The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

Utah disability history on display in education building

February 6, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

An excerpt from the posters shows a protester in a wheelchair, in front of a bus

Catch the display in the Education Building Atrium through Friday, February 10.

It’s Education and Human Services Week. And while you’re enjoying the ice cream festivities over in the Education Building atrium, you can also learn more about disability history in Utah. (A complete schedule of events is listed on the college website.)

A series of posters on either end of the Atrium takes a Utah-specific view of significant events in disability history.

A look at Utah’s health history highlights includes pioneering female doctors and a Nobel prize laureate. Institutionalization of people with disabilities is examined. Parents reflect on their fight to have their children with disabilities attend public schools. One parent tells of her journey to participate in her son’s early education.  A veteran recalls a project to help the children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange. An advocate remembers the struggle for equal access to public transportation. People with disabilities reflect on the significance of being included in their communities.

So wander over between February 6 and February 10. It’s a great way to celebrate education, human services and making a difference.

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Summertime activities involve families in fun and therapy

August 20, 2010 by cpehrson

Feeling the delights of shaving cream

July is the height of summer activities in Utah and the families of the children enrolled in the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at the CPD have had lots of fun participating in them with their children and the Up to 3 staff.

Up to 3 encourages the families they serve to let their children access activities already occurring in their communities.  Staff members are on hand to help the parents work with their little ones on developmental skills as they participate in a variety of activities.

Speech language pathologists know children are motivated and try harder to communicate at the fire station or watching a puppet show.  They cheer as they hit the ball playing T- ball in the park or when their putt goes in on a round of miniature golf.  And lots of language and communication can happen at the Logan and Brigham City pools.

A hole in one by a little golfer

Many of the activities for families planned by the Up to 3 staff specifically include fine and large motor, and sensory and tactile activities developed by the occupational and physical therapists.  This summer they held an Art in the Park day where the children could make clay creations-a tactile experience-and take them home to harden.  They also shared a sensory experience by walking and sliding on shaving cream added to a plastic tarp. The Family Picnic, planned by the OTs and PTs, included such fun activities as hitting a pińata, using sidewalk chalk, and playing on the playground equipment.

Making clay critters

There is also the free swimming available on Saturday mornings for people with disabilities and their families to enjoy at the outdoor Logan Aquatic Center, a wonderful service offered by the Logan City Parks and Recreation Department.

All in all, summer brings with it an abundance of activities for children with special needs and their families that are both therapeutic and fun for all to enjoy, thanks to the creative thinking of the Up to 3 staff.

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