USOR plans Order of Selection; public comment sought

December 31, 2014 by Sue Reeves

The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, which offers vocational rehabilitation services in the state of Utah, has proposed to enter an Order of Selection plan on March 2, 2015. This will change the way people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services. Public comment on this change will be heard on Monday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at all USOR offices. The Northern Utah District office is at 115 W. Golf Course Road, Suite D in  Logan. Comments may also be e-mailed to

To request accommodations to participate in one of the public meetings, contact Stacy Cummings at or call (801) 538-7781.

For more information, visit the USOR web site here. Visitors can download a FAQ sheet with additional information from the web site.

AUCD poster discusses diversity

December 29, 2014 by Sue Reeves

RecruitPoster3A poster presented at a recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) meeting by researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities examined diversity in a CPD project.

Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) researchers Eduardo Ortiz, Vicki Simonsmeier and Judith Holt, along with another colleague, presented the poster in Washington, D. C.

According to the poster, the demographic makeup of the United States is changing, with a rapid increase in the number of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. The partner states of the LEND program (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) are not exceptions to the national trend, so the researchers determined that more CLD disability-related professionals are needed.

To reach this goal, both a short-term goal and a long-term goal will be initiated.

The short-term approach includes networking within the universities and communities to engage individuals from CLD backgrounds and encourage them to participate in URLEND activities.

The long-term approach includes early engagement of middle- and high-school students through collaboration with the Utah STARS GEAR-UP program at USU, which recruits students into science, technology and math programs, which include the URLEND disciplines.

Holiday reading list from the CPD

December 19, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Image of tiny Christmas tree.The CPD blog will not be updated next week during the Christmas break, but don’t fret! There is plenty to keep you busy and up-to-date on CPD happenings!

For example:

Photos of the CPD Holiday Lunch on Facebook here.

Photos of the Up to 3 Murder Mystery Lunch here.

Have you seen the latest issue of the Utah State University Alumni Magazine? We don’t have the online version yet, but they went out in the mail to alums last week. Look for two CPD mentions in the story about the proposed Clinical Services Building and the story about Aggies Elevated director Sarah Stone Bodily.

CPD researcher Anthony Torres presented his research at a brown-bag lecture for colleagues. Read about it here.

The CPD’s Consumer Advisory Council received the Council on Consumer Advocacy award from the Association of University Centers on Disability. Read about it here.

Long-time CPD-er Becky Keeley recently moved away from Logan, but hasn’t left the CPD. Read about it here.


Holiday happenings at the CPD

December 17, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Small tree with paper ornaments.

Giving Tree gifts have been purchased and wrapped and are awaiting distribution on Friday, Dec. 19.

Don’t forget, the CPD Holiday Lunch will begin at noon on Friday, Dec. 19 in Room 170. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share, and join in the fellowship of the holiday season with your co-workers!

Gifts from the Giving Tree have been purchased and wrapped, and are awaiting distribution to three CPD client families who needed a little extra help this year. Thanks to everyone who picked out a tag, bought a gift or made a donation.

The DSL Family Cookbooks have been delivered! The books are filled with more than 125 yummy-sounding recipes from DSL participant families and friends. They are in the CPD main office and are available for $15 each, or buy three and get one free! Money raised from the sale of the cookbooks will fund respite care for adults with severe disabilities at DSL.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

December 15, 2014 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.

Two men with a box.

Participant Reed (left) and DSL program director Drake Rasmussen gather food for the DSL food drive.

November was Thanksgiving and Heidi had a birthday! Heidi and her DSL buds did lots of fun things to remember November. We had an awesome Science Day and did many experiments. It was cool and fun.  The buds went to the store and gathered many boxes to paint and collect food for the DSL annual food drive. The buds painted about 20 large boxes and for one whole week gathered different food items.  We gathered pasta, rice, beans, soup, canned goods, cereal, oatmeal and many other nutritious and delicious food for those who need a little bit of help. All together the DSL buds gathered about 300 pounds of food. Pretty good for there not being a whole bunch of us!

We also went to the movies to see “Big Hero 6” we sure did enjoy that flick.

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Heid and her buds always celebrate Thanksgiving together as one big family. We had quite the feast! We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, salad, rolls, and nine pies! We gave thanks for each other, and all of our blessings.

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