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Disability: A Natural Part of the Human Experience

Sue Reeves


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Gordon Richins, the Consumer Liaison at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently presented at the Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) Housing and Human Services multi-agency meeting at the Riverwoods conference center in Logan. About 50 people representing different organizations, as well as representatives from Cache, Box Elder and Rich county governments, attended the presentation. “In the old paradigm of disability, individuals with disabilities were thought to be broken and needed to be fixed by the medical field,” Richins said. “In the new paradigm of disability, individuals with disabilities are not broken--It is the systems and the environments that are broken and need to be fixed, so individuals with disabilities are included in all aspects of life.” As part of his presentation, Richins offered a list of websites that can be used as resources by people with disabilities or organizations/programs who want to know more about disability programs and services. Websites to bookmark:

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