Students learn about disability, themselves

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Libby Higham works on Gordon Richins' wheelchair.

Libby Higham is a senior dietetics major who is in her second semester in the SPED 6500 Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning (IDASL) class.

 “Changing the tires and installing new batteries in Gordon's wheelchair was a surprisingly labor-intensive process and a true test of his patience and trust in me," Higham said. "Through this experience, I grew to share in Cameron’s, Clay’s, and Gordon’s enthusiasm for a wheelchair’s capacity to be much more than a means of mobility. I truly understand now that a large portion of Gordon’s quality of life depends on the comfort and functionality of his wheelchair. This experience was very unique, as it provided me the opportunity to develop an enthusiasm for advocating for people with disabilities through making their lives simpler through assistive technology.”

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CPD by the numbers

The average IDASL class of 15 students logs 1,125 service-learning hours each semester.

Minnesotans to spend spring break at CPD

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College of St. Benedict students give Lil' Marv a fresh coat of paint in this file photo from 2013.

Nine young men and women from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in central Minnesota will spend next week at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities for an Alternative Break Experience. This will be the third year in a row that students from CSB/SJU have trekked to the CPD.

The group will arrive in Logan on Sunday, March 2 and leave again on Saturday, March 8. They will stay with Cache Valley host families for the week.

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Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning (SPED 6500) offers upper-level students the opportunity to explore disability through service-learning.

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