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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Guest Post: Surviving the Holidays
The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but there are strategies that can help.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
DDNJ Podcast: Families Matter
"Families matter. Their voice matters, their experiences matter, their opinions matter—especially when it comes to their children."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.”
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.
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."
IDRPP Honors Graduates & Trainees
Congratulations to IDRPP employees who completed their degrees and programs this year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Memoriam: IDRPP Remembers Connie Pehrson
On September 23, the Institute for Disability lost a family member with the passing of Connie Perhson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CPD Salutes 2021 Graduates
Congratulations to the Center for Persons with Disabilities employees who graduated this year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cox And Peterson Speak Out On Disability Issues
Both Utah gubernatorial candidates offered their views on disability issues. Here's a quick summary.
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.
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.
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.
Manpower v. Horsepower
Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner explains why she chose a manual wheelchair over a power wheelchair.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Life Before And After The ADA
Columnist Mary Ellen Heiner reflects on school, work and play before and after the ADA.
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.
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.
Life On The Intersection Of Queerness, Jewishness And Disability
For University of Utah student, Athena Schwartz, each part of their identity informs the other.
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.
Better Choices, Better Health Online Workshop Now Available
A six-week, self-paced online workshop teaches skills for managing chronic pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Men And Mental Health: It's Not Easy!
CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett opens up about men, mental health and the mountain west culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
CPD And COVID-19: A Round-up Of Affected Services
How COVID-19 precautions are affecting services at the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
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.
"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.”
"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.
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.
Disability Advocacy Day: An Opportunity To Advocate!
A how-to guide on preparing and executing a meeting with your state legislature.
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.
Be That Person Who Makes A Difference
CPD Coordinator of Programs Mary Ellen Heiner takes on microaggression in this guest blog post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Fool's Paradigm
CPD Columnist Jennifer Holland reflects on housing security, whether the home is built on the rock or the sand.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: 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!
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.
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."
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridgerland Literacy Is Now Part Of The CPD
Bridgerland Literacy recently joined the Center for Persons with Disabilities family.
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.
State Department Fellow From Kenya Visits CPD
Lewis Murithi discusses disability in Kenya, including policy, accessibility, employment and self-advocacy.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A Rolling Perspective: Get The Popcorn!
A how-to-guide on eating affordable, healthy food on a fixed income. By Jennifer Holland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grief And Fibromyalgia
The CPD's Storee Powell talks about living with fibromyalgia, grieving it, and finding strength to live another day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharon Weston Honored As Staff Of The Year
Thursday’s College of Education and Human Services awards honored CPD Director Sharon Weston.
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.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Low-Tech Assistive Technology Trainings
Low-tech Assistive Technology Trainings happening in Roosevelt, Unitah Basin, and Price.
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.
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"...
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.
Judith Holt: Working For The Day
Jesien Award recipient reflects on career-long quest for inclusion for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
Linda Keith Honored
Linda Keith received the Lieutenant Governor’s Power of Service award last week.
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.
Sweet And Scary Times
This week, the CPD staff had a chance to enjoy the moment. Halloween, dressing up, and more.
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
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dickeys Dsl Scoop
Here at the Developmental Skills Lab we have a NEW blog tag team. They are Ryan and Sara Dickey!
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.
Uintah Basin At Labs
Clay Christensen displays a personal electronic assistant device and modular hose: examples of high- and low-tech AT.
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).
Walk And Roll Success
To everyone who turned out at this year's Run, Walk and Roll event, thank you!
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.
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.
10 Things About People With Fibromyalgia
Storee Powell's experience with Fibromyalgia, and ten things others should know about people who have Fibromyalgia.
Linda Alsop Recognized
Linda Alsop has followed her passion, serving the Deafblind community for more than 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Utah Asd Employment Workshop Schedule
Utah ASD Employment Workshop Schedule that will be happening April 25th, May 16th, and May 24th.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Life Changing Adventure
Sherena Huntsman became a student of the IDASL class on a recommendation from her doctoral committee chair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awkwardness Of Disability
The IDASL program has trained students on addressing disability issues since 2001. In 2017, it is getting a new advisor.
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.
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.
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.