When we come back next year:Youth conference deemed a success

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Staff members assist a youth conference participant on the rock-climbing wall.

For the 10 youth with disabilities who attended a leadership conference at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, the possibility of future conferences was never in question.

“For an inaugural event, it went really well,” said Jeff Sheen, CPD policy analyst and project director who helped plan the event. “Everyone was saying ‘when we come back next year, and the next year after that’ -- not if we come back, but when.”

The youth leadership conference, which was held on the USU campus June 10-12, was an initiative to get youth involved as consumers and prepare them to be leaders in disability advocacy, said Sheen, who is also the chair of Utah’s Statewide Independent Living Council’s youth service committee.

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CPD by the numbers

Ten young men and women from around the state of Utah attended the first-ever leadership conference for youth with disabilities at USU June 10-12.

Thain honored as 2013 Alumnus of the Year

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Dr. Wilbur "Bill" Thain

Dr. Wilbur “Bill” Thain M.D., was honored recently as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. Thain was a member of the original committee that planned the Exceptional Child Center, which later became the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and also served as its medical director for a time.

The Alumnus of the Year is honored for his or her role at the CPD and contributions to the disability community, as well as their career activities after their time at the CPD.

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The PEER (Post-secondary Education, Employment and Research) Project at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities supports students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in postsecondary education.

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