The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

CPD employees honored for years of service

March 23, 2016 by Sue Reeves

CongratulationsThe USU Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon today in the Ballroom of the TSC. The luncheon recognizes employees who reached or will reach the 10-year or greater milestone year of service between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. In addition to the luncheon, employees will receive in the mail a milestone brochure to select a gift.

The following CPD employees are being recognized.

10 years

Jamie Bitner is a Clinician II with Up to 3 Early Intervention.

Christina McComber works on contract management with TAESE.

Nancy Milleson is a staff assistant at TAESE.

Marty Toohill is the Coordinator of Psychological Services for Clinical Services.

15 years

Curt Phillips is a physical therapist with Up to 3 Early Intervention.

George Wootton is a family/nurse practitioner with the Medical Clinic.

20 years

Dave Forbush is the director of the Utah Professional Development Network at TAESE.

25 years

Sue Olsen is the director of the Exemplary Services Division and of Clinical Services.

30 years

Shauna Crane is a program coordinator at TAESE.

Kelly Smith is the CPD’s Information Specialist.


Dr. Temple Grandin to speak at USU

March 18, 2016 by Kelly Smith

Dr. Temple Grandin petting a cow.

Dr. Temple Grandin will speak March 31 at 5:00 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center (TSC) Ballroom at Utah State University. The event is free to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Grandin is a renowned American author, animal behavior expert and an advocate for people with autism. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a world leader in designing humane facilities for livestock. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

Additionally, she is is widely celebrated as one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience, and has written numerous books on the autism. In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life.

Grandin will be discussing her recent book, “The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed.” The event is sponsored by the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and will be broadcast live to Utah State University Regional campuses.

TAESE coordinates Kansas conference

March 15, 2016 by Sue Reeves

A TAESE employee sits at the information table.

The information table at the Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference in Wichita.

The 34th Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference (KDEC) was held February 25-26 in Wichita, Kansas. The theme of this year’s conference was Building Real Relationships with Professionals and Families Using Evidence Based Practice. Staff from the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE), the technical assistance division of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilties, coordinated the conference. The conference had record attendance with 306 Kansas early childhood education professionals coming together for networking and professional development.

The conference included a day and a half of professional development opportunities, a pre and post conference, a poster session showcasing six students, and the opportunity to connect with 20 vendors. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, former faculty member of Kent State University and past president of the Division of Early Childhood. The keynote address was titled How Can You Avoid Making These Three Common K-Readiness Mistakes? A total of 35 breakout sessions were available to participants.

Mark Innocenti, director of the CPD’s Research and Evaluation Division, presented a well-received half-day workshop on using the PICCOLO (Parenting Interactions with Children:  Check list of Observations Linked to Outcomes). The PICCOLO was developed by Mark and colleagues at USU. The PICCOLO is currently being used across the U.S. and many other countries in programs serving families with children from birth through age three.


CAC Corner: Spread the word

March 14, 2016 by Sue Reeves

This month’s CAC Corner was written by CAC member Kelly Holt.

STW-Un-Dated-DarkHello everyone, my name is Kelly Holt.

March is Disability Awareness Month and we need everyone to take the pledge not to use the wrong words. We need to  have some respect for everyone in this world that have disabilities or not. it is very inportment that everyone hears about our rights.

The second Tuesday of March has been designated as “Spread the Word to End the Word” day by Special Olympics. The campaign seeks to replace the word ‘retard,’ now considered a derogatory way to refer to someone with a disability, with ‘respect’ for everyone.

Donate fabric to CReATE

March 3, 2016 by Sue Reeves

12512620_819152914861845_6312267510626287649_nCitizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment, also known as CReATE, is collecting donations of fabric that will be stitched into wheelchair bags by volunteers. Quilters and sewists, here’s your chance to clear out last year’s fabric from your stash so you can buy this spring’s newest selections!

Cotton, denim, canvas, polyester and polyester blends (any sturdy, washable fabric) in any color or print are welcome. Drop donations at the AT lab (Room 126 in the Janet Quinney Lawson building), or call Clay Christensen at 797-0699 or Tom Boman at (801) 887-9398 for more information.

CReATE is a project of the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.