Let’s Talk! about smiles, stress, and summer

May 31, 2011 by cpehrson

The Let’s Talk! weekly blog gives you a chance to let us know how you feel about the issues and concerns that affect the lives of people with disabilities and their families and to hear what others think.


Summer vacation can bring stress or smiles to parents of children with disabilities.  Some may see summer as a time to continue working on important skills, or as a much needed time to just rest and have fun with your kids.

No matter which way you view summer, it can become a stressful time if you haven’t  got an idea of some ways to keep your child happy and engaged in meaningful activities.  There are many great activities that your child can become involved in…some just for fun, and some that will keep them learning the skills that they need.

Our topic this week is about what summer activities you have found for your child that have brought smiles to both your face and your child’s face.  Please share with us:

What activities has your child participated in that kept him/her active and happy in past summers?

What plans do you have this summer to make you and your child’s summer a productive and fun time?

What barriers keep you and your child from having a summer that is both meaningful and stress free?

Ready, set….Let’s Talk!


Let us know of other topics that you would like to talk about in future blogs.

(Note:  All comments will be filtered to maintain confidentiality and appropriateness.)

Attention: Volunteers needed for sandbagging in Cache Valley

May 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation is asking for volunteers who may be available to assist in sandbagging the river along the property of the NNHC senior housing project, 195 West Golf Course Road, Logan, Utah.

Flooding is expected, so help is urgently needed to prepare for it.

Sandbags have been scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. so the river bank can be lined from the bridge on Golf Course Road , North to the end of the property line, just west of the Human Services facility. Anyone willing to help out would be so appreciated.

If you have questions, please contact Kim Datwyler, NNHC Executive Director at 435-753-1112 ext. 106.


Helping out and having fun–double the pleasure

May 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Have some time on your hands now that summer is coming?  Common Ground Outdoor Adventures is looking for volunteers to help with any of their summer activities.

Common Ground provides outdoor recreational activities for youth and adults with disabilities.  They provide adaptive equipment and support which allows those with disabilities to participate alongside their peers.  This summer’s activities include fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, and rafting the Green River, to name a few.

Common Ground will be holding its next volunteer training session on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM at the Common Ground office, 335 N. 100 E. in Logan.  Come learn about the people they serve, the activities they provide, and the adaptive equipment and techniques they employ to make their outdoor activities accessible to people of all abilities!

Volunteer opportunities are also available to help around the office,  to maintain the grounds,  equipment and more!

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Spread the word to end the word-Pledge today!

May 25, 2011 by cpehrson


If you have been tuned into the world of disabilities recently, you are aware that there is a campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word” going on.

This is an ongoing effort to raise the consciousness level of people about the “dehumanizing and hurtful effects” of using the word ‘retard(ed)’ and to encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.

As of today, May 25, 2011, over 212,576 people have taken the pledge to end the “r” word. Fifty of those pledges came from Utah.

To eliminate the use of the R-word begins with each one of us making a silent or public pledge to not let that word be a part of our vocabulary from now on.

The pledge is simple:

I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

You can make that pledge right now–silently to yourself or you can take that pledge to another level and actually add your name to a long list of others, like you, who know and respect people with disabilities and want them to be treated with dignity.

If you still need a little nudge to make that commitment, you might want to watch this powerful video that says it in another way.

By the time you have read this blog, there will be one more Utahn who has made that pledge.

I challenge you to join me and act now to make that pledge today.  I especially challenge other Utahns to add their name to that list.


Keep updated on national disability issues-White House Disability Call tomorrow

May 25, 2011 by cpehrson

The White House is hosting monthly calls to update the public on various disability issues.

The next call will be held Thursday (May 26) at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, and will feature Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education Russlynn Ali, and Patricia Shiu, Director of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor.  The call will also include updates on civil rights, health care and fiscal/budget issues.

Join the call by dialing toll-free (800) 230-1085 and tell the operator you want to join the “White House Disability Call”.