November 2023

Utah Disability Today
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$500,000 Grant Bolsters Utah's Customized Employment Training

Specialists from IDRPP have received nearly $500,000 to continue their work on bolstering customized employment for people severely impacted by disability in Utah. The funding will cover training and consulting work over the next three years.

They are also adding an element to the training that they hope will have a big impact: hands-on work in placing people with disabilities in jobs. Read the rest of the story on our blog.

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Pictured: Dr. Tim Riesen,

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Institute for Disability Research Shows Continuing Employment Gap

Since 2014, federal policy has focused on competitive, integrated employment for people with intellectual disabilities. New research from IDRPP shows there is lots of room for improvement.

In an article published in Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, IDRPP researchers analyzed data gathered from the US Rehabilitation and Services Administration between 2017 and 2020. Their conclusion: 31 percent of people in supported employment and 59 percent of those in customized employment are not exiting into competitive, integrated employment. Read more on our blog.

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Voting Electronically: A New Possibility In Utah

For individuals with a print disability, voting can be a more strenuous and time-consuming process, compared to those without a disability. In the past, they could only submit their ballots by mail or at vote centers equipped with accessible machines. For the first time in Utah history, however, this year individuals could qualify to submit their ballot online. Read more on our blog.

IDRPP Seeks New Advisory Council Members

Consumer and community involvement is vital to our work!

We are seeking adults with disabilities, family members of children with disabilities, university faculty members, and representatives from other community/state agencies who work with people with disabilities to serve on our Consumer Advisory Council. Find out more and apply on our website!

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Community of Practice Meeting

Utah's Multicultural

Disability Network

November 28th

Find out more & register on the CIE website


ACRE Employment Specialist Training – Online

December 5th - 7th

More Information on the CEI Utah Website


Autism Part 4: Communication and Autism

Early ECHO

December 6th

More Information on the Early Echo website


Decreasing Classroom Disruption and Improving Social Skills for Students with Autism

Saturday Mornings with NRCP

December 9th

More Information on the NRCP website


Bi Tapp

Medical Home Portal

Project SCOPE

December 13th

More Information on the Project SCOPE website


Understanding Utah Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Billing and Authorizations

December 13th

More Information on the Center for Employment and Inclusion Website

Workplace Supports Training

December 13th

More Information on the Center for Employment and Inclusion website

Salt Lake City


Unpacking the Pyramid Model

December 18th

More Information on the Project ECHO's Website



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