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On June 18, the US Department of Justice announced that Utah violates federal civil rights by segregating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. IDRPP officials respond to the findings.
IDRPP Officials Respond to DOJ Findings of Segregation in Utah

IDRPP Officials Respond to DOJ Findings of Segregation in Utah

On June 18, the US Department of Justice announced that Utah violates federal civil rights by segregating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. IDRPP officials respond to the findings.

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In October, a new $7.2 million center focused on providing accessible materials to students with disabilities will open at Utah State University. The new National Center on Accessible Digital Educational Materials and Instruction (NCADEMI) will be housed
New IDRPP Center Brings Digital Accessibility Within Reach

New IDRPP Center Brings Digital Accessibility Within Reach

In October, a new $7.2 million center focused on providing accessible materials to students with disabilities will open at Utah State University. The new National Center on Accessible Digital Educational Materials and Instruction (NCADEMI) will be housed ...

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This special issue will be dedicated to evidence-based processes and practices for entities to ensure the accessibility of digital content, information, services, programs, or activities.
Call for Abstracts: DDNJ Special Issue

Call for Abstracts: DDNJ Special Issue

This special issue will be dedicated to evidence-based processes and practices for entities to ensure the accessibility of digital content, information, services, programs, or activities.

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We all have bad days and sad times, but depression is more than sadness. Anxiety is more than nervousness. Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough addresses disability and mental health.
Guest Post: Speaking in the Struggle

Guest Post: Speaking in the Struggle

We all have bad days and sad times, but depression is more than sadness. Anxiety is more than nervousness. Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough addresses disability and mental health.

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"My idea was to create a training that would be approachable [and] accessible to most people that are interested in developing their mindfulness" -Joana Franco
Heart of Mindfulness Course Deadline Approaches

Heart of Mindfulness Course Deadline Approaches

"My idea was to create a training that would be approachable [and] accessible to most people that are interested in developing their mindfulness" -Joana Franco

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"I don't think of disability as a limitation. ... It's just another way to describe who you are."
Miss 2024 North America Revolutionary's Message

Miss 2024 North America Revolutionary's Message

"I don't think of disability as a limitation. ... It's just another way to describe who you are."

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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice salutes our employees and URLEND trainees who passed a big milestone this year. Congratulations!
IDRPP Salutes 2024 Graduates, Trainees

IDRPP Salutes 2024 Graduates, Trainees

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice salutes our employees and URLEND trainees who passed a big milestone this year. Congratulations!

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King's main message for everyone, especially to Utahns, is seek to be understanding and supportive of people or communities that may be different than what one is naturally born into or comfortable with.
Allies and Advocates: What They Are and How to Become One

Allies and Advocates: What They Are and How to Become One

King's main message for everyone, especially to Utahns, is seek to be understanding and supportive of people or communities that may be different than what one is naturally born into or comfortable with.

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Two student researchers, mentored here at the Institute, presented their award-winning work to understand a sobering gap in mental health resources during Research Week at Utah State University.
Undergrad Research Highlights Mental Health Services Gap

Undergrad Research Highlights Mental Health Services Gap

Two student researchers, mentored here at the Institute, presented their award-winning work to understand a sobering gap in mental health resources during Research Week at Utah State University.

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We asked researchers Sumiko Martinez and Ann Carrick to share more thoughts on how to build more inclusive communities, workplaces, professional offices and friendships. This is their interview.
Building Neuro-Inclusive Communities

Building Neuro-Inclusive Communities

We asked researchers Sumiko Martinez and Ann Carrick to share more thoughts on how to build more inclusive communities, workplaces, professional offices and friendships. This is their interview.

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A remarkable story of how three countries and dozens of people united to help bring a customized wheelchair to a partially paralyzed girl began in 2022 with one exceptional, considerate woman.
Three Continents, One Wheelchair: Overcoming Moyamoya

Three Continents, One Wheelchair: Overcoming Moyamoya

A remarkable story of how three countries and dozens of people united to help bring a customized wheelchair to a partially paralyzed girl began in 2022 with one exceptional, considerate woman.

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The Institute lost a family member this month with the passing of Amy Henningsen, an occupational therapist and assistive technology practitioner who worked with our Up to 3 program for 32 years. Here are our memories.
Memories of Amy

Memories of Amy

The Institute lost a family member this month with the passing of Amy Henningsen, an occupational therapist and assistive technology practitioner who worked with our Up to 3 program for 32 years. Here are our memories.

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Dr. Richard Chapman and Jessica Shuttler discuss how principles of self determination and assessment apply to individuals with disabilities with Matthew Wappett.
Richard Chapman and Jessica Shuttler: Latest DDNJ Podcast

Richard Chapman and Jessica Shuttler: Latest DDNJ Podcast

Dr. Richard Chapman and Jessica Shuttler discuss how principles of self determination and assessment apply to individuals with disabilities with Matthew Wappett.

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The good news is that the higher education world has made huge steps in the field of web accessibility. But outside the higher ed world, web accessibility progress is much slower.
Web Accessibility Research: Good News, Bad News

Web Accessibility Research: Good News, Bad News

The good news is that the higher education world has made huge steps in the field of web accessibility. But outside the higher ed world, web accessibility progress is much slower.

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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s Up to 3 program aims to help parents who struggle to connect with their children through the use of play.
Play: A Tool for Parents and their Children

Play: A Tool for Parents and their Children

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s Up to 3 program aims to help parents who struggle to connect with their children through the use of play.

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us remember not only women who are world-famous, but also women who have contributed personally to our lives, and our female ancestors.
Guest Blog: The Women who Came Before Us

Guest Blog: The Women who Came Before Us

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us remember not only women who are world-famous, but also women who have contributed personally to our lives, and our female ancestors.

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Project ECHO is searching for expecting mothers to participate in a longitudinal research study.
Pregnant Mothers Needed for Research Study

Pregnant Mothers Needed for Research Study

Project ECHO is searching for expecting mothers to participate in a longitudinal research study.

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The Utah 2024 legislative session has officially ended! Here is a summary of what did and didn’t pass, as well as funding updates.
Legislative Round-Up 2024

Legislative Round-Up 2024

The Utah 2024 legislative session has officially ended! Here is a summary of what did and didn’t pass, as well as funding updates.

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"It's never a mistake to carve out a place for yourself in this world," says Kelie Hess.
What the World Needs to Know about Women with Disabilities

What the World Needs to Know about Women with Disabilities

"It's never a mistake to carve out a place for yourself in this world," says Kelie Hess.

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I am black, hard of hearing, visually impaired, and in a wheelchair. I encounter discrimination regularly. I vividly remember my first visit to City Creek Center. It was overwhelmingly big, and I got lost. I asked so many people for help, but very few peo
More Than Able: The Perspective of a Disabled Black Man

More Than Able: The Perspective of a Disabled Black Man

I am black, hard of hearing, visually impaired, and in a wheelchair. I encounter discrimination regularly. I vividly remember my first visit to City Creek Center. It was overwhelmingly big, and I got lost. I asked so many people for help, but very few peo...

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As a woman of color who was born with cerebral palsy, Shari Cooper has faced many difficult challenges.
Loving My Skin: Latest DDNJ Podcast

Loving My Skin: Latest DDNJ Podcast

As a woman of color who was born with cerebral palsy, Shari Cooper has faced many difficult challenges.

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An all-things-paraeducator virtual conference will be hosted by the National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) from January 25th - 27th.
Paraeducators: Understanding their Role

Paraeducators: Understanding their Role

An all-things-paraeducator virtual conference will be hosted by the National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) from January 25th - 27th.

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Do you want to be fully in charge of your life? Or does being in charge scare you a bit? Is there an in-between place where you are in charge of your decisions, but you have help along the way? Yes, there is.
Guest Post: Supported Decision-Making, Explained

Guest Post: Supported Decision-Making, Explained

Do you want to be fully in charge of your life? Or does being in charge scare you a bit? Is there an in-between place where you are in charge of your decisions, but you have help along the way? Yes, there is.

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Caregiver advocates in Utah have recently received grant funding to provide long-term support for veteran caregivers' service and time in Utah.
New Funding for Veteran Caregivers in Utah

New Funding for Veteran Caregivers in Utah

Caregiver advocates in Utah have recently received grant funding to provide long-term support for veteran caregivers' service and time in Utah.

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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s ECHO project on substance abuse launches Wednesday, January 10 at noon. Time to Act ECHO: Substance Abuse is free for all participants.
New IDRPP ECHO Project Targets Substance Abuse

New IDRPP ECHO Project Targets Substance Abuse

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s ECHO project on substance abuse launches Wednesday, January 10 at noon. Time to Act ECHO: Substance Abuse is free for all participants.

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Our congratulations go to this year's Spirit of Service awardees! These are people who show up and do what needs to be done, who go the extra mile without being asked, who are tireless workers, but whose efforts largely go unrecognized.
IDRPP Honors 2023 Spirit of Service Awardees

IDRPP Honors 2023 Spirit of Service Awardees

Our congratulations go to this year's Spirit of Service awardees! These are people who show up and do what needs to be done, who go the extra mile without being asked, who are tireless workers, but whose efforts largely go unrecognized.

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A Kind of Spark is about Addie Darrow, an elven eleven-year-old Autistic girl living in the village of Juniper, England. Addie becomes passionate about building a memorial to women wrongfully executed for being witches.
Guest Review: A Kind of Spark

Guest Review: A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark is about Addie Darrow, an elven eleven-year-old Autistic girl living in the village of Juniper, England. Addie becomes passionate about building a memorial to women wrongfully executed for being witches.

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As a first-time mom, I didn't know much, but I did know that it felt like my kid was harder than everyone else's. It wasn't until I called Up to 3 and had some home visits that I finally found some validation.
Early Intervention Made all the Difference

Early Intervention Made all the Difference

As a first-time mom, I didn't know much, but I did know that it felt like my kid was harder than everyone else's. It wasn't until I called Up to 3 and had some home visits that I finally found some validation.

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A recent wheelchair basketball game turned into an unexpected fundraiser as members of the Utah community came together. 
Making a More Inclusive Community Through Wheelchair Basketball

Making a More Inclusive Community Through Wheelchair Basketball

A recent wheelchair basketball game turned into an unexpected fundraiser as members of the Utah community came together. 

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WebAIM Director Jared Smith recently received the Social Impact Award at the Information and Communication Technologies Accessibility Testing Symposium in Washington, DC.
WebAIM Director Recognized For Social Impact

WebAIM Director Recognized For Social Impact

WebAIM Director Jared Smith recently received the Social Impact Award at the Information and Communication Technologies Accessibility Testing Symposium in Washington, DC.

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Specialists from IDRPP have received nearly $500,000 to continue their work on bolstering customized employment for people severely impacted by disability in Utah. The funding will cover training and consulting work over the next three years.
$500,000 Grant Funds IDRPP’s Customized Employment Training

$500,000 Grant Funds IDRPP’s Customized Employment Training

Specialists from IDRPP have received nearly $500,000 to continue their work on bolstering customized employment for people severely impacted by disability in Utah. The funding will cover training and consulting work over the next three years.

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Since 2014, federal policy has focused on competitive, integrated employment for people with intellectual disabilities. New research from IDRPP shows there is lots of room for improvement.
IDRPP Research Shows Continuing Employment Gap

IDRPP Research Shows Continuing Employment Gap

Since 2014, federal policy has focused on competitive, integrated employment for people with intellectual disabilities. New research from IDRPP shows there is lots of room for improvement.

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Individuals in Utah with a print disability may qualify to vote electronically- a significant step towards accommodating accessibility needs.
Voting Electronically: A New Possibility in Utah

Voting Electronically: A New Possibility in Utah

Individuals in Utah with a print disability may qualify to vote electronically- a significant step towards accommodating accessibility needs.

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Consumer and community involvement is vital to our work! Find out how to serve on our Community Advisory Council.
We Are Seeking Advisory Council Members!

We Are Seeking Advisory Council Members!

Consumer and community involvement is vital to our work! Find out how to serve on our Community Advisory Council.

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A project from the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice aims to ease a shortage of certified Braille transcribers in three states.
TAESE Project Eases Braille Transcriber Shortage

TAESE Project Eases Braille Transcriber Shortage

A project from the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice aims to ease a shortage of certified Braille transcribers in three states.

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In the latest DDNJ podcast, Institute for Disability Director Matthew Wappett and National Center for Cultural Competence Director Tawara Goode explore how leadership is crucial in creating cultural and communal change.
Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Latest DDNJ Podcast

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Latest DDNJ Podcast

In the latest DDNJ podcast, Institute for Disability Director Matthew Wappett and National Center for Cultural Competence Director Tawara Goode explore how leadership is crucial in creating cultural and communal change.

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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice launches its fifth ECHO project on October 18. “Early Warning Signs of Infant Mental Health,” the first in a series of sessions, will kick off the free Time to Act ECHO: Mental Health Across the Lif
Time to Act ECHO Project Addresses Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Time to Act ECHO Project Addresses Mental Health Across the Lifespan

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice launches its fifth ECHO project on October 18. “Early Warning Signs of Infant Mental Health,” the first in a series of sessions, will kick off the free Time to Act ECHO: Mental Health Across the Lif...

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"I job shadowed at my university library’s technical services department. It was in the basement and required a master’s degree, and I decided I wasn’t that interested in library science after all." Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough offers her advice on p
Guest Blog: Empowered by Work

Guest Blog: Empowered by Work

"I job shadowed at my university library’s technical services department. It was in the basement and required a master’s degree, and I decided I wasn’t that interested in library science after all." Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough offers her advice on p...

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"Seeking Mental Health Services as an Adult with a Disability" runs from September 29 to October 27, 2023.
Intersection of Disability and Mental Health on Display at USU

Intersection of Disability and Mental Health on Display at USU

"Seeking Mental Health Services as an Adult with a Disability" runs from September 29 to October 27, 2023.

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USU is more accessible to students with disabilities, thanks to a course and a web accessibility evaluation tool from the Institute for Disability. It’s also thanks to the efforts of USU’s Digital Accessibility Services Group, and to people from every cor
USU Marks Accessibility Progress, Thanks In Part to IDRPP’s WebAIM

USU Marks Accessibility Progress, Thanks In Part to IDRPP’s WebAIM

USU is more accessible to students with disabilities, thanks to a course and a web accessibility evaluation tool from the Institute for Disability. It’s also thanks to the efforts of USU’s Digital Accessibility Services Group, and to people from every cor...

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The DDNJ celebrates its third anniversary this month. People with disabilities from many backgrounds have contributed to its pages. Its content has been downloaded 13,000 times in 70 countries.
USU’s Developmental Disabilities Network Journal Marks 3rd Anniversary

USU’s Developmental Disabilities Network Journal Marks 3rd Anniversary

The DDNJ celebrates its third anniversary this month. People with disabilities from many backgrounds have contributed to its pages. Its content has been downloaded 13,000 times in 70 countries.

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“If you've done research on me, or you've done research with me, I still want to know what the results are," says DDNJ contributor Ida Winters. ... At any point where it's not what I signed up for, I'd like to know.”
Getting Research Right: Latest DDNJ Podcast

Getting Research Right: Latest DDNJ Podcast

“If you've done research on me, or you've done research with me, I still want to know what the results are," says DDNJ contributor Ida Winters. ... At any point where it's not what I signed up for, I'd like to know.”

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“I think for too long, a lot of these [longterm care facilities] have had a lack of accountability,” said Matthew Wappett, IDRPP’s executive director and a board member at the DLC. “It’s a good thing people are paying attention now.”
Utah Disability Law Center Report Nets Results

Utah Disability Law Center Report Nets Results

“I think for too long, a lot of these [longterm care facilities] have had a lack of accountability,” said Matthew Wappett, IDRPP’s executive director and a board member at the DLC. “It’s a good thing people are paying attention now.”

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An Autistic reviewer shares their thoughts on Temple Grandin's Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gift of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.
Book Review of Visual Thinking

Book Review of Visual Thinking

An Autistic reviewer shares their thoughts on Temple Grandin's Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gift of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.

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A 2018 report found people with disabilities were seven times more likely to experience sexual assault than their peers. If you are an adult with a developmental disabilities or you care or work with one, you can help!
Help Prevent Sexual Violence Against People With Disabilities

Help Prevent Sexual Violence Against People With Disabilities

A 2018 report found people with disabilities were seven times more likely to experience sexual assault than their peers. If you are an adult with a developmental disabilities or you care or work with one, you can help!

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All trips require planning, preparation, and packing. If you have a disability, the planning, preparation, and packing are usually magnified because there are more factors in play. There are ways to help it go smoother, though, and I’ll share some of thos
Guest Blog: Hard Work Makes Memories

Guest Blog: Hard Work Makes Memories

All trips require planning, preparation, and packing. If you have a disability, the planning, preparation, and packing are usually magnified because there are more factors in play. There are ways to help it go smoother, though, and I’ll share some of thos...

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It’s not every day that a presentation on customized employment lands IDRPP staff members on panel with Bollywood stars in India. But it happened earlier this spring, and the visit to India left a lasting impression on two continents.
The Institute Goes to India

The Institute Goes to India

It’s not every day that a presentation on customized employment lands IDRPP staff members on panel with Bollywood stars in India. But it happened earlier this spring, and the visit to India left a lasting impression on two continents.

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Bridgerland Literacy, located in the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice, is meeting people where they are—not only in reading ability but also in their own communities. "It's never too late to learn how to read," says volunteer & forme
Bridgerland Literacy Meets Clients Where They Are

Bridgerland Literacy Meets Clients Where They Are

Bridgerland Literacy, located in the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice, is meeting people where they are—not only in reading ability but also in their own communities. "It's never too late to learn how to read," says volunteer & forme...

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The Institute for Disability salutes our employees and URLEND trainees who passed a big milestone this year. Congratulations!
IDRPP Salutes 2023 Graduates, Trainees

IDRPP Salutes 2023 Graduates, Trainees

The Institute for Disability salutes our employees and URLEND trainees who passed a big milestone this year. Congratulations!

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Sybil Cutler’s path to graduation has been busy. She's been a teacher's assistant, student researcher, undergraduate research fellow, peer advisor and college council member. Now she adds USU Citizenship Award recipient to the list.
IDRPP Salutes University Citizenship Award Recipient, Graduate

IDRPP Salutes University Citizenship Award Recipient, Graduate

Sybil Cutler’s path to graduation has been busy. She's been a teacher's assistant, student researcher, undergraduate research fellow, peer advisor and college council member. Now she adds USU Citizenship Award recipient to the list.

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A new Institute for Disability project will provide free instruction and professional development for those who serve clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have mental health concerns.
Free ECHO Sessions for Mental Health/DD providers launch May 15

Free ECHO Sessions for Mental Health/DD providers launch May 15

A new Institute for Disability project will provide free instruction and professional development for those who serve clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have mental health concerns.

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Decolonization isn't a metaphor, it's an action. Nathan Rabang and Vanessa Hiratsuka discuss the decolonization of disability among indigenous communities.
DDNJ Podcast: Disability Decolonized

DDNJ Podcast: Disability Decolonized

Decolonization isn't a metaphor, it's an action. Nathan Rabang and Vanessa Hiratsuka discuss the decolonization of disability among indigenous communities.

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A new-to-USU program offers mentorship and financial supports to students with disabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
New IDRPP Program Supports STEM Students With Disabilities

New IDRPP Program Supports STEM Students With Disabilities

A new-to-USU program offers mentorship and financial supports to students with disabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

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I learned about inclusion at home because that was the norm. In our home there was always an atmosphere of inclusion and love.
Guest Post: Sibling Memories

Guest Post: Sibling Memories

I learned about inclusion at home because that was the norm. In our home there was always an atmosphere of inclusion and love.

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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s Service Division is growing, with new projects coming on board and existing ones poised to grow. To manage the changes, IDRPP has brought in two Service Division Associate Directors.
IDRPP Service Division Adds Two Associate Directors

IDRPP Service Division Adds Two Associate Directors

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice’s Service Division is growing, with new projects coming on board and existing ones poised to grow. To manage the changes, IDRPP has brought in two Service Division Associate Directors.

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Here is a list of legislation—passed and failed—that will affect Utah’ people with disabilities and their families.
2023 Utah Legislative Session Roundup

2023 Utah Legislative Session Roundup

Here is a list of legislation—passed and failed—that will affect Utah’ people with disabilities and their families.

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When one has a speech impairment, many people don't take the time to hear what you want or even what you are trying to say. I worked hard to make my voice stronger and my articulation tactics clever. So, I would be heard.
From the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal: Loving My Skin

From the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal: Loving My Skin

When one has a speech impairment, many people don't take the time to hear what you want or even what you are trying to say. I worked hard to make my voice stronger and my articulation tactics clever. So, I would be heard.

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Dan O’Crowley had both physical and cost barriers in mind when he began a project to develop a device that would combine the health and accessibility benefits of a walking exoskeleton with the energy-conscious, battery-saving benefits of a wheelchair.
Small grant fuels big dreams in tech development for wheelchair users

Small grant fuels big dreams in tech development for wheelchair users

Dan O’Crowley had both physical and cost barriers in mind when he began a project to develop a device that would combine the health and accessibility benefits of a walking exoskeleton with the energy-conscious, battery-saving benefits of a wheelchair.

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If your child has a developmental disability, help them be involved in school and community activities. It is everyday interactions with real people that have a lasting effect.
Guest Post: Disability Awareness Can Be a Joyful Experience

Guest Post: Disability Awareness Can Be a Joyful Experience

If your child has a developmental disability, help them be involved in school and community activities. It is everyday interactions with real people that have a lasting effect.

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It's Black History month. My present difficulties have made me want to speak more personally. It takes courage to fight for yourself. And if doctors don't listen, seek another opinion.
Guest Post: I Just Wanted Them to Help Me

Guest Post: I Just Wanted Them to Help Me

It's Black History month. My present difficulties have made me want to speak more personally. It takes courage to fight for yourself. And if doctors don't listen, seek another opinion.

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To have the inclusion of people with disabilities be truly meaningful, it should spring out of genuine respect and caring. Working together, we can create an inclusive society for everyone.
Guest Post: Inclusion and Disability Advocacy

Guest Post: Inclusion and Disability Advocacy

To have the inclusion of people with disabilities be truly meaningful, it should spring out of genuine respect and caring. Working together, we can create an inclusive society for everyone.

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Disability Advocacy Day is approaching! In the spirit of advocacy, I wanted to share some thoughts with all the advocates out there, wondering how to share their stories here, on our blog.
Disability Advocacy: A Letter From Your Editor

Disability Advocacy: A Letter From Your Editor

Disability Advocacy Day is approaching! In the spirit of advocacy, I wanted to share some thoughts with all the advocates out there, wondering how to share their stories here, on our blog.

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Women with disabilities are less likely to be screened for cervical cancer. They are often diagnosed at a later age, and later diagnosis leads to the cancer being more difficult to treat.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Women with disabilities are less likely to be screened for cervical cancer. They are often diagnosed at a later age, and later diagnosis leads to the cancer being more difficult to treat.

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The “Spirit of Service” awards began in 2017 as a way to honor a person within each division who goes the extra mile without being asked.
Congratulations, 2023 Spirit of Service Award Recipients!

Congratulations, 2023 Spirit of Service Award Recipients!

The “Spirit of Service” awards began in 2017 as a way to honor a person within each division who goes the extra mile without being asked.

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USU professionals agree the opioid epidemic's effects are still very much with us as a society. The children exposed to opioids in utero years ago may still experience the effects of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which can continue into their schoo
Project SCOPE's Latest Round Focuses On Toddlers, Children Impacted by Opioids

Project SCOPE's Latest Round Focuses On Toddlers, Children Impacted by Opioids

USU professionals agree the opioid epidemic's effects are still very much with us as a society. The children exposed to opioids in utero years ago may still experience the effects of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which can continue into their schoo...

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Becoming open-minded and inclusive helps those who are marginalized to be seen and heard. It also helps our communities to grow and involve more diverse perspectives.
DDNJ Podcast: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DDNJ Podcast: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Becoming open-minded and inclusive helps those who are marginalized to be seen and heard. It also helps our communities to grow and involve more diverse perspectives.

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Dr. Ronald Thorkildsen passed away on November 7. He was one of the Institute’s pioneering administrators. He was a researcher, grant-writer and technology developer. But when anyone who knew him heard his name, the first thing they said was, “Isn’t he th
In Memoriam: Ronald Thorkildsen

In Memoriam: Ronald Thorkildsen

Dr. Ronald Thorkildsen passed away on November 7. He was one of the Institute’s pioneering administrators. He was a researcher, grant-writer and technology developer. But when anyone who knew him heard his name, the first thing they said was, “Isn’t he th...

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but there are strategies that can help.
Guest Post: Surviving the Holidays

Guest Post: Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but there are strategies that can help.

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Parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities likely have many questions. Here's how the Institute's Southeast Early Intervention Program helps them find answers--and reassurance!
Southeast Early Intervention Serves Grand County Children

Southeast Early Intervention Serves Grand County Children

Parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities likely have many questions. Here's how the Institute's Southeast Early Intervention Program helps them find answers--and reassurance!

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In the most recent episode of the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal's podcast, Author Insights, Dr. Robert Morgan and Tabitha Pacheco explore the importance of communication and collaboration in transition services.
DDNJ Podcast: Communication and Collaboration

DDNJ Podcast: Communication and Collaboration

In the most recent episode of the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal's podcast, Author Insights, Dr. Robert Morgan and Tabitha Pacheco explore the importance of communication and collaboration in transition services.

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Dr. Curtis Phillips is the new IDRPP Service Division director, leading five service programs in several regions throughout Utah. These are busy but important times, Phillips says. "Everyone deserves a happy and fulfilling life."
Phillips Leads Services Division Through Busy Times

Phillips Leads Services Division Through Busy Times

Dr. Curtis Phillips is the new IDRPP Service Division director, leading five service programs in several regions throughout Utah. These are busy but important times, Phillips says. "Everyone deserves a happy and fulfilling life."

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Good communication is key to building bridges of understanding, regardless of disability.  The more we can practice respecting the thoughts, opinions and preferences of others, the world will be a better place.
Guest Post: Communicate with Respect for All

Guest Post: Communicate with Respect for All

Good communication is key to building bridges of understanding, regardless of disability.  The more we can practice respecting the thoughts, opinions and preferences of others, the world will be a better place.

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Unfortunately, breast cancer is still the leading cause of female cancer-related death in Utah. Screening rates in Utah are low, but are even lower when we look at our women who live with disabilities. Read this post and improve the odds!
Breast Cancer Screenings and Disability in Utah: What You Should Know

Breast Cancer Screenings and Disability in Utah: What You Should Know

Unfortunately, breast cancer is still the leading cause of female cancer-related death in Utah. Screening rates in Utah are low, but are even lower when we look at our women who live with disabilities. Read this post and improve the odds!

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In 1972, the Institute opened its doors as a special school for children with disabilities. At that time, we were one of the few schools in the Western U.S. that would work with students with disabilities.
The Institute for Disability Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Looks Back on History

The Institute for Disability Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Looks Back on History

In 1972, the Institute opened its doors as a special school for children with disabilities. At that time, we were one of the few schools in the Western U.S. that would work with students with disabilities.

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This Friday in Logan, the Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary by featuring two artists in the Gallery Walk. Their works can be viewed at the Presideo Real Estate Office at 19 W Center Street from 6 to 9 pm on September 23.
IDRPP Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Logan Gallery Walk

IDRPP Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Logan Gallery Walk

This Friday in Logan, the Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary by featuring two artists in the Gallery Walk. Their works can be viewed at the Presideo Real Estate Office at 19 W Center Street from 6 to 9 pm on September 23.

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The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for anyone, especially when you have a disability or other health condition. College isn’t easy, but it’s a mountain worth climbing and exploring.
Guest Post: Prepare to Climb the College Mountain

Guest Post: Prepare to Climb the College Mountain

The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for anyone, especially when you have a disability or other health condition. College isn’t easy, but it’s a mountain worth climbing and exploring.

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"Families matter. Their voice matters, their experiences matter, their opinions matter—especially when it comes to their children."
DDNJ Podcast: Families Matter

DDNJ Podcast: Families Matter

"Families matter. Their voice matters, their experiences matter, their opinions matter—especially when it comes to their children."

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In addition to working with the Institute, Dr. Ty Aller will have a role in Utah State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. His work falls on the intersection of disability and mental health.
IDRPP Researcher Works at Intersection of Mental Health & Disability

IDRPP Researcher Works at Intersection of Mental Health & Disability

In addition to working with the Institute, Dr. Ty Aller will have a role in Utah State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. His work falls on the intersection of disability and mental health.

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"I find myself constantly on trial for things I cannot change," said Melissa Malcom King in a speech she gave during the ADA 32nd Anniversary Celebration in Salt Lake City. Read her frank, poetic and hopeful thoughts on deliverance.
Guest Blog: Deliverance

Guest Blog: Deliverance

"I find myself constantly on trial for things I cannot change," said Melissa Malcom King in a speech she gave during the ADA 32nd Anniversary Celebration in Salt Lake City. Read her frank, poetic and hopeful thoughts on deliverance.

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The ADA helps those born with disabilities, those who acquire them later in life, and those without disabilities. It is wonderful and necessary, but it can’t fully solve the barriers people with disabilities face.
Guest Post: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Me

Guest Post: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Me

The ADA helps those born with disabilities, those who acquire them later in life, and those without disabilities. It is wonderful and necessary, but it can’t fully solve the barriers people with disabilities face.

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Federal crisis funding to Utah’s Aging and Disability Resource Center was administered through IDRPP, and it upgraded and enhanced technology for senior service providers throughout Utah.
COVID-19 Funding Will Have Lasting Effect on Technology For Utah Agencies

COVID-19 Funding Will Have Lasting Effect on Technology For Utah Agencies

Federal crisis funding to Utah’s Aging and Disability Resource Center was administered through IDRPP, and it upgraded and enhanced technology for senior service providers throughout Utah.

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A study published in the Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education offers a list of skills that parents of college students with intellectual disabilities say would help students as they prepare to go to an inclusive program.
Research offers skills list for college-bound students with intellectual disabilities

Research offers skills list for college-bound students with intellectual disabilities

A study published in the Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education offers a list of skills that parents of college students with intellectual disabilities say would help students as they prepare to go to an inclusive program.

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This August, Aggies Elevated will welcome its ninth cohort to the Logan campus, and its first cohort at the USU-Eastern campus in Price. The program has left its mark on Utah’s higher education and has more changes on the horizon.
Aggies Elevated Welcomes 9th Cohort; Expands Across Utah

Aggies Elevated Welcomes 9th Cohort; Expands Across Utah

This August, Aggies Elevated will welcome its ninth cohort to the Logan campus, and its first cohort at the USU-Eastern campus in Price. The program has left its mark on Utah’s higher education and has more changes on the horizon.

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"My Disability Roadmap shows how valuable it is that people with disabilities get to tell their own stories. Comedian and actor Maysoon Zayid explains, 'when you have more disabled people...telling our own stories, then it won't be the endless pity party.
Guest review: 'My Disability Roadmap'

Guest review: 'My Disability Roadmap'

"My Disability Roadmap shows how valuable it is that people with disabilities get to tell their own stories. Comedian and actor Maysoon Zayid explains, 'when you have more disabled people...telling our own stories, then it won't be the endless pity party....

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“We need to know what is our capacity, what are our needs, our individual and collaborative efforts. And sometimes what we think doesn’t match with what we are doing. We need to create an intentional and purposeful EDI culture.”
EDI Coach Reflects on the Places Where Disability and Diversity Meet

EDI Coach Reflects on the Places Where Disability and Diversity Meet

“We need to know what is our capacity, what are our needs, our individual and collaborative efforts. And sometimes what we think doesn’t match with what we are doing. We need to create an intentional and purposeful EDI culture.”

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COVID-19 upended the planet. Suddenly everything happened on-screen and in cars. But for those with disabilities, the rush online made some things hard and other things impossible. Utah State Magazine examines work by IDRPP's WebAIM.
The Fight for Disability Rights Goes Online

The Fight for Disability Rights Goes Online

COVID-19 upended the planet. Suddenly everything happened on-screen and in cars. But for those with disabilities, the rush online made some things hard and other things impossible. Utah State Magazine examines work by IDRPP's WebAIM.

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"It is vital that those with disabilities have equal access to the internet. In fact, some of us may use the internet more. ... Using the internet makes me feel independent, and I love that feeling."
Guest Blog: Surfing for All

Guest Blog: Surfing for All

"It is vital that those with disabilities have equal access to the internet. In fact, some of us may use the internet more. ... Using the internet makes me feel independent, and I love that feeling."

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Congratulations to IDRPP employees who completed their degrees and programs this year!
IDRPP Honors Graduates & Trainees

IDRPP Honors Graduates & Trainees

Congratulations to IDRPP employees who completed their degrees and programs this year!

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Staying curious about life may lessen your fears. I am discovering that it’s better to face what’s hard head on than to hide from it. Never stop exploring in life because there’s always more to learn.
Guest Post: Prepare for Adulthood by Being an Explorer

Guest Post: Prepare for Adulthood by Being an Explorer

Staying curious about life may lessen your fears. I am discovering that it’s better to face what’s hard head on than to hide from it. Never stop exploring in life because there’s always more to learn.

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Sue Olsen, director of our Services Division, is the 2022 recipient of the Strong Human Services Award from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University.
Sue Olsen Honored for Leadership in Human Services

Sue Olsen Honored for Leadership in Human Services

Sue Olsen, director of our Services Division, is the 2022 recipient of the Strong Human Services Award from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University.

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March is Women’s History Month. Women with disabilities need to be included in all aspects of society. Each person has their own story to share, and each story that is included makes the story of humanity more complete.
Women's History Month: Women With Disabilities Deserve to be Heard

Women's History Month: Women With Disabilities Deserve to be Heard

March is Women’s History Month. Women with disabilities need to be included in all aspects of society. Each person has their own story to share, and each story that is included makes the story of humanity more complete.

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Sexual assault and abuse of people with disabilities often goes unreported. To address this pressing issue, Dr. Parthenia Dinora and Molly Dellinger Wray have developed an impactful training program.
DDNJ Podcast: Crucial Conversations about Sexual Assault and Abuse

DDNJ Podcast: Crucial Conversations about Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual assault and abuse of people with disabilities often goes unreported. To address this pressing issue, Dr. Parthenia Dinora and Molly Dellinger Wray have developed an impactful training program.

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Why do so many in Utah choose jobs that help other people? Little Lambs of Utah, one of several nonprofits offering positions through the Public & School Partnership’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, offers some reasons. PSP is part of the Institute for Disabil
Public & School Partnership Highlights Joys of Nonprofit Work

Public & School Partnership Highlights Joys of Nonprofit Work

Why do so many in Utah choose jobs that help other people? Little Lambs of Utah, one of several nonprofits offering positions through the Public & School Partnership’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, offers some reasons. PSP is part of the Institute for Disabil...

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In any case, regardless of what the speaker said, my disabilities are real. They cause me a lot of difficulties. Sometimes I feel despair, like I am living half a life. I have learned that regardless of your race, gender, or age, you alone are your best a
Guest Post: ADHD is not Absent Father Syndrome

Guest Post: ADHD is not Absent Father Syndrome

In any case, regardless of what the speaker said, my disabilities are real. They cause me a lot of difficulties. Sometimes I feel despair, like I am living half a life. I have learned that regardless of your race, gender, or age, you alone are your best a...

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If you find yourself needing to work from home, remember it takes thought and planning. With planning and persistence, working from home can be successful.
Guest Post: Where Do You Work?

Guest Post: Where Do You Work?

If you find yourself needing to work from home, remember it takes thought and planning. With planning and persistence, working from home can be successful.

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Physical activity can be fun, social, and energizing; it is an important part of health and wellness. However, physical activity can lack the necessary accessibility required for inclusion of people with disabilities.
DDNJ Podcast: Physical Activity is for Everyone

DDNJ Podcast: Physical Activity is for Everyone

Physical activity can be fun, social, and energizing; it is an important part of health and wellness. However, physical activity can lack the necessary accessibility required for inclusion of people with disabilities.

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We had all experienced it, that return to work or school after a long break. Over the years, I have found several coping strategies that have helped me get back to the grind.
Guest Post: Coping Strategies That Help Me Get Back to the Grind

Guest Post: Coping Strategies That Help Me Get Back to the Grind

We had all experienced it, that return to work or school after a long break. Over the years, I have found several coping strategies that have helped me get back to the grind.

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Norman Ames is the new director of a Utah State University division tasked with helping organizations improve services for people with disabilities and their families on the national and international stage.
Norman Ames Named IDRPP Division Director

Norman Ames Named IDRPP Division Director

Norman Ames is the new director of a Utah State University division tasked with helping organizations improve services for people with disabilities and their families on the national and international stage.

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Care providers have historically seen high turnover rates and low wages. But in the last year and a half, the wages have become so low, they are creating a care crisis in Utah. Staff is less experienced, more overworked, and harder to come by.
Care Provider Crisis Explained on Capitol Hill

Care Provider Crisis Explained on Capitol Hill

Care providers have historically seen high turnover rates and low wages. But in the last year and a half, the wages have become so low, they are creating a care crisis in Utah. Staff is less experienced, more overworked, and harder to come by.

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Disability Advocacy Day is almost here! Read more about the keynote speaker, First Lady Abby Cox, and the upcoming presentation on disability intersectionality by Dr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg.
Utah's First Lady Headlines Disability Advocacy Day

Utah's First Lady Headlines Disability Advocacy Day

Disability Advocacy Day is almost here! Read more about the keynote speaker, First Lady Abby Cox, and the upcoming presentation on disability intersectionality by Dr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg.

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An advocate is someone who supports a cause, policy, or person. Someone can advocate on behalf of someone else, or for themselves. All forms of advocacy have their place. This blog post will focus on the importance of self-advocacy in everyday situations.
Guest Post: Empower Yourself Through Self-Advocacy

Guest Post: Empower Yourself Through Self-Advocacy

An advocate is someone who supports a cause, policy, or person. Someone can advocate on behalf of someone else, or for themselves. All forms of advocacy have their place. This blog post will focus on the importance of self-advocacy in everyday situations....

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Good pay for direct support professionals will attract good people to the field and keep them. It is a hard job and takes a special kind of person, one who is gentle and patient and persistent and kind and willing to help with daily living tasks.
Guest Post: Why Paying Caregivers Well Matters

Guest Post: Why Paying Caregivers Well Matters

Good pay for direct support professionals will attract good people to the field and keep them. It is a hard job and takes a special kind of person, one who is gentle and patient and persistent and kind and willing to help with daily living tasks.

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“I think about wanting to give people the opportunity to retire, to have their cat on their bed while they’re sick, to access hospice care. And it starts with conversations about those wishes. And we don’t have them enough.”
DDNJ Podcast: Planning for Life’s Transitions

DDNJ Podcast: Planning for Life’s Transitions

“I think about wanting to give people the opportunity to retire, to have their cat on their bed while they’re sick, to access hospice care. And it starts with conversations about those wishes. And we don’t have them enough.”

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Students with disabilities are at a higher risk of bullying than their peers. Here is some prevention advice from Frank Podobnik, a former school psychologist and former state special education director in Montana.
Anti-Bullying Strategies for Schools

Anti-Bullying Strategies for Schools

Students with disabilities are at a higher risk of bullying than their peers. Here is some prevention advice from Frank Podobnik, a former school psychologist and former state special education director in Montana.

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At the start of its second year, a WebAIM training program is now available to more than 52,000 employees at the 23 campuses in the CSU system.
WebAIM Documents Course Available to 52,000+ CSU Employees

WebAIM Documents Course Available to 52,000+ CSU Employees

At the start of its second year, a WebAIM training program is now available to more than 52,000 employees at the 23 campuses in the CSU system.

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A researcher identifies themes in how disability and mental health are perceived among Natives communities--and how the rush to provide services online leaves some behind.
A Look at How Disability is Perceived in Native Communities

A Look at How Disability is Perceived in Native Communities

A researcher identifies themes in how disability and mental health are perceived among Natives communities--and how the rush to provide services online leaves some behind.

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A guide to help children speak for themselves in the doctor's office is now available, thanks to a team of trainees from the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program.
Taking Charge of the Doctor Visit

Taking Charge of the Doctor Visit

A guide to help children speak for themselves in the doctor's office is now available, thanks to a team of trainees from the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program.

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You may already have received your mail-in ballot. But if a paper ballot is not accessible to you, there are other options. Here are some reminders of your voting rights.
Disability Voting: a Rights Reminder

Disability Voting: a Rights Reminder

You may already have received your mail-in ballot. But if a paper ballot is not accessible to you, there are other options. Here are some reminders of your voting rights.

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Last year was a record-breaking year for us in many areas. We surpassed our prior benchmarks for the total number of people served, projects managed, research and evaluation studies completed, peer-reviewed publications accepted.
From the Director: IDRPP in a Post-COVID World

From the Director: IDRPP in a Post-COVID World

Last year was a record-breaking year for us in many areas. We surpassed our prior benchmarks for the total number of people served, projects managed, research and evaluation studies completed, peer-reviewed publications accepted.

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IDRPP's WebAIM provided accessibility information for New York vaccination websites, helping agencies make sure people with disabilities could sign up for vaccines.
New York Agencies Commit to Vaccine Website Accessibility

New York Agencies Commit to Vaccine Website Accessibility

IDRPP's WebAIM provided accessibility information for New York vaccination websites, helping agencies make sure people with disabilities could sign up for vaccines.

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History Professor Nadja Durbach presents the history of the Victorian freak show. While it's cringe-worthy by today's standards, she suggests it was a place where atypical bodies were most integrated into their society.
Save the date: Disability Studies and the History of the Victorian Freak Show

Save the date: Disability Studies and the History of the Victorian Freak Show

History Professor Nadja Durbach presents the history of the Victorian freak show. While it's cringe-worthy by today's standards, she suggests it was a place where atypical bodies were most integrated into their society.

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On September 23, the Institute for Disability lost a family member with the passing of Connie Perhson.
In Memoriam: IDRPP Remembers Connie Pehrson

In Memoriam: IDRPP Remembers Connie Pehrson

On September 23, the Institute for Disability lost a family member with the passing of Connie Perhson.

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The USU Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice is conducting a statewide survey to learn what is working and not working well for people with disabilities in Utah. Please take 10 minutes to tell us.
Wanted: Your Opinion

Wanted: Your Opinion

The USU Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice is conducting a statewide survey to learn what is working and not working well for people with disabilities in Utah. Please take 10 minutes to tell us.

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If you’ve followed the Institute for Disability and its projects on social media, you already know rent relief in Utah has been a big topic this year.
Help for Utahns Struggling to Pay Rent

Help for Utahns Struggling to Pay Rent

If you’ve followed the Institute for Disability and its projects on social media, you already know rent relief in Utah has been a big topic this year.

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Rural Utah’s early intervention professionals sometimes work in isolation. But outside of attending a conference, which takes time and money, they may have few opportunities to draw from other professionals’ expertise—until now.
IDRPP Project Offers Free Training to Early Intervention Professionals | IDRPP Blog

IDRPP Project Offers Free Training to Early Intervention Professionals

Rural Utah’s early intervention professionals sometimes work in isolation. But outside of attending a conference, which takes time and money, they may have few opportunities to draw from other professionals’ expertise—until now.

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Dr. Tim Riesen is the new director of the Research and Training division of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice.
IDRPP Salutes New Division Director | IDRPP Blog

IDRPP Salutes New Division Director

Dr. Tim Riesen is the new director of the Research and Training division of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice.

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A team from the Institute for Disability was awarded a grant as part of the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk.
Grant Addresses Health Concerns Among Rural Utahns | CPD Blog

Grant Addresses Health Concerns Among Rural Utahns

A team from the Institute for Disability was awarded a grant as part of the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk.

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Effective July 1, 2021, USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will be renamed the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice.
CPD Becomes Institute For Disability Research, Policy, And Practice | CPD Blog

CPD Becomes Institute For Disability Research, Policy, And Practice

Effective July 1, 2021, USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will be renamed the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice.

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On March 4th, 2021, individuals gathered in the darkness to shine hope into the hearts of those who suffer at the hands of those who say they are not enough.
Guest Column: Rainbow Light | CPD Blog

Guest Column: Rainbow Light

On March 4th, 2021, individuals gathered in the darkness to shine hope into the hearts of those who suffer at the hands of those who say they are not enough.

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Tricia Jones-Parkin was elected to the Association of People Supporting Employment First board. She sat down with the CPD for an interview about the organization, its mission, and why competitive employment for people with disabilities matters.
Tricia Jones-Parkin On APSE, Employment First In Utah | CPD Blog

Tricia Jones-Parkin On APSE, Employment First In Utah

Tricia Jones-Parkin was elected to the Association of People Supporting Employment First board. She sat down with the CPD for an interview about the organization, its mission, and why competitive employment for people with disabilities matters.

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A new project from the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will help youth leaders know how to identify someone that might be experiencing a mental health issue and spot evidence-based resources to treat these issues.
USU Program Will Train Youth to Find Quality Mental Health Resources | CPD Blog

USU Program Will Train Youth to Find Quality Mental Health Resources

A new project from the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will help youth leaders know how to identify someone that might be experiencing a mental health issue and spot evidence-based resources to treat these issues.

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Congratulations to the Center for Persons with Disabilities employees who graduated this year!
CPD Salutes 2021 Graduates | CPD Blog

CPD Salutes 2021 Graduates

Congratulations to the Center for Persons with Disabilities employees who graduated this year!

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Throughout his years of volunteering with UATP within the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Stoke has shown his commitment to involving students in designing and building devices that improve lives of people with disabilities.
Volunteer Mike Stokes Honored At Utah State University | CPD Blog

Volunteer Mike Stokes Honored At Utah State University

Throughout his years of volunteering with UATP within the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Stoke has shown his commitment to involving students in designing and building devices that improve lives of people with disabilities.

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Up to 3
The CPD’s Up to 3 is getting a surprise boost this month, as a family that received services years ago launched a T-shirt fundraiser for the program.
Local T-shirt Fundraiser Benefits Up To 3 | CPD Blog

Local T-shirt Fundraiser Benefits Up To 3

The CPD’s Up to 3 is getting a surprise boost this month, as a family that received services years ago launched a T-shirt fundraiser for the program.

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In a year when educators and businesses were rushing online, free accessibility courses from the CPD's WebAIM impacted organizations and the lives of individuals.
WebAIM Provided 844 Free Courses To Celebrate Anniversary | CPD Blog

WebAIM Provided 844 Free Courses To Celebrate Anniversary

In a year when educators and businesses were rushing online, free accessibility courses from the CPD's WebAIM impacted organizations and the lives of individuals.

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After 37 years at the CPD, Mary Ellen Heiner has become part of its inner workings. Her style of service can be described as kind, competent, positive, mission focused. And now it’s award-winning.
CPD’s Mary Ellen Heiner Honored As Outstanding Staff Of 2021 | CPD Blog

CPD’s Mary Ellen Heiner Honored As Outstanding Staff Of 2021

After 37 years at the CPD, Mary Ellen Heiner has become part of its inner workings. Her style of service can be described as kind, competent, positive, mission focused. And now it’s award-winning.

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Guest blogger Melissa Malcolm King offers a poignant reminder that while we have spent the last year in the same pandemic, it's been a vastly different and more heartbreaking experience for some.
The Cure Within | CPD Blog

The Cure Within

Guest blogger Melissa Malcolm King offers a poignant reminder that while we have spent the last year in the same pandemic, it's been a vastly different and more heartbreaking experience for some.

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Most of the websites that Utahns use to sign up for the COVID vaccine contain accessibility errors that could potentially prevent people with disabilities from signing up independently, according to a recent review from WebAIM.
Most Utah COVID Vaccine Sign-Up Pages Have Accessibility Errors | CPD Blog

Most Utah COVID Vaccine Sign-Up Pages Have Accessibility Errors

Most of the websites that Utahns use to sign up for the COVID vaccine contain accessibility errors that could potentially prevent people with disabilities from signing up independently, according to a recent review from WebAIM.

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Aggies Elevated
AE caught the attention of the Lumina foundation, which is dedicated to bringing post-high educational experiences to everyone, especially those who normally encounter barriers.
Aggies Elevated Featured By National Organization | CPD Blog

Aggies Elevated Featured By National Organization

AE caught the attention of the Lumina foundation, which is dedicated to bringing post-high educational experiences to everyone, especially those who normally encounter barriers.

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The new director of Utah State University’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is a familiar face. Bora Lee came to UATP as a VISTA member in 2019. After, she earned her Ed.D, focusing on transitioning to adulthood for minority students with disabilities.
Bora Lee Named UATP's New Director | CPD Blog

Bora Lee Named UATP's New Director

The new director of Utah State University’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is a familiar face. Bora Lee came to UATP as a VISTA member in 2019. After, she earned her Ed.D, focusing on transitioning to adulthood for minority students with disabilities....

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Did you miss the Disability Advocacy Day activities? Would you like a refresher? Recorded sessions from the 2021 event are now available. Find out more about the sessions here.
Disability Advocacy Day Classes And Speakers Now Available Online | CPD Blog

Disability Advocacy Day Classes And Speakers Now Available Online

Did you miss the Disability Advocacy Day activities? Would you like a refresher? Recorded sessions from the 2021 event are now available. Find out more about the sessions here.

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It is vitally important that legislators hear from the people who are directly affected by policies in the State of Utah. Here's how to talk to them in 2021.
Disability Advocacy Day: An Opportunity To Advocate! | CPD Blog

Disability Advocacy Day: An Opportunity To Advocate!

It is vitally important that legislators hear from the people who are directly affected by policies in the State of Utah. Here's how to talk to them in 2021.

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Awards
The Spirit of Service awards feature one person from each CPD division who goes the extra mile without being asked, who is a tireless worker, but whose efforts largely go unrecognized. Meet this year's recipients!
CPD Salutes "Spirit Of Service" Recipients | CPD Blog

CPD Salutes "Spirit Of Service" Recipients

The Spirit of Service awards feature one person from each CPD division who goes the extra mile without being asked, who is a tireless worker, but whose efforts largely go unrecognized. Meet this year's recipients!

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Dr. Sachin Pavithran, the CPD’s outgoing policy director and the Utah Assistive Technology Program Director, will soon leave for Washington, DC. Starting in January 2021, he will be the new US Access Board Executive Director.
CPD's Sachin Pavithran To Assume National Leadership Post | CPD Blog

CPD's Sachin Pavithran To Assume National Leadership Post

Dr. Sachin Pavithran, the CPD’s outgoing policy director and the Utah Assistive Technology Program Director, will soon leave for Washington, DC. Starting in January 2021, he will be the new US Access Board Executive Director.

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Stride Services (formerly the Developmental Skills Laboratory) has a new name and logo, but the changes are a lot more than skin-deep. The name change reflects the program’s commitment to integrate participants into the community
Developmental Skills Laboratory Is Now Stride Services | CPD Blog

Developmental Skills Laboratory Is Now Stride Services

Stride Services (formerly the Developmental Skills Laboratory) has a new name and logo, but the changes are a lot more than skin-deep. The name change reflects the program’s commitment to integrate participants into the community

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The CPD will partner in pilot programs focused on mental health awareness and advocacy for farmers.
CPD Partners In Effort To Improve Mental Health In Rural Communities | CPD Blog

CPD Partners In Effort To Improve Mental Health In Rural Communities

The CPD will partner in pilot programs focused on mental health awareness and advocacy for farmers.

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Utah Third District Representative John Curtis, a Republican who recently won re-election, is next up for an interview with the CPD’s policy team on November 10, from 9:30 to 10 am.
Representative John Curtis Next In CPD’s Disability Policy Interview Series | CPD Blog

Representative John Curtis Next In CPD’s Disability Policy Interview Series

Utah Third District Representative John Curtis, a Republican who recently won re-election, is next up for an interview with the CPD’s policy team on November 10, from 9:30 to 10 am.

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A collaborative effort across three universities will create new, post-secondary programs at USU Eastern and Utah Valley University. It will also provide additional funding for Aggies Elevated.
Aggies Elevated Model Is The Basis For For Expanded College Options In Utah | CPD Blog

Aggies Elevated Model Is The Basis For For Expanded College Options In Utah

A collaborative effort across three universities will create new, post-secondary programs at USU Eastern and Utah Valley University. It will also provide additional funding for Aggies Elevated.

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Both Utah gubernatorial candidates offered their views on disability issues. Here's a quick summary.
Cox And Peterson Speak Out On Disability Issues | CPD Blog

Cox And Peterson Speak Out On Disability Issues

Both Utah gubernatorial candidates offered their views on disability issues. Here's a quick summary.

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In Utah, disability doesn't change your right to vote, though sometimes people try to interfere with it anyway. Here are some things to know.
People With Disabilities And Voting In Utah: Know Your Rights! | CPD Blog

People With Disabilities And Voting In Utah: Know Your Rights!

In Utah, disability doesn't change your right to vote, though sometimes people try to interfere with it anyway. Here are some things to know.

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The CPD’s Project SCOPE is a national training initiative designed to help early childhood educators, health providers and others who support the children and families affected by opioid use.
Project SCOPE Helps Service Providers Understand Issues Surrounding Babies’ Opioid Withdrawal | CPD Blog

Project SCOPE Helps Service Providers Understand Issues Surrounding Babies’ Opioid Withdrawal

The CPD’s Project SCOPE is a national training initiative designed to help early childhood educators, health providers and others who support the children and families affected by opioid use.

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Chris Stewart, Republican incumbent in the race for Utah’s Second Congressional District, is next up an interview with the CPD’s policy team on Thursday, October 8, from 10 to 10:30. You can also watch it later from the CPD's policy page.
Rep. Chris Stewart Next In "Getting To Know The Candidates" Series | CPD Blog

Rep. Chris Stewart Next In "Getting To Know The Candidates" Series

Chris Stewart, Republican incumbent in the race for Utah’s Second Congressional District, is next up an interview with the CPD’s policy team on Thursday, October 8, from 10 to 10:30. You can also watch it later from the CPD's policy page.

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Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner explains why she chose a manual wheelchair over a power wheelchair.
Manpower v. Horsepower | CPD Blog

Manpower v. Horsepower

Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner explains why she chose a manual wheelchair over a power wheelchair.

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Devin Thorpe will answer disability policy questions in the latest installment of "Getting to Know the Candidates: Disability Policy" series.
Devin Thorpe Next To Address Disability Policy Questions | CPD Blog

Devin Thorpe Next To Address Disability Policy Questions

Devin Thorpe will answer disability policy questions in the latest installment of "Getting to Know the Candidates: Disability Policy" series.

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Autism
While no one knew I was Autistic growing up – including myself - the word for it didn’t matter. I was clearly different than my peers, and living differently in the world made me a target.
Autism Diaries: Suicide Prevention While Being Autistic | CPD Blog

Autism Diaries: Suicide Prevention While Being Autistic

While no one knew I was Autistic growing up – including myself - the word for it didn’t matter. I was clearly different than my peers, and living differently in the world made me a target.

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Next up in our "Getting to Know the Candidates" series is Utah First Congressional District candidate Darren Parry.
Parry To Field Questions On Disability Policy | CPD Blog

Parry To Field Questions On Disability Policy

Next up in our "Getting to Know the Candidates" series is Utah First Congressional District candidate Darren Parry.

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Sharon's competence is impressive. The kindness she layers over it is legendary. We could go on and on... and we did!
Wishing The Best To Sharon Weston | CPD Blog

Wishing The Best To Sharon Weston

Sharon's competence is impressive. The kindness she layers over it is legendary. We could go on and on... and we did!

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Lieutenant Governor Cox and Representative Curtis are next up for interviews on their disability policy views. Tune in on Zoom!
Cox And Curtis Next Up For Interviews On Disability Policy | CPD Blog

Cox And Curtis Next Up For Interviews On Disability Policy

Lieutenant Governor Cox and Representative Curtis are next up for interviews on their disability policy views. Tune in on Zoom!

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Chris Peterson, candidate for governor, and Kael Wilson, candidate for Utah's Second Congressional District, to be interviewed on September 10.
Chris Peterson, Kael Wilson Interviews Set For Sept. 10 | CPD Blog

Chris Peterson, Kael Wilson Interviews Set For Sept. 10

Chris Peterson, candidate for governor, and Kael Wilson, candidate for Utah's Second Congressional District, to be interviewed on September 10.

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News
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The "Getting to Know the Candidates: Disability Policy" online interview series launches Thursday with an interview with Blake Moore, candidate for US Congress in Utah's First District. The public is invited to this Zoom event.
'Getting To Know The Candidates' Kicks Off With Blake Moore | CPD Blog

'Getting To Know The Candidates' Kicks Off With Blake Moore

The "Getting to Know the Candidates: Disability Policy" online interview series launches Thursday with an interview with Blake Moore, candidate for US Congress in Utah's First District. The public is invited to this Zoom event.

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Up to 3
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COVID-19 made some changes, but Up to 3's virtual services ensure parents are in charge of their child's development.
Up To 3 Makes The Switch To Virtual | CPD Blog

Up To 3 Makes The Switch To Virtual

COVID-19 made some changes, but Up to 3's virtual services ensure parents are in charge of their child's development.

IDRPP
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Blog
Lou-Michél McKee raises their voice for Black Lives Matter Utah, disability and neurodivergent rights, women’s rights or environmental justice.
Raising A Voice For BLM, Disability And Neurodivergent Rights | CPD Blog

Raising A Voice For BLM, Disability And Neurodivergent Rights

Lou-Michél McKee raises their voice for Black Lives Matter Utah, disability and neurodivergent rights, women’s rights or environmental justice.

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In a policy brief, the CPD asks the State of Utah to uphold the rights of people with disabilities and continue putting the Settings Rule in place, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
CPD Asks State To Uphold Disability Rights Despite COVID-19 | CPD Blog

CPD Asks State To Uphold Disability Rights Despite COVID-19

In a policy brief, the CPD asks the State of Utah to uphold the rights of people with disabilities and continue putting the Settings Rule in place, despite the challenges of COVID-19.

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News
Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner reflects on school, work and play before and after the ADA.
Life Before And After The ADA | CPD Blog

Life Before And After The ADA

Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner reflects on school, work and play before and after the ADA.

News
Blog
IDRPP
If you are a Utah student at high risk of complications from COVID-19, here are some things to know as Fall Semester approaches.
COVID-19: What's A High Risk Utah College Student To Do? | CPD Blog

COVID-19: What's A High Risk Utah College Student To Do?

If you are a Utah student at high risk of complications from COVID-19, here are some things to know as Fall Semester approaches.

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Transition
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JoLynne Lyon
News
CPD Public Relations Specialist JoLynne Lyon was recently recognized with a second-place award in the “Education” category of the 2020 Utah Society of Professional Journalists Headliners Contest.
JoLynne Lyon Receives Society Of Professional Journalism Award | CPD Blog

JoLynne Lyon Receives Society Of Professional Journalism Award

CPD Public Relations Specialist JoLynne Lyon was recently recognized with a second-place award in the “Education” category of the 2020 Utah Society of Professional Journalists Headliners Contest.

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IDRPP
For University of Utah student, Athena Schwartz, each part of their identity informs the other.
Life On The Intersection Of Queerness, Jewishness And Disability | CPD Blog

Life On The Intersection Of Queerness, Jewishness And Disability

For University of Utah student, Athena Schwartz, each part of their identity informs the other.

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News
At a time when police actions are under scrutiny, Ramona Cueves of Kearns shared this story of an experience when police responded to her daughter during a mental health crisis.
Ramona's Story | CPD Blog

Ramona's Story

At a time when police actions are under scrutiny, Ramona Cueves of Kearns shared this story of an experience when police responded to her daughter during a mental health crisis.

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Blog
IDRPP
A six-week, self-paced online workshop teaches skills for managing chronic pain.
Better Choices, Better Health Online Workshop Now Available | CPD Blog

Better Choices, Better Health Online Workshop Now Available

A six-week, self-paced online workshop teaches skills for managing chronic pain.

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June 15 update: Many have come together in a shared effort to help those in need in Cache County. Help is needed to sort, pack and deliver donations.
You Can Help Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19 In Cache Valley | CPD Blog

You Can Help Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19 In Cache Valley

June 15 update: Many have come together in a shared effort to help those in need in Cache County. Help is needed to sort, pack and deliver donations.

News
Blog
IDRPP
CPD Coordinator of Programs Mary Ellen Heiner reflects on facing her fear of water, years after an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Sink Or Swim | CPD Blog

Sink Or Swim

CPD Coordinator of Programs Mary Ellen Heiner reflects on facing her fear of water, years after an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.

News
Autism
Blog
Fibromyalgia
IDRPP
Sensory challenges make self-care and daily activities difficult and downright painful for CPD Social Media Specialist Storee Powell. Here are some things that make it easier.
Autism Diaries: Tips For Self-care | CPD Blog

Autism Diaries: Tips For Self-care

Sensory challenges make self-care and daily activities difficult and downright painful for CPD Social Media Specialist Storee Powell. Here are some things that make it easier.

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IDRPP
News
The Utah primary is June 30. COVID-19 has made some changes, but voters still have a right to accommodations to vote privately and independently. Find out more from the Disability Law Center.
Utah Primary Election 2020: What's Different In Accessible Voting | CPD Blog

Utah Primary Election 2020: What's Different In Accessible Voting

The Utah primary is June 30. COVID-19 has made some changes, but voters still have a right to accommodations to vote privately and independently. Find out more from the Disability Law Center.

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IDRPP
Blog
CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett opens up about men, mental health and the mountain west culture.
Men And Mental Health: It's Not Easy! | CPD Blog

Men And Mental Health: It's Not Easy!

CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett opens up about men, mental health and the mountain west culture.

Blog
News
IDRPP
Nathan Bringhurst and his mother, Kerry, talk about life with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition associated with heart problems, developmental delays and an open, friendly nature.
Williams Syndrome: "It's Like Music In Your Heart" | CPD Blog

Williams Syndrome: "It's Like Music In Your Heart"

Nathan Bringhurst and his mother, Kerry, talk about life with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition associated with heart problems, developmental delays and an open, friendly nature.

Blog
IDRPP
News
2020 will be a year for the history books. The campus is empty, but we are no less proud of the employees who will add their names to USU’s graduating class.
The CPD Salutes Its 2020 Graduates | CPD Blog

The CPD Salutes Its 2020 Graduates

2020 will be a year for the history books. The campus is empty, but we are no less proud of the employees who will add their names to USU’s graduating class.

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IDRPP
Blog
The CPD's Mary Ellen Heiner writes about teaching a course on disability. Former students still champion accessibility and suggest workplace changes to their employers. And sometimes they cry when the class ends.
Disabilities Course: From Awareness To Action | CPD Blog

Disabilities Course: From Awareness To Action

The CPD's Mary Ellen Heiner writes about teaching a course on disability. Former students still champion accessibility and suggest workplace changes to their employers. And sometimes they cry when the class ends.

Blog
News
IDRPP
This perspective is from CPD Social Media Specialist and Autist Storee Powell--because listening to actually autistic people is critical going forward in disability rights.
The Autism Diaries: Storee's Story | CPD Blog

The Autism Diaries: Storee's Story

This perspective is from CPD Social Media Specialist and Autist Storee Powell--because listening to actually autistic people is critical going forward in disability rights.

IDRPP
Blog
News
When Frank Podobnik joined the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, he brought award-winning expertise with him.
New TAESE Specialist Honored As A School Psychology Advocate | CPD Blog

New TAESE Specialist Honored As A School Psychology Advocate

When Frank Podobnik joined the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, he brought award-winning expertise with him.

News
IDRPP
Blog
2020 has been full of surprises, but the 2020 Census will go on: and for ever person not counted, Utah loses $18,660 over the next 10 years.
Census 2020: As Important As Ever | CPD Blog

Census 2020: As Important As Ever

2020 has been full of surprises, but the 2020 Census will go on: and for ever person not counted, Utah loses $18,660 over the next 10 years.

IDRPP
News
Blog
Judy Heumann, pioneering disability activist, talks about her place in history and the Netflix documentary "Crip Camp."
Women's History Month: An Interview With Judith Heumann | CPD Blog

Women's History Month: An Interview With Judith Heumann

Judy Heumann, pioneering disability activist, talks about her place in history and the Netflix documentary "Crip Camp."

IDRPP
News
Blog
Business and education were already moving online. Then came COVID-19. WebAIM offers insights and resources for content creators so their information can be accessed by everyone.
WebAIM Helps Make Information Accessible In The Pandemic | CPD Blog

WebAIM Helps Make Information Accessible In The Pandemic

Business and education were already moving online. Then came COVID-19. WebAIM offers insights and resources for content creators so their information can be accessed by everyone.

Blog
IDRPP
News
How COVID-19 precautions are affecting services at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
CPD And COVID-19: A Round-up Of Affected Services | CPD Blog

CPD And COVID-19: A Round-up Of Affected Services

How COVID-19 precautions are affecting services at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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News
Blog
Journal will draw from the expertise of university centers, related disability programs, people with disabilities and their families.
CPD Soon To Be Home To Open Source Academic Journal | CPD Blog

CPD Soon To Be Home To Open Source Academic Journal

Journal will draw from the expertise of university centers, related disability programs, people with disabilities and their families.

News
Blog
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Disability
Black History
A self-advocate reflects on the intersection of disability and race. “We as disabled people have to show society we can succeed because of our own ingenuity.”
"Disability Is Humanity." | CPD Blog

"Disability Is Humanity."

A self-advocate reflects on the intersection of disability and race. “We as disabled people have to show society we can succeed because of our own ingenuity.”

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Disability
Immigration
News
CPD Policy Director Sachin Pavithran joins the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection in discussion the process of immigration and how it is complicated by disability.
"Immigration 101" Examines Immigration And Disability | CPD Blog

"Immigration 101" Examines Immigration And Disability

CPD Policy Director Sachin Pavithran joins the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection in discussion the process of immigration and how it is complicated by disability.

News
Blog
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Two CPD wheelchair users speak out on a proposed rule change that examines putting accessible lavatories in single-aisle aircraft.
Proposed Rule Change Addresses Lavatories On Airplanes | CPD Blog

Proposed Rule Change Addresses Lavatories On Airplanes

Two CPD wheelchair users speak out on a proposed rule change that examines putting accessible lavatories in single-aisle aircraft.

2020 Utah Legislature
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A how-to guide on preparing and executing a meeting with your state legislature.
Disability Advocacy Day: An Opportunity To Advocate! | CPD Blog

Disability Advocacy Day: An Opportunity To Advocate!

A how-to guide on preparing and executing a meeting with your state legislature.

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Blog
A brief look on voting in the primary; whether affiliation matters, and what to do about it.
How To Vote In Utah’s Presidential Primary Election | CPD Blog

How To Vote In Utah’s Presidential Primary Election

A brief look on voting in the primary; whether affiliation matters, and what to do about it.

News
Blog
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CPD Coordinator of Programs Mary Ellen Heiner takes on microaggression in this guest blog post.
Be That Person Who Makes A Difference | CPD Blog

Be That Person Who Makes A Difference

CPD Coordinator of Programs Mary Ellen Heiner takes on microaggression in this guest blog post.

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Special Education
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Training
Technical Assistance
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Norm Ames assumes leadership of the CPD's Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education. He will continue its mission of improving education for children with disabilities into the next decade.
Norm Ames Named New Director Of USU’s Special Education Center | CPD Blog

Norm Ames Named New Director Of USU’s Special Education Center

Norm Ames assumes leadership of the CPD's Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education. He will continue its mission of improving education for children with disabilities into the next decade.

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2020 Utah Legislature
Blog
News
Disability Advocacy Day brings workshops, speakers, informational displays and a reception where self-advocates and their families can tell their legislators about the issues they face.
Disability Advocacy Day: Three Ways To Make Your Voice Heard | CPD Blog

Disability Advocacy Day: Three Ways To Make Your Voice Heard

Disability Advocacy Day brings workshops, speakers, informational displays and a reception where self-advocates and their families can tell their legislators about the issues they face.

Blog
News
IDRPP
Brenda Smith, Kalyn Wight, Tom Boman and Connie Panter are this year's Spirit of Service awardees for their hard work and their example in solving problems.
2019 "Spirit Of Service" Awardees Honored | CPD Blog

2019 "Spirit Of Service" Awardees Honored

Brenda Smith, Kalyn Wight, Tom Boman and Connie Panter are this year's Spirit of Service awardees for their hard work and their example in solving problems.

IDRPP
A Rolling Perspective
News
Blog
Guest columnist Jennifer Holland writes about a very real Social Security paperwork crisis and the good changes it inspired her to make.
A Rolling Perspective: Resistance Is Fertile | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Resistance Is Fertile

Guest columnist Jennifer Holland writes about a very real Social Security paperwork crisis and the good changes it inspired her to make.

News
Blog
IDRPP
CPD Policy Director and Associated University Centers on Disability President Sachin Pavithran reflects on the latest AUCD conference and the impact of participants from underserved populations on the event.
CPD Policy Director Chairs Landmark National Conference | CPD Blog

CPD Policy Director Chairs Landmark National Conference

CPD Policy Director and Associated University Centers on Disability President Sachin Pavithran reflects on the latest AUCD conference and the impact of participants from underserved populations on the event.

News
Blog
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Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Dr. Cyndi Rowland was celebrated this month for her work in advancing educational opportunities for people with disabilities. She received the Richard Jonsen award, a high honor given by WCET.
Dr. Cyndi Rowland Honored By Education Technology Leader | CPD Blog

Dr. Cyndi Rowland Honored By Education Technology Leader

Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Dr. Cyndi Rowland was celebrated this month for her work in advancing educational opportunities for people with disabilities. She received the Richard Jonsen award, a high honor given by WCET.

Blog
A Rolling Perspective
News
IDRPP
CPD columnist Jennifer Holland discusses the issues of an aging society (transportation and housing are at the top of the list), how scary they are, and how she calms her fears for the future.
A Rolling Perspective: Fear, The Mind-Killer | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Fear, The Mind-Killer

CPD columnist Jennifer Holland discusses the issues of an aging society (transportation and housing are at the top of the list), how scary they are, and how she calms her fears for the future.

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Diversity
Disability
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The CPD's Matthew Wappett, Sachin Pavithran, Storee Powell and other CPD employees will all speak about disability's role in diversity and inclusion during USU's “Disrupt” 2019 Inclusive Excellence Symposium.
CPD Presenters Highlight Disability As Diversity | CPD Blog

CPD Presenters Highlight Disability As Diversity

The CPD's Matthew Wappett, Sachin Pavithran, Storee Powell and other CPD employees will all speak about disability's role in diversity and inclusion during USU's “Disrupt” 2019 Inclusive Excellence Symposium.

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CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett speaks on why stress makes you a terrible person, why you should laugh about it, and how to do some laughing yoga.
CPD Director Teaches USU Employees To Laugh Off Stress | CPD Blog

CPD Director Teaches USU Employees To Laugh Off Stress

CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett speaks on why stress makes you a terrible person, why you should laugh about it, and how to do some laughing yoga.

News
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Blog
When you often host more than one event a week, you know a thing or two about conference and event planning. We asked TAESE experts for some tips on running an accessible event. They drew from a deep well of experience.
Planning An Accessible Event: Tips From TAESE | CPD Blog

Planning An Accessible Event: Tips From TAESE

When you often host more than one event a week, you know a thing or two about conference and event planning. We asked TAESE experts for some tips on running an accessible event. They drew from a deep well of experience.

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Disability
News
Employment
IDRPP
Guest blogger Libby Oseguera writes on National Disability Awareness Month, featuring the ongoing Take Your Legislator to Work program.
Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month By Taking Your Legislator To Work | CPD Blog

Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month By Taking Your Legislator To Work

Guest blogger Libby Oseguera writes on National Disability Awareness Month, featuring the ongoing Take Your Legislator to Work program.

A Rolling Perspective
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Blog
News
CPD Columnist Jennifer Holland reflects on housing security, whether the home is built on the rock or the sand.
A Rolling Perspective: Fool's Paradigm | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Fool's Paradigm

CPD Columnist Jennifer Holland reflects on housing security, whether the home is built on the rock or the sand.

News
Blog
Mental Health
Latino
IDRPP
Guest blogger and USU Sociology Assistant Professor Marisela Martinez-Cola offers a candid look at dealing with depression as a Latina. "In sharing my story, I hope I can help others reach out for help sooner than I did."
That's What White Women Do (We Don't Do That) | CPD Blog

That's What White Women Do (We Don't Do That)

Guest blogger and USU Sociology Assistant Professor Marisela Martinez-Cola offers a candid look at dealing with depression as a Latina. "In sharing my story, I hope I can help others reach out for help sooner than I did."

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News
Blog
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A conference for the blind, their teachers and families offers life-changing information in Mexico. The CPD collaborates on the effort with METAS, an organization dedicated to improving education and services for the blind.
Pioneering Conference For The Blind In Mexico Has CPD Ties | CPD Blog

Pioneering Conference For The Blind In Mexico Has CPD Ties

A conference for the blind, their teachers and families offers life-changing information in Mexico. The CPD collaborates on the effort with METAS, an organization dedicated to improving education and services for the blind.

IDRPP
A Rolling Perspective
Blog
News
Columnist Jennifer Holland raises the alarm on the growing problem of homelessness, which can happen to anyone who experiences disability, underemployment, disaster or a high-cost housing market.
A Rolling Perspective: SOS | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: SOS

Columnist Jennifer Holland raises the alarm on the growing problem of homelessness, which can happen to anyone who experiences disability, underemployment, disaster or a high-cost housing market.

Blog
News
IDRPP
The CPD awarded Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative funding to three organizations this summer to address disability training in Utah over a period of three years. Watch for these initiatives!
Three Utah Projects Receive IOTI Funding To Improve Disability Training | CPD Blog

Three Utah Projects Receive IOTI Funding To Improve Disability Training

The CPD awarded Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative funding to three organizations this summer to address disability training in Utah over a period of three years. Watch for these initiatives!

Blog
IDRPP
Up to 3
News
Donations from Icehouse and other local sponsors help provide assistive technology devices, augmentative and alternative communication devices, classroom toys and gym equipment.
Icehouse Supports Up To 3 Several Times In One Summer | CPD Blog

Icehouse Supports Up To 3 Several Times In One Summer

Donations from Icehouse and other local sponsors help provide assistive technology devices, augmentative and alternative communication devices, classroom toys and gym equipment.

News
Blog
IDRPP
Stephanie White of Arts Access at Utah State University tells teachers and parents how they can involve classrooms in programs that bring the arts to children of all abilities.
Arts Access Program: Arts Are For ALL | CPD Blog

Arts Access Program: Arts Are For ALL

Stephanie White of Arts Access at Utah State University tells teachers and parents how they can involve classrooms in programs that bring the arts to children of all abilities.

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News
Blog
IDRPP
Guest columnist Kim Beckstead shares the lessons she learned in the three years since experiencing a stroke, reflecting on accessibility, parenting and learning to live left-handed.
Guest Blog: Lessons Learned From Walking To Rolling | CPD Blog

Guest Blog: Lessons Learned From Walking To Rolling

Guest columnist Kim Beckstead shares the lessons she learned in the three years since experiencing a stroke, reflecting on accessibility, parenting and learning to live left-handed.

IDRPP
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News
Blog
voting
Utah's municipal primary elections are Tuesday, August 13. Many are conducted by mail, but they offer in-person options, too. Not sure where or how to vote? Find your county's information here.
Utah’s 2019 Primary Elections: A Voter’s Guide | CPD Blog

Utah’s 2019 Primary Elections: A Voter’s Guide

Utah's municipal primary elections are Tuesday, August 13. Many are conducted by mail, but they offer in-person options, too. Not sure where or how to vote? Find your county's information here.

A Rolling Perspective
News
IDRPP
Blog
Columnist Jennifer Holland offers the perfect prescription for resolving trust issues that arise in signing up for Medicare (or other hard decisions). Go to your local library!
A Rolling Perspective: Trust Issues | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Trust Issues

Columnist Jennifer Holland offers the perfect prescription for resolving trust issues that arise in signing up for Medicare (or other hard decisions). Go to your local library!

Blog
Assistive Technology
Training
News
UATP
interdisciplinary
IDASL
IDRPP
Bacon Nivison lost his memory and his left leg in an accident. He tells how two very different programs at the CPD helped him discover the new Nivison.
Grad Student Credits CPD Programs, Equipment For Enriching His Life | CPD Blog

Grad Student Credits CPD Programs, Equipment For Enriching His Life

Bacon Nivison lost his memory and his left leg in an accident. He tells how two very different programs at the CPD helped him discover the new Nivison.

News
Blog
CAC Corner
IDRPP
ADA
July 26 is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guest columnist Adina Zahradnikova remembers the history. "We still have a lot of work to do to fulfill its promise of inclusion and participation."
Disability Law Center Works To Keep The ADA's Promises | CPD Blog

Disability Law Center Works To Keep The ADA's Promises

July 26 is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guest columnist Adina Zahradnikova remembers the history. "We still have a lot of work to do to fulfill its promise of inclusion and participation."

News
IDRPP
CAC Corner
Blog
CPD Community Advisory Council Co-chair Michelle Hoggan offers tips on European travel with a family member in a wheelchair: how to plan, what to watch for, and receiving discounts.
CAC Corner: Our European Vacation With A Wheelchair | CPD Blog

CAC Corner: Our European Vacation With A Wheelchair

CPD Community Advisory Council Co-chair Michelle Hoggan offers tips on European travel with a family member in a wheelchair: how to plan, what to watch for, and receiving discounts.

A Rolling Perspective
IDRPP
Blog
News
Guest blogger Jennifer Holland on the troublesome time lag between communicator and receiver, plus a resource to help low-income readers hook up to affordable internet service.
A Rolling Perspective: Live Streaming NOW! | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Live Streaming NOW!

Guest blogger Jennifer Holland on the troublesome time lag between communicator and receiver, plus a resource to help low-income readers hook up to affordable internet service.

IDRPP
Blog
News
Today is the national call-in day for the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (HR 873 and S 260). This legislation expand capacity for competitive, integrated employment.
Today Is The Day To Speak Out On Sub-minimum Wage | CPD Blog

Today Is The Day To Speak Out On Sub-minimum Wage

Today is the national call-in day for the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (HR 873 and S 260). This legislation expand capacity for competitive, integrated employment.

Blog
News
IDRPP
WebAIM offers online, self-directed accessibility training to help make sure documents and emails are readable to everyone.
WebAIM Training Helps Make Emails, Documents Readable For Everyone | CPD Blog

WebAIM Training Helps Make Emails, Documents Readable For Everyone

WebAIM offers online, self-directed accessibility training to help make sure documents and emails are readable to everyone.

Employment
IDRPP
Assistive Technology
JoLynne Lyon
accommodations
Disability
Blog
utah public radio
Transition
News
The CPD teamed up with UPR on a series about employment of people with disabilities in Utah, touching on transition, supports, accommodations and assistive technology.
CPD Finishes Series On Employment Of People With Disabilities In Utah | CPD Blog

CPD Finishes Series On Employment Of People With Disabilities In Utah

The CPD teamed up with UPR on a series about employment of people with disabilities in Utah, touching on transition, supports, accommodations and assistive technology.

Accessibility
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Advocacy
IDRPP
News
A Rolling Perspective
It’s time for Welcome Wagon 2.0: people who can provide the accessibility information wheelchair and assistive device patrons—nearly seven million now in the USA—need so desperately.
A Rolling Perspective: Welcome Wagon 2.0 | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Welcome Wagon 2.0

It’s time for Welcome Wagon 2.0: people who can provide the accessibility information wheelchair and assistive device patrons—nearly seven million now in the USA—need so desperately.

Blog
News
IDRPP
Bridgerland Literacy recently joined the Center for Persons with Disabilities family.
Bridgerland Literacy Is Now Part Of The CPD | CPD Blog

Bridgerland Literacy Is Now Part Of The CPD

Bridgerland Literacy recently joined the Center for Persons with Disabilities family.

Transition
Blog
IDRPP
News
Guiding young adults with disabilities into the adult world can be challenging. The Transition Post-Systems Conference is for Utah educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, community supported employment providers, school counselors and families.
Transition Conference: Best Practices For Those Who Serve Youth With Disabilities | CPD Blog

Transition Conference: Best Practices For Those Who Serve Youth With Disabilities

Guiding young adults with disabilities into the adult world can be challenging. The Transition Post-Systems Conference is for Utah educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, community supported employment providers, school counselors and families.

Blog
IDRPP
Kenya
International
News
Lewis Murithi discusses disability in Kenya, including policy, accessibility, employment and self-advocacy.
State Department Fellow From Kenya Visits CPD | CPD Blog

State Department Fellow From Kenya Visits CPD

Lewis Murithi discusses disability in Kenya, including policy, accessibility, employment and self-advocacy.

News
Blog
IDRPP
Tot Spot
At the beginning of the year, the Up to 3 team set goals to meet Division on Early Childhood recommended practices. Crump decided to set a goal to include more movement.
Tot Spot: Goals Yield Results | CPD Blog

Tot Spot: Goals Yield Results

At the beginning of the year, the Up to 3 team set goals to meet Division on Early Childhood recommended practices. Crump decided to set a goal to include more movement.

IDRPP
Blog
News
A Rolling Perspective
Sometimes I’m so shocked at what the restaurant’s charging, I have trouble enjoying it when it arrives. I think of the bills I could pay, or the shoes I could get, or the book I could afford. If you’ve experienced poverty, you totally get it.
A Rolling Perspective: What's On The Menu? | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: What's On The Menu?

Sometimes I’m so shocked at what the restaurant’s charging, I have trouble enjoying it when it arrives. I think of the bills I could pay, or the shoes I could get, or the book I could afford. If you’ve experienced poverty, you totally get it.

Blog
IDRPP
News
The CPD salutes these 2019 graduates who both worked in our various projects and finished up their academic degrees. Congratulations to all of you!
Congratulations, CPD Graduates! | CPD Blog

Congratulations, CPD Graduates!

The CPD salutes these 2019 graduates who both worked in our various projects and finished up their academic degrees. Congratulations to all of you!

Blog
News
IDRPP
Matthew Wangeman came to the Center for Persons with Disabilities on Friday and fielded questions at Utah State University, touching on self-advocacy, disability rights and policy.
Matthew, In His Own Words | CPD Blog

Matthew, In His Own Words

Matthew Wangeman came to the Center for Persons with Disabilities on Friday and fielded questions at Utah State University, touching on self-advocacy, disability rights and policy.

News
Blog
IDRPP
In addition to blooming flowers and singing birds, this spring has brought a beautiful crop of awards to our hardworking staff and volunteers. Here’s a quick look at who they are.
Award Season Round-Up At The CPD | CPD Blog

Award Season Round-Up At The CPD

In addition to blooming flowers and singing birds, this spring has brought a beautiful crop of awards to our hardworking staff and volunteers. Here’s a quick look at who they are.

Early Intervention
Blog
News
IDRPP
Up to 3’s Marla Nef and Janel Preston have revived the Utah chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Early Childhood, bringing professional development opportunities to students and professionals alike.
CPD’s Nef And Preston Seek To Strengthen Early Intervention In Utah | CPD Blog

CPD’s Nef And Preston Seek To Strengthen Early Intervention In Utah

Up to 3’s Marla Nef and Janel Preston have revived the Utah chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Early Childhood, bringing professional development opportunities to students and professionals alike.

Blog
IDRPP
News
A Rolling Perspective
nutrition
A how-to-guide on eating affordable, healthy food on a fixed income. By Jennifer Holland
A Rolling Perspective: Get The Popcorn! | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Get The Popcorn!

A how-to-guide on eating affordable, healthy food on a fixed income. By Jennifer Holland

Mental Health
IDRPP
Blog
News
A collaboration between Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities and its counterparts in Alaska and Kentucky will train professionals on dealing with disability and mental illness.
USU’s Center For Persons With Disabilities To Collaborate On Mental Health Grant | CPD Blog

USU’s Center For Persons With Disabilities To Collaborate On Mental Health Grant

A collaboration between Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities and its counterparts in Alaska and Kentucky will train professionals on dealing with disability and mental illness.

IDRPP
hate
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News
Utah
crime
policy
Sachin Pavithran, who is blind and a person of color, shares his experiences with disability hate as a Utah resident. Hate crimes against people with disabilities are too often mischaracterized as crimes of opportunity.
The Invisible Crime Of Disability Hate | CPD Blog

The Invisible Crime Of Disability Hate

Sachin Pavithran, who is blind and a person of color, shares his experiences with disability hate as a Utah resident. Hate crimes against people with disabilities are too often mischaracterized as crimes of opportunity.

Blog
A Rolling Perspective
IDRPP
News
It amazes me how many people wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong type of gas into their car, but when it comes to living within their means, their “life fuel” budget—food—gets targeted first.
A Rolling Perspective: Running On Empty | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Running On Empty

It amazes me how many people wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong type of gas into their car, but when it comes to living within their means, their “life fuel” budget—food—gets targeted first.

Education
Blog
Web Accessibility
WebAIM
IDRPP
Study
News
Nationwide, 95 percent of education websites have accessibility problems that make their content harder to understand. This affects students and their families.
Researchers: Web Accessibility Problems Widespread In Schools | CPD Blog

Researchers: Web Accessibility Problems Widespread In Schools

Nationwide, 95 percent of education websites have accessibility problems that make their content harder to understand. This affects students and their families.

Blog
IDRPP
News
For Rare Disease Day, CPD social media specialist Storee Powell talks about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and life with a rare disease. She also offers tips for friends and families of people with rare conditions.
Rare Disease Day: I'm A Circus Freak And I'm In Great Pain | CPD Blog

Rare Disease Day: I'm A Circus Freak And I'm In Great Pain

For Rare Disease Day, CPD social media specialist Storee Powell talks about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and life with a rare disease. She also offers tips for friends and families of people with rare conditions.

News
Awards
Blog
IDRPP
The CPD enters 2019 with four new award-winners. At the end of the year, Dr. Matthew Wappett honored these four staff members for the Spirit of Service awards. Here’s a closer look at them.
CPD Honors Four Who Show 'Spirit Of Service' | CPD Blog

CPD Honors Four Who Show 'Spirit Of Service'

The CPD enters 2019 with four new award-winners. At the end of the year, Dr. Matthew Wappett honored these four staff members for the Spirit of Service awards. Here’s a closer look at them.

IDRPP
Blog
News
The first of three informational webinars for Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative grants begins on January 30. These question-and-answer sessions will guide applicants from public agencies, nonprofits, or private for-profit organizations...
IOTI Application Process Opens With Informational Webinars | CPD Blog

IOTI Application Process Opens With Informational Webinars

The first of three informational webinars for Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative grants begins on January 30. These question-and-answer sessions will guide applicants from public agencies, nonprofits, or private for-profit organizations...

technology
A Rolling Perspective
Blog
News
IDRPP
services
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland writes of society's dependence on the internet to set up heat, phone and other services--and how unreliable internet service can be to low-income users.
A Rolling Perspective: “Lost Connection To Server” | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: “Lost Connection To Server”

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland writes of society's dependence on the internet to set up heat, phone and other services--and how unreliable internet service can be to low-income users.

Blog
IDRPP
News
Social Power, Privilege, and Difference is an eight-week, online course intended for a wide audience, including people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and anyone who wants to better understand systems of power and and self-advocacy.
Disability Course Helps Identify Personal And Social Privilege And Power | CPD Blog

Disability Course Helps Identify Personal And Social Privilege And Power

Social Power, Privilege, and Difference is an eight-week, online course intended for a wide audience, including people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and anyone who wants to better understand systems of power and and self-advocacy....

News
Blog
IDRPP
This week in West Africa, a young man is trying out his motorized wheelchair for the first time. He joins with the Utah Assistive Technology Program in thanking the people who made it possible.
A Young Advocate In Africa Gains New Independence, Thanks To The Cpd | CPD Blog

A Young Advocate In Africa Gains New Independence, Thanks To The Cpd

This week in West Africa, a young man is trying out his motorized wheelchair for the first time. He joins with the Utah Assistive Technology Program in thanking the people who made it possible.

transportation
A Rolling Perspective
Accessibility
News
Blog
IDRPP
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland writes on the dangers of Christmas shopping in a wheelchair, when parking stalls are snowed in and store aisles are blocked.
A Rolling Perspective: It's The Most Hazardous Time Of The Year | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: It's The Most Hazardous Time Of The Year

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland writes on the dangers of Christmas shopping in a wheelchair, when parking stalls are snowed in and store aisles are blocked.

IDRPP
Interpreter
News
Deaf
Blog
TAESE
ASL
Jennifer Harvey
A new grant from the state of Utah will provide more small-group and one-on-one mentoring to ASL interpreters.
Grant Will Improve ASL Mentorship In Utah | CPD Blog

Grant Will Improve ASL Mentorship In Utah

A new grant from the state of Utah will provide more small-group and one-on-one mentoring to ASL interpreters.

News
Blog
IDRPP
The Association on University Centers on Disabilities has a new president-elect: one whose vision is to keep it moving on a path where younger, more diverse voices are included in its mission –Sachin Pavithran.
Cpd’s Pavithran Assumes National Leadership Role | CPD Blog

Cpd’s Pavithran Assumes National Leadership Role

The Association on University Centers on Disabilities has a new president-elect: one whose vision is to keep it moving on a path where younger, more diverse voices are included in its mission –Sachin Pavithran.

diagnosed
utah public radio
IDRPP
radio
Blog
News
The CPD teamed up with the Disability Law Center and Utah Public Radio on a series highlighting disability issues in rural Utah. Listen to individuals with disabilities tell their stories.
Five-Part Radio Series Highlights Disability In Rural Utah | CPD Blog

Five-Part Radio Series Highlights Disability In Rural Utah

The CPD teamed up with the Disability Law Center and Utah Public Radio on a series highlighting disability issues in rural Utah. Listen to individuals with disabilities tell their stories.

News
Blog
Housing
IDRPP
A Rolling Perspective
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland: Homelessness isn't always visible. The "hidden homeless" couch-surf because affordable housing is not available to them.
A Rolling Perspective: The Deserve Delusion | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: The Deserve Delusion

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland: Homelessness isn't always visible. The "hidden homeless" couch-surf because affordable housing is not available to them.

Blog
News
IDRPP
This month, the Utah Assistive Technology Program’s Logan coordinator departs for North Dakota. The program will continue, but his departure leaves a hole in a lot of hearts.
Cpd Bids Goodbye To Dedicated Uatp Coordinator | CPD Blog

Cpd Bids Goodbye To Dedicated Uatp Coordinator

This month, the Utah Assistive Technology Program’s Logan coordinator departs for North Dakota. The program will continue, but his departure leaves a hole in a lot of hearts.

News
IDRPP
YSEALI
Ekkachai “Tommy” Nasompong
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program
Blog
Ekkachai “Tommy” Nasompong, a policy and planning analyst from the Bureau of Special Education in Thailand, received a high quality education and went on to a challenging job.
Visitor From Thailand’s Bureau Of Special Education Interested In Empowerment | CPD Blog

Visitor From Thailand’s Bureau Of Special Education Interested In Empowerment

Ekkachai “Tommy” Nasompong, a policy and planning analyst from the Bureau of Special Education in Thailand, received a high quality education and went on to a challenging job.

IDRPP
Cannabis
Blog
News
In 2018, Utah voters are hearing a lot about medical cannabis. Proposition 2 would allow a “parallel path” for the production and distribution of medical cannabis, and open up its use for a broader range of conditions.
Medical Cannabis: A Tale Of Two Patients | CPD Blog

Medical Cannabis: A Tale Of Two Patients

In 2018, Utah voters are hearing a lot about medical cannabis. Proposition 2 would allow a “parallel path” for the production and distribution of medical cannabis, and open up its use for a broader range of conditions.

IDRPP
A Rolling Perspective
Blog
News
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland: People assume that if you’re in a wheelchair, there’s something wrong with you. They haven’t yet realized that their wheelchair is the most natural, practical, and helpful thing in the world—at least right now.
A Rolling Perspective: This IS My Normal | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: This IS My Normal

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland: People assume that if you’re in a wheelchair, there’s something wrong with you. They haven’t yet realized that their wheelchair is the most natural, practical, and helpful thing in the world—at least right now.

Blog
IDRPP
News
Last month, the CPD’s Amy Henningsen was recognized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation for the work she has done with so many families in Northern Utah.
Amy Heningsen Recognized By The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation | CPD Blog

Amy Heningsen Recognized By The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation

Last month, the CPD’s Amy Henningsen was recognized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation for the work she has done with so many families in Northern Utah.

Assistive Technology
IDRPP
Tot Spot
Up to 3
News
Blog
From day one, Eily Corbett has been showing everyone what it means to be resilient. At two years old, she cannot walk without her walker or someone’s help.
Tot Spot: Eily’s Car | CPD Blog

Tot Spot: Eily’s Car

From day one, Eily Corbett has been showing everyone what it means to be resilient. At two years old, she cannot walk without her walker or someone’s help.

Blog
IDRPP
News
My world flipped upside-down when I experienced a severe brain stem stroke exactly two years ago. I was only in my late forties. Before this life-changing event, I was working in a full-time career, and working as a farmer’s wife, and juggling six kids.
You Are Able To Parent, Even With A Disability | CPD Blog

You Are Able To Parent, Even With A Disability

My world flipped upside-down when I experienced a severe brain stem stroke exactly two years ago. I was only in my late forties. Before this life-changing event, I was working in a full-time career, and working as a farmer’s wife, and juggling six kids.

Blog
A Rolling Perspective
News
IDRPP
Guest blogger Jennifer Holland lists reasons why you may be broke, but you're never poor.
A Rolling Perspective: Poverty Is A State Of Mind | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: Poverty Is A State Of Mind

Guest blogger Jennifer Holland lists reasons why you may be broke, but you're never poor.

Blog
News
IDRPP
The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has joined in a multi-university program aimed at easing the way for neurodiverse young adults to enter the workforce or higher education.
Cpd Joins Statewide Program To Help Neurodiverse Young Adults | CPD Blog

Cpd Joins Statewide Program To Help Neurodiverse Young Adults

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has joined in a multi-university program aimed at easing the way for neurodiverse young adults to enter the workforce or higher education.

Tot Spot
IDRPP
Up to 3
Blog
News
My son, Liam, has been in the Up To 3 program for 18 months now. When we first started, I cried, a lot. He had a meltdown every time any of his therapists came into our home, and he screamed at his ABC class, the entire time.
Tot Spot: A Mother’s Journey At Up To 3 | CPD Blog

Tot Spot: A Mother’s Journey At Up To 3

My son, Liam, has been in the Up To 3 program for 18 months now. When we first started, I cried, a lot. He had a meltdown every time any of his therapists came into our home, and he screamed at his ABC class, the entire time.

News
Blog
IDRPP
A Rolling Perspective
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland on why she refused the surgery recommended by her doctor. She urges readers to know what is best for them.
A Rolling Perspective: To Thine Own Self Be True | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspective: To Thine Own Self Be True

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland on why she refused the surgery recommended by her doctor. She urges readers to know what is best for them.

News
Blog
IDRPP
Meet Bryson Carpenter, a freshman at Utah State University. He is on the CPD’s social media team. When we do a Facebook Live video, he is often the face behind the camera. He also contributes photos to the CPD’s social media feeds.
Cpd Welcomes Bryson Carpenter To Its Media Team | CPD Blog

Cpd Welcomes Bryson Carpenter To Its Media Team

Meet Bryson Carpenter, a freshman at Utah State University. He is on the CPD’s social media team. When we do a Facebook Live video, he is often the face behind the camera. He also contributes photos to the CPD’s social media feeds.

IDRPP
News
Blog
If you see Rachel Williams with a camera, smile! She has joined Up to 3 as an information specialist and a specialized child care provider. She comes to the CPD through the Americorp VISTA program.
Up To 3 Welcomes New Info Specialist | CPD Blog

Up To 3 Welcomes New Info Specialist

If you see Rachel Williams with a camera, smile! She has joined Up to 3 as an information specialist and a specialized child care provider. She comes to the CPD through the Americorp VISTA program.

IDRPP
News
Blog
A Rolling Perspective
Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland on why she received a wheelchair, even though her health team did not recommend it.
A Rolling Perspecitve: Empower(chair) Yourself | CPD Blog

A Rolling Perspecitve: Empower(chair) Yourself

Guest Columnist Jennifer Holland on why she received a wheelchair, even though her health team did not recommend it.

IDRPP
News
Blog
Rick Escobar was a pioneer of the Utah Assistive Technology Program who went on to invent the Kidwalk gait trainer. When he donated one of his devices to the CPD, he came full circle.
Assistive Technology Comes Full Circle With Donated Walker | CPD Blog

Assistive Technology Comes Full Circle With Donated Walker

Rick Escobar was a pioneer of the Utah Assistive Technology Program who went on to invent the Kidwalk gait trainer. When he donated one of his devices to the CPD, he came full circle.

Blog
News
IDRPP
Jennifer Holland embodies the independence the Center for Persons with Disabilities strives to offer people with disabilities in Utah and around the world.
The Difference A Wheelchair Makes | CPD Blog

The Difference A Wheelchair Makes

Jennifer Holland embodies the independence the Center for Persons with Disabilities strives to offer people with disabilities in Utah and around the world.

Blog
IDRPP
News
Sachin Pavithran, policy director at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was the keynote speaker at last week’s sixth annual NINJA (New Ideas to Network Junior Advocates) conference banquet.
Pavithran Challenges Ninja Participants | CPD Blog

Pavithran Challenges Ninja Participants

Sachin Pavithran, policy director at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was the keynote speaker at last week’s sixth annual NINJA (New Ideas to Network Junior Advocates) conference banquet.

News
IDRPP
Blog
The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has appointed Dr. Sachin Pavithran as its policy director, effective July 1.
Dr. Sachin Pavithran Assumes Policy Leadership Role At The CPD | CPD Blog

Dr. Sachin Pavithran Assumes Policy Leadership Role At The CPD

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University has appointed Dr. Sachin Pavithran as its policy director, effective July 1.

chronic diseases
Blog
IDRPP
News
The CPD's Storee Powell talks about living with fibromyalgia, grieving it, and finding strength to live another day.
Grief And Fibromyalgia | CPD Blog

Grief And Fibromyalgia

The CPD's Storee Powell talks about living with fibromyalgia, grieving it, and finding strength to live another day.

News
IDRPP
Blog
This year, the Center for Persons with Disabilities was honored as Organization of the Year at the Conexiones Familiares conference last weekend in Salt Lake City.
Cpd Named Organization Of The Year At Conexiones Familiares Conference | CPD Blog

Cpd Named Organization Of The Year At Conexiones Familiares Conference

This year, the Center for Persons with Disabilities was honored as Organization of the Year at the Conexiones Familiares conference last weekend in Salt Lake City.

IDRPP
Blog
News
This month we celebrated many birthdays here at DSL! Many of our friends had birthdays and we were able to celebrate each birthday. Now that the weather has started to warm up we are all about being outside.
Disability Skills Laboratory Update: Springing Into Summer | CPD Blog

Disability Skills Laboratory Update: Springing Into Summer

This month we celebrated many birthdays here at DSL! Many of our friends had birthdays and we were able to celebrate each birthday. Now that the weather has started to warm up we are all about being outside.

Blog
IDRPP
News
People living with chronic pain in the Brigham City area will soon have a free option to learn more about managing their condition.
Living Well with Chronic Pain Begins June 4 in Brigham City | CPD Blog

Living Well with Chronic Pain Begins June 4 in Brigham City

People living with chronic pain in the Brigham City area will soon have a free option to learn more about managing their condition.

IDRPP
News
Blog
A free workshop that promotes reduced health care costs, reduced limitations due to secondary health conditions and better daily living begins this month in two northern Utah locations.
Living Well With A Disability Starts In 2 Northern Utah Locations | CPD Blog

Living Well With A Disability Starts In 2 Northern Utah Locations

A free workshop that promotes reduced health care costs, reduced limitations due to secondary health conditions and better daily living begins this month in two northern Utah locations.

Blog
URLEND
IDRPP
News
When it comes to teaching students on the autism spectrum, a recent survey of future teachers in eight states found most could be better prepared.
URLEND Survey Finds Future Teachers Largely Unprepared For Children On The Autism Spectrum | CPD Blog

URLEND Survey Finds Future Teachers Largely Unprepared For Children On The Autism Spectrum

When it comes to teaching students on the autism spectrum, a recent survey of future teachers in eight states found most could be better prepared.

Blog
News
IDRPP
A free series of workshops designed to help people reduce hospitalizations, decrease their pain and symptoms and enjoy life more begins on May 1 in Logan.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Starts May 1 | CPD Blog

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Starts May 1

A free series of workshops designed to help people reduce hospitalizations, decrease their pain and symptoms and enjoy life more begins on May 1 in Logan.

IDRPP
News
Blog
Thursday’s College of Education and Human Services awards honored CPD Director Sharon Weston.
Sharon Weston Honored As Staff Of The Year | CPD Blog

Sharon Weston Honored As Staff Of The Year

Thursday’s College of Education and Human Services awards honored CPD Director Sharon Weston.

IDRPP
Blog
News
After months of construction, the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence building is now in operation--and some CPD services have made the move across the way, from the CPD building to the new center to its west.
Cpd Services On The Move | CPD Blog

Cpd Services On The Move

After months of construction, the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence building is now in operation--and some CPD services have made the move across the way, from the CPD building to the new center to its west.

DSL
Adult Programs
Blog
News
IDRPP
We have been very busy here at DSL! We now have four participants that have part-time jobs!
Early Spring At The Disability Skills Laboratory | CPD Blog

Early Spring At The Disability Skills Laboratory

We have been very busy here at DSL! We now have four participants that have part-time jobs!

News
IDRPP
Blog
The CPD welcomes Erica Ficklin, one of the Association of University Centers on Disability's Diversity and Inclusion research fellows.
Cpd Welcomes Research Fellow Who Will Study Disability In Native Communities | CPD Blog

Cpd Welcomes Research Fellow Who Will Study Disability In Native Communities

The CPD welcomes Erica Ficklin, one of the Association of University Centers on Disability's Diversity and Inclusion research fellows.

Up to 3
News
IDRPP
Blog
Spring is coming, and when it does, Sam and his family will be ready. He attended Up to 3 at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. During that time he worked on building up the strength in his legs.
Up To 3, Logan's AT Lab Team Up On Sam's First Bike | CPD Blog

Up To 3, Logan's AT Lab Team Up On Sam's First Bike

Spring is coming, and when it does, Sam and his family will be ready. He attended Up to 3 at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. During that time he worked on building up the strength in his legs.

IDRPP
News
Blog
For Dr. Jeff Sheen, Aggies Elevated co-principal investigator, higher education for students with intellectual disabilities is not theoretical: it’s a living, growing experience.
Considering College For Students With Intellectual Disabilities | CPD Blog

Considering College For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

For Dr. Jeff Sheen, Aggies Elevated co-principal investigator, higher education for students with intellectual disabilities is not theoretical: it’s a living, growing experience.

IDRPP
News
Blog
Gordon Richins, our dear colleague, advocate and friend, passed away on February 11. He leaves a hole at the CPD, and in many other places where his influence was felt.
In Memoriam: Gordon Richins | CPD Blog

In Memoriam: Gordon Richins

Gordon Richins, our dear colleague, advocate and friend, passed away on February 11. He leaves a hole at the CPD, and in many other places where his influence was felt.

IDRPP
News
Blog
Representatives from the Center for Persons with Disabilities went to St. George earlier this month to spread the word about low-tech assistive technology, and help train professionals on how to make their own.
Statewide Training Teaches Low-tech Assistive Technology Techniques | CPD Blog

Statewide Training Teaches Low-tech Assistive Technology Techniques

Representatives from the Center for Persons with Disabilities went to St. George earlier this month to spread the word about low-tech assistive technology, and help train professionals on how to make their own.

News
IDRPP
Blog
Low-tech Assistive Technology Trainings happening in Roosevelt, Unitah Basin, and Price.
Low-Tech Assistive Technology Trainings | CPD Blog

Low-Tech Assistive Technology Trainings

Low-tech Assistive Technology Trainings happening in Roosevelt, Unitah Basin, and Price.

News
IDRPP
Blog
WebAIM regularly brings web developers and other professionals to Utah State University, where they conduct trainings on accessibility.
The "Why" Behind The Design: One Man's Experience With Web Accessibility Training | CPD Blog

The "Why" Behind The Design: One Man's Experience With Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM regularly brings web developers and other professionals to Utah State University, where they conduct trainings on accessibility.

News
Blog
IDRPP
The South East Early Intervention Program was honored as the Community Partner of the Year by Moab Valley Multicultural Center for its efforts in "building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration, and education"
South East Early Intervention Program | CPD Blog

South East Early Intervention Program

The South East Early Intervention Program was honored as the Community Partner of the Year by Moab Valley Multicultural Center for its efforts in "building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration, and education"...

Blog
IDRPP
News
In the last month, the Public & School Partnership has been involved in two wins and two cash prizes. Along the way, volunteers have enriched their communities through service and leadership.
School Partnership Wins Awards | CPD Blog

School Partnership Wins Awards

In the last month, the Public & School Partnership has been involved in two wins and two cash prizes. Along the way, volunteers have enriched their communities through service and leadership.

News
IDRPP
Blog
Jesien Award recipient reflects on career-long quest for inclusion for people with disabilities.
Judith Holt: Working For The Day | CPD Blog

Judith Holt: Working For The Day

Jesien Award recipient reflects on career-long quest for inclusion for people with disabilities.

IDRPP
Blog
News
The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Child Care Nutrition Program provided meals to 13,888 children in the last fiscal year.
Child Care Nutrition Program Expands | CPD Blog

Child Care Nutrition Program Expands

The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Child Care Nutrition Program provided meals to 13,888 children in the last fiscal year.

News
IDRPP
Blog
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Honors Celebration in Washington, D.C., Dr. Judith Holt was presented the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award on November 7.
Judith Holt Recognized | CPD Blog

Judith Holt Recognized

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Honors Celebration in Washington, D.C., Dr. Judith Holt was presented the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award on November 7.

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Linda Keith received the Lieutenant Governor’s Power of Service award last week.
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Linda Keith Honored

Linda Keith received the Lieutenant Governor’s Power of Service award last week.

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The day of the fully autonomous vehicle is approaching much faster than most people realize. Dr. Sachin Pavithran at the Center for Persons with Disabilities urges accessibility for our future vehicles.
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Disability Tech Advocate: Autonomous Vehicles

The day of the fully autonomous vehicle is approaching much faster than most people realize. Dr. Sachin Pavithran at the Center for Persons with Disabilities urges accessibility for our future vehicles.

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This week, the CPD staff had a chance to enjoy the moment. Halloween, dressing up, and more.
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Sweet And Scary Times

This week, the CPD staff had a chance to enjoy the moment. Halloween, dressing up, and more.

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Every Tuesday, Ann Egeland puts on a hip outfit and goes back to school. It’s not that she’s fashion-conscious, but as a former teacher and current volunteer with Public & School Partnership’s community and senior volunteer program
School Partnership Brings Tradition Of Volunteerism | CPD Blog

School Partnership Brings Tradition Of Volunteerism

Every Tuesday, Ann Egeland puts on a hip outfit and goes back to school. It’s not that she’s fashion-conscious, but as a former teacher and current volunteer with Public & School Partnership’s community and senior volunteer program

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The Center for Persons with Disabilities has issued a statement urging physicians of pregnant mothers to test for vitamin D deficiency and correct low levels.
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Paper Urging Monitoring Of Vitamin D

The Center for Persons with Disabilities has issued a statement urging physicians of pregnant mothers to test for vitamin D deficiency and correct low levels.

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Marissa Bell began working her first job six weeks ago, and she loved it from her first day. “I feel wonderful!” she told her job coach. “Like Wonder Woman!”
Employability Clinic: Linking Adults | CPD Blog

Employability Clinic: Linking Adults

Marissa Bell began working her first job six weeks ago, and she loved it from her first day. “I feel wonderful!” she told her job coach. “Like Wonder Woman!”

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After reviewing and performing multiple clinical studies, Dr. Bruce Hollis argues vitamin D does much more than strengthen bones--and that a failure to understand its role in human health can have serious implications for pregnant and nursing mothers.
Visiting Researcher Links Vitamin D Levels | CPD Blog

Visiting Researcher Links Vitamin D Levels

After reviewing and performing multiple clinical studies, Dr. Bruce Hollis argues vitamin D does much more than strengthen bones--and that a failure to understand its role in human health can have serious implications for pregnant and nursing mothers.

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The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is partnering with the University of Utah on a landmark project to help researchers better understand children’s health.
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Longitudinal Look At Environment

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is partnering with the University of Utah on a landmark project to help researchers better understand children’s health.

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In August we were able to do many fun, new and exciting things here at DSL! Summer Program came to an end on the August 19th.
Dickeys Dsl Scoop: Aug. 2017 | CPD Blog

Dickeys Dsl Scoop: Aug. 2017

In August we were able to do many fun, new and exciting things here at DSL! Summer Program came to an end on the August 19th.

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Cathy and Jerry Johnson walked a long and difficult road after Jerry received a diagnosis of multiple systems atrophy: a rare degenerative, neurological condition.
Meeting Changing Needs | CPD Blog

Meeting Changing Needs

Cathy and Jerry Johnson walked a long and difficult road after Jerry received a diagnosis of multiple systems atrophy: a rare degenerative, neurological condition.

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Michelle Hoggan came to the Center for Persons with Disabilities as the new parent of a nine-month old girl. Doctors told her not to expect her daughter to ever walk or talk.
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Michelle Hogan - Parents Perspective

Michelle Hoggan came to the Center for Persons with Disabilities as the new parent of a nine-month old girl. Doctors told her not to expect her daughter to ever walk or talk.

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My name is Mary Ellen Heiner and I have been working at the Center for Persons with Disabilities since 1984 as a staff assistant/office manager, and now even an instructor.
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Adventures In Accessibility

My name is Mary Ellen Heiner and I have been working at the Center for Persons with Disabilities since 1984 as a staff assistant/office manager, and now even an instructor.

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Construction hits the road south of the CPD on August 4, when 850 North is closed for repaving. It will remain closed through August 9.
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Access Road Closes

Construction hits the road south of the CPD on August 4, when 850 North is closed for repaving. It will remain closed through August 9.

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Here at the Developmental Skills Lab we have a NEW blog tag team. They are Ryan and Sara Dickey!
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Dickeys Dsl Scoop

Here at the Developmental Skills Lab we have a NEW blog tag team. They are Ryan and Sara Dickey!

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Blogger's note: I "met" Andy Prouty via an email interview while working on a story for Utah State Magazine about the CPD's SKI-HI Institute, and its contributions to education for deafblind children.
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Interview With A Ski-hi Alumns

Blogger's note: I "met" Andy Prouty via an email interview while working on a story for Utah State Magazine about the CPD's SKI-HI Institute, and its contributions to education for deafblind children.

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Clay Christensen displays a personal electronic assistant device and modular hose: examples of high- and low-tech AT.
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Uintah Basin At Labs

Clay Christensen displays a personal electronic assistant device and modular hose: examples of high- and low-tech AT.

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A great thanks for all the sponsors for the RWR program with Utah State University.
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Rwr Sponsors

A great thanks for all the sponsors for the RWR program with Utah State University.

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Most people don’t remember when they started to understand cause and effect. They flip a switch, the lights turn on—they take it for granted. However, for some children, it’s harder to make that connection (no pun intended).
Run, Walk, And Roll | CPD Blog

Run, Walk, And Roll

Most people don’t remember when they started to understand cause and effect. They flip a switch, the lights turn on—they take it for granted. However, for some children, it’s harder to make that connection (no pun intended).

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To everyone who turned out at this year's Run, Walk and Roll event, thank you!
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Walk And Roll Success

To everyone who turned out at this year's Run, Walk and Roll event, thank you!

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It's summer--the time that college-bound students save money, collect household furnishings and wonder what life will be like away from home.
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Graduate Reflects On Living Away From Home

It's summer--the time that college-bound students save money, collect household furnishings and wonder what life will be like away from home.

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Brenna Mantz, a graduate of the Aggies Elevated program at Utah State University, is a new employee at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
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Getting First Job

Brenna Mantz, a graduate of the Aggies Elevated program at Utah State University, is a new employee at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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Storee Powell's experience with Fibromyalgia, and ten things others should know about people who have Fibromyalgia.
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10 Things About People With Fibromyalgia

Storee Powell's experience with Fibromyalgia, and ten things others should know about people who have Fibromyalgia.

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Linda Alsop has followed her passion, serving the Deafblind community for more than 20 years.
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Linda Alsop Recognized

Linda Alsop has followed her passion, serving the Deafblind community for more than 20 years.

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Congratulations to the CPD employees who are graduating this year! Utah State University's graduate commencement and hooding ceremony is on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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Congratulations To Graduates

Congratulations to the CPD employees who are graduating this year! Utah State University's graduate commencement and hooding ceremony is on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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Eric Stoker, a CPD Consumer Advisory Council member, has compiled Utah's Travel Guide for People with Disabilities.
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Top 14 Utah Travel Sites For People With Disabilities

Eric Stoker, a CPD Consumer Advisory Council member, has compiled Utah's Travel Guide for People with Disabilities.

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Lesther Papa, a graduate student employee at the CPD's Behavioral Health Clinic, received the Utah State University Student Association's Dedication Award for his contributions to the organization.
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Lesther Papa Wins Awards

Lesther Papa, a graduate student employee at the CPD's Behavioral Health Clinic, received the Utah State University Student Association's Dedication Award for his contributions to the organization.

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Think about it…when was the last time someone asked you why you care about certain things? What are you building through your daily efforts here at the CPD? I can pinpoint the exact moment in my life that keeps me focused on why I do what I do.
Why I Do What I Do | CPD Blog

Why I Do What I Do

Think about it…when was the last time someone asked you why you care about certain things? What are you building through your daily efforts here at the CPD? I can pinpoint the exact moment in my life that keeps me focused on why I do what I do.

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Do you have resources for people with learning disabilities? It's one of the most frequently asked questions I hear at public events when I'm representing the Utah Assistive Technology Program.
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Six Apps To Help With Reading

Do you have resources for people with learning disabilities? It's one of the most frequently asked questions I hear at public events when I'm representing the Utah Assistive Technology Program.

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Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule that will be happening April 25th, May 16th, and May 24th.
Utah Asd Employment Workshop Schedule | CPD Blog

Utah Asd Employment Workshop Schedule

Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule that will be happening April 25th, May 16th, and May 24th.

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On a visit to USU, Jessica Cox shared her experience as a pilot--and how it fulfilled yet another goal in a string of achievements she has gained as a child of "can-do" parents.
Pilot Without Arms | CPD Blog

Pilot Without Arms

On a visit to USU, Jessica Cox shared her experience as a pilot--and how it fulfilled yet another goal in a string of achievements she has gained as a child of "can-do" parents.

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To all the people who contacted their legislators in support of the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Up to 3 program, thank you!
Thank You Up To 3 Supporters | CPD Blog

Thank You Up To 3 Supporters

To all the people who contacted their legislators in support of the Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Up to 3 program, thank you!

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Wednesday, May 24 marks the next in a series of statewide workshops will help people on the autism spectrum, their families, service providers and potential employers to use tools that will teach job skills.
Statewide Workshop For People On Asd Spectrum | CPD Blog

Statewide Workshop For People On Asd Spectrum

Wednesday, May 24 marks the next in a series of statewide workshops will help people on the autism spectrum, their families, service providers and potential employers to use tools that will teach job skills.

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There is one thing you don’t want to do with refugees: Sound like the all-knowing, arrogant American. Dr. Eduardo Ortiz was sure of that before he even began a project that ultimately shared awareness about disability among refugees in Salt Lake City.
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Taboo Topics Among Refugees

There is one thing you don’t want to do with refugees: Sound like the all-knowing, arrogant American. Dr. Eduardo Ortiz was sure of that before he even began a project that ultimately shared awareness about disability among refugees in Salt Lake City.

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The CPD recognizes its dedicated employees who observed milestones in their work with us this year. They will be honored at the 24th annual employee recognition luncheon at Utah State University.
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Service Of 15 Employees

The CPD recognizes its dedicated employees who observed milestones in their work with us this year. They will be honored at the 24th annual employee recognition luncheon at Utah State University.

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Sherena Huntsman became a student of the IDASL class on a recommendation from her doctoral committee chair.
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Life Changing Adventure

Sherena Huntsman became a student of the IDASL class on a recommendation from her doctoral committee chair.

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The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Consumer Advisory Council is one of the primary guiding bodies of the CPD. Made up of self-advocates, agency representatives and family members of people with disabilities.
Consumer Advisory Council Celebrates Success | CPD Blog

Consumer Advisory Council Celebrates Success

The Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Consumer Advisory Council is one of the primary guiding bodies of the CPD. Made up of self-advocates, agency representatives and family members of people with disabilities.

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The idea for METAS started in 2015 with some conversations—the kind that could only happen between blind self-advocates from diverse backgrounds.
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Metas Group Teach Independence

The idea for METAS started in 2015 with some conversations—the kind that could only happen between blind self-advocates from diverse backgrounds.

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State funding for the program is in jeopardy since the funding request was not prioritized. The Executive Appropriations Committee must now be requested to provide at least the $1.5m in funding that directly funded Up to 3 contracts last year.
Legislators Need To Hear From You | CPD Blog

Legislators Need To Hear From You

State funding for the program is in jeopardy since the funding request was not prioritized. The Executive Appropriations Committee must now be requested to provide at least the $1.5m in funding that directly funded Up to 3 contracts last year.

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The WIND and the URLEND members are surveying the attitudes of developmental disability providers, medical providers, and mental health providers regarding the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities.
Urlend Collaborates On Attitudes Toward Sexuality Survey | CPD Blog

Urlend Collaborates On Attitudes Toward Sexuality Survey

The WIND and the URLEND members are surveying the attitudes of developmental disability providers, medical providers, and mental health providers regarding the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities.

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St. George classroom-full of middle-school students blended science, engineering and technology with a genuine desire to help real people--and CPD staff members were there to help it happen.
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At Project

St. George classroom-full of middle-school students blended science, engineering and technology with a genuine desire to help real people--and CPD staff members were there to help it happen.

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The IDASL program has trained students on addressing disability issues since 2001. In 2017, it is getting a new advisor.
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Awkwardness Of Disability

The IDASL program has trained students on addressing disability issues since 2001. In 2017, it is getting a new advisor.

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Nearly 12 years after her son was in Up to 3, Lisa wanted to give back to the program and bring awareness to Autism.  Beginning in April, Black Stitch Apparel started a fundraiser and donated all proceeds to Up to 3. 
Early Intervention Impact Felt 12 Years Later | CPD Blog

Early Intervention Impact Felt 12 Years Later

Nearly 12 years after her son was in Up to 3, Lisa wanted to give back to the program and bring awareness to Autism.  Beginning in April, Black Stitch Apparel started a fundraiser and donated all proceeds to Up to 3. 

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The latest research and information about disability programs is available at no cost to people with disabilities, families, caregivers, direct-support professionals, and community members.
USU Publishes First Open Access Journal On Disability Issues | CPD Blog

USU Publishes First Open Access Journal On Disability Issues

The latest research and information about disability programs is available at no cost to people with disabilities, families, caregivers, direct-support professionals, and community members.

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The Mental Health and Developmental Disability National Training Center hosts a leadership event this spring at Utah State University.
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Leadership Institute Seeks Mental Health, Developmental Disability Professionals

The Mental Health and Developmental Disability National Training Center hosts a leadership event this spring at Utah State University.