Aggie Advocates for Disability are ready to make a difference

September 18, 2012 by cpehrson

If you want to be involved in something worthwhile during your college years, Aggie Advocates for Disability is the club for you.  Aggie Advocates was created to give students a way to help improve the lives of people with disabilities through advocating for them  by educating the general public and professionals, raising funds for schools, families, and organizations, and by providing services.

Club members have many activities planned throughout the year to help out in some of the programs on campus that provide services to children and adults with disabilities.

Here are just a few of their upcoming events:

  • Tuesday Sept. 18th at 7:00pm – OPENING SOCIAL! On the quad (near Old Main) we will be having pizza & drinks, playing games, and providing information about the club. Come meet some friends, eat some delicious food, and enjoy yourself! Please come!
  • Monday Sept. 24th from 6:00-8:00pm – Street Painting for Homecoming week! It will be on Aggie Bull-evard and we will let you know exactly where we’ll meet when we are assigned a spot. We’ll be painting something on the road to notify students about our club as they stroll along the street. So, wake up your creative juices and bring some fun ideas for our club to paint. It’ll be a grand time to be with friends and to build up your Aggie spirit!
  • In October we will be helping the Up to 3 program with the Pumpkin Walk.  They want to have a booth or section, so they will need some help painting the pumpkins, setting up the scene and tearing it down. This would qualify for one of the activities you need to do for the CPD. The pumpkin walk is October 18th to the 23rd so set up and tear down will be the 17th and 24th. We’ll get more information later on and make sure to send it your way.
As the semester continues on, there will be more service opportunities and events.  You can follow them on
facebook to find out about each event.

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Frisbees and pizza–a good way to meet the Aggie Advocates for Disability Club

September 22, 2011 by cpehrson

If you are looking for something fun to do that will bring you a lot of satisfaction along with it, come to the Quad on the USU campus tonight at 7:30 p.m. for some  glow-in-the-dark frisbee games and pizza.

That’s the fun part.  The satisfaction comes in when you join the newest club at USU, Aggie Advocates for Disability, and get to know some  people with disabilities.

The Aggie’s Advocates Club was organized this year after two Level 2 Special Ed students saw a play about discrimination and prejudice. After talking about how this is still a part of the world today, they decided to see if they could make a positive difference, at least here on the USU campus.

The description of the club on the USU website says it all:   The purpose of Aggie Advocates for Disability is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through social awareness, and to advocate for people with disabilities and their families through educating the general public, raising funds for schools, families, and organizations, and providing service.

This new club isn’t just waiting around for people to come to them.  Already they have recruited over 100 members and have organized officers and activities for the whole year!

Many have already been volunteering in some of the programs at the CPD.

Jeff Sheen, CPD Volunteer Coordinator, has been working with some of the Aggie Advocate members, introducing them to the programs that serve children and youth with disabilities at the CPD.  Programs like the PEER program, a post-secondary program for young adults, and the Disability Skills Laboratory, an adult day program for adults with disabilities.

Along with volunteering to work directly with people with disabilities, Aggies Advocates has plans to sponsor some fundraisers for programs whose funding has been cut who serve children with disabilities.  They will also be participating with the CPD during Disability Awareness Week in January, and this Saturday, they will be marching alongside the CPD’s 40th Anniversary float in the Homecoming Parade.

Through it all, they want to make campus more inclusive by organizing activities for people with and without disabilities.

Those interested in becoming a part of this amazing club can email them at aggieadvocates.usu@gmail.com to join.  For now, they will email information about their activities to members, but they will soon have a facebook account and will be posting them on it.

It seems that we are going to be hearing a lot from the Aggie Advocates for Disability Club.  Welcome to USU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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