Utah Conservation Corps receives inclusion award

March 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Congratulations to the Utah Conservation Corps on their recent Inclusion Champion Award presented by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation!

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation announced the first recipients of the 2011 Inclusion Champion Award at their MEAF 20th Anniversary Luncheon in Washington, DC on March 11th.

This is the fourth year that MEAF has awarded their Inclusion Champion Award (ICA).  The award honors organizations and individuals who have made measurable and sustainable impact in promoting the inclusion of youth with disabilities.  The award includes a trophy and a $1,000 contribution to the recipient’s organization.

The Utah Conservation Corps, a part of the Conservation Corps Network, was honored for its “innovative work” that was designed so young people with disabilities could fully participate in national service programs, like Americorps. UCC established inclusive service crews to work in national forests, parks and urban settings gaining valuable career skills.

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU worked with the Utah Conservation Corps to help them include persons with disabilities more fully into their programs by developing the Disability Inclusion Toolkit that is available to help other Conservation Corps programs become more inclusive.

The UCC was one of eight inclusion awards presented during the MEAF  evening events.  The celebration ended with a viewing of the UCC’s video of their Cache Valley Accessible Community Garden project.

In total, 20 awards will presented throughout this 20th anniversary year to honor current and past grantees for their efforts to promote the full participation of young people with disabilities in society.

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Utah General Assistance Program holding Open Enrollment in April

March 29, 2011 by cpehrson

The Utah Department of Workforce Services is holding an Open Enrollment period for the General Assistance Program from April 4-7, 2011.

The General Assistance (GA) program provides limited financial assistance to disabled adults without dependent children.  To become eligible for GA, applicants will be required to provided evidence of a physical and/or mental health impairment that prevents them from working at all, in any occupation.

Applicants may apply at any Department of Workforce Services  Employment Center, or for faster service, we encourage you to apply online.

Applications for General Assistance will only be considered if received within normal business hours during this open enrollment period and before 6:00 p.m. on April 7th.

Research Week: Faculty Fellows Reception

March 25, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

2011's Faculty Fellows: Drs. Gretchen Peacock, Nedra Christensen, Lori Roggman, Jared Schultz and Bob Morgan

The CPD will honor its Faculty Fellows in a reception on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in CPD Room 173. Light refreshments will be served.

This year’s fellows were featured in the CPD website and December Newsflash Newsletter.

We will also honor the Faculty Fellows from 2010: Sarah Bloom, Barb Fiechtl, Tom Higbee, Keith Christensen, Andrew Samaha and Vicki Simonsmeier.

Together the Fellows represent six departments on the Utah State University campus. They have served people in the state of Utah through their research and the services they provide, from health screenings to trainings to working directly with the families of people with disabilities.

Come to the reception and help us welcome them.

Keep your egg yolk intact–celebrate Brain Injury awareness month

March 25, 2011 by cpehrson

Picture an egg yolk. This is your brain.

Now give that egg a couple of good hard shakes, slamming it up against the sides of the egg. The shell remains intact, but the yolk has been scrambled.

This could be your brain after a traumatic brain injury.

Celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month by keeping your egg yolk intact.

A recent article in Utah’s Daily Herald discusses the importance of protecting you and your children from brain injury.  This is especially critical among young people because their brains are still developing and thus, are more likely to have long-term damage.

With the passing of the Utah House Bill 204 this past legislative session, concern over sports related TBIs has been addressed. This is a great improvement and sends a message that brain injuries are traumatic and need to be watched over carefully.

The Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant at the CPD is currently investigating the occurrence of brain injuries in children between the ages of birth to four years of age in order to identify gaps in service and to identify unmet parent needs related to their child’s injury and treatment.  Data gathered from the Early Childhood Parent/Guardian Survey will guide efforts to develop education and training activities for professionals and staff working in early childhood programs that could improve access to care and support services.

One of the CPD’s primary responsibilities is to help expand the capacity of the Medical Home Portal to provide additional information about TBI diagnosis and treatment of young children (ages birth-4) for physicians, health care professionals and families, including a self-study Continuing Medical Education (CME) module for physicians.  The Medical Home Portal currently offers content on a variety of diagnoses and conditions, including Traumatic Brain Injury.  There are over 3,000 national and state/local resources, including support groups, informational web sites, and community and professional services integrated into the content in a user-friendly way.

Helpful links:

The Brain Injury Association of Utah (801) 484-2240 or (800) 281-8442.  Utah’s Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) affiliate offers information and referral services for individuals with brain injury, their families and for professionals. BIAU has a library of information and co- sponsors an annual Family and Professionals conference on topics related to the field of brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of America 1-800-444-6443, has a nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups. The BIAA’s website has information for consumers and professionals concerning brain injury consequences, resources and prevention.  For additional information, please contact Ginger Payant at 435-797-6927 or email her at ginger.payant@usu.edu.

TBI Resources on the CPD web site offers further listings of TBI links that offer information, resources, and support to people with brain injuries.

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Computer accessibility training highlights tools you have but may not know about

March 24, 2011 by admin

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Scott Baggaley, from The Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities, will present:  Accessibility options for Mac, Windows and other computers.

This free training is intended to allow people to learn about the tools they already have, but may not know about.  It is a review of the accessibility options within your computer.  We will review the different features of Windows 7, Mac OS X, as well as older PC operating systems.  The Computer Center is a Microsoft Accessibility Resource Center and has an emphasis on keeping costs down wherever possible.  Looking at the tools that a user already has on hand can be important for individuals seeking to quickly and effectively access technology.

Scott Baggaley has been working as an Education Program Specialist at the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities at the Utah Center for Assistive Technology for the past 8 years. He specializes in Computer Access, Augmentative Communication, and Educational Software.

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access.   If you are interested in participating please RSVP  to Storee Powell.  She will email you the participant instructions.

If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran no later than Friday, April 1, to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know no later than Friday, April 1st.

Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.