Utah State University
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A youth participates in the TOP Sports program in Logan playing baseball.
Utah Assistive Technology Program | www.uatpat.org
June 2013 
 
Dear UATP Friend,

Summer is finally here, and it means outings, activities and recreation. Including family and friends with disabilities in these seasonal rituals is important for everyone. This edition is all about inclusive and accessible summer leisure for people with disabilities in Utah. We hope to provide some ideas and resources to help you get started on planning your summer recreation. Share your adapted recreational ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Adventure time with Splore & Common Ground
SPLORE
Lindsay Malone, marketing director of Splore: "Our goal at Splore is to be able to provide an outdoor experience for anyone who wants to get outside. Since we began in 1977, we have been customizing our trips and equipment to fit the needs of practically any person. 
 
Just a few examples our adaptive equipment includes: adaptive seats that provide balance and lumbar support for canoeing and whitewater rafting, adaptive walkers with skis attached that help people with balance and mobility issues be able to cross country ski, climbing gear that makes it possible for people with a variety of physical disabilities to climb, etc. We work with clients on a daily basis to make our adventure programs accessible for people of any ability."
 
Splore is a non-profit located in Salt Lake City, and welcomes all Utahn's with disabilities. Upcoming adventures include whitewater rafting, rock climbing and canoeing. Sign-up today!
 
Bryce Patten, Common Ground program director:
"The mission of Common Ground is to provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for ycommon groundouth and adults with disabilities. 
  
We provide adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers. We believe these experiences reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential."
 
The Logan-based non-profit provides summer activities like cycling, hiking, and camping in local Utah areas as well as national hot spots like the Grand Canyon. 
 
The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Common Ground is on July 26th and will include breakfast, games, and tethered hot air balloon rides for people with disabilities. The event will be at the Cache County Fair Ground from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Project Access to Service
UCC

After a biking accident left one Utah Conservation Corps student paralyzed in 2005, project crews realized that including people with disabilities in their program was their new mission.

 

UCC is an AmeriCorps, student-led program housed at Utah State University as a part of student services. The Access to Service project began in 2007 to give people of all abilities an opportunity to be part of the program.

 

Program director, Kate Stephens, said generally UCC projects are very physically demanding, like trail work and restoration. But after talking with the U.S. Forest Service about potential inclusive projects, the crew came up with the idea of working on helping the service with transition plans.

 

Transition plans explain what camp site and trails are accessible, and how they can become more accessible.

 

"A mixed ability crew conducts accessibility surveys on camp site and trails, and their notes are put into to a database," Stephens said. "They are then uploaded to the web so campers can get specific info on accessible areas."

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Notes also give ideas to the Forest Service for quick fixes when funding become

s available. So far the crew has done surveys on the Logan, Ogden, Heber, Spanish Fork and Salt Lake Ranger Districts. More are planned for 

this summer. The project is ongoing, and the web info is still being updated.

 

Continue to check your Forest Service district website for accessible camping and hiking information.

 

UATP is assisting with this project by helping the crew use our computer lab, which offers accessible hardware and software, making computer work on the project for members with disabilities easier.

Assistive Technology Resource Highlight

NCHPADLooking for accessible recreational programs in your area? Find one using this list compiled by NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activityand Disability). From accessible camps to sporting activities, there are a variety of programs in Utah to accommodate and include people of all ages with disabilities. 
Adaptive Aquatics
adaptive aquatics
 
TOP Sports, a program coordinated by Logan City Rec and the Center for Persons with Disabilities, offers a few recreational options for those with special needs. 

The treasured summer time activity of swimming is accessible for people with disabilities during open pool on Saturday mornings at the Logan Aquatic Center. There's no charge, and a lifeguard is on duty at all times. 
Who are we?
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Public Relations & Marketing Specialist, Storee Powell
 
UATP Staff Spotlight:
Public Relations & Marketing Specialist, Storee Powell
 

After graduating from Utah State University with a degree in print journalism, Storee fully expected to be working directly in the news media.

 

But upon realizing freelance was really the route she preferred, Storee knew she had to look elsewhere for an income.

 

As is said in the journalism world, Storee crossed over to the 'dark side' of public relations when she took a job at UATP in 2011.

 

"I never looked back - while learning about assistive technology and disability has been a learning curve - my position at UATP isn't just just a job, but something I've become passionate about."

 

Storee's duties include maintaining social networks and websites, outreach efforts, information dissemination, creating materials, and coordinating trainings. Her experience in writing, editing and media relations has been a great asset. 

 

A current project she is working on is creating a volunteer program for UATP. She continues to freelance for Utah Public Radio.

 

"It is rewarding and motivating to do something that impacts so many people's lives for the good," Storee said. "I love what UATP stands for - making people more independent."

 

Contact Storee by calling (435) 797-7412. 

beach walker
Low-tech Solutions
  
Sandy beaches can be difficult to navigate for those with mobility and balance disabilities. One smart mom came up with an inexpensive solution for her young daughter with cerebral palsy.
  
The beach walker consists of PVC pipe, a wheelbarrow wheel and axle. The lightweight device provides stability on the beach as well as is easy to clean. 

Read more at A Life Less Ordinary. What low-tech solutions are you using? Share your ideas and help someone else! Let us know, and your AT solution could be featured in the newsletter.
Have a fun, safe and inclusive summer! Thank you for your continued support of UATP. Serving you is our priority and we enjoy the challenge. Let our team know if we can assist you.

Sincerely,
  
  
The Utah Assistive Technology Program

In this Issue:
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
June 7th
Grand County Center: UATP will present at noon to seniors on ADL (activities of daily living) devices. 
June 8th
San Juan County Health Fair: UATP will be an exhibitor. Stop by and get a prize!
June 12th-14th
Mountain States Deaf Education Summit: Held at Utah State University, UATP will be an exhibitor. 
June 14th
Bike with Brent: In support of UATP partner, Cache Employment Training Center, staff will participate in the various events from bike riding to pie eating contests. Come join the cause and have some fun!
June 20th
DSPD 2013 Spring Provider Conference: UATP will be a vendor at Jordan High School.
In the News
Farming & AT
AT and agriculture go hand in hand to help keep farmers and ranchers going. Learn how the AT Lab along with Agrability helped one Provo dairy farmer get his independence back. Read the story on the  CPD Blog.
Tweet shout!
UATP attended the Access Employment Summit by the RESNDA Catalyst Project in Washington D.C. during the first week of May. UATP's Storee Powell and Marilyn Hammond presented on marketing AT programs and AT loans and small business loans. We were tweeted during the presentation!
Director highlighted
UATP director Sachin Pavithran is an alumni of the USU Huntsman School of Business. In the spring 2013 Huntsman news & events, Sachin was highlighted for his achievements in advocating for computer accessibility and his recent appointment by Pres. Obama to the U.S. Access Board.

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