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CAC Corner: Taking applications for two self-advocates

Sue Reeves


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Gordan Richins in his wheelchair
Gordon Richins, CPD consumer liason

The Consumer Advisory Council at Utah State University’s Center for Disabilities is a group made up of individuals with disabilities, family members, and representatives of government entities and local agencies who work with people with disabilities. The CAC currently has two openings for self-advocates.

The CAC works with CPD staff to develop annual goals and advises the CPD director about the Center’s impact on systems change, advocacy and capacity building.

Members bring many different perspectives, ideas, and views to the council, and represent the varied geographical areas and disability issues within Utah.

CAC members are asked to attend and participate in meetings at least twice each year, help build the capacity and reputation of the CPD; actively participate on sub-committees as needed; participate in discussions and provide input at CAC meetings; share resources, ideas, and network with each other; and represent the CPD at local and regional events.

For more information on becoming a member of the CAC or nominating someone else for the position, contact Consumer Liason Gordon Richins by e-mail at or call the CPD’s toll-free number at 1-866-284-2821 and ask for Gordon Richins. The CAC membership committee will review the applications and the appointments will be made by Tom Brownlee, the present CAC Chair.

The CAC hopes to invite the two new members to attend its next meeting at the CPD on June 20.

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