Research and Evaluation volunteer honored valley-wide

May 29, 2012 by cpehrson

Three women holding a decorative sign

Mary Kwiek, Volunteer of the Month, center, Irene Welch, CPD staff, left, Mary Ellen Heiner, CPD staff, right.

Twelve years of volunteering for the CPD has earned “Aunt” Mary Kwiek Cache Valley’s “Volunteer of the Month” award. She currently helps out the Research and Evaluation division with its paper-shredding needs.

Aunt Mary’s is a familiar face around the CPD, one that always has a happy smile on it and comes with a kind word that brightens up everyone’s day.  Mary finds a lot of enjoyment helping others and has become part of the CPD family through the years.

That’s what happens when you volunteer at the CPD; soon you begin to feel right at home and before you know it, you’re part of our family.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, and when you volunteer at the CPD you help to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.  If you have a few extra hours and would like to do something worthwhile with them, consider contacting Jeff Sheen, the CPD Volunteer Coordinator at 435-797-8113 or  He’ll be sure to find something that will interest you and help you give to others.  You can check out some of the current volunteer opportunities that we have on our website. 

Thanks, Aunt Mary, for brightening up our little corner of the world at the CPD!


Utah Developmental Disabilities Council seeks members

February 10, 2012 by cpehrson

The CPD’s partner organization, the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, is seeking applications for members to serve on the 2012 – 2015 Council.

The Utah DD Council is an Advisory Board that provides advice and is the state’s leading source of information, advocacy, leadership and collaboration that supports the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

There are two openings for Family Members this coming year and potentially other openings as well. The Council would especially like to encourage members of the public from Southern Utah as well as other rural areas of the state to make application.  The Council would also like to encourage adult siblings to consider making applications.

In order to be eligible to serve as a citizen appointed Council Member, the applicant must be a person with a developmental disability or a family member of a person with a developmental disability as defined by law.

Applications are open until March 31, 2012. Candidates will be interviewed in April and names will then be submitted to Governor Herbert for a 3-year term:  October 2012 – September 2015.

If you have any questions or need some help making the application, please call the Council office at 801-533-3965.






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CAC Corner: Looking for parent advocate

July 12, 2011 by cpehrson

This CAC Corner Blog is written by Gordon Richins, CPD Consumer Liaison and CAC support staff member.

The CPD Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is in need of another parent advocate to serve on the Council.

The CAC works throughout the year on disability advocacy issues, here at the Center and statewide. CAC members are responsible for participating in the development of the CPD five year plan and for monitoring the CPD five year plan from year to year.  They are also involved in other advocacy activities.

In this blog I would like to share some general information about the CAC and its membership for our readers.

To begin with, the CPD wants to thank Mike Wyatt, a parent advocate, who has recently had to resign from the CAC due to his busy schedule as a parent, his employment, and attending Utah State University as a full-time student.  We want to thank Mike for all of his hard work and participation on the Council.

The CPD would like to introduce our newest CAC member, Laura Anderson, who is a parent advocate.  Laura is very active within the state as an advocate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, commonly referred to as autism, as well as other disabilities.  Welcome, Laura.  The CAC membership and the CPD are excited to have you join us.

The CPD is a University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  UCEDDs are a part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network that serves as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Act mandates that all UCEDD’s  have a Consumer Advisory Council with a membership that consists of individuals with developmental disabilities advocates (self-advocates), parent advocates, and representatives from the UCEDD, the state Developmental Disabilities Council and the state Protection and Advocacy program.

The CPD CAC membership consists of 5 self-advocates, 5 parent advocates,  CPD/UCEDD members, and representatives from the DD Council and the Utah Disability Law Center.

We currently have a vacancy for a parent advocate to serve on the Council. If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in representing the CPD as a parent advocate on the CAC,  nominations are open until filled.

Interested persons can go to Application link and fill out the nomination application.  Return it to Gordon Richins or you can e-mail me and ask for a Word document copy of the application which you can mail or e-mail back.  Additional information is provided on the application form.


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Helping out and having fun–double the pleasure

May 31, 2011 by cpehrson

Have some time on your hands now that summer is coming?  Common Ground Outdoor Adventures is looking for volunteers to help with any of their summer activities.

Common Ground provides outdoor recreational activities for youth and adults with disabilities.  They provide adaptive equipment and support which allows those with disabilities to participate alongside their peers.  This summer’s activities include fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, and rafting the Green River, to name a few.

Common Ground will be holding its next volunteer training session on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM at the Common Ground office, 335 N. 100 E. in Logan.  Come learn about the people they serve, the activities they provide, and the adaptive equipment and techniques they employ to make their outdoor activities accessible to people of all abilities!

Volunteer opportunities are also available to help around the office,  to maintain the grounds,  equipment and more!

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Common Ground Volunteer Opportunity

May 6, 2010 by cpehrson

The whole crew at Arches National Park

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures seeks to increase the accessibility of outdoor recreation for people with disabilities by providing adaptive equipment and staff/volunteer support.  These experiences help to reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential doing something that is fun and exciting!

Common Ground works with a small paid staff, but relies on the services of individuals in the area who are willing to volunteer their time helping the participants enjoy these outdoor opportunities to their fullest.

Steelhead fishing in Idaho

They are currently in need of volunteers to help with their full schedule of adventures and activities scheduled for this spring and summer.

Common Ground is a  private, non-profit organization first organized in 1933 as an AmeriCorpsVISTA program that is located in Logan, Utah.

Common Ground will be holding its next volunteer orientation on Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm.  The orientation will be held at the Common Ground office at 335 N 100 E in Logan.

At the orientation, they will be reviewing the types of individuals Common Ground serves, disability awareness and etiquette for working with people with disabilities.  They will also go over the adaptive equipment and techniques used to make outdoor recreation accessible to people of all abilities.

Camping at the Snake River

If you love to help people, love to be outdoors, and love new adventures,  Common Ground is the place for you!

Contact Carey at (435) 713-0288 or email if you would like further information about Common Ground or if you would like to attend the Orientation.


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