The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

Utah disability history on display in education building

February 6, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

An excerpt from the posters shows a protester in a wheelchair, in front of a bus

Catch the display in the Education Building Atrium through Friday, February 10.

It’s Education and Human Services Week. And while you’re enjoying the ice cream festivities over in the Education Building atrium, you can also learn more about disability history in Utah. (A complete schedule of events is listed on the college website.)

A series of posters on either end of the Atrium takes a Utah-specific view of significant events in disability history.

A look at Utah’s health history highlights includes pioneering female doctors and a Nobel prize laureate. Institutionalization of people with disabilities is examined. Parents reflect on their fight to have their children with disabilities attend public schools. One parent tells of her journey to participate in her son’s early education.  A veteran recalls a project to help the children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange. An advocate remembers the struggle for equal access to public transportation. People with disabilities reflect on the significance of being included in their communities.

So wander over between February 6 and February 10. It’s a great way to celebrate education, human services and making a difference.

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Honoring our veterans

November 11, 2011 by cpehrson

photo of a veteran

Today is Veteran’s Day and the CPD would like to take this opportunity to honor and thank all American veterans, both living and dead, for their dedicated and loyal service to their country.  We deeply appreciate the sacrifice they and their families have made to keep our country free.

One day out of the year seems inadequate in expressing gratitude for their sacrifices.  We encourage our readers to show appreciation and support to the servicemen and women and their families throughout the year. You can learn more about a national initiative called Joining Forces that was organized by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as a way to give back to our service members and their families through service opportunities and encouraging messages.

A couple of projects at the CPD support our military servicemen.  The Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership grant focuses on improving and coordinating community services for veterans who suffer from brain injuries, the signature wound for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Military families who have members with special needs are the focus of another project, the Utah Military Family Support 360 project.

Our hats go off to all those who have served and are currently serving in the military.  We appreciate you.

Thank a veteran or a veteran’s family today.

 

 

 

 

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