Family Faces of Disability photo album wants you!

November 2, 2012 by Sue Reeves

Help the National Council on Disability (NCD) bring its new report, “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children,” to life by submitting a photograph of your family to NCD’s new “Family Faces of Disability” photo album, to be shared on the NCD Facebook page.

With the “Family Faces of Disability” photo album, NCD is seeking photos that capture your family’s day-to-day life as a way to personalize the issues faced by parents with disabilities in the United States. For accessibility reasons, all photographs submitted to NCD’s “Family Faces of Disability” photo album MUST include a written description of what is happening in the photo. NCD retains the right to remove any photo or its accompanying description without warning, if either is deemed inappropriate.

By submitting your photograph, you grant permission to the National Council on Disability to display these photographs on NCD’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages, or future print publications.

Please send your photos and descriptions to:

View submissions to NCD’s “Family Faces of Disability” photo album on Facebook here.

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CAC Corner: Real disabilities vs perceived disabilities

November 2, 2011 by cpehrson

This CAC Corner blog is written by Matthew Bone, a family representative member of the CPD’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Matthew Bone
We are a visually oriented people.  We take what we see as the truth, even though that is often not the case. Recently I have had the opportunity to ponder this a bit.

I met a young man who appears very energetic, and he has a disability.

He wears hearing aids, but with them he hears pretty well. Yet, when people go up to talk to him, I bet that, because they can see his hearing aids, they talk louder to him than they would if they did not see them. The visual perception is, he cannot hear. In reality his hearing is a controlled disability. (Yes, controlled disability is a term I am using that may not be a real term…)

This young man has bigger health issues that affect every aspect of his life.  These health issues are not readily apparent, and so people are unaware of these disabilities.

I know another young man who appears to be a normal young man. Thanks to medications, many of his issues are also controlled, but he has some cognitive issues that are not. Most of these come from having been born to a mother who drank heavily. Outwardly, there is no sign of this disability, and it is something that is not controlled. Most people are unaware of this disability.

Sometimes, the things that present the biggest disabilities are environmental and have nothing to do with our physical or mental state of being. The lack of transportation, or accessibility to a building, or the inability to access information are all, in their own ways, things that cause disabilities for the people affected by them.

What we need to do as individuals and as communities is to look at things which hinder the ability of a person or groups of people, and try to identify our perception of what the problem is.  Then try to go beyond what we understand, and learn what the person with the disability sees as the problem.

I do like the term differently-able, because we are all differently-able in different parts of our lives. Given the proper chances and assistance when needed, many people we perceive to have insurmountable problems can excel, and by helping them, we can only succeed in helping ourselves and everyone around us.

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Common Ground Volunteer Opportunity

May 6, 2010 by cpehrson

The whole crew at Arches National Park

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures seeks to increase the accessibility of outdoor recreation for people with disabilities by providing adaptive equipment and staff/volunteer support.  These experiences help to reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential doing something that is fun and exciting!

Common Ground works with a small paid staff, but relies on the services of individuals in the area who are willing to volunteer their time helping the participants enjoy these outdoor opportunities to their fullest.

Steelhead fishing in Idaho

They are currently in need of volunteers to help with their full schedule of adventures and activities scheduled for this spring and summer.

Common Ground is a  private, non-profit organization first organized in 1933 as an AmeriCorpsVISTA program that is located in Logan, Utah.

Common Ground will be holding its next volunteer orientation on Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm.  The orientation will be held at the Common Ground office at 335 N 100 E in Logan.

At the orientation, they will be reviewing the types of individuals Common Ground serves, disability awareness and etiquette for working with people with disabilities.  They will also go over the adaptive equipment and techniques used to make outdoor recreation accessible to people of all abilities.

Camping at the Snake River

If you love to help people, love to be outdoors, and love new adventures,  Common Ground is the place for you!

Contact Carey at (435) 713-0288 or email if you would like further information about Common Ground or if you would like to attend the Orientation.


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April newsletter now available

April 30, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Parent-child play is good for development. Read all about it in the CPD's April NewsFlash.

Check out April’s NewsFlash, featuring the CPD’s multifaceted approach to autism and a fundraising campaign for the CPD’s new developmental playground, which will help provide support to the families of children with disabilities. We thank all conors and volunteers who have already contributed to this project and invite others to join in the effort.

Happy reading, and happy spring.

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Making Self-employment Dreams a Reality

April 16, 2010 by cpehrson

If self-employment is your goal, the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation (UATF)  is offering a two-part accessible webinar series that will provide you with information that you need to make your self-employment dreams become a reality.

These accessible web-based meetings are offered by the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation in coordination with the UATF.  The two-part webinar series will be held on May 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Part I: An Introduction to Micro-Enterpreneurship, and the Realities of Self-Employment, and on May 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Part II:  The Basics of Business Planning.

To register, you can phone:  435-797-2025 or Toll Free: 800-524-5152, or you can email: Lois Summers at

The UATF works with the Utah MicroEnterprise Loan Fund to help Utahns with disabilities of employment age, offering low-interest loans to start or expand a small business. 

If you are in need of assistive technology devices, home modifications or adapted vans, the UATF can also help you.  The UATF partners with Zions bank to offer low-interest loans to purchase hearing aids, wheelchairs, augmentative communication, Braille notetakers, print enlargers, scooters, home modications and adapted vans.

The UATF is a private, non-profit organization that works through the Utah Assistive Technology Program at the CPD to provide low-interest loans to individuals with disabilities to obtain the assistive technology devices and services they need to communicate, complete daily tasks, succeed in inclusive classrooms, work competitively, and participate in community activities. 

Over the years, the UATF has been able to help hundreds of Utahns with disabilities of all ages obtain loans to purchase the assistive technology that allows them to be independent, productive and successful at home, at school, at work and in the community.

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