Assistive technology for infants & toddlers-training

February 1, 2012 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, Assistive Technology and Early Intervention Part 2, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
This free training, presented by Amy Henningsen, will cover additional assistive technology ideas for early intervention including: positioning, mobility, adaptive play, computer access, and activities of daily for feeding and bathing that are available commercially and/or customized.
Amy Henningsen is an occupational therapist for the Utah Assistive Technology Program as well as the Up to 3 early intervention program at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Also, she is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment in Pediatrics and as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. She has over 30 years of experience working with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.
In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access.   If you are interested in participating please RSVP by Monday, February 13, to Storee Powell via email, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.
If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or,no later than Thursday, February 10 to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know by this date also.

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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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iPad basics – online training

September 19, 2011 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Nathan Smith, director of technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, will present:  iPad Basic Training.

This FREE training sponsored by the UATP will focus on iPad basics – what you need to know to get started using the iPad right out of the box.  It will cover topics such as getting started with your iPad, working with apps, using gestures, using the virtual keyboard, using multimedia, and more.  You’ll be introduced to apps that can make your iPad an indispensable tool that you’ll always keep by your side.  You’ll also learn how to use the built in features for those with disabilities.

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access. If you are interested in participating please RSVP by October 3 to Storee Powell via email, or call 435-797-7412.  Instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or no later than October 3 to make arrangements to participate via phone or for other accommodations needed in order to participate in the training.


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Continuing to improve health care for children with special needs

September 1, 2011 by cpehrson

URLEND training session

The Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program has been refunded for the next five years, announced Dr. Judith Holt, co-director of the program.

URLEND is one of the 43 LEND programs across the nation that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $28.3 million to for the improvement of the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with special health care needs.

LEND programs across the United States prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to become leaders in the health care arena and develop interdisciplinary, family-friendly, integrated and culturally sensitive approaches to serving children with disabilities.

“The national competition is a tough one,” noted Dr. Holt.

As the URLEND enters its second decade of preparing competent health care leaders,  six new Lends are just beginning their journey.  The Utah Regional LEND has been funded since 2001 and is administered by the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics and the CPD.

This year there are a total of 31 new trainees participating in the URLEND training from the five states of ID, MT, ND, WY, and UT.

Since 2002, the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), located at the University of Wyoming, has participated in the URLEND program, providing over 13 trainees through the years.

“Participation in URLEND provides our students with experience in interdisciplinary health care settings that serve children with special health care needs and their families.  Given our small population and the lack of an academic medical center, there are limited opportunities for Wyoming students to obtain clinical experience…” states William MacLean, Jr., URLEND Wyoming Distance Coordinator.

URLEND also provides a strong family-parent perspective and provides exposure to outstanding program faculty and a broad curriculum on topics relevant to neurodevelopmental disabilities.  “The focus on leadership education is vital to building infrastructure for our state,” MacLean summarizes.

Idaho students have also taken advantage of the URLEND’s focus on multidisciplinary services for children with special health care needs.  Since 2005 there have been ten URLEND trainees.

These trainees have “increased their knowledge and skills in working with diverse cultures and had opportunities to see how the medical home model can be of great benefit for children with disabilities, their families, as well as their health care team,” says URLEND Idaho Distance Coordinator, Gwen Mitchell.

For these Idaho trainees, “URLEND has provided connections and resources for service
care that extends beyond state lines. Living in a rural setting, URLEND has opened the door to many opportunities for service care for the people in Idaho that we may not have had without LEND training,” Mitchell continues.

URLEND faculty look forward to five more years of doing their part to shape future leaders in health care and to improve health care for children and families.

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Finding out about guardianship in Utah

August 30, 2011 by cpehrson

At some point, parents of children with significant developmental disabilities will have to face the issue of guardianship for their child.

When a child turns 18 years of age, the decision-making about the child’s educational services and health care goes to the child, rather than the parent.  In some cases, the child would not be able to make these decisions and the issue of guardianship must be addressed.

The Guardianship Associates of Utah is offering a free presentation about the process of becoming a guardian, designed for parents, families, and professionals working with  families.  The training will be presented on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Logan City Library, in the Bonneville Room, at 6:30 p.m.

This is a two-part training-the first part explaining guardianship, what it entails, and who needs a guardian; the second part explaining how to become a guardian, how to keep the costs down, and a discussion about creating a special needs trust fund.

This training is sponsored by the Aspen Grove Advocacy, LLC group.



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