Shaping and informing professionals

January 7, 2016 by Sue Reeves

AUCD2A poster that was presented at a recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference highlighted the activities of two programs at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities—Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) and the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE). URLEND is part of the Interdisciplinary Training division at the CPD, while TAESE makes up the Technical Assistance division.

The poster, entitled “CPD Leadership Programs: Shaping and Informing Professionals,” was presented by Judith Holt and David Forbush. The poster featured URLEND, which is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students and post-graduate professionals; the Interdisciplinary Disability and Service Learning (IDASL) class, for upper-level undergraduates in a variety of disciplines; the Utah Professional Development Network, which provides technical assistance to educators in the state of Utah; and the Kansas Leadership Conference, which offers relevant information to regular and special education leadership.

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2 Responses to “Shaping and informing professionals”

  • Wendy Says:

    It is absolutely vital that professionals in various fields have an understanding of, empathy for, and level of comfort interacting with, people with a variety of disabilities. This is especially true for health and social professionals, who interact regularly with a diverse population.

  • JB Says:

    I think the process of training and informing people about the issues surrounding people with disabilities is very important. My experience with the CPD has been somewhat limited, but I’ve been incredibly impressed with the programs that they provide and the influence that it has had on my understanding of people with disabilities.

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