Up to 3 thanks Braveheart Run organizers and runners

April 29, 2016 by Kelly Smith

three Braveheart Race ScenesThe Up to 3 program at the CPD wishes to thank USU students who sponsored the 2016 Braveheart 5K/10K. Proceeds were donated to Up to 3 and will be used to support their mission of promoting the development of children, under the age of 3, who have any type of disability or developmental delay. Up to 3 serves children and families living in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, hearing and vision consultation and specialized instruction for autistic children.

Race donations were originally designated to support Aadyn Rae Olsen, who was born with Baby Lou Gehrigs disease or type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). However, before the event, 9-month-old Aadyn passed away. Braveheart  organizers planned on donating the race proceeds to to Aadyn’s  family, but her mother, Brittany Rostron asked that the donations be given to Up-to-3, whose staff had worked with Aadyn.

“I would rather whatever money they raise go to someone who could use it now….” Rostron said. “I would rather it help children.”

The Braveheart 6th Annual 5/10K Run was held April 16th. The race is organized annually by USU students with the purpose of raising funds for a family with a child in need of medical assistance. The Braveheart race was established in 2011 as a service project by the USU Detachment 860th Cadet Wing to support members of the Cache Valley community. All proceeds help offset the healthcare costs for local families raising children with congenital birth defects and health disorders. The race gives runners the option of a  5K or a 10K course around the USU campus, as well as a kid’s fun run.

A big thank you from the Center for Persons with Disabilities and Up to 3 goes out to the Braveheart organization as well as all the runners who participated.

A dad walks his toddler over the finish line.




CAC Corner: The stare

April 25, 2016 by Kelly Smith

Profile of adult maleThis month’s CAC Corner was written by CAC member Laura Anderson and originally posted on the Mother’s of Autistic Kids (Big MAKS) web site. Anderson is a member of the CPD Consumer Advisory Council, and mother of Ty, a child with autism. 

As a parent of a child with autism you become all to aware of “The Stare”.  Because many of our kids lack the visual cue that they have a disability ( a wheel chair, walker, distinguishable physical characteristic) the looks and stares can feel like a judgement or criticism.  The stares tend to come with the verbal outbursts,flapping, slapping clapping, hooting, screaming (you get the picture).  Many of these outward expressions of autism can be excused when the child is  younger, but the tables are turned when your son is 6’3″, 180 lbs, has facial hair and a deep bass voice.

We were the recipients of THE STARE Saturday night while being seated for dinner at Chili’s.  As we walked to our table, Ty (see the above description) sneezed directly over a mans plate.  *STARE*  We hurried to get seated so we could order the gentleman another dinner (yes, we replace many dinners that we take food from – and drinks that we put fingers in).  Before we could get Ty into the booth, the gentleman was up out of his seat heading for the manager.  My husband, Austin,  went after him to explain that we were going to replace his dinner and to offer our apologies, wanting  to let him know that Ty has autism, and has not learned the valuable skill of covering his mouth when he sneezes or coughs.

I watched from several seats away as these two men were engaged in their conversation, trying to catch a word of their exchange, hoping that Austin would stay calm.  I assumed we would be asked to leave after replacing the meal. 
The man turned away from Austin and walked toward our table…I was ready for the lecture…”You shouldn’t take your son out in public, you should teach him, you should…”  A conversation we have all heard too many times.

He approached the table and introduced himself as a Special Education Teacher from Ogden and insisted on buying us dessert.  He went on to explain his love for his job and the students he worked with, and how happy he was to see us out as a family. 
This man is my hero – and he can stare at us anytime he wants to.
Laura – Ty’s Mom

The CPD Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) composed of individuals with disabilities, family members, and staff liaisons advises the CPD director about the Center’s impact on systems change, advocacy, and capacity building. The CAC approves the CPD’s annual goals and regularly reviews progress towards their accomplishment.

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A week of emergencies at the CPD

April 18, 2016 by Kelly Smith

A sign outside the CPD reading "Emergency training in progress".Fire trucks, squad cars,  SWAT teams, ambulances, and bomb robots swarmed the original CPD building last week. However, no one was in danger and there was no imminent threat on campus. As a final public service, the outgrown building was being used for training purposes for a variety of campus and city emergency personnel prior to its demolition in a few weeks.

Since CPD staff  have all been relocated and salvage operations completed, the empty building provided a perfect opportunity to stage practice drills without fear of damaging property explained Judy Crockett, USU Emergency Manager.

“We like to take advantage any time we have an empty building. It’s a great chance for the guys to practice without fear of inflicting damage,” said Crockett.

The maze-like halls of the CPD, constructed in 1972, presented an unusual environment for personnel to practice decision-making on the fly. Numerous offices without windows and solid brick walls created challenges for participants. Some of the scenarios included fire-fighters snaking through the halls on their stomachs to rescue a downed co-worker, an active shooter situation, and a hidden bomb.

A new four-story Clinical Services Building will be constructed on the site of the old CPD, which is currently the only single-story building left on campus. The building, scheduled for completion in fall of 2017, will bring together many clinics from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services under one roof, including several CPD service programs.

See more photos of the training exercises on the CPD Facebook page.

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Congratulations to Emily Lund

April 11, 2016 by Kelly Smith

Portrait of Emily LundThe CPD is happy to congratulate Emily Lund as Graduate Student Researcher of the Year at the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. She was presented the award by Dean Beth Foley last week, who said: