Monthly Archives: December 2012

Community Social Club Winter Get Together

Date: January 2, 2013

Place: DSPD at 1290 East 1450 South in Clearfield

Time: 4:00 to 5:30

Come play board games and eat pizza!  Pizza is provided. You can bring something to share (salad, veggies, dessert, soda)  or a $2.00 donation.

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A New Wheelchair Home Built for A Special Family

PLEASANT VIEW — Christmas came early for Dave and Melanie Parker — in the shape of a new home.

A collaboration of builders, Realtors, lending institution representatives and city officials, working in partnership with Have a Heart Home, were on hand Monday to present the Parker family with a custom-built, wheelchair-accessible home.

The three-bedroom, 1,462-square-foot home is at 3894 N. 1710 West in the Hidden Springs subdivision of Pleasant View.

The Parker family, with three young children — the youngest Emylie Parker, 4, who uses a wheelchair because she was born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, Arnold-Chiari II malformation and hydrocephalus — were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Have a Heart committee.

“I am having a real hard time figuring out the words,” said an emotional Melanie Parker, trying to express her gratitude to those responsible for the gift.

“This is a collaboration on behalf of a lot of people,” said Shawn Janke, president of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors.

It’s the way the various organizations are able to give back to the community, Janke said.

Parker said she knew it would be difficult to find a home that would accommodate her daughter’s needs.

“This home is a blessing and a dream for us,” said Parker, who called Monday’s gathering “humbling and surreal.”

Husband Dave Parker said he can’t get over the generosity and the collaboration of those organizations that worked to make his family’s dream possible.

“We appreciate being part of this amazing event,” said Pleasant View Mayor Douglas Clifford.

“We don’t welcome every family to the community like this,” Clifford said with a laugh before presenting the Parker family with a large ceremonial key to the home.

The family was also given some gifts by Santa Claus, who made a special appearance.

Have a Heart, now in its 12th year, is a service arm of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association. Over the 12 years, the organization has presented 20 refurbished or custom-built homes to low-income, military and special-needs families.

“This is a very special family,” said Stuart Smith, owner of Mainline Construction of Layton, the contractor on the project.

Before knowing who would be living in the home, for which they broke ground in August, Smith said it impressed him that they would be making it wheelchair-accessible.

The home features a front-door ramp, wider hallways and doors, and hardwood floors and ceramic tile in the heavy traffic areas, he said.

“It is a wonderful feeling when you can help people like this,” Smith said.

He said this is the fourth home he has helped build for the Have a Heart organization.

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The Conscious Parent For Parents & Professional

Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Saturday, January 12, 2013
UAIMH Mini-Conference “The Conscious Parent” with Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Saturday, January 12, 2013
McGillis School, 668 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City
9-12pm & 1-3pm

Connect to your child by connecting to yourself!

Dr. Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of The Conscious Parent will show you how!

$45 for parents, $65 for professionals

Box lunches: $10 (pre-registration required)
Registration via esgw-nrm.easterseals.com or use the form. Email uaimh.org@gmail.com with any questions!
“In the short time I have been reading this book I have begun to see my relationship with
my child in a whole new light. I want to see things his way because it thrills me to understand him better. I have never felt this way in our relationship.”
Kiera, parent of a 3-year-old Connect to your child by connecting to yourself!
Dr. Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of
The Conscious Parent will show you how!

Name: ____________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: ________________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________ Fax: ____________________________
Email: _______________________________________________________________________
I am registering as a (check one): □ professional ($65) □ parent ($45) □ student* ($35)
If registering as a professional:
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Organization: _______________________________________________________________
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Box lunch ($10): □ vegetarian □ non-vegetarian □ other: ____________________
Form of Payment:
□ Please make checks payable to: UAIMH (Utah Association of Infant Mental Health) and
send to: UAIMH, c/o The Children’s Center, 350 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
Check No:__________
□ Purchase order: send to UAIMH, The Children’s Center, 350 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, UT
84111
□ Online: go to esgw-nrm.easterseals.com and follow the steps!
Email uaimh.org@gmaill.com if you have any questions!
*please show student ID at the registration desk!

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Federal Education Cuts- Fiscal Cliff Special Education

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55534140-78/federal-percent-district-utah.html.csp

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Sad Article

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=23533629&nid=148&title=police-father-tried-to-kill-self-disabled-son&s_cid=queue-9

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Website Spotlight:www.arecil.org Active Re-Entry Independent Living Center in Price

Active Re-Entry Independent Living Center in Price has a website full of great information.  Just a few highlights:

Contact Information for their offices. A description of what they do at Active Re-Entry. A list of  Upcoming Events and activities.  Copies of their excellent Newsletter. An extensive Resource Section including a Community Resource Directory the you can download.  Current Fundraising Activites and how to purchase the following books:

Eastern Utah Recreation Access: A Guide For Persons With Disabilities

Active Re–Entry’s Outreach Specialist/AT Technician Chris Haycock spent a portion of his VISA Volunteer term conducting ADA assessments on all Federal and State Parks in Southeastern Utah, Information contained in this guide includes: accessibility of trails, campgrounds, view points, visitor center, parking areas and restrooms. To purchase your copy of this 48 page color document, please sent $24.95, plus S&H for a copy. If you purchase three or more copies they are $19.95 plus S & H each.

THE GOLDEN RULE: Animal Assisted Activities in Educational Environments

Local School Psychologist, Amy Bell and Active Re-Entry Director Nancy Bentley have co-written a book entitled “The Golden Rule” based around ‘Lessons and Ideas On Utilizing Animal Assisted Activities with Dogs In Schools and Classroom Settings.’

The purpose of this book is to provide a resource for professional who are working with children in educational settings. Both Amy and Nancy, having spent an inordinant amount of time researching curriculum and strategies in using animals in education, discovered that there was very little to be found that was specific to that type of setting.

The hope in putting the book together is to provide a curriculum on a variety of subjects, both social and academic, that can be used as a starting place in implementing Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in school settings. These books are available for sale for $24.95 (includes shipping and handling… or $20 if you pick up your copy at Active Re-Entry.

This is a must see website.

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Save the Date: January 17, 2013

Come to a Disability Resource Fair and Meet Your Legislators Night

January 17, 2013   6:30 to 8:30 pm

Castle Valley Center, Price Utah

Watch for more details!

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GAP Newsletter — Pre Session

GAP’s most recent newsletter contains a link to Governor Herbert’s budget, lists of committee members for the upcoming Utah State Legislature, links to websites where you can contribute for victims of the Newtown shootings, and statements from NAMI and the autism community regarding the tragedy. There is also a link where you can sign up to join our mailing list.

GAP Newsletter — Pre Session.

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ASAN Statement on Media Reports Regarding Newtown, CT Shooting | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

In the days following the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, statements about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome have been uninformed and reckless. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a well-reasoned response. We encourage you to read and share it. Click on the link below for the full statement.

ASAN Statement on Media Reports Regarding Newtown, CT Shooting | Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Grieves For Newtown With The Rest Of Us

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of the Newtown, Connecticut community.

If you would like to help the families who were affected in Friday’s tragedies, the Newton Memorial Fund has been established to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. Click here for more information.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Grieves For Newtown With The Rest Of Us.

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