Pavithran leads advocacy training in Turkey

A trip to Istanbul, Turkey in November turned into a heated four-day discussion of advocacy and empowerment issues for Utah Assistive Technologies Program (UATP) director Sachin Pavithran and three colleagues. The humanitarian effort, coordinated by LDS Charities, was meant to train families and teachers to work with students who are deaf.

The group, which included two people who are deaf and one sign-language interpreter in addition to Pavithran, started researching the disability issues in Turkey after being contacted by LDS Charities in July. The research expanded to issues faced by people with a broad range of disabilities, instead of only people who are deaf.

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CPD by the numbers

There are more than 200 names on the e-mail list for Aggie Advocates, now in its second year.

Volunteers of the Year named

Katie Lovendale and Amber Hartley were named 2012 Volunteers of the Year by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) for their work with Aggie Advocates. The special education majors were honored at the annual Holiday Lunch with beach bags filled with CPD goodies and an engraved plaque, which will be hung at the CPD.

Aggie Advocates was formed last year with the help of Jeff Sheen, training and development specialist and volunteer coordinator at the CPD, and associate director of development Shane Johnson.

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