CAC Corner: Camping trip planned

July 30, 2013 by Sue Reeves

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Roads to Independence has planned a camping trip for people with disabilities.

Roads to Independence (formerly known as Tri-County Independent Living Center) in Ogden has planned an overnight camping trip to Perception Park August 17-19. For information, call the center at (801) 612-3215.

The mission of Roads to Independence is to promote and enhance independence for all people with disabilities. Located at 3355 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, Roads to Independence serves Davis, Weber and Morgan Counties in northern Utah and offers advocacy training so individuals can learn techniques for accessing goods or services from state federal or local agencies. It also teaches individuals how to be effective at bringing changes in the system that will improve the quality of life for all persons with disabilities.

Roads to Independence also provides services such as such as information, referrals, peer counseling and an assistive technology loan bank.

For more information on Roads to Independence ILC, click here.

 

Heidi’s Happenings: Summer at the DSL

July 25, 2013 by Sue Reeves

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.

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Aggie fan CJ gets painted!

Summer program got off to a great start on June 3.  We have been busy with swimming, doing Common Ground activities, learning how to cook, and going on field trips.

We also made stepping stones and placed them around the planter where the big tree is.  After summer program is over, we will leave our stepping stones there so people know we were here!

In June we all went by van from DSL downhill to our hometown library so friends could check out Reading Rainbow DVDs. When Heid and her buds reached the USU campus from the library in downtown Logan, she and her buds gathered round and watched those wonderful Reading Rainbow DVDs.

We also went swimming to the Logan Aquatic Center. Not all of us enjoy swimming, so not everyone goes. Those who did go had a splashing good time.

We enjoyed Spa Day, and put our hands in paraffin and they came out as soft as a baby’s bottom! We also made a great Father’s Day gift that had great big candy bars and ties on them. We did face painting, and it was so great to see everyone who got painted! We went to the zoo and we made birdfeeders for our feathered friends. We also went bowling, and went to the movie. We had lots of fun in June! We are enjoying the summer here at DSL Day Program!

 

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OT students from Korea visit CPD

July 23, 2013 by Sue Reeves

Two occupational therapy students from South Korea are spending the month of July at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities to learn more about western techniques in the field.

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Songi (Amy) Im (left) and Jiwon (Lucy) Shīn.

Songi (Amy) Im, 23, from the University of Konyang, and Jiwon (Lucy) Shīn, 21, from Far East University, arrived in Logan on July 6. During their month at the CPD, they will work in the Up to 3 program, the Assistive Technology lab, the Developmental Skills Lab and at Common Ground Outdoor Adventures in Logan. Two other students will work only at Common Ground during their month in Utah.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the CPD and Far East University a few years ago led to the development of the exchange program, said Sue Olsen, CPD director of Exemplary Services. Last year, two students spent the month of August at the CPD.

“It gives them broad experience and some hands-on practice in non-therapeutic ways,” Olsen said. “This will be a long-term arrangement. As long as we can support the experience, they can continue to send students.”

Both Amy and Lucy were looking forward to doing home visits with Up to 3, because home visits are not part of occupational therapy in South Korea.

“I want to know the difference between Korean OT and American OT,” Lucy said. “I want to take those strategies back to Korea.”

Amy said she wanted to learn western interventions in pediatrics.

“There is no program like Up to 3, no home visits,” she said. “Early intervention is really important in experience, like this home program.”

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Check this out–you might learn something!

July 16, 2013 by Kelly Smith

Cyndi Rowland with an inflatable toy around her neck

Cyndi Rowland models her raffle winnings at the CPD picnic.

 

Since  our blog writer, Sue Reeves, is on vacation this week, we thought it would be a good time to re-visit some great CPD  information pieces you may have missed.

• Read about how CPD early intervention services impact families.

• Learn the different ways our Biomedical unit is impacting research and service.

• Read how CPD real-life experience impacts hundreds of USU students annually.

• Check out how working professionals benefit from CPD training.

• Just for fun, take a look at our  photo album of the CPD summer picnic.

Web site goes viral

July 12, 2013 by Sue Reeves

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The opening slide from the web site created by Jared Smith.

A basic single-serving web site, released in conjunction with a July 9 WebAIM webinar, went viral overnight, leaving web administrators struggling to keep up with demand.

WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) is a program of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, and provides web accessibility evaluation tools and training to web site designers and developers. The webinar discussed the many accessibility and usability issues of carousels, or rotating slide shows. Jared Smith, WebAIM associate director, created a basic web site which, ironically, uses a carousel to demonstrate the usability and accessibility issues.

By 8 a.m. the next morning, the sample web site had about 700 viewers at any given time, with 50,000 viewers in only a few hours.

“It was a bit unnerving to wake up to over 200 text messages and maybe 1000 twitter alerts,” said Smith. The site address was tweeted nearly 3000 times in the first day and quickly prompted attention and discussion on reddit and other technology forums. reddit is a social news and entertainment web site where registered users can submit content, which is then voted up or down in popularity by other registered users.

The sample web site features a slide show that rotates so fast, it’s difficult to read each slide as it goes by. Smith said the web site is frustrating to use and mostly inaccessible to people with disabilities, and that was the point.

“The server isn’t keeping up with the 10 page views per second,” Smith said Wednesday morning. “I’m scrambling right now to keep the server running and just relishing in the massive amounts of traffic we’re getting.”