Heidi’s Happenings: Bowling, Scarecrows and Music

September 28, 2012 by Storee

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s  Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

September has been a great month, full of fun activities! We went to the Scare Crow Festival, the Whittier Center, had a weenie roast at first dam, went bowling, had music therapy once a week, and had several other fun activities here at school.


DSL student at the Scarecrow Festival.

A DSL student at the Scarecrow Fesitval.

My favorite activity of the month was the weenie roast we had at first dam here in Logan. We were able to drive into Logan Canyon and go to First Dam for a picnic! We had hotdogs, chips, and cookies. It was so good!

The Scare Crow festival was also fun. They had different scenes with the scarecrows set up. Also near the festival they had some horses, and I was able to go look at them as well. I loved it!

The Whittier Center was a really cool park that is wheelchair accessible, and I was able to go up into the castle they had there. Bowling is always fun! I even got a spare and a strike, which was great.

Although we went out into the community a lot, we were also able to stay here at school and participate in many activities here. We had music therapy once a week, and story time often. We also had many food fun and movie activities! Two of the movies we watched were Marry Poppins, and a new Barney movie. I enjoyed everybody’s company here at school, and we had lots of fun this month.

DSL students at the Scarecrow Festival.

DSL students at the Scarecrow Festival.

To the quiet heroes

September 26, 2012 by cpehrson

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are world renown; some are nationally known; some are what I call, the quiet heroes.

For the past four years I have had the honor of being surrounded by the quiet heroes who work at the CPD.

No where else have I seen such dedicated, compassionate, and visionary people.  True, some of these heroes are becoming world renown as they reach out to help people in other countries improve the lives of people with disabilities.  Some of these heroes are becoming nationally known as they work with the policy makers and the national organizations who work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.  Some of them are known statewide as they work to change the lives of people with disabilities in Utah.  And some of them are the quiet heroes who support the mission of the CPD in their many daily, essential, and often unseen accomplishments.  Each one is a hero to me.

My association with the CPD goes back many years when I first brought my now 32-year-old son for an interdisciplinary evaluation.  He was soon enrolled in the Center’s preschool and remained through his school-age years for five more years.  Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work for the Center’s Early Intervention program (Up to 3) as a service provider, trying to make a difference in the lives of families with very young children with disabilities.  You might think that as I retire this week, that my connection with CPD will be ending, but that is not going to happen.  Every morning as I send my son on the bus to his adult day program (the Developmental Skills Laboratory, another great CPD program), I will be thinking of all the quiet heroes at work here.

I salute all of the CPD staff and leave you with these last words—“Carry on, Carry on, Carry on!” for you are making a difference in the world, one day at a time.



Viewing party at the CPD for the National Forum on Disability Issues

September 25, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

women pose holding questions for the candidatesBy Storee Powell

While the economy and foreign affairs seem to top the list of issues in the upcoming 2012 election, there is an issue that is sometimes overlooked that could affect nearly 57 million people in the U.S.

We’re doing our best to change that. Join us on Friday, September 28, to find out what the candidates think about disability issues.

Jeff Sheen, training and development specialist for the CPD, said people with disabilities may be facing cuts to many programs beginning January 2013.

“It is the nature of politics that politicians are swayed to the squeaky wheel regarding issues, and right now it is the budget and foreign affairs,” Sheen said. “This is typically how it goes – disability issues are still seen as ‘marginal’ – but with one in five Americans having a disability, there are a lot of people with a stake in this election.”

One group, in partnership with organizations across the country, is trying to address this monumental issue by making the voice of the disability community heard. The National Forum on Disability is hosting on September 28 a nonpartisan event in Ohio – a forum that will focus on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential candidates.

Candidates will explain their stance on disability issues directly to the disability community, and the Center for Persons with Disabilities will host a viewing party to watch the forum live over a webcast.

“The pending cuts will affect programs across the board,” Sheen said. “It would encompass all kinds of services for the disability community. It is dire times right now, and it will end up affecting everyone.”

While the actual candidates will not be there, representatives of each campaign will present and take questions. Also, a variety of speakers will present on different disability issues – not unlike the party convention format.

The viewing in room 173 of the CPD will go from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided. Those coming from off the USU campus can park in the terraces. Students and community members are welcome.

Those unable to attend can register to watch the webcast from home or work by visiting the National Forum on Disability Issues website.

A whole lotta bull

September 24, 2012 by cpehrson

Aggie Mascot, Big Blue, with CPD bull

Aggie Mascot, Big Blue, with CPD bull




Li’l Marv, our CPD bull, made an appearance at the local Buddy Walk on Saturday. Aggie mascot, Big Blue, spent some time bonding with our bovine, and as always, children and adults both enjoyed creating chalk-based artwork on Marv.

Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Thanks to the Up to 3 program for hosting Li’l Marv and for their participation in the event.

Heidi’s Happenings: Olympic pudding painting?

September 24, 2012 by cpehrson

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s  Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Heidi at the table painting with pudding

Heidi and her pudding painting.

August was filled with many fun activities. We decided to have our own Olympics because of the real-live Olympics that were going on all over the World.  I participated in the Olympics upstairs and outdoors.

One day we did pudding painting and we enjoyed it. I ate my pudding after I did the activity and it was delicious! My mouth was sticky afterwards.

We were able to watch several movies this month, including: Beethoven, Scooby Doo, Journey 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cinderella 3, Flicka, and Willy Wonka. I love being able to see new movies.




One day for food fun, we made Mexican corn on the cob. It was made with mayo, cheese and a few other ingredients. It was something new, and it was pretty good!

A girl sitting at the table ready to paint with pudding.

All ready to start finger painting with pudding!


Another day this month my school buds and I went bowling. I even got two strikes! I was so excited. We also went on a field trip to Cox Honey Land this month. On our trip there we were able to watch an educational film about how honey is made. We were even able to eat some honey!

Along with all of the new adventures we experienced, we continued to participate in music therapy and story time once a week.

August has been such a fun month filled with new experiences, and I can’t wait for next month!

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