National Children’s Study offers family trainings

June 29, 2012 by cpehrson

In their mission to support children and families, the National Children’s Study-Utah is offering information on family health and safety that will help them to create healthy home environments and strengthen their positive parenting skills.

They are offering four presentations on the following topics:

Healthy Homes: Did you know that most people spend over 90% of their time indoors? It is your children’s primary environment. Come learn the seven principles of a healthy home along with the tools and resources to create and maintain a healthy home.

Parents Empowered: Parents who are actively involved in their kids’ lives and set clear rules and expectations on no alcohol use have a powerful influence on their children’s decision to remain alcohol-free. Kids need help to stay alcohol-free. Learn what you can do to keep your child alcohol- free.

Chemicals in Our Environment: In our environment today, over 80,000 chemicals are found. Come learn what type of chemicals are found in common household products, from food, cosmetics, and cleaning products to gardening and car care products.

Stress Management for Parents: Come learn how to manage your stress and bring out the positive in your parenting

If you are interested in arranging a presentation, please call 435-797-9000 to speak with staff.  You can watch the National Children’s Study-Utah Facebook page to keep up to date on other information and activities for families.

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AUCD Network Awards-Nominations now open

June 26, 2012 by cpehrson

Do you know a person, group, or program that deserves recognition? The Association of University Centers on Disabilities Awards offer one way to publicly provide national acknowledgement of their contributions.

The AUCD Awards Ceremony has become one of the highlights of the annual meeting and  provides an opportunity to recognize those in the network who have made exceptional contributions to the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

These members – advocates, trainees, professionals – inform the public, provide services, conduct research, teach the next generation, develop policy, and support others – all toward our goals of independence, productivity, inclusion, and self-determination. The effect of these daily activities is seen in a thousand small ways and often result in dramatic improvements in the lives of individuals.

The process for nomination only takes a few minutes: review the AUCD Award categories, then nominate an outstanding individual, group, or program for one of the awards. Please submit your nominations using the electronic submission form by Friday, September 7, 2012. Those selected will be announced in approximately mid-October.

The awards will be presented at the 2012 AUCD Conference Awards Ceremony and Gala.

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Recommended reading

June 24, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

Periodically we’d like to draw your attention to some good, disability-related reading and viewing.

Recommended viewing: Video on using the WAVE toolbar

Our first item comes from North Carolina State’s YouTube channel, but it features the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) developed here at the CPD by WebAIM.  I’ve been using WAVE for years, and I’ve always known it would flag accessibility problems in my blog posts. I still learned new things by watching this clip.

It’s captioned, too.

Recommended reading: “Assistive Technology for Everyone”

Post author Jane Vincent of the University of Michigan explores assistive technology, or devices that make life easier for people with disabilities. She also explains the concept of universal design, which creates a product that can be used by as many people as possible. She writes:

“There has been significant overlap between designs that address the needs of people with disabilities and those that are useful for the population at large.”

For example, the first typewriter may have started out as an invention to help a woman write letters to the man who loved her. You can read about it, and other assistive technology that has been absorbed into people’s lives, on the Bethesda Blog.


My other life: Ginger Payant’s art of glass

June 22, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

Ginger displays a stained glass panelIn this week’s edition, Ginger Payant discusses her glass art. You can see Ginger’s work in person during the Art on the Lawn exhibit, June 30 2012 from 10-6 p.m.

“Glass is my passion and inspiration,” she said. “I love to work with colors and textures that are accentuated by natural light. Having taken stained glass classes for over ten years, I learn something new with each project!  It gives me great joy when others appreciate my art.

“Working out of my home studio, in a comfortable room in my house, I am able to walk away from a project and return when time allows.

“I have had the opportunity to show my art at Art on the Lawn in North Logan for the past 3 years.”

Here’s a brief interview:

Q: How did you choose glass as a medium?

I have always admired the beauty of glass and how light reflects through it.  One year, I received a stained glass sun catcher for Christmas and loved it. I asked my friend how she learned to do it and she told me was taking stained glass classes.  I signed up for a class and persevered even though it didn’t come easy for me.  I was determined to learn and have been taking classes ever since. Stained glass has opened up a whole new world to me, especially after I learned Dragonfly, a computer design software for stained glass.  This software enabled me to make my own patterns, modify others and produce a well-designed end product.

glass flower and butterflyQ: I’ve heard the results can be unpredictable. Is that true? 

Yes, that’s why having a teacher nearby really helps.  My teacher, Chris Garr,  is now my friend and mentor.   I can’t tell you how many times she has helped me out of a “sticky” problem.  Knowledge and experience have helped me minimize unpredictable results with stained glass.  However when kiln firing glass to produce fused glass art, the results can be REALLY unpredictable, since it is difficult to predict what happens inside the kiln.  It is important to have accurate documentation of the firing schedule and type of glass used to recreate the what you like and prevent problems for reoccurring again!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

This is my favorite question.  I get inspiration from the things I love, such as my pets, and things in nature like hummingbirds and flowers.  I’ve also put together some copper structures with glass flowers made out of antique plates, bowls, cups nut dishes and you name it! It’s rewarding to put together an arrangement and have it turn out to be beautiful yard art that many people enjoy.


Heidi’s Happenings: Spring fun!

June 21, 2012 by cpehrson

Head shot of Heidi

Heidi Hill is a participant at the Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), an adult day program of the CPD. Heidi loves to type and each month she shares the fun activities that are going on at DSL.

 In the month of May, we did many fun activities!
Peacock with feathers splayed

Willow Park Zoo peacock


All of us went to Willow Park Zoo.  As we walked ’round and looked at animals, Heidi’s two eyes looked sharp-right, then upward.  Just ahead of Heidi was a peacock with the longest tail Heidi had ever seen!  Heidi and friends saw other animals, besides that one.

All of us made heart-shaped wreaths for Mother’s Day.  We all told our mothers how much they’re loved and cared for.  We also had a program for our special mothers and made yummy treats for them.  We baked one whole day!  We made treats for them to munch on, and really enjoy.

We went to see this flick about the pirates’ band, and watched this neat flick.  We all munched on one bucket of buttery, yummy popcorn!

We also went by bus and van, down to Logan Lanes to bowl.  Then, we went by bus and van to the library to check out and return books.

We had lots of fun in May!  I can’t wait to tell you about our trip to Hill Airforce Base on June 1st!  We literally ate our lunch under an airplane!!  No kiddin’!  More on that next month!

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