Exchange students visit Up to 3

August 31, 2015 by Sue Reeves

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Two occupational therapy students from South Korea spent a month with the Up to 3 program recently. They are Ha-eun Kim (Rosie, at left) and Eun Ji (Helen, at right).

Two occupational therapy students from a university in South Korea spent a month with the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The students have gone on client home visits with Up to 3 service coordinators, speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Ha-eun Kim (also known as Rosie) said, “This has been a very important experience to me in Up to 3.”

Almost all early intervention services in Korea are performed in a hospital setting, she said.

“There are no home visiting programs in South Korea, so I want to do that when I get back.”

She said as an occupational therapist, it would be up to her to put a team in place.

“I have to find the teacher and I have to connect with others by e-mail,” she said. “There is no place like Up to 3 to meet. It is awesome here. The core team is very good—the speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and the service coordinator all work together.

Eun Ji (also known as Helen), said, “Before I came here, I didn’t know the difference between a hospital setting and a community setting. This was my first time to see home visits. Now I’m interested in community settings and home visiting.”

This was the first trip to Utah, and the United States, for both students, and they agreed on more than the concept of home visits: “Utah is beautiful, and I would like to visit again.”

AIDD unveils new rules

August 27, 2015 by Sue Reeves

AIDD_logoThe Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), the Federal agency responsible for implementation and administration of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act), has announced new rules, which went into effect on August 26, 2014. The DD Act was first passed in 1995, with the rules published in 1997.

The rules affect the Protection & Advocacy agencies, the state Developmental Disability councils and the University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). In Utah, the P&A is the Disability Law Center and the UCEDD is Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Under the new rules, the P&As were granted no new authority, but statutes were clarified that give broader access to all records and defines when consent is or is not required.

The new rules strengthen the independence of DD Councils from the states and ensures non-interference from the states. The rules also limit demonstration projects to only five years. Capacity building has been expanded from the UCEDDs to include all AIDD grantees.

The new rules clarify that each UCEDD is a free-standing entity that is a part of or associated with a university. AIDD funds can only be used by the UCEDD, not any other part of the university.


Mental health resource directory available

August 25, 2015 by Sue Reeves

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A free mental health resource guide is available from the Bear River Health Department and the CPD.

Mental health is a sensitive discussion topic that is frequently avoided, but a new resource may help.

A 32-page mental health resource directory is now available from the Bear River Health Department. The directory lists mental health services, crisis services, residential treatment options, support groups, hotlines and other services available in Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties, including Utah State University.

According to Jeanie Peck, the directory was the end result of an Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) suicide-prevention grant. Peck is the grant project’s coordinator at USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

“It (the grant) evolved into more than it was originally going to be,” Peck said. A suicide prevention coalition was started in January 2015, with help from Up to 3’s Layne Coyle, Emily Pugsley from BRHD and Amanda Davis from Box Elder county.

For more information, or to receive a free copy of the resource guide, contact Peck at (435) 797-2619.

See you later, alligator!

August 21, 2015 by Kelly Smith

The CPD says good-bye to Heidi Hill as she move to Phoenix, Arizona, with her parents and her cat. Heidi has been a long-time member of the Developmental Skills Laboratory family. She loves a good party and enjoyed a lively send-off from the DSL crew.

Additionally, Heidi has been a guest writer on the CPD blog since 2010, writing a monthly column that details the fun activities at the DSL. We will all miss her happy face and great wit. We hope she loves her new home!



In memorium: Dorothy Johnson Taylor

August 18, 2015 by Kelly Smith

DorothyFriday morning, July 24, 2015, a long-time member of the SKI-HI Institute staff, Dorothy Johnson Taylor, passed away in her home in Kirkland, Washington after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dorothy was born May 22, 1943 and grew up in the Washington DC area. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1965 with a BS in French Studies and moved to Logan in the early 70s.

She first came to the SKI-HI Institute as a work study student in the Communicative Disorders Department while she was working on her masters in Educational Audiology at Utah State University. After finishing this program, she came on board full-time in 1978 as a project and product development coordinator.

Over the next twenty three years Dorothy coordinated SKI-HI trainings, helped to conduct outreach trainings across the country, assisted in writing numerous grants, and worked on many product development tasks. During her last few years at SKI-HI, she was the Co-Director of the Institute.

Dorothy was a beautiful person. She always radiated care and concern for others. She had no dislike or guile in her for anyone. She never demeaned anyone but always found ways to build up others. Dorothy above all was very genuine and real, and wonderfully herself.

Dorothy was very conscientious…a detail person…a very careful and methodical person. She was a joy to work with professionally. She was organized, efficient and always prepared. She had the rare ability to do excellent technical editing that coupled with her great knowledge made the writing of others shine!

Dorothy was always kind and sensitive at work. She was an excellent team player. She was calm, composed and wise. We all felt comfortable in her presence. We enjoyed working, traveling, doing conferences, writing grants, etc. with her.

Dorothy was a lover of life. She loved good movies, good TV programs, good books and good times. When she was not at work, Dorothy was volunteering in the community with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, singing in the choir at her church, hiking or cross country skiing, and going on bicycle trips with close friends to places such as Scotland, Nova Scotia, and Tetons/Yellowstone. She loved visiting her parents and brothers and their families on the East coast.

In the fall of 2000, Dorothy married Graley Taylor and moved to the Seattle area with him where she lived until her passing. They enjoyed traveling, spending time with his daughters and grandchildren, gardening and weekends at their cottage on a lake, Sunlight Waters.

Dorothy’s memorial service will be held at the Inglewood Presbyterian Church in Kirkland, Washington on August 22 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of Mary Magdalene in Seattle; Hopelink in Redmond, WA; the World Wildlife Fund; or Utah State University Advancement Services.