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Foundation Meets Need of Disabled Bryan Eldredge Staff Writer The task of finding work is never easy. The frustration of being rejected repeatedly quickly becomes unbearable. This is particularly true when jobs are being denied to people who meet the qualifications necessary for the job but the employers have misconceived ideas as to the applicant's abilities to perform the duties required. For people with disabilities this is a common occurrence. In fact a high percent of all American adults who have a disability arc unemployed. Fortunately there are people trying to change all of that. One such local organization is the Maurice Warshaw Foundation (MWF). MWF is a non-profit private agency designed to meet the needs of the disabled. MWF is named for its founder who is better known for establishing the Grand Central department stores. The main focus of MVVF is to place disabled persons in meaningful employment. They take two separate approaches to doing this. The first is through employer contacting, community awareness programs and dong job placements. MWF also arranges for job training through various private and government agencies including the statc;s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The second method used to provide employment is through recreational programs. The vehicle through which this is accomplished is Access, a separate program established to develop opportunities for people with disabilities. According to Julie Eldredge, one of two employment specialists working for MWF in Utah Valley, the program ;s success is not as easily measured Semester System Approved After careful consideration, the Institutional Council at Utah Valley Community College unanimously approved the semester calendar forUVCC. However, the change will probably not take place in the fall of 1989 as first planned. UVCC's President, Kerry D. Romesburg proposed the switch from a quarter system to a semester calendar earlier this year. He felt the change would benefit the school by improving academics, finances, and student services. Before the school can switch to the semester calendar, it must receive approval from the Utah State Board of Regents, as a pilot program. New Bereavement Kira Aagard NewsFeature Editor We live in an era that avoids pain. If we have a headache, we take a pill. If we feel depressed, we go shopping. If we experience stress, we fly to the Bahamas. Our reaction to death has been channeled into a somewhat similar response. While there are those who can discuss death with relative ease.Tnost people are uncomfortable dealing with the sometimes overwhelming implications that arise when a close friend or family member dies. Children, especially, need to bring their emotions out in the open and accept their feelings. Long-term denial can have seriously adverse effects on young children.Unresolved grief can cause maladjustment in later life. The problems can range from an inability to establish healthy relationships, to major criminal behavior such as heavy shoplifting starting as young as four years of age. Anne Cox, head of UVCC's Early Childhood Development department, is offering a chance for children and their families to get support at the new Evergreen Center when a family member has died. The Evergreen Center is one of only three bereavement centers in the United States. The original center was started in Portland, Oregon, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a world-renowned writer and pioneer in the field of death and dying. DougTurno, a boy of nine with an inoperable brain tumor, wrote to Kubler- as some of the other work done by MWF, yet it is of great value. "Studies of disabled people who have lost their jobs show that the main reason for their dismissal is not because they were nol qualified, but rather because they were not able to get along with their fellow workers and supervisors," says Eldredge. Access! is designed to allow people with disabilities to associate with others through recreational means such as river rafting, horseback riding, skiing, cultural classes and a variety of other activities. "This enables (the disabled) to discover physical capabilities which they were not aware of along with developing social skills," said Eldredge. She continued to say, "It also allows the non-disabled to become familiar and comfortable with each other." The hope is that when disabled and able-bodied people learn about each other through their recreational activities that understanding will help to bring down some long standing barriers separating the two worlds. Often the word "disabled" is associated with physical impairments, yet there are many other forms of disability which can be just as devastating. MWF works with people who;s disabilities include things such as deafness, mental illness and learning disabilities. Those desiring to receive aid from the organization need only meet qualifications outlined b y government agencies such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. MWF office is located in the Provo Job Service. Those desirirlf assistance should contact either Royal Tippetts or Julie Eldredge. To make contact by telephone call 373-7500 ext. 332 or 333. iff OLLEGE TIME Volume One Number Four Empty parking spaces like this one are a Parking Services Provides Adequate Facilities Kena Mathews Editor-in-Chief There has been much controversy between students and parking services over parking fees and facilities available at Utah Valley Community College. Richard Van Zomeren, Chief of Police at UVCC, felt the $20.00 fee isn't to much to pay for parking. He staled, " The niniK, state institutions students, pay any where from S40..00 to nothing, according to number of students enrolled. UVCC is about in the middle of these schools." Van Zomeren continued," Parking fees for out of state colleges and universities are as high as $480.00 per year. These schools average around $80.00 to $120.00 per year." According to Van Zomeren, the parking fees are used strictly for Parking Services only. The fee is split into two parts. The first $10.00 is used for maintenance and enforcement of the lots. Center Ross, wanting to know more about dying and death. He asked "Why aren't there any books for children about dying? If you're old enough to die, you are old enough to read about it! " Dr. Ross responded by writing for Doug his very own book entitled A Letter to a Child With Cancer (affectionately known as the Dougy letter). In a tribute to Doug Tumo, who died December 5, 1981 at thirteen years of age, the first bereavement center was named the Dougy Center. The Evergreen Center at UVCC is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-sectarian organization. All of the Center's programs are supported by contributions and offered to families in crisis free of charge. The Center's main purpose is to provide a safe place for children and their families to cope with the death of a loved one and share their grief with others. Another boon the Center offers is the invaluable practical experience gained by the students majoring in Early Childhood Development. Students with 200 plus hours college experience with children attend the sessions and learn for themselves how to address the subject of death with young children. "We are educating our students in working with death in a preschool situation. The U did a study just this last year and discovered a high percentage of college students or pre-school teachers that had never had a class on death or done any reading on death, on how children view death.. .That's not fair to the little child whose mother just died, to just ignore it," stated Cox. In a study of 96 teacher subjects, 77 had a close friend or relative that died recently. Yet only 23 had completed a class andor counseling in death and dying, as opposed to the 73 that had not sought an outside source to help them with their grief. While over 80 of the teachers considered death education important, most felt academically unprepared to deal with death education. The Evergreen Center teaches several principals to help children deal with their grief: 1) Grief is a natural reaction to loss for children as well as adults. 2) Within each individual is the natural capacity to heal oneself. 3) The duration and intensity of gnef is unique for each individual. 4) Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process. Trained volunteers meet regularly with participants in small groups to listen, share and support each individual's thoughts and feelings. Professionals from the community provide training and consultation to the staff and the volunteers. The Center responds to needs it cannot meet by making referrals to others who can. Tne Center is open" every second Tuesday from 6 p.m. to around 8:30 p.m. Sessions begin with a pot-luck dinner. Donated pizza is provided, and families bring salads, pop or ice-cream Cox said that eating together usually breaks the ice in a relaxed Utah Valley Community College Weekly Student Newspaper .rt" rarity at UVCC. The maintenance includes snow removal, lighting, painting, signing, and upkeep of the paved and gravel lots. Enforcement includes providing the staff that controls the lots, paperwork on tickets, and dispatching. Van Zomeren sees enforcement of the lots a top priority. He said, " We want to be fair to everyone. Without ticket writers and enforcement, the lots would be in total caous." The second $10.00 is used for new construction and the upkeep of gravel on the dirt lots. However, Van Zomeren said, that because of the extremely high costs the fee doesn't pay for any of the heavy construction. , This year, some of the new construction money was used to build the new Parking Information Booth. The booth cost about $29,000. Students have also complained about the lack of parking facilities available. Van Zomeren, stated, " UVCC Offers Children Consolation Wednesd -fx - i A- "WW"" has enough parking facilities available, the school just doesn't have enough " convenient" parking facilities ." According to Van Zomeren, $10 $10 ; MrMp gfib l way, and encourages spontaneous conversation between the families. Casual games such as Pictionary, where everyone, particularly the children, are involved follow the meal. Participants are encouraged to express their emotions and perspectives, but the children are not forced to talk if they don't want to. Children's literature about death is located within reach of the children, shelved along with the more customary story-books. Cox emphasized the intensely individual nature of grieving, and said that some children talk about their feelings about death immediately, but others take as long as six months or more to come to terms with their loss. The Center helps the children understand several concepts: 1-To understand that the person is no longer there. 2- To feel the feelings. 3- To accept living in a world without the person. 4- To re-invest in life. There are five major determinants in the nature of the grief process in an individual: 1- The age of the survivor and person who died. In dealing with children as young as three years of age, different approaches must be taken than with an eight year-old or a 15 year-old. Because children grieve cyclically, the grief must be addressed at different stages in life. For instance, a child who was three when her mother died will become absorbed in the death again when language skills develop - - using words for the expression of her feelings. She may re-experience the grief as an adolescent, using the newly acquired cognitive skills of abstract thinking. 2- The specific nature of the death. Whether the death is anticipated or unanticipated, violent, accidental, or peaceful, the specific nature of the death must be dealt with, so the child docs not build any myths or phobias about certain activities or places, such as hospitals, cars, airplanes. 3- The nature of the relationship wi;h the deceased If the deceased parent abused the child, that child will have feelings of guilt and anger singular to their unique situation. Likewise, it the deceased parent was the major nurturer in the home, those implications will have to be addressed. 4- The nature of the relationship with the survivor. If the child has an unstable or unhealthy relationship with the surviving parentguardian, he could be less likely to accept his loss, and deny the reality of death. 5- The intrapsychic health of the individual eriever. Previous neurosis and psychological barriers could affect the degree that the child accepts his loss. As children become older, they begin to grasp the concept of death. Younger children deal in more literal and concrete terms of thinking, so the somewhat intangible concept of death becomes a more of a reality as their abstract thinking processes grow. Continued to page eight '!' - ', Vw V v 1 f n pholo by Harlan Moore UVCC has 2,600 parking stalls available. The school has a parking stall for every three Continued to page six Parking Procedure Enforcement and Parking Lot Maintenance (Staff, Dispatch, paperwork, snow removal, lighting, signing, lot upkeep) New construction, Parking Improvement Projects (SIag,gravel, New InfoParking Booth) M.
|Title||UVCC College Times, 1988-10-19|
|Description||The UVCC College Times was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Valley Community College from September 28, 1987 to June 23, 1993.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Valley Community College--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||College Times, 1988-10-19|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|