Video of CPD’s End of 40th Anniversary

October 3, 2012 by Storee

The CPD committed to serving for years to come during its 40th Anniversary this year. See how we celebrated and commemorated the occasion with this video. Thanks to all the hard work of those who made this last year a success!

CPD 40th Anniversary

CPD 40th Anniversary


Handel’s Messiah dedicated to the Center for Persons with Disabilities

April 17, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

promotional poster for the Messiah performance

Come see the performance at 7:30 on Saturday, April 21 in the Kent Concert Hall.

There are a lot of good reasons to see the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah this Saturday. Under the direction of Craig Jessop, their concerts have that chill-inducing quality that classical music lovers associate with a fantastic performance.

Add their talent  to Handel’s amazing music, and you can’t miss. Any work that has stayed popular since 1742 must be good.

The premier occurred in Dublin, Ireland. The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will bring the same soaring melodies to Logan, Utah–and they are dedicating their performance to the CPD  as they help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

The concert will be enhanced by American Sign Language interpreters for the Deaf.  The theatrical interpretation group is composed of both hearing and Deaf USU alumni, current students, and faculty.

The Messiah begins at 7:30 on April 21 in the Kent Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center at Utah State University. Tickets can be purchased on the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra website.

Come and help us celebrate 40 years of the CPD and 270 years of Handel’s Messiah.


CPD 40th Event–Movie Showing: Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy

March 13, 2012 by cpehrson

The Utah Film Center and the Center for Persons with Disabilities are sponsoring a free showing of the movie Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Auditorium on the Utah State University campus.   This free showing is being offered as part of the CPD 40th Anniversary Celebration to spread awareness and information about disability issues.

This movie, directed by Academy Award-nominee Alice Elliott, is a rare look at an unusual relationship between two people some would call profoundly disabled.  Two remarkable advocates for people with disabilities, Diana Braun who has Down syndrome and Kathy Conour who has cerebral palsy, met three decades ago and vowed to fight to live independent lives.  Fearful of being shut away in a nursing home or forced into a state run institution, Diana and Kathy broke the rules, escaped the system, and modeled a grand experiment in independent living.

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy is a story of a profound, creative friendship and about making a difference. Award-winning director Alice Elliott is known for making intimate films about people who are traditionally overlooked.  For five years, Elliott was allowed extraordinary access to Diana and Kathy’s lives so she could introduce mainstream audiences to a way of life rarely seen on screen.

The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. They collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film.

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

March 2, 2012 by cpehrson

This time, as we were looking at all the pictures taken through the past 40 years at the CPD,  we found a real live hippie.  And he still works at the CPD today.  If you squint just a bit at the picture, you might just see what he looks like today.  Do you recognize him?

Man working with a child on reading at a table


















Our last mystery photo was Dr. Martin (Marty) Toohill, the Coordinator of Psychological Services at the CPD.  There will be more mystery photos to come.  It is a great opportunity to look back and see all of the children and families touched through the years by the wonderful staff at the CPD.

You can read more about the people and programs at the CPD on the CPD History Channel.

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UCEDD Network benefits thousands of people with disabilities

February 29, 2012 by cpehrson

2012 marks the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ 40th year Anniversary.

We employ over 200 people who work on 79 projects that all focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families through research, education, services and technical assistance. The CPD covers a 12-state area and has touched an entire generation of people with disabilities who have received services from our programs or have been affected by programs we actively support through training and technical assistance. An Annual Report outlines the accomplishments of the Center each year.

The CPD is also Utah’s University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

UCEDDs were created in 1963 to support people with intellectual disabilities. Currently authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and coordinated by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), UCEDDs are a resource for Americans with a wide range of disabilities.

The AUCD has compiled their 2012 UCEDD  Brochure that outlines the functions and recent accomplishments and locations of the nation’s 67 UCEDDs.

The following are some of the accomplishments, on average, over the past five years, of the national
network of UCEDDs:

• Provided professional preparation for working in the disability field to over 2,000 students annually.

• Provided technical assistance and training each year to over one million health, education, mental health, and policy-making professionals, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

• Provided direct (clinical or other) services to more than 700,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and/or their families annually.

• Conducted nearly 3,000 research projects each year whose results may benefit people with disabilities.

• Developed and disseminated over 7,000 different publications annually to bring the most current information to professionals and the community.

The CPD is proud to be part of this valuable network.

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