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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Job hunting? Some good advice

August 1, 2011 by cpehrson

The latest figures for June 2011 show that the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities is almost 8 percent higher than that for persons with no disabilities–16.9 percent compared to 9.0 percent.  Those numbers reflect a 1.3 percent increase in unemployment rate for people with disabilities compared to a 0.6 percent decrease for people without disabilities (2010 statistics).

That puts a lot of people with disabilities out looking for work.  Not an easy thing to find these days.

For those who haven’t looked for work in the last decade, things have changed drastically in the employment field.  There is an article written by Anthony Balderrama that outlines some of those changes and gives some good, solid advice about how to apply for a job, how to prepare for an interview, and the impact that the digital world has on this process.

We can all use as much help as possible when it comes to job hunting.  Hope this article helps you out.






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