CPD receives IOTI grant for multicultural training

August 7, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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JC Vazquez

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has received an Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) grant to provide multicultural training to service providers across the state.

According to JC Vazquez, the CPD’s multicultural co-ordinator, the training is designed to help professionals and paraprofessionals become aware of effective communication practices with diverse populations.

“We will go to rural and urban areas where agencies provide services to people with disabilities and to under-represented populations,” Vazquez said. The two-hour trainings will give an overview of cultural competency and explain the areas that should be taken into consideration when working with multicultural clients. Agencies can also request additional in-depth training on specific topics.

The one-year grant targets the areas of St. George, Moab, the Salt Lake area, the West Valley area, and Cache Valley, Vazquez said.

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IOTI grant funds anti-bullying education

July 8, 2013 by Sue Reeves

bullyingThree researchers at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities hope to create a bully-free school environment through a series of trainings for teachers and parents.

Senior researcher Vonda Jump, research scientist Gina Cook and Director of the Research and Evaluation Division Mark Innocenti, wrote the grant which will fund the project, will conduct the training at eight Utah Head Start locations, and will evaluate the results. The grant is funded through the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative.

“Kids with disabilities are much more likely than kids without disabilities to be bullied,” Jump said. Studies show that children with disabilities or special health care needs are more than 50 percent—with some studies indicating more than 90 percent—more likely to be bullied than other children.

Children need more social skills development, both to avoid being victims and to avoid being bullies themselves, Jump said.

The researchers will visit Head Start locations in Price, Duchesne, St. George, Salt Lake City, Layton, Provo, Ogden and Logan to work with teachers, for four 4-hour training sessions, probably over a period of four months, Jump said.

“They can go out and use the strategies, then come back and tell us what they’re running up against,” she said.

Parent training sessions will probably be four 2-hour sessions over four months, with child care, refreshments and transportation assistance provided.

“We’ll have the parents come, try the strategies with their kids and come back for the ‘yeah, buts,” she said.

The researchers are hoping for 20 teachers and 20 parents in each location, for a total of 160 teachers and 160 parents. All of the training materials will stay with the teachers, so they can train other teachers, Jump said.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some data to get an idea of how this training might make a difference in kids’ social skills,” she said. “Then, hopefully, we can take the data to a funding organization and get a bigger grant for more training.”

Jump said signs of bullying behavior have been observed in children as young as two or three years old.

“We’re hoping we can create a different kind of school environment, to change those trajectories so that bullies and victims have a different way of interacting,” she said.


Seeking new training projects in Utah

January 11, 2012 by cpehrson

The Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) is currently looking for those parties interested in providing needed training in Utah for the 2012-2013 year.

The IOTI initiative focuses on areas where there are gaps in training in the education of paraprofessionals who provide supports to people with disabilities in Utah.

Paraprofessionals serve in various roles in many agencies: education, adult services, early intervention, and health care. Often paraprofessionals have not had the preservice training needed to help them learn to serve people with disabilities. The IOTI offers a means to provide educational opportunities for paraprofessionals, thus helping them to provide improved services.

Since 1995, the IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations.  A Steering Council, headed by Chair Martin Blair, determines which proposals answer the current need for training in Utah. Funding is administered through the CPD.

Letters of Intent and Proposal Cover Sheets are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  Letters will be reviewed and evaluated by the IOTI Steering Council and those applicants whose letters are determined to best address IOTI guiding principles and the training requested will be invited to submit full proposals. Written invitations to submit full proposals will be sent no later than March 16, 2012.

Full proposals are due by Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

To view the entire rfp and for more information about how to apply for IOTI funding, visit the IOTI link or contact Sharon Weston, CPD Assistant to the Director.

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2011-12 IOTI grants funded: Let the training begin!

July 27, 2011 by cpehrson

Nine training grants have been funded for 2011-2012 by the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI), an initiative that is intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities by supporting training for consumers and agency personnel.

Three of the IOTI grants were awarded to CPD staff members.

Since 1995, the CPD has coordinated the funding which comes from the Utah State Legislature for training in Utah.  IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations through the years.

IOTI training grants funded for this upcoming year include the following:

Guardianship Training- for families with children who have special needs and the professionals and educators who support them to help them understand the process of obtaining guardianship.

ABC’s of Autism (CPD project)-training for families of young children in Utah with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Training-for parents of children with sensory processing problems and providers working with these children.

Justice, Equity, and Access (CPD project)-training for people with disabilities, law enforcement and legal advocates on preventing violence and increasing justice, equity, and access for people with disabilities.

AT Training (CPD project)-for assistive technology specialists at the Centers for Independent Living Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, DSPD staff, and Area Agency on Aging staff.

IDEA Part C/Part B Transition Training-for parents/families of young children with disabilities and developmental delays being served in Early Intervention programs, EI professionals, special educators, administrators, etc.

Provider Education Training-for mental health providers and state agencies who work directly with individuals with severe and persistent mental disabilities/brain disorders.

Family Preservation Training-for families and care givers of people with disabilities to assist them in meeting the stress associated with supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Supported Employment Training-web-based training for community rehabilitation providers, secondary transition teachers, and parents.


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