The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Holt and Simonsmeier present AUCD poster

December 4, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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This poster, presented by Judith Holt and Vicki Simonsmeier at AUCD, can be viewed in the CPD’s southwest hallway.

Two staff members at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities presented a poster at the recent Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) conference in Washington, D.C. Judith Holt and Vicki Simonsmeier presented a poster entitled “Technology Use in the PacWest LEND Programs.” Holt and Simonsmeier were joined in the research by colleagues S. Heimerl from New Mexico and K. Ward from Alaska.

The purpose of the research project featured in the poster was to explore the use of technologies within each of the PacWest Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs and to assess the pros and cons of an array of technological tools and applications.

Seven different types of technology were surveyed: recorded video, ePortfolio, Web-based video such as Skype, phone conferences, social media, room-to-room video such as Polycom, and Web-based learning platform such as Blackboard. The survey found that all of the PacWest LEND programs used technology for some component of their training program, and overall, the Hawaii program used technology more than any of the other programs, followed by the Utah Regional program (housed at the CPD), Nevada and Arizona.

Consistent with the findings of other authors, half of the LEND training programs reported that trainees could more easily grasp and use a variety of technology, but faculty members were sometimes hesitant in accepting its use.


Happy Thanksgiving from the CPD!

November 26, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Happy Thanksgiving from the CPD!


Before you succumb to the post-feast, carb-induced Thanksgiving Day nap, check out these recent CPD in the News links:

Herald Journal
Cache Q&A: USU Dean Beth Foley on opening up the college experience to all

Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: In life’s challenges, simply trying is also succeeding

Midland Reporter-Telegram
Local park project lands national designation for inclusiveness


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Giving Tree set up in main office

November 19, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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The Giving Tree has been set up in the CPD Main Office.

The Giving Tree, a holiday tradition at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, has been set up in the CPD Main Office. Here is how your generosity can make the holiday season a little brighter for a few CPD children and families who are in need:

1. Choose an ornament from the Giving Tree that you are willing to purchase – Each ornament lists an item on someone’s “wish list.”

2. Bring your wrapped gift(s) to the annual CPD Holiday Lunch scheduled for Dec 19th at 12 noon (or to the CPD Main Office any time prior to that date). Use the ornament you choose from the tree as a gift tag.

3. Hate to shop? You can donate at the CPD Main Office and we will shop for you.

4. Hate to wrap? We can help. A wrapping station will be set up in room 170 after Thanksgiving Break.

There are other ways to help, too. Donations of wrapping paper or gift bags are welcome. Donated bikes would be welcome, too. And one family needs a Christmas tree and ornaments.



Heidi’s Happenings: Halloween fun and football!

November 17, 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.

USU football players with DSL participant

DSL participant CJ surrounded by USU football players.

All of the DSL-buds spookified the entire work-site upon this high campus. We made cylinder-candles in the shape of an actual mummy. University buds also wore costumes. We listened to spooky music. We also painted pumpkins. Everybody just had the greatest moments ever. We’ll never forget what you guys have done around here. On Halloween we all loaded up and went to Pizza Pie Café in our costumes for lunch!  We had lots of fun eating salad and pizza!

We also attended one amazing Pumpkin Walk and so enjoyed all the scenes that were there.  Daurie’s favorite was one of Lucy selling Vita Meata Vegemin.

We also went to the pumpkin patch and everyone chose their own pumpkin, then they politely thanked those kind men so much for inviting their favorite buds into the patch exactly where those orange pumpkins grow huge, fat, round, orange, pumpkin. Heidi and her buds enjoyed Halloween.

All of Heidi’s buds went to the apple orchard, too. When everybody reached there, they saw lots of apples picked, cored, and then made into apple juice, applesauce and apple-cider. Everybody thought that those products were mighty yummy. That apple orchard has the tallest trees that Heidi and her friends had ever seen, this year. Those apple products really were juicy, and super yummy, other than being sticky and messy, they tasted OK!

The most exciting thing that happened here at the worksite was that a whole bunch of USU football players came to visit us! They were just about the biggest guys Heid and the buds had ever seen! They talked about football and how early they have to get up—at 6:30! They have to practice to be their very best. They played with us, and we each got a genuine, official photo with their autographs!

Whew!  We were busy in october!

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CPD wins AUCD Council on Consumer Advocacy award

November 12, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Gordon Richins speaks during the COCA award presentation in Washington, D.C.

Gordon Richins speaks during the COCA award presentation in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 11, 2014.

We’ll have more details after CPD Consumer Liaison Gordon Richins returns from Washington, DC, but you heard it here first—Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities wins the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2014 Council on Consumer Advocacy (COCA) Award!

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