Policy director for USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities named to national post
Jan 7, 2019— Cache Valley Daily
The new President-elect of the AUCD — the Association of University Centers on Disabilities — is Dr. Sachin Pavithran, Director of Policy at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD). Read Story...
When Pain Is Silent
Jan 4, 2019— Utah State Magazine
Now imagine that your child has chronic health care needs. And that she is unable to tell the doctor what is wrong, or where it hurts, or when it started. That is the situation Tina Persels faced in 2017. Read Story...
Grant Will Improve ASL Mentorship in Utah
Dec 4, 2018— Utah State Today
A new grant from the state of Utah will provide more small-group and one-on-one mentoring to ASL interpreters, who work in isolation, a situation that is not good for the interpreter or the classroom. Read Story...
USU's Pavithran Assumes National Leadership Role
Dec 4, 2018 — Utah State Today
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. Read Story...
Diagnosed: Why Can't You Do This At Home?
Nov 7, 2018— Utah Public Radio
With advancements in Internet technology, it’s easy to think the difficulties people with disabilities have with getting from place to place can be solved by the Internet. After all, people can telecommute to work, have a virtual doctor’s visit and shop online. But the reality for people with disabilities in rural Utah is more complicated. If virtual services for people with disabilities were the subject of a bad quiz show, it might sound something like this. Read Story...
Diagnosed: Transportation Is A Health Issue In Rural Utah
Nov 1, 2018 — Utah Public Radio
Imagine a world where you cannot drive. Where trains don’t travel and busses don’t run. How might that impact your ability to access quality healthcare? That’s the world where many Utahns with disabilities and their families live right now. Read Story..
Diagnosed: A Small-town Success Story Of Employment
Oct 25, 2018 — Utah Public Radio
In 2017, the unemployment rate in the United States fell across the board. But fewer than 19 percent of people with disabilities were employed, compared with more than 65 percent of the general population. Among people actively looking for work, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of the general population. Read Story...
Down Syndrome Foundation honors USU therapist for her work
Oct 24, 2018 — Cache Valley Daily
Amy Henningsen is an occupational therapist at Utah State University’s Center for Person’s With Disabilities. Last month, the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation recognized her for the work she has done with many families in Northern Utah. The award highlights the specific ways she has helped children with Down Syndrome during the important developmental time for them their first three to five years. Read Story...
CPD's Amy Henningsen Recognized by Utah Down Syndrome Foundation
Oct 17, 2018 — Utah State Today
Amy Henningsen was recognized in September by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation for the work she has done with so many families in Northern Utah. “A lot of us in the valley have had Amy come to our house through the Up to 3 program,” said Maria Leishman, UDSF community group leader. “She’s the one who will think outside the box. If it’s not working, she’ll find another way.” Read Story...
Diagnosed: Stroke Treatment - Telehealth Helps But It's Still A Long Journey In Rural Utah
Oct 11, 2018 — Utah Public Radio
“With stroke, we have a very short time window when we’re able to treat people,” said Dr. Marilyn McKasson , telestroke medical director for Intermountain Healthcare. She talks to patients in the emergency rooms of small Utah towns, helping to diagnose a stroke and beginning treatment before the patient is transferred to a larger hospital that is equipped to help dissolve the clot, restore blood flow and give them the best chance for recovery. Read Story...
Diagnosed: Medical Cannabis Campaign Targets Individuals With Disabilities
Oct 4, 2018 — Utah Public Radio
During a recent installment of the UPR original series Diagnosed, we discussed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act. As the series continues we learn about a social media campaign being used to help educate the public about the benefits of medical cannabis for treating individuals with disabilities. Read Story...
Diagnosed: A Good Wheelchair Is Hard To Find In Rural Utah
Oct 2, 2018 — Utah Public Radio
“I hit the wheelchair almost five and a half years ago,” said Mindy Mair. When she says she “hit the wheelchair,” she means that is when she needed technology to get around Vernal, where she lives. Read Story...
AT lab changes lives for people with disabilities
Sep 4, 2018 — Cache Valley Daily
Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Program is in the business of helping people with disabilities. If someone has a problem with a wheelchair, or any other piece of equipment, the people at the AT Lab try to repair, adapt or replace it. Read Story...
Volunteers help rebuild porch for veteran's widow
Aug 16, 2018 — Herald Journal
Over a dozen volunteers gathered in Logan this week to build a porch for the widow of a U.S. Army veteran.” Read Story...
Sachin Pavithran named CPD policy director
Jun. 18, 2018 — Cache Valley Daily
Utah State University’s Center for Person’s With Disabilities has appointed longtime staff member Sachin Pavithran as its policy director. ”My role would be to make sure there is enough information being shared with decision makers, lawmakers and information based on data and research,” Read Story...
Orem man succeeds with Down syndrome, prepares to attend USU
Mar. 19, 2018 — Daily Herald
Like many college students, Jonny Peay, of Orem, was elated when his acceptance letter to Utah State University landed in his mailbox. “I felt so happy,” Jonny said. Read Story...
AT Lab at Utah State University helps family continue to bike together
Feb. 12, 2018 — Cache Valley Daily
The Assistive Technology Program at USU serves individuals with disabilities of all ages in Utah. They do remarkable things in providing assisted technology devices and services. Read Story...
USU group making websites more accessible for those with disabilities
Jan. 30, 2018 — Cache Valley Daily
With an understanding of how people with disabilities use the web and how frustrated they feel when they can’t access it, Utah State University’s Center for Persons With Disabilities in 1999 set about finding answers. Read Story...
USU Center for Persons with Disabilities helps website developers
Jan. 22, 2018 — Herald Journal
Cyndi Rowland, an employee with Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, was at a conference in the mid-1990s when she realized that some people had a harder time viewing the internet than she did. Read Story...
USU\'s CPD Offers Tools for Site-Wide Web Accessibility Evaluation
Jan. 17, 2018 — Utah State Today
WebAIM has long set the standard for web accessibility, and its WAVE tool has made it possible for people everywhere to find out whether a web page is usable for people with disabilities. Now, new options make it possible to use WAVE across an entire website. Read Story...
Administrator at CPD receives distinguished service award
Dec. 19, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
In November Dr. Judith Holt, an administrator at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the George S. Jesien Award from the Association of University Centers on Disability. Read Story...
Give! 10 local charities fight the good fight.
Nov. 22, 2017 — City Weekly
It has been a rough year.... Well, I am here to tell you that we still live in a world where heroes walk among us. Read Story...
Volunteer honored with statewide volunteer award
Nov. 15, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
Every year Utah’s Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox recognizes three Utahns with the Power of Service award and the 2017 honorees include Linda Keith of North Logan. Read Story...
National Recognition for a Lifetime of Leadership
Nov. 14, 2017 — Utah State Today
In a room packed with colleagues, advocates and family members at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Honors Celebration in Washington, D.C., Judith Holt was presented the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award November 7. Read Story...
Sep. 21, 2017 — Utah State Magazine
Utah State was influencing Andy Proutys education since long before he can remember – and he, in turn, was making an impact on Utah programs. Read Story...
AT lab Lab helps family through difficult, chronic illness
Aug. 28, 2017 — Uintah Basin Standard/Vernal Express
Cathy and Jerry Johnson walked a long and difficult road after Jerry received a diagnosis of multiple systems atrophy: a rare degenerative, neurological condition. MSA brought with it some medical challenges and rapidly-changing needs. Read Story...
USU agrees to help Dominican Republic disability efforts
Aug. 17, 2017 — Herald Journal
Utah State University has agreed to help the Dominican Republic establish and develop programs for persons with disabilities. Read Story...
Assistive Technology Lab creates demonstration libraries
Aug. 13, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
Two demonstration libraries created by Utah State University’s Assistive Technology program allow people with disabilities to travel to either Logan or Roosevelt to try out devices before they buy them. Read Story...
Assistive technologies for senior citizens
Aug. 12, 2017 — KVNU Senior Moments Podcasts
A podcast discussing the new assistive technology demonstration libraries in Logan and Vernal that allow people with disabilities to try out devices before they buy them. Read Story...
Saturday is the Run, Walk and Roll event for CPD
Jun. 21, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
Saturday (June 24) the Up to 3 program in USU’s Center for Persons With Disabilities (CPD) is hosting a repeat of last year’s successful Run, Walk and Roll event at North Logan’s Elk Ridge Park. Read Story...
Volunteers give gift of freedom with specially designed bike
May. 24, 2017 — KUTV News
A little boy has a new set of wheels. For the first time in his life, 8-year-old Parker Layton will enjoy the summer breeze on his face on a bike ride with his family. Read Story...
Increasing awareness about disability among Utah refugees
May. 15, 2017 — Utah State Magazine
If you’re gathering information, fostering leadership and spreading awareness about a taboo topic across cultures, there is one thing you don’t want to do: Sound like the all-knowing, arrogant American. Read Story...
Armless pilot tells students to dream big, overcome hurdles
Apr. 01, 2017 — Herald Journal
Despite being born without arms, Jessica Cox tells people she went to public school just like her peers and was expected to do the same things as them. Read Story...
College of education ranked No. 1 in Intermountain West
Mar. 26, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University was recently named the top college of education in the state of Utah, the top in the Intermountain West and among the top 50 in the nation by the “U.S. News and World Report” magazine. Read Story...
Interview with new CPD Director Matt Wappett
Mar. 22, 2017 — Cache Valley Daily
When he moved into his new position as Executive Director of the Center for Persons With Disabilities at Utah State University in January, Dr. Matthew Wappett understood the potential for change in his professional world. Read Story...
Interview with Matthew Wappett and Sarah Bodily.
Mar. 01, 2017 — Park City Television
Park City Television talk show Mountain Views interviews CPD director Matthew Wappett and Aggies Elevated program director Sarah bodily about inclusion, transition, and funding. Read Story...
UATP CReATEs comfortable living for residents of the Uintah Basin
Feb. 14, 2017 — Uintah Basin Standard/Vernal Express
Utah Assistive Technology Program has made its way to Uintah County, as of June 2016. The program is run by Cameron Cressall and located at the Utah State University campus in Roosevelt, but serves the whole Basin. UATP provides information on assistive technology to people of all ages living with disabilities... and provides refurbished mobility devices to people in the community to enhance their quality of life. Read Story...
7th Graders Build Devices For Kids With Disabilities
Jan. 31, 2017 — ABC4 Utah
Students in southern Utah are innovating practical ways to help children with disabilities.A new class aims to infuse empathy into science, technology, engineering, arts and math subjects (STEAM). The unique class already earned the school $25,000 worth of technology from one of the world's largest tech companies. [With help from UATP], the students are designing and building assistive furniture and devices for local children with disabilities. Read Story...
USU Child Care Nutrition Program Welcomes New Director
Jan. 05, 2017 — Utah State Today
The Utah State University Child Care Nutrition Program welcomes its new director, Michael Diehl, in January 2017, following the retirement of its current director, Jeanie Peck. Read Story...
Op-ed: Hatch has Trumps ear, will continue to champion disabled rights
Jan. 03, 2017 — Salt Lake Tribune
Over the course of my lifetime, Congress has taken meaningful steps to expand opportunities and strengthen protections for Americans with disabilities, but few have done more to advance the rights of our community than Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch. Indeed, throughout his service to the people of Utah, Hatch has been a true champion for all Americans with disabilities. Read Story...
USU program provides food for children statewide
Dec. 13, 2016 — Cache Valley Daily
The new director of Utah State University’s Child Care Nutrition Program (CCNP) said the program’s primary function is to feed nutritious meals to children who might not otherwise get them. Michael Diehl (deal) assumed his new job in early January. “We will setup anyone interested in doing home daycare,” Diehl said. Read Story...
PlayCore Announces the 2016 Hero Award Recipient
Dec. 08, 2016 — PR Web
PlayCore, a Chattanooga based company that promotes its mission and values by giving back to communities in a variety of ways, bestows its annual Hero award as a way to recognize the inspirational individuals they meet throughout the course of business. This year, the PlayCore Hero Award was given to Dr. Keith Christensen, Ph.D., for his valuable partnership and ongoing dedication to inclusion. Read Story...
I define who I am: USU employee talks blindness
Dec. 02, 2016 — Herald Journal
Sachin Pavithran remembers being an undergraduate student at Utah State University studying computer science and being told by an adviser to pick another major because he was blind. Pavithran, now the program director for the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, said he didn’t know how to react, so he went to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and switched majors. Read Story...
Students design innovative patient lift system
Oct. 15, 2016 — Creating Tomorrow
Students Kyle Christian, Kye McCleary and Matt Schumann wanted to create something new and creative that could be marketable in the assistive technology industry. After the lift was completed and tested for safe operation, it was donated to a Cache Valley man who has suffered from the effects of muscular dystrophy since he was 15. Read Story...
Sachin Pavithran named to national board
Oct. 14, 2016 — Cache Valley Daily
Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is a network member of the Association of University centers on Disability (AUCD). Sachin Pavithran is the program director at Assistive Technology which is part of the CPD and he was recently named to the AUCD board of directors. All three organizations are dedicated to serving people with disabilities, their families and communities. Read Story...
Documentary follows USU grad with autism on Kilimanjaro climb
Oct. 12, 2016 — Park Record
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a feat unto itself. Many climbers have risen to the challenge of scaling that 19,000-foot dormant volcano in Tanzania. One of those who recently attempted the climb was Troy Shumway, a graduate of Utah State University’s Aggies Elevated program. Read Story...
How Early Intervention Gives Kids a Head Start
Sep. 29, 2016 — Utah Public Radio
Heather Humphreys is a university academic adviser. In her Logan office, pictures of her four daughters are thumb tacked to a colorful bulletin board above her desk. From the way she talks about them, you can tell they are the brightest part of her world. They seem happy and healthy. You can see that in the photos. What you can’t see is that three of the girls are on the autistic spectrum and have faced health problems from a very young age. Read Story...
Utah Assistive Technology Program Changing Lives
Aug. 26, 2016 — Basin Now
A program based in Roosevelt is changing lives for the better by getting assistive technology into the hands of locals who need it. Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment or product that is used to increase, maintain or improve function of individuals with disabilities. The Utah Assistive Technology Program or UATP, located on Roosevelt’s USU campus, is going above the call of duty to fulfill their mission. Read Story...
USU Assistive Technology lab helping those with disabilities
Aug. 24, 2016 — Cache Valley Daily
A visitor to USU’s Assistive Technology (AT) Lab might conclude nothing is impossible to those in the lab who spend their time improving the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Read Story...
Making web accessibility great again: Auditing the US presidential candidates websites for accessibility
Aug. 17, 2016 — Lullabot
Imagine that you arrive at a website, but you cannot see the screen. How do you know what’s there? How do you navigate? This is normal for many people, and the accessibility of your site will make or break their experience. Accessibility is about including everyone. People with physical and cognitive disabilities have specific challenges online—and making your site accessible removes those barriers and opens the door to more users. Severely disabled Americans constitute a population of 38.3 million people, and make up a huge swath of voters (see the #CripTheVote movement on Twitter). Read Story...
Disabled kids in Utah schools and across the nation face digital gap
Aug. 14, 2016 — Salt Lake Tribune
Strides in special education have not caught up with technology, leaving disabled students in the digital dust as their peers type and swipe through daily lessons. Federal investigations in Utah and across the country are drawing attention to the lag this summer, highlighting just how difficult it can be for disabled parents, students and others to access school websites and curriculum available to their peers. "When it comes to the new media of educating," said Sachin Pavithran, chairman of the U.S. Access Board, "schools just haven't kept up." Read Story...
Sachin Dev Pavithran – Advocating for Inclusive Change
Aug. 05, 2016 — Eyeway
Sachin Dev Pavithran was born in India but grew up in Dubai where his father was working. He later went to the US for his undergraduate studies in the state of Utah. When he began his career as a computer programmer in the US he had no idea that one day he would be involved in the field of disability policy making and advocacy. He was appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama to the United States Access Board which is a federal agency that oversees accessibility for people with disabilities. Read Story...
New USU Assistive Technology Lab opens in Roosevelt
Aug. 04, 2016 — Herald Journal
Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Lab, which helps people with disabilities by providing tailor-made devices and technology, has expanded its footprint to one of the school’s regional campuses in Roosevelt. USU made the announcement in a news release this week, pointing to a nearly $74,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as an essential funding source that made the lab a reality. Sachin Pavithran, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program, praised USU for establishing an AT Lab in Roosevelt. Read Story...
Assistive Technology Services Expand at USU-Uintah Basin
Jul. 21, 2016 — Utah State Today
People with disabilities in the Uintah Basin will soon have more help meeting their goals for independence, thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the new Assistive Technology Lab at Utah State University in Roosevelt. Read Story...
The 2016-18 Act Early Ambassadors are Agents of Change for Increasing Developmental Monitoring
Jun. 27, 2016 — Act Early Network News
The 2016-18 cohort of 45 Ambassadors representing 41 U.S. states and three territories commenced their first program year collaborating together at their annual Act Early Ambassador training at the CDC. Read Story...
Roosevelt Assistive Technology Lab at USU opens, welcomes coordinator
Jun. 16, 2016 — Utah State Today
There is a new face in the assistive technology scene in Roosevelt — and he’s ready to get people rolling. Cameron Cressall is the coordinator of the new Assistive Technology Lab on Utah State University’s Roosevelt campus. Assistive technology is used to help people with disabilities achieve independence. Read Story...
Obama reappoints Indian-American to a key administration post
May. 06, 2016 — Business Standard
US President Barack Obama has announced to reappoint Indian-American Sachin Dev Pavithran to a key independent government agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Read Story...
Braveheart Run unites community members, USU students
Apr. 17, 2016 — The Utah Statesman
In the chill of Saturday’s morning, around fifty runners from Utah State and the Logan community crowded together in front of the Taggart Student Center (TSC) for the 6th annual Braveheart 5K/10K run. Read Story...
Top 25 doers, dreamers & drivers of 2016
Mar. 23, 2016 — Government Technology Magazine
Sachin Pavithran has his fingerprints on disability policy at literally every conceivable level — he’s worked internationally, with federal agencies in the U.S., with individual states, all the way down to individual people. Read Story...
Big picture guy: Late CPD founding director remembered
Dec. 09, 2015 — Herald Journal
Marvin Fifield, the founding director of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, died Friday. He was 83. Family and colleagues called Fifield a leading force and a visionary in the community, state and nation on disability issues. He served as CPD director for 28 years, as chairman of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s disability policy committee and as an expert on policy, testified before the U.S. Congress and state legislature numerous times and worked as a consultant with other states to set up CPD-similar centers. Read Story...
Elevated: Program for students with intellectual disabilities part of new norm
Nov. 30, 2015 — Herald Journal
Jenna Mosher remembers her reaction almost two years ago to opening the mail addressed to her from Utah State University stating she was accepted to a new program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. “I put my hand over my mouth; I was speechless,” said Mosher, a graduate of Park City High School, who has a cognitive disorder and wasn’t sure she’d ever find a higher education institution that fit her needs. Read Story...
Op-ed: Pay for Success model changes lives
Nov. 24, 2015 — Salt Lake Tribune
Utah has long been a pioneer state, and for more than two years we've been pioneers in the field of early childhood education. Our groundbreaking first-in-the-nation Pay for Success program for early childhood education is providing high-quality preschool education for up to 3,700 disadvantaged children and their families in the Granite School District. Without the support of private investment, these at-risk children would otherwise not have access to these vital services. Read Story...
Russian educators want to replicate autism program
Nov. 04, 2015 — Herald Journal
A group of Russian educators and other officials are getting a firsthand look at Utah State University’s ASSERT autism program to learn best practices for establishing an early childhood intervention preschool in their country. Read Story...
Explaining Americans with Disabilities Act
Oct. 28, 2015 — Herald Journal
Did you know that nearly 20 percent of Utahns have a disability, have a family member with a disability or know someone with a disability? In a state whose population is a little more than 2.9 million, that means 580,000 of your friends and neighbors are affected by disability. Read Story...
Op-ed: Today’s Congress lacks the resolve that created Americans with Disabilities Act
Aug. 08, 2015 — The Salt Lake Tribue
Last month marked the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a watershed moment in our nation's history. We call the United States the "land of opportunity," but we often question whether opportunities are truly available to everyone. In 1990, people with disabilities were in the spotlight for facing barriers to equal participation. When President Bush signed the ADA in 1990, he said, "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down," a remark that both acknowledged the shame of the problem and noted the ADA as the solution. Read Story...
USU/CPD hold concert for autism awareness
Apr. 20, 2015 — KSL
Utah State University celebrated Autism Awareness Month with a free concert Saturday that was tailored specifically to those with disabilities. Former Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director Craig Jessop helped put the show together and was thrilled to partner with the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Autism Council of Utah for this event. Read Story...
USU graduate rehabilitation program in the top 10
Apr. 04, 2015 — Herald Journal
Working as a public relations specialist for the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Sue Reeves made promotional materials to jump-start Aggies Elevated, a new program allowing adults with disabilities to enroll in college courses. “I caught the vision of what this program could be....” Reeves explained. She enrolled in USU’s graduate rehabilitation counseling program — which recently landed 10th out of approximately 150 similar programs in U.S. News & World Report. Read Story...
USU employee to chair national board for people with disabilities
Mar. 13, 2015 — Herald Journal
A Providence resident and USU employee was elected chairman of the U.S. Access Board, continuing his work to ensure that new government laws and regulations meet the needs of people with disabilities. The vote for Sachin Pavithran, 37, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at the Center of Persons with Disabilities, comes three years after he was appointed to the 25-member U.S. Access Board by President Barack Obama. Read Story...
Non-profit revamps old wheelchairs for affordability
Jan. 08, 2015 — KSL
Wheelchairs tend to be very costly, but a local, non-profit organization has given hundreds of refurbished wheelchairs at a reduced price to people with disabilities. Citizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment, also known as CReATE, takes in used manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and scooters and recycles them for a flat rate, according to program coordinator Tom Boman. Read Story...
USU, UofU to continue study of environmental influences on child health, development
Jan. 01, 2015 — Herald Journal
Utah State University and University of Utah plan to continue a study examining environmental influences on child health and development in light of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) decision to nix National Children’s Study. Read Story...
About Utah: Aggies Elevated: Welcome to college, everyone
Aug. 25, 2014 — Deseret News
Some 3,900 first-time students will be invading USU this morning when the school opens its doors for the 126th school year. Among them will be 8 kids representing a brand-new class of students, the first selectees to enroll in a program called Aggies Elevated. Officially they are classified as intellectually disabled. Some have Down syndrome, others have forms of autism, others have varying brain disorders. They are not ordinary; they are extraordinary. Read Story...
Aggies Elevated supports students with intellectual disabilities
Jul. 21, 2014 — Utah Public Radio
There are some children that grow up knowing they will be attending a university, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities attending is likely just a dream. The pilot program Aggies Elevated changed that expectation this year by creating a path for eight freshmen with intellectual disabilities to enroll at Utah State University beginning this fall semester. Read Story...
USU offers new certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities
Jul. 20, 2014 — Herald Journal
A two-year Utah State University certificate program to debut this fall will give eight freshmen with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to complete a college education, allowing them to either pursue further degree options or seek employment. Read Story...
Graduate Student of the Year gets Involved with people at DSL
May. 05, 2014 — Utah State Today
Kate Seader knows what it’s like to fall through the cracks and not receive services when she needed them. She also knows it’s up to her to deal with it. “You have a responsibility to not give up,” she said. “You say OK, this happened, but now what do I need to do to cope with it?” Read Story...
Soapbox: Showing sensitivity to persons with disabilities
Mar. 22, 2014 — Heral Journal
Forty years ago in many major U.S. cities, a person with an obvious physical disability could be fined up to $50 simply for leaving home. The difference between the past, the present and the future is, literally, a few moments. We are all only a single moment away from a car accident, a stroke, a chromosomal anomaly at conception that could leave any one of us with a permanent disability. Read Story...
Letter to the Editor: It’s about putting ‘people first’
Mar. 19, 2014 — Heral Journal
Regarding the article published Monday, March 10: “Options for Independence advocates using politically correct terminology for persons with disabilities, starting with changing parking signs around the valley.” Options for Independence and the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University have received some negative comments about this. Most people want to know what’s wrong with the word “handicapped.” Words — like “handicapped” — have power. Words have the ability to build people up or to tear them down, to give a person dignity or to take it away. Read Story...
TOP Sports program puts kids with disabilities on equal footing
Mar. 16, 2014 — Herald Journal
Participants in Utah State University’s TOP Sports program have been bowling away at the Cache Valley Fun Park the last several weeks. TOP Sports is a chance for kids three and older with all ranges of disabilities to enjoy the company of others while playing sports like their peers, said Emily Larsen, a program coordinator. “Whatever the kids have wanted to do, we’ve tried to implement and tried to figure out how we can accommodate that,” Larsen said. Read Story...
Options for Independence advocates using politically correct terminology for persons with disabilities
Mar. 11, 2014 — Herald Journal
Options for Independence is raising awareness about politically correct terminology for persons with disabilities, starting with changing parking signs around the valley....The intitiative began when an employee from the Center for Persons with Disabilities saw signs at the county offices and thought something should be done about them. Read Story...
Utah State basketball players serve community at Top Sports
Dec. 13, 2013 — Salt Lake Tribune
It was a regular Wednesday night basketball practice for roughly 25 kids at a Smithfield-area gym. They weren't expecting another basketball team to be on their court. Erica Lundahl will always remember the look of surprise on their faces when they saw five towering men in front of them. "I wasn't sure if it was going to happen, so I didn't tell them what was happening," she said. "They said, 'Who are those guys?' And we told them they're real basketball players, and they play for the Aggies." Read Story...
Girl gets independence from College nonprofit and donors from Cache school district
Dec. 10, 2013 — EEJ Ed Notes
Selena Perez thought she was coming to a routine meeting with her parents at her school. Instead she was wheeled into the media center at Willow Valley Middle School to discover a new-to-her motorized wheelchair—and the small crowd of people who came together to make it possible. The sight moved her to tears. Through an interpreter she asked if it was to be used only at school. The answer came back: she could use it at home, too. Read Story...
Student receives new wheelchair from school district staffers
Dec. 09, 2013 — Herald Journal
Christmas came early for 11-year-old Selena Perez. On Monday, she received a new motorized wheelchair that was purchased by the administrative assistants in the Cache County School District offices. The gift was a complete surprise to both Selena and her mother and stepfather. “Thank you very much,” Selena said through tears after seeing her new wheelchair. Before, Selena had to have an assistant push her around school as she was unable to use her manual wheelchair. The new motorized wheelchair allows her to become independently mobile. Read Story...
Nonprofit works to get assistive devices to Utahns at fraction of the cost
Nov. 20, 2013 — Utah Public Radio
In a warehouse near downtown Salt Lake City, used wheelchairs, scooters and other motorized assistive devices are given a second life. Citizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment — or CReATE for short — is a statewide service, and part of the Utah Assistive Technology Program, run by the Center for Persons with Disabilities on the Utah State University campus. CReATE takes donated assistive devices and parts and refurbishes them before giving them to those in need. They charge a one-time service fee for the devices. Read Story...
Tech lab builds modified saddle for boy
Oct. 07, 2013 — Herald Journal
Some days, Michael Kunz would tell his step-mom that he had dreams of riding his horse, Karmel, at the Wellsville Arena. Earlier this week, that dream became a reality for the 14-year-old afflicted with severe cerebral palsy — thanks to the ingenuity of his family and members of Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Lab. Read Story...
Mobility reuse program to reopen to Utahns with disabilities
Sep. 29, 2013 — USU Hard News Cafe
Larry O’Sullivan spent 30 years as a professional photographer in Australia, shooting everything from weddings to aerial pictures, but was forced to leave the Down Under after complications from a Vietnam War injury led to an above-the-knee double amputation a few years ago. “I’d passed my ‘use by’ date in Australia, but aging and retirement is not synonymous with not having something to do,” O’Sullivan said. “America is the land of potential and accessibility – you can be anything you want to be.” Read Story...
Gun permits for the blind
Sep. 07, 2013 — Al Jazeera America
An Iowa law allowing blind residents gun permits sparks debate. CPD staff member, Sachin Pavithran, weighs in as a policy analyst on this decision. Video. Read Story...
CPD Researchers Publish PICCOLO Tool
Aug. 23, 2013 — AUCD News
A new observational tool, developed by researchers at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, has been published by Brookes Publishing and will be available in mid-October. Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLOTM), which was designed to assess and monitor the quality of parent-child interactions, provides home visiting, parent education, and early childhood programs with valuable information for strengthening parenting practices. Read Story...
ASSERT celebrates 10 years of teaching preschoolers with autism
Aug. 13, 2013 — EEj Ed Notes
A unique method of teaching preschool children on the autism spectrum to communicate their needs is spreading to 14 Utah school districts this fall, including Logan, Park City and Granite. The ASSERT (Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training) model utilizes applied behavior analysis (ABA) to change the challenging negative behaviors associated with autism. This month, ASSERT celebrated 10 years of service to families of children with autism. Read Story...
Parkite named Utah 2013 Self Advocate of the Year
Aug. 09, 2013 — Park City Record
Park City resident Anna Lillquist has been named 2013 Self Advocate of the Year by the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council. The Council cited Lillquist's outstanding service as past president and board member of the Park City chapter of "People First" and her accomplishments on behalf of the greater disability community when announcing the award. People First is a national self-advocacy organization that empowers people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves, increase their independence and become a part of their community. Read Story...
Youth with disabilities take part in inaugural leadership retreat at USU ropes course
Jun. 11, 2013 — Herald Journal
Young people with disabilities clustered together in the sweltering heat at the Utah State University Ropes Course on Monday afternoon to plug a pipe being filled with water using only their fingertips. It was just one of the many team-building exercises the group was expected to do as part what officials called the “first-ever leadership conference for youth with disabilities” hosted by the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU. Read Story...
Accomplished Alum Sachin Pavithran Appointed to Federal Disabilities Board by President Obama
May. 22, 2013 — Huntsman News and Events
It’s not often one gets appointed by the President,” said Sachin Pavithran upon being appointed by President Obama as a member of the U.S. Access Board—officially the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. “It is a big responsibility,” he said. He was telephoned in April 2012 by the Office of Presidential Appointments, and then thoroughly vetted for seven months, before being officially appointed to a four-year term in December 2012. Read Story...
EEJ CEHS Valedictorian has CPD ties
Apr. 06, 2013 — EEJ Ed Notes
Katie Lovendale, co-founder of the Aggie Advocates, was named 2013 Valedictorian of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The Aggie Advocates is a USU organization aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities through social awareness and advocating for people with disabilities. The organization has close ties to the CPD and supports many community projects. Read Story...
Autism aid: Up to 3 fills regional need
Mar. 24, 2013 — Herald Journal
In a small room at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, Will Zetterquist, 2, giggles and squeals as he plays with globs of Play-Doh. Sue Olsen, director of the CPD’s Exemplary Services Division, hands Will a rolling pin. Then his mother, Marisa, rolls a small Play-Doh ball into a “snake” to show him. The exercise is designed to expose Will — who has a speech delay, and whose older brother is on the autism spectrum — to lots of sensory input that will hopefully help him with social interactions and conversations. Read Story...
Disabled sue over web shopping
Mar. 22, 2013 — The Wall Street Journal
Commerce has moved online. Now, the disability lawsuits are following. Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they\'ve filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors. Read Story...
Pavithran accepts Presidential appointment
Nov. 12, 2012 — Salt Lake Tribune
President Barack Obama has appointed Utahn Sachin Pavithran, who is blind, to a federal board that writes the technical standards for policies about access for the disabled to buildings, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment and information technology. Read Story...
TEDx: Gauthier discusses photography project and autism
Oct. 29, 2012 — TEDx
TEDx,a global set of conferences, is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Christopher Gauthier's presentation includes an exhibition of the project, "Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism", and an impassioned explanation of it’s conception, objectives, and future goals. Read Story...
CPD researcher honored for contributions to children with sensory impairments
Oct. 02, 2012 — AUCD Digest
The American Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired recognized Elizabeth Dennison for written work that has significantly impacted her field, presenting her with the bi-annual Warren Bledsoe Award for curricula that have trained professionals in 44 states and six countries. Read Story...
Former UATP director named as Utah State Schools Superintendent
Aug. 12, 2010 — Deseret News
After expressing his desire to rebuild trust between parents, educators and lawmakers, Martell Menlove was named superintendent of public instruction by the State School Board. Read Story...