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ADA and cake at USU during Disability Rights Weeks


Posted on CPD BLOG September 16, 2015 by Sue Reeves

USU ADA cowboy hat logo
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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will present its inaugural Disability Rights Week Oct. 5-8. The week-long celebration is co-sponsored by the Disability Resource Center and USUSA, and includes an information fair, birthday cake and a free comedy show.

Justin Dart’s cowboy hat is being used as the iconic image for this year’s event. Dart is remembered as “the father of the ADA,” and he was famously photographed with President George H.W. Bush, and the hat, at the ADA signing.

“Disability rights are civil rights,” said Shane Johnson, associate director of development at the CPD and one of the event organizers. “Twenty percent of the population of Utah identifies as having a disability, so chances are good that every person on this campus either has a disability or has a friend or family member with a disability.

“The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act occurred in July, but we wanted to wait until more people were on campus to commemorate the event,” Johnson said. “We have some fantastic events planned.”

The week begins with yard signs marking the accessible features of the USU campus—curb cuts, automatic door openers, elevators, etc., and a window display at the Campus Store.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, an information fair will be held at the TSC in the Sunburst and International Lounges from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Lives Worth Living,” a documentary about the disability rights movement that led to the ADA, will run on a continuous loop, and the CPD’s disability history posters will be on display. Visitors to the information fair will be treated to birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in celebration of the ADA. This is an Aggie Passport event, so come and get your passport stamped!

On Friday, Oct. 9, America’s Got Talent runner-up Drew Lynch and his partner Sam Conroe will make you laugh in the Sunburst Lounge at 6 p.m. This is a FREE event and open to the public.

In addition, there will be displays by campus and community partners including the DRC, USUSA, Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, AgrAbility, Options for Independence, Up to 3 Early Intervention, the Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning class, Aggies Elevated, Utah Assistive Technology Project, the National Federation for the Blind, WebAIM, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Special Olympics/Best Buddies, the Disability Law Center, the Counseling and Psychological Services office and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Watch the CPD Facebook page for additional details.

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A DIYAbility Webinar: Using an iPad as an Assistive Technology Device

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Join DIYAbility on October 14th for an educational webinar.

Learn about the iPad and how it can be used as an assistive technology device or tool.

The iPad has an extensive amount of accessibility built into its operating system.  We will explore these modifications as well as discuss applications to assist with communication needs, computer access, and home automation.

Register today!

Wednesday, October 14th, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

General registration cost is $35.00.
AOTA Member: $31.50 - AOTA CEU credits for all Occupational Therapists that participate.

By the End of the Webinar Learners Will be Able to:

  • Discuss various disabilities and how the resulting impairments can affect iPad us
  • Discuss accessibility options that are part of the OS in the iPad
  • Identify at least three applications to meet a variety of needs, from computer access to home automation (and then some)
  • Identify three pieces of hardware for access of the iPad including mounting

Who should participate?

  • Occupational, physical, speech, music and recreational therapists.
  • Parents, relatives and family friends of individuals with physical impairments
  • Anyone curious to learn about accessibility and iPad use

Contact Hours: This course will provide 1.5 hours of contact hours, .15 CEUs will be awarded at the end of a quiz that will be delivered electronically.  A passing score of 70% is considered passing.  Once a passing score is obtained a certificate of attendance will be emailed to the learner.  Full attendance is required for completion and CEU obtainment, in addition to passing the quiz (signed in at the beginning of the webinar).

Can't make the live event? DIYAbility will have this webinar archived on our website for continuing education credits four weeks after the live event.

Contact with questions.

DIYAbility is an organization for empowering people with and without disabilities to Make their world. Read more about DIYAbility on the website,

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