Top ten from 2010

December 29, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

With 2011 on our doorstep, we’re taking a look back at our past year. Here  are our top ten blog posts from 2010. 

We wish you the very best for the coming year.

#10:  CPD Legacy Story: Heidi Hill

#9: Barstow and Sachin–instant love

#8: CPD’s Judith Holt honored with Lifetime Service Award

#7: Legacy Story: Felipe Candelario

#6: From Richard Roberts, retiring division director: Farewell, and on to new adventures

#5: Rosa’s Law will have profound effect

#4: Silver Ribbon denotes disability awareness

#3: CPD Legacy Story: Gordon Richins

#2: CPD Legacy Story: Dax Drysdale

#1: Special Education Law Conference

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Putting the autism puzzle together

December 17, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

The ASSERT classroom provides direct services to children with ASD--and it has more potential clients than it can serve.

This month, Utah State University experts in the autism field shared ideas on studying autism, working with the families of people who have autism spectrum disorder, and preparing them for life after high school.

Those at the autism summit work on different angles of the Autism Spectrum Disorder puzzle. Some provide direct services, others train leaders and self advocates, still others conduct research on the best treatments, offer technical assistance to communities or investigate the genetics of ASD. They represented the Center for Persons with Disabilities and three departments within USU’s College of Education and Human Services.

Still, some common themes emerged. Direct service providers within the college often have many more potential clients than they can handle. Adults with autism—and many other disabilities—often struggle to transition to adult life,  find work and live independently.

Those who attended the summit also discussed challenges specific to their own fields. Among their concerns:

• Although genetic research in autism is a very active field–and many research groups claim they have autism-gene associations–only a small percentage of autism cases can firmly be associated with genes, said the CPD’s Dr. Anthony Torres.

• Trainees in the field who finish their college education are likely to enter a real world where resources are scant, especially when it comes to serving adults with disabilities. It makes educating future leaders difficult, said CPD Director Bryce Fifield. Should faculty members train students to follow advanced methods and practices that are not available in the real world, or educate them for the reality they will face when they graduate?

• Insurance companies balk at funding autism treatments in a field where evidence-based, successful approaches are just emerging.

Their conclusion: A more comprehensive approach between the many disciplines that work with ASD could help resolve these issues. The leaders within the College of Education agreed to share information across disciplines and departments to move toward that goal.

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CAC Corner: See potential, not limitations

December 16, 2010 by cpehrson

This month’s Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) blog is by Matthew Bone, a family advocate CAC member.

A dad’s opportunity to brag…

My daughter who, without regard to having a genetic skin condition, decided to study theater and recently won an award in a national competition.

Kirstin Bone

For me, that is not of significant importance.  What is important is that, in spite of a disability that would prevent many people from even trying to pursue a career in theater, and in spite of a lack of encouragement from some of her associates, and outright discouragement from others, she has continued to do what she likes and what makes her happy.  She has very clear goals, and has set in her mind how she defines success. She is accomplishing her goals, and being very successful.

Because of the award she won, many universities are encouraging her to pursue her master’s degree with them. Not bad considering many people felt she would never be able to get her bachelors in the field of
theater with her disability.

I am hoping from this you will take the message that it does not matter what your disability is, you can accomplish things that other people cannot comprehend. While they see your limitations, you know
your potential. Don’t let the limitations they see stand in your way.

The members of the Consumer Advisory Council would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday season, and a wonderful New Year!

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The Center for Persons with Disabilities holiday card is out!

December 16, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

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Give your child a safe toy this Christmas

December 14, 2010 by cpehrson

Christmas is the time for giving, and, if you have children or grandchildren, you are probably giving them at least one toy.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year there were about 90,600 cases of toy-related injuries reported of children below 5 years of age.  Each year, thousands of young children suffer serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys.  It is important to be sure you are buying safe toys for the children in your life.

Three important ways you can protect your children from injuries while playing with toys are:

1)  Only buy toys meant for their age.

2) Show them how to use their toys safely.

3) Keep an eye on them when they play.

Follow this link to see more safe toy selections guidelines that you can think about before purchasing and letting children play with toys.

Here are other web sites that list safe and appropriate guidelines for toy selection:  Easter Seals; National network for child careBaby Center.

Have a safe and joyful holiday season!