Deb O’Dell 1951-2011

December 30, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

The CPD marks the passing of Deborah Kay O’Dell, a familiar face among the disability community in Northern Utah. She spent her life working for people with disabilities.

“Deb served for many years as a coordinator of client services for The Division of Service to the Developmentally Disabled in the Northern Utah area.,” wrote former CPD Director Marvin Fifield in a letter to CPD employees and friends. “She was a member of the CPD’s Board of Directors and Consumer Council on various occasions. Deb provided case services to many of the children and families served by the CPD and has been an important part of the disability service network for the last 20 years or more.”

A complete obituary appeared today in The Herald Journal.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Holiday fun!

December 15, 2011 by cpehrson

Blog writer, Heidi pictured in her wheelchair wearing a green shirt, shoulder length hair, glasses and bright smile, and her friend sitting in a wheelchair with bright red blouse, glasses, and a beautiful smile

Heidi and CJ - all smiles for the holidays!

In November, my buds and I made napkin rings and placemats to prepare for a HUGE feast!  This feast had about most of these yummy foods:  turkey, stuffing, buttery rolls, and pies of all kinds.  There just wasn’t pumpkin pie at the feast, which was strange because, as you know, the Pilgrims had pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving!

People sitting at a table eating their Thanksgiving feast,all happy with smiles

Thanksgiving feast at DSL-looks yummy!

We also went to see the movie “Puss in Boots” in November, and it was FUNNY!  That cat could really dance!

We began to practice for our Christmas program on the seventh of December.  We worked very hard and practiced a lot.  We did a very good job!  And Santa even came to our program!

We also have been doing many projects for Christmas.  We wrote letters to Santa and he wrote back to each of us telling us how good we are!

My buds and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a groovy New Year!

Until next year…

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

December 14, 2011 by cpehrson

If a picture is worth a thousand words…then over 13,000,000 words have just been added to the CPD’s 40th Anniversary history!

Jim Hess, CPD specialist, has been hard at work these past few months, scanning over 13,000 old CPD slides that have taken up a lot of space in one of our storage closets.  From Jim’s viewpoint “it was a rather daunting challenge to scan all of those photographs.  It seemed like a project that would never end!”

He started scanning in March and it took until this month to complete.  Jim hopes that others can appreciate all the time and work that went into this project, not just by him, but by those who took the original pictures throughout the years.

It has been a delightful treat…and generated a lot of laughter…seeing the much younger versions of a few of our current CPD staff; there was a lot more hair, and a lot fewer wrinkles!

People sitting around computers, featuring a young Mark Innocenti in the center

A training session in the 1980's on the "new" MacIntosh computers. Can you recognize who the young man is in the center of the picture?

Some pictures are so old that no one who currently works at the CPD recognizes who is in them. That is why we are going to enlist the help of former CPD staff to tag and identify the people and places that have been captured in these slides. Once they are labeled, they will be used in posters and brochures and shared on the CPD History Channel to help “tell our story.”

Thanks, Jim, for helping us preserve the history of the CPD.

Orrin Hatch holding two young boys on his lap

Senator Orrin Hatch visiting some friends at the CPD in the 1980's.



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Enter to win a helmet, learn about TBI at the CV Mall

December 9, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

Ginger Payant wearing a bike helmet; short gray hair with glasses and a cheery smile

Watch for TBI specialist Ginger Payant at the Cache Valley Mall on Saturday.

This is the perfect time of the year to remind Cache Valley shoppers to purchase a helmet to go with the new bike they get their child (or themselves) for Christmas!

This Saturday, December 10, the Cache TBI Workgroup will host a public awareness event at the Cache Valley Mall between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  A drawing will take place every hour to give away a free helmets.

There will also be information about Traumatic Brain Injury on hand for people to take home with them.  In 2008 there were over 400 Utahns who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), most of which could have been prevented by wearing a proper helmet. In the same year almost 60% of motorcyclists, bicyclists, ATV, and OHVs riders who sustained a TBI were not wearing a helmet. Individuals with severe brain injuries accumulate thousands of dollars in expenses yearly, and face daunting obstacles in everyday life.   These are daunting statistics that we are committed to change, and we hope that you will join us in this mission.

The Cache Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Workgroup, which partners with staff from the Center for Persons with Disabilities Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Grant, is working hard to educate Cache Valley residents about Brain Injury.

Saturday’s event is made possible in part by the sponsors who have donated helmets. We appreciate the Bear River Health Department and these generous Cache Valley merchants:

  • Al’s Sporting Goods
  • Joyride Bikes
  • Sports Authority
  • Sunrise Cyclery
  • The Sportsman Mountain Store
  • Wal-Mart North and South
  • Wimmer’s Ultimate Bicycles


Cache Valley National Children’s Study expands data collection

December 6, 2011 by cpehrson

Hea photos of a young mom and dad with their little boy; all smiling and happy

The National Children’s Study in Cache County is pleased to announce the expansion of our data collection to include environmental and biologic samples.   Due to the enthusiastic and professional performance of the local team at Utah State University, Cache County is one of the first locations in the country to implement expanded field visits. The visits now include environmental sampling of water and dust, as well as biological sampling of maternal blood and urine. This sampling occurs in coordination with confidential interviews that include both mothers and fathers before and after a child is born.  We anticipate additional samples to be added in early 2012.

In cooperation with Logan Regional Hospital, cord blood and placenta samples are now collected when Study participants give birth.  Birth interviews conducted by Study staff continue as well.

The response of Cache County families to the National Children’s Study has been overwhelming.  We have enrolled more than 700 families since the beginning of 2011 and the study appreciates their willingness to share their most private information in order to improve the health and well-being of children.

The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of the environment, including the physical, chemical, biologic, and psycho-social exposures, on children from before birth until age 21.

For more information on how you can help this groundbreaking study, visit the Cache National Children’s Study online or call 435-797-KIDS.


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