Center for Persons with Disabilities
March 1st-9th, 2014
The Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) offers educational opportunities for students, community members, and professionals in fields ranging from business to heath care. Representing more than 14 disciplines, their specialized staff offers mentoring through the interdisciplinary training program and courses offered in academic departments. They offer unique opportunities to participate in supervised research and clinical experiences. Research addresses issues that cross fields ranging from biomedicine to education. In clinical experiences, learners join teams of professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities to deliver services and supports. Stipends and assistantships are available.
Education also includes outreach to the public and private sectors nationally and internationally. Training is offered on the internet and through videoconferencing as well as in traditional formats such as workshops and on-site technical assistance. Topics vary widely. Programs and projects provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, families, professionals and paraprofessionals, policymakers and students.
Research at the CPD is both basic and applied. Basic research is conducted on topics such as physiological causes of specific disabilities. Applied research is aimed at discovery of effective intervention strategies, evaluation of services and supports, and development of technology tools such as software and assistive devices. Research in areas such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and early intervention is ongoing. Participatory action research is employed across divisions. This involves those who are intended to benefit from the research in its planning, implementation, and evaluation.
The CPD provides a variety of community services.
- Early intervention with families of children aged birth to three who have developmental disabilities or are at risk for disability
- Rehabilitation and education in life skills for adults with significant disabilities
- Interdisciplinary clinical diagnostic and evaluation
- Medical services
- Family supports directed to link individuals from diverse cultures to community-based services
What to Expect:
- Cost: Each ABE trip costs $325.
- Travel: Participants will travel to and from Utah by van. The drive will take two days.
- Lodging: Participants will be staying with host families from the community.
- Food: Some meals will be provided by the host families and the Center. Any meals not provided by the host families will be supplemented with funds given to the Co-Leaders following the SNAP Challenge.
- Work: Work will vary depending on the needs of the site. Work will be done with people of varying abilities and needs. Work with various groups is done, including: Common Ground Adventures, PEER Program, and Disabilities Skills Laboratory.
- Extra Fun: Snow shoeing and skiing with people of all abilities in the mountains!
- Focus: Social Justice, working with people with disabilities.
The group visits the 2002 Olympics site in Salt Lake City, UT.
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Points of Interest:
- Social Justice
From Past Participants:
"A little effort changes the world." - 2013 Participant
"The ABE in Utah with CPD was an incredible experience that taught me so much about interacting with people who are different than I am, what it means to practice hospitality, and the joy that service can bring."
- 2012 Participant