Study looks at the impact of having siblings

October 12, 2012 by cpehrson

Older sister playing with a young child with Down Syndrome

A study at Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center is looking at the impact that having siblings with developmental disabilities has on adolescents.  They are seeking families who have two children between the ages of 12 and 18 who would be willing to participate in the study.

Parents and siblings are invited to fill out an online survey that takes about 20 minutes to complete.  Both parents of children with and without disabilities are encouraged to participate.

Those who participate will be entered in a drawing for one of 40 – $50 Target gift cards. You will have approximately a 1 in 10 chance of winning a gift card.

If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Shivers at 1-333-704-6291, or


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Thanks for your web feedback–We’re listening

February 24, 2012 by cpehrson

CPD Home page banner 40 years: continuing a legacy of excellence, center for persons with disabilities





In the past few weeks, we have been asking for feedback on our web site; something we must have to make any changes or updates that we need to maintain our high quality web site.

We want to thank all those who responded.  Here are a few of the comments we received:

“Site looks awesome as usual.” 

“I especially like the blog posts.  They are a good look into what the CPD is doing.”

“I love the new layout (the blog has a new look)!  Everything that is needed is right there. Way to go.”

Along with these wonderful, positive comments, we also received some suggestions that we are addressing:

1)  Making it easier to find the CPD Staff List by replacing “BLOG/NEWS” with “MEET OUR STAFF” at the top of the CPD Home page.

2)  Adding a line on the CPD Intranet log-in page beneath the “Remember me”  explaining how that works. (This is for CPD staff only.)

We want to encourage our readers to give us your feedback if you haven’t already.  It is easy to find–at the bottom of our CPD Home page; just click on the “Feedback” button.  We would especially invite you to take the one-second survey on the right hand side.  And please leave any comments you have for us.

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Survey assesses involvement of students and parents in IDEA

April 15, 2011 by cpehrson

The IDEA National Survey explores whether the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected in the schools. The survey looks at whether parents of children with disabilities are treated as equal partners in their children’s education, and includes questions about inclusion and assessment issues.

This survey covers disabilities of all kinds and all members of the community are invited to participate: parents, attorneys and other professionals, advocates, and self-advocates. Self-advocates are especially encouraged to participate to share information about their experiences as former students.

Although the main survey is about the IDEA, there is also a survey for parents whose children were denied an IEP.  At present, the survey is not open to school district employees because the focus is really on how parents, students, and their advocates perceive their ability to exercise their rights and be equal partners in their child’s education.

People can find this survey and read more about it online. The survey will be open through June 14, 2011.

The results will be compiled into a report about experiences under the IDEA that will be published this summer. Please contact Jessica Butler, IDEA National Survey Project Coordinator, at for more information.

The IDEA National Survey Project is sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Autism Society of America (ASA), Autism National Committee (AutCom), and The Advocacy Institute (AI).

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