Disability Law Center Seeks New Attorney

March 30, 2010 by cpehrson

The Disability Law Center in Salt Lake City has long been a valuable partner of the CPD.  As an agency member of the CPD’s Consumer Advisory Council,  they have shared their perspective on disability issues in Utah and have helped to guide and support the core objectives of the CPD.

The DLC is currently seeking an attorney with five+ years experience, preferably in disability-based civil rights. This person would provide legal problem solving, individual and systems advocacy, litigation, and supervision of non-attorney advocates.

People with disabilities and those who are ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.   The Disability Law Center is a flexible work environment and excellent benefits. The salary range is $50-55,000 depending on experience.

To apply, please submit your resume, letter of application, and contact information for three references by April 23, 2010 to: Disability Law Center, 205 N 400 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.


Accessible Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

March 30, 2010 by cpehrson

The Family to Family Network is sponsoring its first annual accessible Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. It is open to children of all abilities with accommodations made for all disabilities. It will be held at Angel’s Landing Park, just west of Willow Park, in Logan, Utah.

The Family to Family Network is a grassroots volunteer organization composed of family members who have a child or other relative with a disability. The Utah Parent Center contracts with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) to support the Family to Family Networks all across the state of Utah

The mission of the Family to Family Network is to educate, strengthen, and support families of persons with disabilities.  They regularly host local meetings and activities for people with disabilities and their families, as well as provide information, advocacy and support in helping families understand how to work with the DSPD.

If you are interested in learning more about the Family to Family Network in your local area, please visit the Family to Family website.

Celebrating 280 Years of Service!

March 22, 2010 by cpehrson

Utah State University is honoring several CPD employees this year at their annual Recognition Luncheon on April 31, 2010.

We value each employee at the CPD and join with the University in recognizing the great contribution each of the following faculty and staff have made for people with disabilities in their combined 280 years of service!

10 Yrs
Natalie Allen
Gina Cook
Judith Holt
Jeff Sheen

15 Yrs
Georgiana Clausen
Diane Green

20 Yrs
John Copenhaver
Linda Goetze
Marilyn Hammond
Richard Jewkes
Jeanie Peck
Cyndi Rowland
Ladawn Nielsen
Sue Olsen

25 Yrs
Mary Ellen Heiner
Dennis Odell

Groundbreaking study includes sites in Cache, Salt Lake Counties

March 18, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

In Cache County, the study will eventually follow 1000 births.

This year in Cache County, researchers will begin recruiting women in selected neighborhoods for a groundbreaking study that examines the effects of environment on children’s health. As part of the National Children’s Study,  researchers will follow children from before birth until they turn 21.

They will choose families who represent a cross-section of ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic groups. Eventually the study will follow 1000 births in Cache County.

The National Children’s Study will have locations in Utah; Salt Lake and Cache counties. A KUTV Channel 2 news report shows an example of how the research will examine the effects air pollution on children’s health, beginning by studying the environment where pregnant mothers live.

The Cache County study is led by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in collaboration with the CPD’s Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University.

Nationally it is led by the US Depeartment of Health and Human Services through the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Advocates Deserve a Pat on the Back!

March 17, 2010 by cpehrson

The Disability Law Center has summarized the 2010 Utah Legislative Session as “much better than any of us had a right to expect given the budget outlook going in.” They continue to say that “Much of the credit for this has to go to Gov. Herbert and the emphasis he placed on vital health and human service programs from the outset.”

The legislators have indicated that just as much credit this year belongs to those who have actively advocated for the services and programs that those with disabilities need.

It is gratifying to know that the voices of individuals, family members and advocacy groups have been heard and acted upon.  Keep up the good work!

A summary of the actions of the 2010 General Session of the Utah Legislature that impact people with disabilities has been posted to the Legislative Coalition for Person with Disabilities web site. On the right side of the homepage, click on Fact Sheets/Agendas/Minutes. The report is titled “Legislative Wrap-up 2010 General Session.”