Monday, September 26, 2011

UATP & the CPD in the 2011 USU Homecoming Parade

UATP was in the 2011 Utah State University Homecoming Parade on September 24th. Photos from the event are as follows. For a full collection of photos, visit UATP's Facebook photo album here.

Brittany Stoddard, Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2012, on the UATP float.

Clay Christensen, AT Lab Coordinator, drove the float.

Sachin Pavithran, UATP program coordinator, and guide dog Barstowe.
The Center for Persons with Disabilities had a float with
staffers and families from the Up to 3 Program.

Vincent, a client of the Assistive Technology Lab,
rode his scooter as he passed out candy.
Also, this photo of the UATP float was on
See it at Photo Gallery: USU Homecoming Parade 2011, photo #22.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

6-year-old Dillon leads team onto field

Dillon Lundahl in the AT Lab working
on occupational therapy.
‎Six-year-old Dillon is a recipient of UATP/CPD services. Dillon uses a walker to assist with mobility and is using a Wii Fit for occupational therapy, learning some cool new things. Dillon's excitement for life is contagious.

His mom, Erica, said, "At Saturday's game Ryder's coach asked Dillon to lead the football team out onto the field. Listen to all of the boys cheering for him, they are so good to him! Dillon told me it was the greatest day ever and he can't wait to be a football player like his big brother. Brought tears to my eyes."
Watch Dillon lead the team in this video:

Monday, September 19, 2011

UCAT Annual Open House - October 6th, 2011

UATP partner, Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT) will have the Annual Assistive Technology Open House October 6th, 2011 – 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The event will feature demonstrations of assistive technology devices including:
•Alternative computer access.
•Keyboard and mouse alternatives.
•Ipad and its many possibilities, demo the latest apps.
•Voice activation equipment.

•Augmentative communication devices.
•Wheelchair demonstrations.
•Electronic aids to daily living.
•Accessible vehicles with lifts and ramps.
•Ceiling lifts, stair lifts, accessible bathrooms.
•Information about funding for assistive technology devices.
•Refreshments will be served.

Individuals with disabilities, their families, and those who provide services to people with disabilities are invited to attend the open house.

The Center is located at 1595 West 500 South in Salt Lake City.
For more info on the event, click here.

Center for Persons with Disabilities to dedicate Developmental Playground

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

USA Today: Adapting to the iPad, called education's 'equalizer'

Between the approximately 40.000 educational apps for the iPad and its touch-screen, schools are hailing the iPad as the educational equalizer. USA Today detailed the benefits of the tablet in an article Sept. 14,  read the full article here. 

The article said, "The tablets are growing in popularity for special-needs students because they can be customized to each child's needs, are lightweight and mobile, and give the kids the sense they're plugged into a larger, high-tech community, educators and parents say."

UATP is also looking to the future in this new assistive technology with an upcoming training Oct. 5. Learn more here. Check out some more about UATP's past demos on the iPad for those with special needs, visit this link.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sandy real estate guru and Australian native, Larry O'Sullivan recently got a mobility device from a program of the UATP, Citizens Reuitilizing Assistive Technology Equipment.

He wrote, "My chair is a reborn wonder from CReATE (Citizens Reutilizing Assistive Technology Equipment), a part of Utah State University (at 1595 W 500 S, Salt Lake City UT). Ken and Zachary made it happen. Their patience, dedication and plain hard work produced my miracle."

Larry O'Sullivan
CReATE client
To read the full post and view pictures or to learn more about Larry, visit Larry's Blog.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cache Valley resident wins Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2012

Brittany Stoddard, Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2012
Brittany Stoddard of Cache County was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2012. The event is a program under The Hull Foundation, which works to provide new horizons for those living with paralysis. The event took place at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City Sept. 10.

To view the picture gallery from the, click here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Access Utah Now: Storee Powell on Social Networking & People with Disabilities

Storee Powell
PR/Marketing Specialist
UATP's PR/marketing specialist, Storee Powell, spoke with Mark Smith, host of Access Utah Now, a podcast that highlights services, programs and issues for people with disabilities in Utah. This podcast focused on the benefits and accessibility of social media for the disability community. View the July 14, 2011, podcast here.