Newsletter has some “berry” good ideas

July 29, 2011 by cpehrson

There is nothing better than eating a juicy, ripe strawberry, but have you ever eaten a cloudberry? Or what about a thimbleberry?  Ever tried a chokecherry?

These are just some of the berries mentioned in the Child Care Nutrition Program’s August/September Newsletter. It goes on to point out that “research has now firmly established that the dietary intake of berry fruits has a positive and profound impact on human health, performance, and disease.” Along with encouraging child care providers to include berries in their meals and snacks, the newsletter has a yummy recipe for a Blueberry Sauce to go on waffles, ice cream, etc.!

The Child Care Nutrition Program (CCNP) at the CPD puts out a bi-monthly newsletter for child care providers in Utah that contains nutritional guidelines and information. CCNP has a contract from the Utah State Office of Education to provide services directly to family child care homes and help them provide quality meals to the children they care for.  It has been proven that children who receive good quality, nutritious meals in sufficient quantities from birth through school age begin school with a distinct advantage over those children who have not had such meals available.

To learn more about this nutrition program contact Jeanie Peck, CCNP Director.

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2011-12 IOTI grants funded: Let the training begin!

July 27, 2011 by cpehrson

Nine training grants have been funded for 2011-2012 by the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI), an initiative that is intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities by supporting training for consumers and agency personnel.

Three of the IOTI grants were awarded to CPD staff members.

Since 1995, the CPD has coordinated the funding which comes from the Utah State Legislature for training in Utah.  IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations through the years.

IOTI training grants funded for this upcoming year include the following:

Guardianship Training- for families with children who have special needs and the professionals and educators who support them to help them understand the process of obtaining guardianship.

ABC’s of Autism (CPD project)-training for families of young children in Utah with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Training-for parents of children with sensory processing problems and providers working with these children.

Justice, Equity, and Access (CPD project)-training for people with disabilities, law enforcement and legal advocates on preventing violence and increasing justice, equity, and access for people with disabilities.

AT Training (CPD project)-for assistive technology specialists at the Centers for Independent Living Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, DSPD staff, and Area Agency on Aging staff.

IDEA Part C/Part B Transition Training-for parents/families of young children with disabilities and developmental delays being served in Early Intervention programs, EI professionals, special educators, administrators, etc.

Provider Education Training-for mental health providers and state agencies who work directly with individuals with severe and persistent mental disabilities/brain disorders.

Family Preservation Training-for families and care givers of people with disabilities to assist them in meeting the stress associated with supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Supported Employment Training-web-based training for community rehabilitation providers, secondary transition teachers, and parents.


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Happy Anniversary, ADA!

July 26, 2011 by cpehrson

This month we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Twenty-one years of advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities is a noteworthy accomplishment.  Yet, we still have a long way to go before the barriers for people with disabilities are all broken down.

The Census Bureau shed some light on a disturbing statistic this year–12 percent of people without a disability have not earned a high school diploma; that figure more than doubles toa discouraging 28 percent for students with disabilities.  This statistic not only speaks to the struggles that schools are still addressing, but it impacts future issues that students with disabilities will face, such as post-secondary educational/training options, unemployment, and independence.

President Obama stated in his Proclamation on the Anniversary of the ADA (July 25, 2011), “…there is more work to be done and my Administration remains committed to ending all forms of discrimination and upholding the rights of Americans with disabilities…Together, we can ensure our country is not deprived of the full talents and contributions of the approximately 54 million Americans living with disabilities, and we will move forward with the work of providing pathways to opportunity to all of our people.”

The ADA has made a significant difference in the world of disabilities.  People with disabilities and their advocates continue to work towards equal opportunities for all.  Let’s hope that in the next decade, statistics will paint a different picture and it will truly be an occasion for celebration.


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Let’s Talk! about employment for people with disabilities

July 26, 2011 by cpehrson

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the latest Disability Employment Statistics for June 2011.

The percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 21.3.  By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 70.2.  The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 16.9 percent, compared with the 9.0 percent for persons with no disability.

In the CPD’s latest Survey about discrimination for people with disabilities, 42 percent of those who responded felt that employment was the area where people with disabilities were discriminated against the most.

What do you think? 

Are people with disabilities the last to be hired?  Do employers subtly find ways to not hire a person with disabilities?  Have you ever not been hired because you have a disability?

Most importantly, what do you think can be done to decrease and/or eliminate this kind of discrimination?

Share your thoughts and stories with us on this  month’s Let’s Talk! topic.

Ready, set…Let’s Talk!

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Utah Special Education Law Institute

July 20, 2011 by cpehrson

It”s not too late to register for the Utah Institute Special Education Law annual conference to be held August 8-9, 2011 in Ogden, Utah.

Participants who  register by July 28th will receive a binder containing all of the conference materials.  Online registration closes July 28.

This annual conference is designed for administrators, educators, service providers, parents, families, and others responsible for the implementation of IDEA 2004 and the accompanying regulations.

This conference is provided by the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE), a division of the CPD.

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