CPD icon, Stan Clelland, heads north

January 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Stan “has left the building.”

Long time Utah Assistive Technology Program Coordinator, Stan Clelland, left his position at the CPD this month to head north to Idaho.  Stan was recently married and is moving to join his wife who lives in Twin Falls.

After seven years as the UATP coordinator and head lab technician, Stan leaves behind a legacy of excellence and innovation that will long be remembered by the individuals and families who were recipients of his creations in the AT lab.

Stan was a master at “figuring out the needs of the people who came to him and  how to meet those needs through assistive technology,” said Martin Blair, UATP Director.

Making sure it fits just right.

Stan and his colleague, Amy Henningsen, an occupational therapist at the CPD, made a tremendous team as they worked closely together putting assistive technology into the hands of individuals who needed help.  Amy could put into words what they needed, and Stan could create or adapt anything in his lab.  The thing that Stan said he would miss the most when he left was the strong colleagual partnership that he had with Amy.

Not only was Stan great with creating things, he was great with people, always going the second mile to help them become more independent and to accomplish what they wanted to accomplish.

Dr. Martin said of Stan, ” None of us is irreplaceable, but Stan is as close as it gets.”

You can read more about Stan’s career at the CPD on his Who’s Who at the CPD profile.

NOTE: You can hear more about the work done at the AT lab on a KVNU radio interview with Stan.

CAC Corner: Top disability Issues for 2011

January 31, 2011 by cpehrson

We are well into a new year that holds a lot of promise and hope for people with disabilities.  The Consumer Advisory Council members have met this month and have discussed many of the issues that are of concern to them.

Here are the top disability issues that the CAC members see for 2011:

1. Funding for people with disabilities who are on the waiting list for services

2. Funding for dental services

3.  Funding for vision services

4. Funding for assistive technology devices

5.  Funding to maintain current service options

6. Increased accessibility in transportation

7.  Empowering families/caregivers to support individuals with disabilities in the home environment

CAC members will continue to advocate for those with disabilities and their families in Utah to improve their lives and increase their independence.

If you have any comments or questions for any of the members, you can comment below or contact them through the CAC web page.

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Legislators seek input on DSPD services

January 25, 2011 by cpehrson

The Special Needs Resource Project of Utah (SNRP) is holding a Community Meeting this week for individuals and families to provide feedback regarding DSPD services they are currently receiving.

SNRP has been requested by Utah State Legislature members to provide program feedback from  DSPD families currently receiving services and/or on the waiting list. Personal stories and experiences regarding the quality of DSPD services is sought.  All information will be kept confidential and will be passed on to Utah legislators to assist them in saving money and increasing efficiency by making agency changes/reductions in administration, NOT services and changing how the agency operates.

The meeting will be held on Friday, January 28th, at 7:00 p.m at the American Building Main Conference Room, 2036 Lincoln Avenue, Ogden, UT.  (Enter on south side of building.)  Those who are unable to attend the meeting can still provide feedback by emailing snrproject@hotmail.com.

For more information contact SNRP Executive Director Linda Jorgensen at 801-728-9602.

The Utah Legislative 2011 Session goes from January 24 through March 10.

What are you doing for others?

January 21, 2011 by cpehrson

We have just observed Martin Luther King Day this week.  In 1994, federal legislation transformed Martin Luther King Day from a day of remembrance to a day of service.  King was often quoted as saying, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

There are many opportunities available to do something for others and to make a difference in your community.  In the disability community here in Utah, there are currently many opportunities for those who want to help out.

At the CPD, there are several projects that are looking for people who can give a hand; from doing a literature search to working one on one with adults with disabilities.  The TOP Sports recreational project for children with disabilities and their families is always in need of volunteers to help out with their different activities. TOP Sports Bowling has just started and could use more help.  Those interested can contact Josh Lafevre at topsports@cpdusu.org for more information.  These and other CPD volunteer opportunities can be seen on the CPD Volunteer web page.

In Logan, OPTIONS for Independence, the Northern Utah Center for Independent Living, is looking for new Board members to help them continue to give people with disabilities full access to the community.  If you are interested, you can contact them by phone at: 435.753.5353 (voice & TTY).

The Utah School for the Deaf & Blind currently has two openings on their Advisory Council; one for an adult individual who is blind, and one for an individual who is deaf-blind or a parent of a child who is deaf-blind.  Anyone interested in finding out more about these positions can visit the USDB website.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others.

Affordable mobility devices-a reality

January 21, 2011 by cpehrson

For those who need a mobility device-wheelchair, power chair, electric schooter- to get around but are held back by the cost, there is an answer to their dilemma.

CReATE, Citizens Reutilizing Assisstive Technology Equipment, a program of the CPD, refurbishes mobility devices and provides them at a low cost to people who might not receive them otherwise. The devices are donated and restored at a warehouse in Salt Lake City, where certified technicians make sure they are safe, dependable and available.

Anyone interested in finding out about what is currently available at CReATE can contact them by phone at (801) 887-9398, or can look online to view pictures and see prices.