Sons | CPD

Man Travels The World Seeking Help For His Sons

02/14/2014

How far would you go to find help for your child? For Osama Abu Al-Ghanam from Madaba, Jordan, the answer is “halfway around the world.” Abu Al-Ghanam, a mosaic artist, recently visited Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities to lea

CAC Corner: Potential, Not Limitations | CPD

CAC Corner: Potential, Not Limitations

02/12/2014

Recently, I heard a young person say that they did not want anyone to know they had a disability as they felt people would look at them differently and place limitations on them. It saddened me to hear this young person talk this way, but also I can under...

There’s Still Time to Fill the Window! | CPD

There’s Still Time to Fill the Window!

02/10/2014

The window of the CPD’s Main Office is filling up with paper hearts! Each heart indicates the sale of one special Valentine, handmade by Developmental Skills Lab participants in preparation for Valentine’s Day on Friday.

Hearts for DSL | CPD

Hearts for DSL

02/06/2014

Caring for a loved one with a disability is a labor of love that requires a 24/7/365 commitment. There are never enough hours in the day to tackle the everyday challenges of living with a disability—and fewer still for caregivers to recharge their own bat...

Urrutia Receives Member of the Year Award | CPD

Urrutia Receives Member of the Year Award

02/05/2014

Monica Urrutia, an employee of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently received the Member of the Year award from the Northern Utah Hispanic Health Coalition.

Advocates, Legislators to Meet at Reception | CPD

Advocates, Legislators to Meet at Reception

02/03/2014

The rotunda of the Capitol building in Salt Lake City will be filled with advocates from the disability community Thursday afternoon for a reception with state legislators. The event, which runs from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., is sponsored by the Legislative Coal...

Butchers Bunches | Its All For Kenneth

Butchers Bunches

01/30/2014

Twenty-some years ago, Liz Butcher was living in Provo with her two young children and husband, Corey, a student at Brigham Young University. She had been diagnosed with epilepsy and was having 7-9 seizures a day, despite heavy doses of anti-seizure medic...

New Treatments Begin in Exemplary Services | CPD

New Treatments Begin in Exemplary Services

01/30/2014

Social skills classes and parenting classes are among new treatment options offered by the CPD’s Clinical Service division for children on the autism spectrum and their parents.

Torres Studies Link Between Immune System and Autism | CPD

Torres Studies Link Between Immune System and Autism

01/29/2014

Research published by Dr. Anthony Torres from Utah State University’s Center for Person with Disabilities suggests a link between autism and the immune system. A new study by a different team of researchers appears to support Torres’ research.

Innocenti to Lead AUCD Webinar on PICCOLO | CPD

Innocenti to Lead AUCD Webinar on PICCOLO

01/27/2014

Mark Innocenti, director of the Research and Evaluation Division at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, will lead a webinar from AUCD’s Early Intervention/Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group on the use of a recently pub...

Budget, Medicaid Expansion Top Discussions at Event

Budget, Medicaid Expansion Top Discussions at Event

01/24/2014

Local elected officials met with disability advocates and community members Wednesday evening to discuss topics of interest in advance of the upcoming legislative session. The event was sponsored by the Northern Utah Coalition on Disabilities (which inclu...

Disability Rights Are Civil Rights | CPD

Disability Rights Are Civil Rights

01/22/2014

Every time I have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C., one of my favorite activities to do in the evenings after a long day of meetings or sessions is to go for a walk to visit the Washington, Lincoln and Martin Luther king Jr. memorials. I find it r...

Updates Planned for WAVE Tool | CPD

Updates Planned for WAVE Tool

01/21/2014

Updates are planned for the WAVE accessibility evaluation tool from WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind), according to Jared Smith, WebAIM associate director.

‘Meet Your Elected Officials’ event next Wednesday | CPD

‘Meet Your Elected Officials’ event next Wednesday

01/17/2014

The Northern Utah Coalition on Disability (NUCD), in partnership with Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation (NNHC), will host a “Meet Your Elected Official” event on Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in The Scenic Room at The Coppermill Resta...

Stroke Support Group Receives Funding | CPD

Stroke Support Group Receives Funding

01/17/2014

Stroke is a health event that is misunderstood and feared by many people because it can affect mobility, emotional control, communication ability and personality. A Faculty Fellow at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities started a

Heidi's Happenings: Christmas Cheer!

Heidi's Happenings: Christmas Cheer!

01/15/2014

In the month of December, Heidi and her buds were busy giving and receiving Christmas Cheer! We went to see the movie “Frozen,” and boy, did we sure enjoy it! We also worked like elves to make our moms and dads one clay pot candy dish for Christmas.

Outdated Signs to Be Replaced

Outdated Signs to Be Replaced

01/13/2014

Logan City is replacing outdated ‘handicapped’ parking signs with a more current version to indicated accessible parking, thanks to the efforts of Eduardo Ortiz, a senior researcher at the CPD’s Early Intervention Research Institute. Ortiz is also a membe...

Still doubt the power of social media? Read this. | CPD

Still doubt the power of social media? Read this.

01/10/2014

On January 8, a mom called the Red Rock Center for Independence in St. George, looking for a loaner wheelchair for her son. The 14-year-old has Down syndrome and other health challenges. His wheelchairs are usually provided by Intermountain Health Care, b...

CAC Corner: You Can Change the World for One Person

CAC Corner: You Can Change the World for One Person

01/08/2014

This blog entry talks a lot about the University of Alabama quarterback, AJ McCarron. There are examples like this all over at USU, for example, when members of the USU men's basketball team visited the children at TOP Sports. Go Aggies!

WebAIM launches new site, nominated for award | CPD

WebAIM launches new site, nominated for award

01/06/2014

If you haven’t stopped by the WebAIM.org web site recently, you probably have a picture in your mind of a dated, text-heavy site. After a recent update, however, the site looks modern and is easier than ever to use.

Holiday reading list from the CPD | CPD

Holiday reading list from the CPD

12/20/2013

The CPD blog will be on holiday until January, but never fear—the 2013 CPD Holiday Reading List is here! And don't worry, there won't be a test. We’ve gathered blog posts and featured stories so you can explore several specific topics more in-depth. And i...

Heidi's Happenings: Food, food and food! | CPD

Heidi's Happenings: Food, food and food!

12/18/2013

During the month of November, the buds down at DSL were able to go see a movie, have a Thanksgiving feast, and drop food off at the local food pantry. The movie, Free Birds, was a good one! Heidi’s favorite part was when the people in the movie tried to c...

It Was The first Time She Asked for Anything | CPD

It Was The first Time She Asked for Anything

12/18/2013

A tiny blond-haired girl slowly pedals a bicycle through the halls of the CPD, a teacher at her side. The pair stops at one of the many corners, and the teacher asks, “Which way?” “That way, that way, that way!” says the girl, pointing. What a differenc

UCC recognized as 2013 Community Partner of the Year | CPD

UCC recognized as 2013 Community Partner of the Year

12/16/2013

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has named the Utah Conservation Corps as the 2013 Community Partner of the Year. Sean Damitz, UCC department director, Kate Stephens, program director, and Ron Vance from the U.S. Forest Se...

Santa’s elves can be found in the PEER classroom | CPD

Santa’s elves can be found in the PEER classroom

12/13/2013

Curious to know what Santa’s workshop looks like around this time of year? Just check out the Project PEER (Postsecondary Education, Employment and Research) classroom at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Girl Receives the Gift of Independence from CReATE | CPD

Girl Receives the Gift of Independence from CReATE

12/11/2013

Selena Perez thought she was coming to a routine meeting with her parents at her school. Instead she was wheeled into the media center at Willow Valley Middle School to discover a new-to-her motorized wheelchair—and the small crowd of people who came toge...

Giving Tree still covered in ornaments

Giving Tree still covered in ornaments

12/06/2013

The annual CPD "Giving Tree" is set up in the hall near the CPD front office. You can help brighten the holidays for children and families in need who receive services from CPD programs. Simply choose items from the tree that you are willing to purchase

Guidelines for Effective Advocacy | CPD

Guidelines for Effective Advocacy

12/04/2013

This is the last in a six-part series on advocacy: when to do it, where to do it and how to do it effectively. Our thanks to the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities and the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council for providing source info...

The Golden Rules of Advocacy | CPD

The Golden Rules of Advocacy

12/02/2013

1. Be fair and respectful toward public officials. 2. Avoid cynicism. Government may be faulty, but so is every other profession. 3. Be understanding. Put yourself in the public official’s place. 4. Be friendly. Don’t contact public officials only when

Welcomes Six New Faculty Fellows | CPD

Welcomes Six New Faculty Fellows

11/26/2013

Six new Faculty Fellows have been named by the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. These faculty members, from various departments throughout the university, are being recognized for conducting research and providing services t

Communicate Your Views | CPD

Communicate Your Views

11/26/2013

What is the best way to communicate your views to policymakers? Should you call, testify in person, e-mail, visit, or write to them? Policymakers pay attention when citizens take the time to call and convey their views. Call just before upcoming votes in

How an Idea Becomes a Law | CPD

How an Idea Becomes a Law

11/25/2013

First, an idea is developed. A legislator draws from many sources in deciding what should be introduced in the Legislature as a bill. Major sources of ideas come from constituents, government agencies, special interest groups, lobbyists, the governor and

Understanding the Legislative Process | CPD

Understanding the Legislative Process

11/22/2013

This is the second in a six-part series on advocacy: when to do it, where to do it and how to do it effectively. Our thanks to the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities and the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council for providing source in...

The Beginning of Advocacy | CPD

The Beginning of Advocacy

11/20/2013

Advocacy is already a part of your life. If you speak up for your child at school, a neighbor or a friend in need, you have already begun to build the skills needed to advocate for people with disabilities.

Heidi’s Happenings: Spookified! | CPD

Heidi’s Happenings: Spookified!

11/18/2013

In October, Heid and her buds at the work site were very busy! At the very start of the month we spookified our whole downstairs! We had a great big spider that had exactly eight legs, and we hung it from the ceiling! All of its legs went from the middle

CAC Corner: The future of the Advocacy Movement | CPD

CAC Corner: The future of the Advocacy Movement

11/13/2013

Those of us who are parents, self-advocates and professionals in the disability advocacy community attend many conferences and meetings per year. If you sit at the back of the room it is interesting to note how many bald and grey heads there are between y...

A look at Participatory Action Research | CPD

A look at Participatory Action Research

11/06/2013

Participatory Action Research is a phrase applied to a method of research in which the test subjects are also involved as co-researchers.

CVTD--bringing communities together | CPD

CVTD--bringing communities together

11/04/2013

As a regular user of Cache Valley Transit District fare-free services, I generally utilize the fixed route services. I do this by personal choice and encourage other individuals with disabilities who use power chairs and/or manual chairs to utilize the fi...

CPD Clinic Offers Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Autism

CPD Clinic Offers Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Autism

11/01/2013

Often, the diagnosis of autism comes from a single professional—a psychologist, a medical doctor, a social worker—and parents are left with that diagnosis, but no clue about what to do next. The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Evaluation Clinic at Utah Sta...

TAESE Takes the Hassle Out Of Conference Planning | CPD

TAESE Takes the Hassle Out Of Conference Planning

10/31/2013

Technical assistance is a broad term, covering a vast array of services. But what does it mean, exactly? For TAESE (Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education), a division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University,...

Up to 3 families attend Halloweenie Roast | CPD

Up to 3 families attend Halloweenie Roast

10/28/2013

For the second year in a row, families who participate in the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities gathered at a farm in Paradise to ride the M&M train, play in the Halloween village and roast

WAVE Tool Continues Lead in Web Accessibility

WAVE Tool Continues Lead in Web Accessibility

10/25/2013

To help web developers and designers create content that’s available to everyone, Web Accessibility In Mind, (WebAIM) a program of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, offers a free web site evaluation tool called WAVE5. Users si

UATP Presents Free Online Training | CPD

UATP Presents Free Online Training

10/21/2013

The Utah Assistive Technology Program will present a free online interactive training, “Assistive Technology for Seniors,” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3–4:30 p.m. MST.

People First Language Puts Emphasis on People, First | CPD

People First Language Puts Emphasis on People, First

10/18/2013

Words have power. Words can shape attitudes and inform our reactions to the world around us.

Staff retreat for South East Early Intervention | CPD

Staff retreat for South East Early Intervention

10/16/2013

The South East Early Intervention team recently trekked to Moab for a half-day retreat/staff meeting and a self-funded, self-guided trip down the Colorado River.

Pavithran Reflects on Furloughs, Government Shutdown | CPD

Pavithran Reflects on Furloughs, Government Shutdown

10/15/2013

While a deal between Senate Democrats and Republicans could end the partial government shutdown as early as today, it will take weeks or months to overcome the backlog of work that has been left undone since Oct. 1, said Sachin Pavithran, director of the

Heidi’s Happenings: Books and buds! | CPD

Heidi’s Happenings: Books and buds!

10/14/2013

In September, Heidi and her buds here at the worksite did many fun things! We had music therapy and story time. Some of us also started going to Institute on Tuesday and Thursday. We also had many fun activities.

Smith to show photographs at tonight’s Gallery Walk | CPD

Smith to show photographs at tonight’s Gallery Walk

10/11/2013

Kelly Smith’s love of photography and the American West will be on display at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts’ Second Friday Gallery Walk tonight.

Student teachers trained in Virtual Home Visits | CPD

Student teachers trained in Virtual Home Visits

10/09/2013

Special education students from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services who are completing their student teaching requirements are now being trained to do Virtual Home Visits.

Wheelchair is Freedom to Those Who Use It | CPD

Wheelchair is Freedom to Those Who Use It

10/07/2013

Gordon Richins, consumer liason at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, uses a wheelchair after a farming accident 26 years ago left him a quadriplegic. But make no mistake—Richins is not “confined” to the wheelchair. The chair is...

URLEND trainees prepare for hands-on ASSERT experience | CPD

URLEND trainees prepare for hands-on ASSERT experience

10/04/2013

A preschool that serves young children on the autism spectrum will soon open its doors to members of a program that offers interdisciplinary training for service providers and healthcare professionals.

Johnson to Present Seminar

Johnson to Present Seminar

10/02/2013

A Utah State University graduate who worked with the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ researcher Anthony (Ron) Torres will present a bioinformatics seminar on Monday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Biotechnology Building.

CReATE Re-Launches with New Focus, Larger Selection | CPD

CReATE Re-Launches with New Focus, Larger Selection

09/30/2013

Larry O'Sullivan spent 30 years as a professional photographer in Australia, shooting everything from weddings to aerial pictures, but was forced to leave the Down Under after late complications from a Vietnam War injury led to an above-the-knee double am...

Ugly Laws and Paradigm Shifts | CPD

Ugly Laws and Paradigm Shifts

09/30/2013

In Chicago, as late as 1974, a person with an obvious physical disability could be fined up to $50 simply for going out in public. San Francisco, Omaha and Columbus (OH) had similar laws on the books. According to Wikipedia, the Chicago Municipal Code, s

Congratulations to the 2013 CPD Volunteers of the Year!

Congratulations to the 2013 CPD Volunteers of the Year!

09/27/2013

Two parents who have taken over the management of TOP Sports, which provides fully inclusive activities such as baseball and T-ball, basketball, soccer, bowling, swimming and art classes for children and youth with disabilities in Cache County, have been

Researcher Begins Two-year Infant Massage Study

Researcher Begins Two-year Infant Massage Study

09/25/2013

After a two-and-a-half-year process of paperwork and patience, Vonda Jump, senior researcher at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, will soon begin a two-year research project funded by the Department of Defense. The project is t...

CAC Corner: My Biggest Handicap

09/23/2013

Perhaps my biggest handicap is a speech problem. I am not a person who has a disability the Government would recognize. I don’t think anyone would look at me and say I was disabled, but as time has passed I have realized I have a problem which is as grea

Students Change Direction After Service Learning Experiences | CPD

Students Change Direction After Service Learning Experiences

09/14/2013

Kaylee Larson visited the CPD in March with a group of students from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota. The schools’ Alternative Break Experience offers students a chance to complete service projects during Spring Break we...

Best of the blog ... and more | CPD

Best of the blog ... and more

09/14/2013

Your blog writer will be back on September 23 with new material about the happenings at the CPD. Until then, why don't you revisit these recent blog posts and featured stories from the web site?

Road Trip Essential to Success of Program

Road Trip Essential to Success of Program

09/13/2013

Before classes started this fall, Dave Harris took a five-day, 1,650-mile road trip around the state of Utah, but it wasn’t just a last-ditch effort to have some end-of-summer fun. For Harris, the tech support specialist for the Early Childhood-Alternativ...

Heidi's Happenings: Summer fun!

Heidi's Happenings: Summer fun!

09/11/2013

In August we had fun outdoors with water balloons. We got each other completely soaked. We also had food fun and made yummy treats. We all work together in the kitchen to make this food fun treat. We also took a trip to the movies to see “Planes.” It w

UATP’s Pavithran Meets with Google, Apple

UATP’s Pavithran Meets with Google, Apple

09/06/2013

It’s not often one is invited to attend meetings with the likes of Google, Apple or the President of the United States, but in recent months Sachin Pavithran has done them all as part of his responsibilities with the U.S. Access Board. Pavithran is the di...

Utah Parent Center receives CAC award

Utah Parent Center receives CAC award

09/04/2013

The Utah Parent Center (UPC) is the recipient of the Consumer Advisory Council’s most recent Community Investment Award. The UPC, now in its 30th year, helps parents help their children, youth and young adults with all disabilities to live included, produ...

CAC Corner: DD Council prepares for Advocacy Awards

CAC Corner: DD Council prepares for Advocacy Awards

08/29/2013

At the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, we are preparing for our annual Advocacy Awards that we celebrate during our September Annual Council meeting on September 10. People are invited to submit nominations from several categories and it is alway...

Making Miracles In The AT Lab

Making Miracles In The AT Lab

08/29/2013

Miracles happen on a daily basis in the Assistive Technology (AT) Lab at Utah State University. Part of the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP), a project of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, the AT lab provides high-tech and low-tech items t...

Fulbright Scholars from Iraq visit CPD

Fulbright Scholars from Iraq visit CPD

08/27/2013

A group of eight Fulbright Scholars from Iraq recently spent several hours at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, learning about disability and how services are approached.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road at the Pumpkin Walk | CPD

Follow the Yellow Brick Road at the Pumpkin Walk

08/23/2013

If you go to the North Logan Pumpkin Walk this weekend, follow the yellow brick road to the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program’s display. Up to 3, a program of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, first participated in the P

Forbush joins TAESE as co-associate director

Forbush joins TAESE as co-associate director

08/22/2013

Dr. David Forbush has joined the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) as co-associate director. TAESE is a division of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Smith joins TAESE as co-associate director

Smith joins TAESE as co-associate director

08/20/2013

Steven Smith has joined the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) as co-associate director. TAESE is a division of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

TAESE Aids Kansas Leadership Conference

TAESE Aids Kansas Leadership Conference

08/15/2013

The Kansas Department of Education Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), a program of The Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, held a leadership

CPD researchers publish PICCOLO™ tool

CPD researchers publish PICCOLO™ tool

08/13/2013

A new observational tool, developed by researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been published by Brookes Publishing and will be available in mid-October.

Heidi’s Happenings: Lots of fun with Common Ground

Heidi’s Happenings: Lots of fun with Common Ground

08/08/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

CAC Corner: Neighborhood Nonprofit Builds 300th Home

CAC Corner: Neighborhood Nonprofit Builds 300th Home

08/06/2013

Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation celebrated the completion of its 300th Mutual Self-Help Housing home on July 11, 2013. This program makes home ownership affordable for families making less than 80 percent of the area median income who are willi...

My Other Life: Lyon Lands Book Deal

My Other Life: Lyon Lands Book Deal

08/01/2013

JoLynne Lyon, former public relations specialist at Utah State University’s Center for Person with Disabilities, will soon be a published novelist. Her first book, with a working title of “Truth is Relative,” is scheduled for an April 2014 release by Rhem...

CAC Corner: Camping trip planned

CAC Corner: Camping trip planned

07/30/2013

Roads to Independence (formerly known as Tri-County Independent Living Center) in Ogden has planned an overnight camping trip to Perception Park August 17-19. For information, call the center at (801) 612-3215.

Heidi’s Happenings: Summer at the DSL

Heidi’s Happenings: Summer at the DSL

07/25/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

OT students from Korea visit CPD

OT students from Korea visit CPD

07/23/2013

Two occupational therapy students from South Korea are spending the month of July at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities to learn more about western techniques in the field.

Check this out – you might learn something!

Check this out – you might learn something!

07/16/2013

Since our blog writer, Sue Reeves, is on vacation this week, we thought it would be a good time to re-visit some great CPD information pieces you may have missed.

Seeing the Possibilities

Seeing the Possibilities

07/12/2013

With corrugated cardboard and duct tape, Amy Henningson can change the world. Henningson, an occupational therapist with the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently created a device for

Web Site Goes Viral | CPD

Web Site Goes Viral

07/12/2013

A basic single-serving web site, released in conjunction with a July 9 WebAIM webinar, went viral overnight, leaving web administrators struggling to keep up with demand.

Encourage Hatch to support CRPD

07/11/2013

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) made a statement on the Senate floor yesterday opposing the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has had an ongoing dialogue on this

Employees Honored for Years of Service

07/10/2013

These employees will be honored at the CPD's annual summer picnic on July 11 for their years of service. Congratulations! 3 Years Lynelle Chenn, IDT Emily Deakin, ASSERT Matthew Brodhead, ASSERT Martin Toohill, Clinical Services Carolyn Adams, Clini

Coalition to Sponsor Legislative Event

Coalition to Sponsor Legislative Event

07/10/2013

The Northern Utah Coalition on Disability (NUCD) will host a “Meet Your Elected Official” event on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Jim Bridger Room at Logan City Library, 255 North Main Street. Legislators from Cache, Rich and Box Elder co...

IOTI Grant Funds Anti-Bullying Education

IOTI Grant Funds Anti-Bullying Education

07/08/2013

Three researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities hope to create a bully-free school environment through a series of trainings for teachers and parents.

My Other Life: Operation Desert Storm and Beyond

My Other Life: Operation Desert Storm and Beyond

07/03/2013

It was December 1988 and my wife and I had been married for four months. I was almost done with my AA degree at Rick College and we were tossing around ideas about how to pay for more school. In February 1989 I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a “Private Firs...

Phillips Named 2013 Student of the Year

Phillips Named 2013 Student of the Year

07/01/2013

Curt Phillips was recently named the 2013 Student of the Year at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Phillips has been a physical therapist with the CPD’s Up to 3 Early Intervention program for 13 years and completed a Ph.D. in D...

Assert Celebrates 10 Years of Success | CPD

Assert Celebrates 10 Years of Success

06/30/2013

Six years ago, Frankie Hinkle was a preschooler on the autism spectrum who could repeat words, but could not carry on a conversation. Today, the 10-year-old is successful in her neurotypical classroom, rides her scooter around the block, earns an allowanc...

Youth Conference Deemed A Success | CPD

Youth Conference Deemed A Success

06/27/2013

For the 10 youth with disabilities who attended a leadership conference at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, the possibility of future conferences was never in question. “For an inaugural event, it went really well,” said Jeff

Save the date! CPD summer picnic is July 11

Save the date! CPD summer picnic is July 11

06/26/2013

Pack up the beach towels and swimsuits for the CPD’s annual summer picnic and swim on July 11. Festivities begin with a picnic at the Willow Park West Rotary Pavillion (500 West 700 South, Logan) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pulled pork sandwiches are available fo...

TAESE Training Enhances Cultural Competence

TAESE Training Enhances Cultural Competence

06/24/2013

North Dakota’s oil boom is causing extreme changes in the demographics of that state, says Juan Carlos (J.C.) Vazquez of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, and is challenging the school systems as they work with people from com

Torres Wins RGS Seed Grant | CPD

Torres Wins RGS Seed Grant

06/21/2013

Dr. Anthony Torres, M.D., a senior research scientist at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been awarded a seed grant from the university’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies to catalyze development of research teams an...

Thain Honored as 2013 Alumnus of the Year | CPD

Thain Honored as 2013 Alumnus of the Year

06/19/2013

Dr. Wilbur “Bill” Thain M.D., was honored recently as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Thain was a member of the original committee that planned the Exceptional Child Center, which later became

DSL Summer Program in Full Swing

DSL Summer Program in Full Swing

06/19/2013

For nine young adults, the Developmental Skills Lab at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is the place for summer fun.

Heidi’s Happenings: Mothers, Movies & Whirly Birds! | CPD

Heidi’s Happenings: Mothers, Movies & Whirly Birds!

06/17/2013

During the month of May, we did a Mother's Day craft. We also did a Mother's Day program where our mothers came up to DSL and we performed a poem for them. We also ate snacks and mingled with them. We traveled by van to the bowling alley, and then when w

Youth Challenged to Find Their Strengths | CPD

Youth Challenged to Find Their Strengths

06/14/2013

Motivational speaker and leadership trainer Todd Christensen challenged the participants of a new leadership conference for youth with disabilities to “Look at your strengths … remember who you are. Be true to yourself. If you find something you are passi...

Powell Earns Seven Journalism Awards | CPD

Powell Earns Seven Journalism Awards

06/12/2013

Storee Powell, public relations and marketing specialist at the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently earned seven awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ’s Top of the

CAC Corner: Taking applications for two self-advocates | CPD

CAC Corner: Taking applications for two self-advocates

06/10/2013

The Consumer Advisory Council at Utah State University’s Center for Disabilities is a group made up of individuals with disabilities, family members, and representatives of government entities and local agencies who work with people with disabilities. The...

My Other Life: Trip Increases Immigration Awareness | CPD

My Other Life: Trip Increases Immigration Awareness

06/07/2013

A trip to the Arizona-Mexico border with an immigration immersion group has had a significant impact on the way a staff member at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilies views current immigration laws. George Wootten, a nurse practition...

Disability Law Center Works with CPD | CPD

Disability Law Center Works with CPD

06/03/2013

Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC) work with the Disability Law Center (DLC) under the umbrella of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AI...

DD Council Meets | CPD

DD Council Meets

05/31/2013

The Utah Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council took a field trip to Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities on May 14. Every state has a DD council, said CPD Consumer Liason Gordon Richins, which works with the University Centers of...

Class For Parents With Children With Language Delays | CPD

Class For Parents With Children With Language Delays

05/29/2013

It’s hard enough to communicate with a toddler, but it can feel almost impossible when that child has a developmental delay or disability. Now, there is help for frustrated parents. The Up to 3 program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with D

Summer Fire Safety: fire is Everyone's Fight | CPD

Summer Fire Safety: fire is Everyone's Fight

05/29/2013

Summer is an exciting time. I am looking forward to spending time outside, going to the pool or beach, enjoying picnics with friends and family and, of course, vacation. However, fire never takes a vacation. Even in the festive summertime, you need to tes...

Youth with Disabilities to Attend Conference | CPD

Youth with Disabilities to Attend Conference

05/24/2013

Ropes course. Barbeque. Motivational speaker. Two nights in a dorm room. Sounds like a typical youth conference held on college campuses nationwide every summer—except every participant in the upcoming youth leadership conference at Utah State University

What is Technical Assistance? | CPD

What is Technical Assistance?

05/22/2013

Technical assistance doesn't get as much attention as some of the programs of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, yet it is vital to the CPD’s role to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Technical Assistance for Excell...

CAC Corner: Disabilities Affected by Attitude | CPD

CAC Corner: Disabilities Affected by Attitude

05/20/2013

Well we are half way through May, and so far it has been a stressful, hectic month. But having said that, there are also special things happening this month. My daughter, Kirstin, just graduated from the University of Alabama with her master’s degree. No

Save the Date! ASSERT Plans Reunion Party | CPD

Save the Date! ASSERT Plans Reunion Party

05/16/2013

The ASSERT (Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training) program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will mark its 10th anniversary in August with a reunion party for all former and current families and staff. The...

Marty Blair: Always Connected to the CPD | CPD

Marty Blair: Always Connected to the CPD

05/15/2013

Back in the day, most of the staff members at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities dressed in costume to celebrate Halloween. People still talk about the year Miss Piggy appeared in all her pink, porcine glory and stumped everyone

Heidi's Happenings: Spring Break!

Heidi's Happenings: Spring Break!

05/13/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL. We had spring

Girl Scout Troop Takes Walking Tour | CP

Girl Scout Troop Takes Walking Tour

05/09/2013

Nine members of Girl Scout Troop 2033 danced, hopped and splashed their way through a “walking” tour of the Aggie Stampede last Wednesday evening, making their way up one side of Main Street and down the other between 100 and 200 North in Logan The Aggie

Random Parts and Ingenuity Equal Future Mobility | CPD

Random Parts and Ingenuity Equal Future Mobility

05/08/2013

Two-year old Jaele Bennet was born with brittle-bone disease, preventing her from learning to stand and walk. Jaele has metal rods in both femurs and in her left tibia, said her mom, Stacey. Because Jaele’s left leg is badly bowed, it is hard for her to w...

Aggie Advocates Choose New Officers | CPD

Aggie Advocates Choose New Officers

05/06/2013

New officers for Aggie Advocates, a Utah State University student group that promotes awareness of disability issues and advocates for people with disabilities, have been chosen for the 2013-2-14 school year.

AgrAbility Helps Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities | CPD

AgrAbility Helps Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities

05/03/2013

A farmer near Provo will be able to continue farming, thanks to the Assistive Technology Lab and AgrAbility of Utah, a partnership between Utah State University Extension and New Frontiers for Families. AgrAbility is part of a national program that helps

Changing Behavior to Change Lives | CPD

Changing Behavior to Change Lives

05/01/2013

The ASSERT preschool classroom is a place where everyday tasks are broken down into the smallest possible steps, where the tiniest victories are celebrated and monumental obstacles are conquered one baby-step at a time. Autism Support Services: Education,...

Congratulations Grads | CPD

Congratulations Grads

04/29/2013

Seven staff members at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will graduate with a variety of degrees this semester. Here’s a quick look at them: Natalie Allen is graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (nurse practitioner) deg

Spreading The Word About Research | CPD

Spreading The Word About Research

04/29/2013

Did you know that Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is a leader in research, training and direct services for people with disabilities? If the answer is yes, you’re among the 2.1 million people reached last year by the CPD’s inf...

Phonathon to Start Next Week | CPD

Phonathon to Start Next Week

04/26/2013

A phonathon to raise money for two specific funds at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will begin Monday and last for about a week, according to Shane Johnson, the CPD’s associate director of development. Student callers will be...

Engineering Students Build Automated Pill Dispenser | CPD

Engineering Students Build Automated Pill Dispenser

04/24/2013

Engineering students Kris Payne (left) and Trevin Hafen demonstrate the Big Blue Pill Dispenser. An engineering capstone project dubbed the 'Big Blue Pill Dispenser' made its debut at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities yesterday....

Disability: A Natural Part of the Human Experience | CPD

Disability: A Natural Part of the Human Experience

04/19/2013

Gordon Richins, the Consumer Liaison at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently presented at the Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) Housing and Human Services multi-agency meeting at the Riverwoods conference cente...

CAC Corner: Anti-bullying Education | CPD

CAC Corner: Anti-bullying Education

04/17/2013

Members of "The Don't Laugh at Me Players" perform at a community event. For more than 15 years, ‘The Don’t Laugh at Me Players’ theater group has been spreading its anti-bullying message throughout southern Utah through skits and songs. Webster’s Diction...

Spot of Comfort for Families of Children with Disabilities | CPD

Spot of Comfort for Families of Children with Disabilities

04/15/2013

With a seemingly boundless sense of humor and a firm belief that it was meant to be, Johna and Don Larson adopted three children with disabilities when they had four biological children at home. Johna, a retired pediatric nurse, and Don, a retired police

Working Professionals Benefit From Training

Working Professionals Benefit From Training

04/15/2013

Too often, children and adults with disabilities, and their families, see a number of different service providers who may not be aware of all of their needs. Interdisciplinary training for health care professionals recognizes that no single discipline has...

Heidi's Happenings: Hunting for Treasure | CPD

Heidi's Happenings: Hunting for Treasure

04/12/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL. Flying kites o...

Research Opportunities for Students | CPD

Research Opportunities for Students

04/10/2013

Curtis Steinfeldt works in the CPD biomed research lab. Research. It’s the cornerstone of institutions of higher learning like Utah State University, as well as a core function at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. It’s being celebrated for the nin...

Retirees Honored at CEHS Awards Ceremony | CPD

Retirees Honored at CEHS Awards Ceremony

04/08/2013

Four retirees from Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities were honored for their service recently. Ginger Payant, Marlene Deer, Connie Pehrson and Georgiana Clausen were honored on April 4 at the Emma Eccles Jones College of Educatio...

Disability-Specific Tips for Disaster Preparation | CPD

Disability-Specific Tips for Disaster Preparation

04/05/2013

The “Great Utah Shake-Out” Earthquake drill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. Will you be ready? The following information, compiled by the Earthquake Country Alliance, can help people with disabilities create their own personal preparedn...

Disaster Preparation | CPD

Disaster Preparation

04/03/2013

Disaster preparedness is especially important for people with disabilities. Read the blog all this week for tips. The “Great Utah Shake-Out” Earthquake drill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. Will you be ready? The following information,

Earthquake Drill on April 17

Earthquake Drill on April 17

04/01/2013

Will you be ready if disaster strikes? Read the blog all this week for tips on preparing for disaster when you have a disability. The “Great Utah Shake-Out” Earthquake drill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. Will you be ready? The followi...

Student Spend Spring Break | CPD

Student Spend Spring Break

03/29/2013

Katie Johnson (left) and Alisha Voigt pull usable parts from at donated wheelchair at CReATE. Spring break is traditionally the time when college students, particularly those from colder climates, head south for fun in the sun. For many, there will be a b...

Training For Students Enhances University Experience | CPD

Training For Students Enhances University Experience

03/28/2013

It is generally expected that students will leave university with the education they need to begin a career. At Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, however, students gain valuable hands-on training that can help them in the futur...

South East Early Intervention Receives United Way Grant | CPD

South East Early Intervention Receives United Way Grant

03/27/2013

Bill Maikranz (center), executive director of United Way of Eastern Utah, presents a check to South East Early Intervention directors Kathi Kearney Reaves (left) and Lois Boomer (right). South East Early Intervention, based in Price, recently received a U...

Researcher Observes Educational System in Saudi Arabia | CPD

Researcher Observes Educational System in Saudi Arabia

03/25/2013

CPD researcher Vonda Jump (at left) participates in a panel discussion in Saudi Arabia. Vonda Jump, senior research scientist at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, traveled to Saudi Arabia in mid-February to make presentations d...

Employees Honored for Service | CPD

Employees Honored for Service

03/22/2013

From left: Gordon Richins, Alma Burgess, Cathy Mace and Monica Urrutia. Below: Cynthia Budge. Not pictured: Thomas Higbee and Margaret Lubke. Several employees at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities were honored for their years of...

Virtual Home Visits - Cost-Saving Alternative

Virtual Home Visits - Cost-Saving Alternative

03/20/2013

The feasibility of using technology to deliver early intervention services is the subject of a paper that appeared in the Winter 2012 edition of The Volta Review, a publication of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Sue...

Grant to Evaluate Treatment for Traumatized Children | CPD

Grant to Evaluate Treatment for Traumatized Children

03/18/2013

The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City has been working with young children who have been exposed to trauma. Now, a four-year grant will evaluate which evidence-based practices work best to heal these children. Vonda Jump, senior research scientist at Ut...

Heidi's Happenings: Bread and Buds

Heidi's Happenings: Bread and Buds

03/15/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Getting Assistive Technology To People In Need | CPD

Getting Assistive Technology To People In Need

03/15/2013

The Assistive Technology (AT) Lab at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is one of the best-kept secrets on campus. April Larsen, director of advancement services at USU, was introduced to the AT Lab a few years ago when she was

Faculty Fellow Awarded Art Fellowship | CPD

Faculty Fellow Awarded Art Fellowship

03/13/2013

Rep. Ed Redd listens as CPD Faculty Fellow Christopher Gauthier talks about his "Evidence and Artifacts" exhibit in this file photo from a legislative reception last month.[/caption] Utah State University’s Christopher Gauthier has been awarded one of two...

CAC Corner: Spotlight on Kelly Holt | CPD

CAC Corner: Spotlight on Kelly Holt

03/11/2013

Nancy Bentley, director of Active Re-Entry, receives the Community Investment Award from CAC member Kelly Holt.[/caption] Kelly Holt is a member of the Consumer Advisory Council from Price and is a long-time self-advocate. Here, she writes about her work....

Invisible Disabilities Don't Stop Women in STEM | CPD

Invisible Disabilities Don't Stop Women in STEM

03/08/2013

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, and Women’s History Month during March, three women students at Utah State University who have hidden disabilities and are majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) participated

Development Milestones 2 | CPD

Development Milestones 2

03/06/2013

This continuation of Monday's Developmental Milestones and Language Development post offers information on what babies should be doing at ages 4 and 6 months. For a comprehensive list of developmental milestones to age 5, visit the Centers for Disease Con...

Developmental Milestones and Language Development | CPD

Developmental Milestones and Language Development

03/04/2013

Snuggling up with a child and a favorite book is a powerful way of learning language, even from a very young age, said a specialist in speech and language development at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. “Books are a really lov...

iPad Apps for People with Disabilities

iPad Apps for People with Disabilities

02/28/2013

The iPad has become a very popular tool for individuals with disabilities because there are so many applications, or apps, that can be used to aid in everyday living skills. The iPad apps listed below were recently tested and compiled by Utah Assistive Te...

Biomedical Division Focuses on Research | CPD

Biomedical Division Focuses on Research

02/28/2013

Conducting cutting-edge autism research and providing medical care for people with disabilities are completely different activities, but they are both housed in the Biomedical Division of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Dr.

What is Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology

02/27/2013

These old bicycle parts are being re-purposed to create a new mobility device in the CPD's AT Lab.[/caption] Assistive technology, or AT, is any tool or resource that can be used by individuals with disabilities to help improve their quality of life and t...

Program Offers Early Intervention in Southeast Utah | CPD

Program Offers Early Intervention in Southeast Utah

02/25/2013

CPD Director Bryce Fifield visits with the staff of South East Early Intervention Program during a recent visit to Price, Utah.[/caption] A small group of professionals drives thousands of miles each year to provide early intervention services to families...

CAC Gives Community Investment Award | CPD

CAC Gives Community Investment Award

02/22/2013

Nancy Bentley, director of Active Re-Entry, receives the Community Investment Award from CAC member Kelly Holt.[/caption] Active Re-Entry Centers for Independent Living in Price, Utah was named the recipient of the Consumer Advisory Council’s Community In...

What are Centers for Independent Living | CPD

What are Centers for Independent Living

02/20/2013

A hand-lettered banner adorns the wheelchair of an attendee at a recent "meet the legislators" event in Logan, sponsored by the Center for Persons with Disabilities, OPTIONS for Independence and Grassroots Advocacy Partnership.[/caption] Centers for Indep...

IOTI Funds Small Projects | CPD

IOTI Funds Small Projects

02/15/2013

Adults with intellectual disabilities learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Police officers in the field learn safe ways to handle crises involving adults with mental illness. A desperate mother finds online information on how to deal with her son,...

Heidi’s Happenings: Volcanoes and lava lamps | CDP

Heidi’s Happenings: Volcanoes and lava lamps

02/15/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL. Jeffrey and Al...

Be Good to Yourself this Valentine's Day | CPD

Be Good to Yourself this Valentine's Day

02/13/2013

According to www.caregiving.com, there are 65 million people in the United States who are caring for a loved one with a disability or medical condition this Valentine’s Day. If you’re one of them, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. “You can on...

UATP Offers Free Online Webinar | CPD

UATP Offers Free Online Webinar

02/11/2013

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a free online interactive training, "Power wheelchair and scooter maintenance and how to evaluate individuals for wheelchairs," on Wednesday, February 20 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. This free training wi...

Advocates Meet Legislators at Rotunda Reception | CPD

Advocates Meet Legislators at Rotunda Reception

02/08/2013

Advocates from the disability community attended a reception for legislators in the Capitol rotunda Thursday afternoon.[/caption] The rotunda of the Capitol building in Salt Lake City was filled with advocates from the disability community Thursday aftern...

Advanced Leadership Training

02/06/2013

People with disabilities often don’t have leadership skills or the experience needed to advocate for themselves or others on a broad scale. A new leadership training series aims to change that. Applications will be accepted from individuals with intellect...

New Teachers Should Have Special Ed Training | CPD

New Teachers Should Have Special Ed Training

02/05/2013

Marlene Deer, EC-ATP director, interacts with students via webcam.[/caption] Traditional classrooms have children who are gifted, and teachers adapt the curriculum to challenge them. Historically, though, teachers weren’t required to adapt the same lesson...

Debuts | CPD

Debuts

02/01/2013

Visitors to the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ website will notice a fresh, new, user-friendly interface that makes it much easier to find information on CPD projects, services and staff.

Exemplary Services Offer Intervention | CPD

Exemplary Services Offer Intervention

01/31/2013

As she reached her first birthday, Sami Humphreys had a sweet disposition, but she was a quiet child. Too quiet. “She didn’t talk at all. She was silent,” said Heather Humphreys, Sami’s mom. Two of Humphreys’ three older daughters had received services f

Familiar Face - New Role

Familiar Face - New Role

01/30/2013

Juan Carlos (JC) Vazquez has been a familiar face around Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities for almost eight years, but he has taken on a new challenge as the CPD’s multicultural coordinator. The position of multicultural coordin...

Sorenson Endowment | CPD

Sorenson Endowment

01/28/2013

Beverley Taylor Sorenson, whose contributions continue to be felt in both arts and education at Utah State University, recently established an endowed program making the arts accessible to children with disabilities. The $3 million endowment from Sorenson...

National Children's Study to leave USU | CPD

National Children's Study to leave USU

01/25/2013

Utah State University’s oversight of the National Children’s Study – Cache County is moving to the care of Westat, an international research organization. Cache County is one of the top performers in the National Children’s Study due in large part to the

Luján begins six-month sabbatical with WebAIM

Luján begins six-month sabbatical with WebAIM

01/23/2013

Sergio Luján Mora at his desk in the WebAIM office.[/caption] When Sergio Luján Mora arrived in Logan in early January, he was greeted with a four-inch snowfall and daytime high temperatures in the single digits—quite a change from the winter daytime high...

Rowland Supports UN Treaty on Disibility Rights | CPD

Rowland Supports UN Treaty on Disibility Rights

01/21/2013

On December 4, 2012, the United States Senate failed to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (commonly known as CRPD). The treaty had the support of well over 300 advocacy groups for veterans and people with disab...

Menlove, Redd Offer Views on Disability Legislation | CPD

Menlove, Redd Offer Views on Disability Legislation

01/21/2013

The Jim Bridger Room at the Logan City Library was packed last Thursday evening with people who were interested in hearing what two local legislators had to say about disability. The “Meet Your Elected Officials” event on Jan. 17 was organized by the Nort...

Logan Parks & Rec honored as CPD’s 2012 Community Organization of the Year | CPD

Logan Parks & Rec honored as CPD’s 2012 Community Organization of the Year

01/17/2013

CPD Director Bryce Fifield (left) presents the 2012 Community Partner of the Year award to Dan Blakely of Logan Parks and Recreation.[/caption] Logan Parks and Recreation has been named the 2012 Community Organization of the Year by the Center for Persons...

Heidi’s Happenings: Spirit of the Season

Heidi’s Happenings: Spirit of the Season

01/16/2013

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL. Everyone enjoy...

Torres presents seminar at Johns Hopkins | CPD

Torres presents seminar at Johns Hopkins

01/13/2013

Dr. Anthony Torres, director of the Biomedical Laboratory at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), recently presented a seminar at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., on research that suggests a link between the immun...

Coalition Formed to Boost Advocacy Efforts | CPD

Coalition Formed to Boost Advocacy Efforts

01/11/2013

Three local organizations have joined forces to expand their advocacy efforts on disability issues. Representatives from the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University, OPTIONS for Independence and the Grassroots Advocacy Partners...

AUCD Poster Examines ABCs of Autism | CPD

AUCD Poster Examines ABCs of Autism

01/07/2013

Gina A. Cook, a research scientist at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities presented a poster entitled “Supporting Families of Young Children in Utah with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis” at the recent Association of University Center...

AUCD Poster Examines Fathers Perspective | CPD

AUCD Poster Examines Fathers Perspective

01/05/2013

Fathers of children with autism are likely to experience mild to severe anxiety, according to a poster presented at the recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference.

AUCD Poster Details Urland Videoconference Project | CPD

AUCD Poster Details Urland Videoconference Project

01/02/2013

Barbara Fiechtl, clinical instructor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation and a faculty member for the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ (CPD) Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) project,...

Create Helps Utahns with Disibilites | CPD

Create Helps Utahns with Disibilites

Just a few months after officially opening its doors, the Citizens Reutilizing Assisstive Technology Equipment (CReATE) program is helping Utahns with disabilities move in a world where expenses and red tape can seem stacked against them. CReATE, a progra...

Assistive Technology Loan Helps Davis Family | CPD

Assistive Technology Loan Helps Davis Family

Assistive technology loan helps man with ALS keep up with family All Ted and Andrea Davis wanted to do was get to their daughter's soccer game. But with their van stalled on a Salt Lake City highway and cars whizzing by, Andrea worried that going places w...

Research Makes Internet Kinder | CPD

Research Makes Internet Kinder

At the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, a research project is underway to help make the Internet more friendly to users with cognitive disabilities. The WebAIM Steppingstones initiative has identified features that make Inter...

Braille Coin Highlights | CPD

Braille Coin Highlights

Senator Bennett examines the coin presented by NFB of Utah President Ron Gardner and Sachin Pavithran, Utah's NFB legislative coordinator and an employee of the CPD. Earlier this month, Senator Bob Bennett received a coin honoring Louis Braille from two

Pioneering Survey Nets Overwhelming Results | CPD

Pioneering Survey Nets Overwhelming Results

When a team of WebAIM specialists asked screen reader users what they liked, they would have been happy with 100 responses. They received 1100 completed, multiple-choice surveys, plus several hundred pages of open-ended comments that will keep the team bu...

Doctors Offices Surveyed on Autism Screening | CPD

Doctors Offices Surveyed on Autism Screening

Autism spectrum disorder continues to be the fastest-growing developmental disability in Utah. A survey of doctors’ offices in Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties seeks to further understand ASD diagnoses by asking how and when northern Utah physicians scr...

Traumatic Brain Injuries Support | CPD

Traumatic Brain Injuries Support

The Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is a sub-contractor working with the Division of Health and Family services to help educate the citizens of Utah about brain injury. The effort began when the state of Utah commissioned a wide-ranging study f...

Adrienne Akers Receives Alumni of The Year | CPD

Adrienne Akers Receives Alumni of The Year

Adrienne Akers moved to Logan in the early 70s, bringing with her a degree in physical therapy and no interest in working with children. That changed when she got a job with the new Exceptional Child Center in 1973 (now the Center for Persons with Disabi

Shriners Of Salt Lake City Joins AT Lab | CPD

Shriners Of Salt Lake City Joins AT Lab

Phoenix Barfuss, a growing two-year old with muscular dystrophy, will now be able to be more independent and explore her surroundings, thanks to a power wheelchair that is just her size. A local Assistive Technology (AT) Lab is customizing a wheelchair fo...

WebAim Project Consults Fortune 500 Companies | CPD

WebAim Project Consults Fortune 500 Companies

One factor in web accessibility is whether a website is navigable by using the keyboard, since some users with disabilities cannot use a mouse. A team of web accessibility experts at Utah State University has been working with two high-profile, Fortune 50...

Inventors Seek Better Way to Fly | CPD

Inventors Seek Better Way to Fly

Gordon Richins sits beside his invention. When a 200-plus-pound piece of sensitive electronic equipment is hoisted onto a moving conveyor belt and stowed with a lot of other heavy objects, bad things can happen. Just ask Gordon Richins, the Consumer Liais...

IDASL Class Heightens Awareness | CPD

IDASL Class Heightens Awareness

IDASL brings together students, professionals, people with disabilities and their families. By Connie Pehrson Renee Magnusson will not soon forget the experiences she had this past year in the Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning (I...

Troy and Tracy Justesen Receive Trainee of The Year Award | CPD

Troy and Tracy Justesen Receive Trainee of The Year Award

The Justesens in the White House The careers of Troy and Tracy Justesen are remarkable: they both had stints in the White House. Both shaped national policy before returning to Utah earlier this year. Soon they will jointly receive the Center for Persons

Freshmen Offer Service Before School | CPD

Freshmen Offer Service Before School

A student makes a duct tape ball. The tape adds weight and texture to stimulate a young child's senses. By Connie Pehrson Signs that the 2009 Fall Semester at USU is starting are found everywhere; in the newly painted parking spaces, the spruced up flower...

Youtube Channel Showcases People | CPD

Youtube Channel Showcases People

Justin speaks out in "Respecting the Young Adult Patient." Sometimes people tell their own stories so much better than we can. Over the years, different projects within the CPD have produced videos highlighting people with disabilities. Some are public se...

September is Emergency Preparedness Month | CPD

September is Emergency Preparedness Month

By Connie Pehrson This September 2009 marks the sixth annual National Preparedness Month – a month designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. Even though we don't know when or where disasters may strike, we do know th...

Local Program Recognized For Reuisng Assistive Technology | CPD

Local Program Recognized For Reuisng Assistive Technology

CReATE coordinators Heather Young and Alma Burgess It’s a great goal to keep usable equipment out of the landfill and in the hands of people who need it. It’s essential to make sure the refurbished technology is safe. When the Citizens Reutilizing Assisti...

Lees Marketplace Honored | CPD

Lees Marketplace Honored

Jonathan and Shari Badger accepted the award, at the same time recognizing the late store founder Lee Badger for providing a good environment for workers and shoppers with varying abilities. Lee’s Marketplace provides a friendly place to work and shop to

Websites Help States Find Teachers | CPD

Websites Help States Find Teachers

How do rural schools attract teachers? How do districts attract special educators? Technical assistance helps districts in three states stay staffed. Many states grapple with a problem that plagues both education and special education: How do they keep ru...

Task12 is Helping Raise the Bar | CPD

Task12 is Helping Raise the Bar

State and federal laws, including the American with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, require that people who are deaf or hard of hearing be provided with interpreters. Currently, across the nation there is a shortage o...

Family Nurse Practitioner Returns from Humanitarian Trip | CPD

Family Nurse Practitioner Returns from Humanitarian Trip

A CPD employee has returned from a sixteen-day humanitarian trip to Haiti following the January 12 earthquake. It was a colorful experience—literally. A photo album on the CPD's Facebook page showcases George Wootton’s pictures, which show both the devast...

Ms. Wheelchair Utah Speaks on Disability | CPD

Ms. Wheelchair Utah Speaks on Disability

Kelie Babcock doesn’t see herself as the pageant type. She’s an advocate and a good spokesperson. She participates in the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow project at the CPD. She loves talking to people, helping build understanding and breaking down misconce...

Brainstorming Ways to Bring Indpedencec to People With Disabilities | CPD

Brainstorming Ways to Bring Indpedencec to People With Disabilities

Conference goers put together their vision for bringing assistive technology to people who need it. The need for assistive technology is great. It can make the difference between dependence and independence, going out or staying home, working or not worki...

Employee Takes Message of Indpendence to Syria | CPD

Employee Takes Message of Indpendence to Syria

In a recent trip to Syria, CPD employee Sachin Pavithran carried a message of independence to administrators at Damascus University, where a career management center has been set up to serve students with disabilities. “My role was to show that someone wi...

Developmental Playground Takes Shapes | CPD

Developmental Playground Takes Shapes

The dream of a developmental playground for very young children is on the verge of coming true. The last needed ingredient is your continued support. Now, as we approach the day when the groundbreaking begins, we also look back at the steps that brought u...

Stimulating the Senses: Family Finds Fulfilment

Stimulating the Senses: Family Finds Fulfilment

Julia Lyman is the mother of a busy 15-year-old—a girl who will seldom stay in one place for more than three minutes if left to herself. Hayley was born with intellectual disabilities that keep her constantly in search of something to stimulate her sense

Trainings Seek To Make Church For Everyone | CPD

Trainings Seek To Make Church For Everyone

Sometimes the quest for accessibility at church doesn’t end when the wheelchair ramp is installed. Accessibility takes other forms, too. It is found in attitudes, in opportunities to serve, in social connections. At a recent Disability Specific Training f...

Depression In Parents | CPD

Depression In Parents

A recent study at Utah State University focused on improving language and literacy in children with developmental delays. But over the course of gathering the data, researchers were surprised to discover that 47 percent of their test subjects—who were all...

Training Protects Officers - People In Crisis | CPD

Training Protects Officers - People In Crisis

Through its Interagency Outreach Training Initiative program, the CPD supported crisis interventioin training for 8 years. When people close to Utah’s Crisis Intervention Training program talk about dealing with people in a mental health crisis, they use

Program Allows Rural Preschoolers Access to Teachers | CPD

Program Allows Rural Preschoolers Access to Teachers

It’s summer, and special education preschool trainees are coming to Utah State University to kick off their instruction. Their director has a message for them: Prepare for your most challenging two years. The trainees are already filling teaching assignme...

Assistive Technology Helps Children Gain More Control of Their Environment | CPD

Assistive Technology Helps Children Gain More Control of Their Environment

Whether it’s a simple switch or a high-tech communication device, technology can do a lot to help a young child with disabilities gain a little control over his world. After two-year-old Dane spent eight months in the CPD's Techno Tots program, his mother...

New Mexico Study Examines the Effectivenesss of A Longer School Year | CDP

New Mexico Study Examines the Effectivenesss of A Longer School Year

A $19 million effort to verify the effectiveness of an extended school year pilot program in New Mexico will soon begin, through a study led by researchers at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. It builds on previous work by Dr. Linda Goetze, an eco...

Armenian Student Association is Organization of The Year | CPD

Armenian Student Association is Organization of The Year

Utah State University's Armenian Student Association has done so much for the Center for Persons with Disabilities, they were a natural fit for the CPD's Organization of the Year award. They cleaned up the grounds at the CPD's Bear River Activity and Skil...

Meet Chalese Buttars - Volunteer Of The Year

Meet Chalese Buttars - Volunteer Of The Year

The CPD’s Volunteer of the Year is a bubbly Utah State University student from Lewiston. Chalese Buttars is also a hard worker, say Kerry Done and Stan Clelland, two CPD staff members who enjoyed having her around to help out. Working with Chalese Buttars...

Services For All Who Have Sustained A TBI | CPD

Services For All Who Have Sustained A TBI

At least 3.2 million Americans have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI. These individuals and their families are oft...

Bolster The Diversity Of Its Trainees and The Health Care Profession | CPD

Bolster The Diversity Of Its Trainees and The Health Care Profession

The following is a guest column from Vicki Simonsmeier, Discipline Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology in the URLEND program. She is also a faculty fellow at the CPD. USU, as one of the principal sites of the Utah Regional Leadership in Neurodevelop...

Schools In New Mexico Prepare For Exteneded School Year Study | CPD

Schools In New Mexico Prepare For Exteneded School Year Study

A study undertaken by the Center for Persons with Disabilities will allow schools in four districts to participate in an extended school year program in New Mexico—and generate data on whether more days in school is a good investment of public money. The

Young Adults With Disabilities Transition to The Adult World | CPD

Young Adults With Disabilities Transition to The Adult World

A job interview is stressful. It induces racing thoughts, a beating heart, sweating palms—but imagine how much worse it would be if you didn’t know how to greet the person who interviews you. How do you shake hands? How much eye contact is appropriate? Ho...

Nationwide Shortage of Qualified Sign Language Interpreters

Nationwide Shortage of Qualified Sign Language Interpreters

A CPD program is whittling away at a nationwide shortage of qualified sign language interpreters by providing specific, targeted training. It helped Tracy Quinlan, a sign language interpreter in Arizona. Her state requires a 3.5 proficiency score in the E...

Five More Faculty Fellows In Time For Research Week | CPD

Five More Faculty Fellows In Time For Research Week

The CPD welcomes four new faculty fellows, in time for Research Week. A fifth fellow, Dr. Bob Morgan, was featured in the December 2010 issue of the CPD NewsFlash. Dr. Nedra Christensen is a professor in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences Departme...

Research Explores Child Developments Fun Side | CPD

Research Explores Child Developments Fun Side

PICCOLO, a tool that measures parent-child interactions, began in the Research and Evaluation Division of the CPD and literally moved on to the world. Now, the research tool is taking on a whole new frontier: Dads. Dr. Lori Roggman, a professor in Utah St...

Watching Jordan Grow | CPD

Watching Jordan Grow

Jordan's relationship with the AT Lab began early, as he helped demonstrate that young children can use assistive technology. After a traumatic birth that he almost did not survive, Jordan Snell was revived and life-flighted to Salt Lake City. He was sent...

Pavithran challenges NINJA participants | CPD

Pavithran challenges NINJA participants

Sachin Pavithran, policy director at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, was the keynote speaker at last week's sixth annual NINJA (New Ideas to Network Junior Advocates) conference banquet. The three-day conference prepares yout...

Students Create Independenc-Giving Device | CPD

Students Create Independenc-Giving Device

Dietrick Berger stands with students Clarissa Barnhill, Miranda Brunson and Dana Bryson after assembling part of a wheel. Dietrick Berger likes the independence and the money work brings him. Still, paralysis on one side of his body limited what he could

Work to Improve Services - Traumatic Brain Injury | CPD

Work to Improve Services - Traumatic Brain Injury

Robert and Brenda Anderson know how destructive an undetected TBI can be. By JoLynne Lyon Robert and Brenda Anderson started attending the Traumatic Brain Injury work group in Logan because they know first hand how destructive an undetected TBI can be. Br...