August 2022

Utah Disability Today
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COVID-19 Funding Will Have Lasting Effect on Technology For Utah Agencies

Federal crisis funding was distributed to all states, and in Utah, it made a difference.

Funding was used to upgrade computers and equipment at area agencies on aging. It paid for iPads that could be checked out to clients for telehealth visits, socializing or attending a virtual class. And it helped Utah seniors connect long after the pandemic was over.

Read more on our blog.

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The Americans With Disabilities Act and Me

Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough reflects on the impact of the ADA on her life. "The ADA helps those born with disabilities, those who acquire them later in life, and those without disabilities. For example, an automatic door helps people with strollers, supply deliveries, and people with temporary injuries.

"The ADA is wonderful and necessary, but it can’t fully solve the barriers people with disabilities face."

Read more on our blog.

Participants Sought in Study about Physical Environment

Researchers at Utah State University are recruiting individuals with disabilities to participate in a study about the physical environmental factors that impact participation in the larger community. 


To be eligible to participate in this study you must be: 

  1. Between 18 and 65 years old 
  2. Identify as a person with a disability 
  3. Be your own legal guardian, and 
  4. Live in either Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, or Utah County.

Eligible study participants will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey that will take between 30-40 minutes and a second travel log survey, a few weeks after they complete the full survey. This second travel log will take between 15-30 minutes. Your total participation time is expected to be around one hour. You will receive a $50 gift card for completing the comprehensive survey and another $25 gift card for completing the second travel log (a total of $75 possible).

To learn more about the study and find out if you are eligible to participate, click here.

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Early Echo Session: Apraxia

August 3

Register on the website.

For more information, visit the Early Echo website.


Having Difficult Conversations

August 10

Project SCOPE ECHO session for early intervention professionals who work with children and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Register on the website.

For more information, visit the Project SCOPE website.


Foster Care Order Separations and Systems of Care

August 24

Project SCOPE ECHO session for early intervention professionals who work with children and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Register on the website.

For more information, visit the Project SCOPE website.


Workplace Supports Training 

August 17, online

Register on the website.


ACRE Employment Specialist Training

August 23-25, online

Register on the website.


Customized Employment Training

August 23 - December 9

Register on the website.


WebAIM Web Accessibility Virtual Training

August 24-25

Register on the website.

$500 ($400 per person in groups of 2 or more)

Visit the new "Work With Us" section on our website.

Trauma, Substance Exposure and Sensory Concerns (Project SCOPE session video.) Pat Boyle joined us and discussed trauma and sensory concerns. She shared her swaddle bath technique - which some participants called a miracle worker.

Peer Mentors (Project SCOPE session video.) Karissa MacDonald and Vanessa Genova from Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) joined us and shared their personal experiences with addiction, recovery, and fighting for their children.

DDNJ Author Insights Podcast: Family Perspectives on Developmental Monitoring; and interview with Dr. Sarah Behrens.

How to use Zoom. The Utah Assistive Technology Program gives step-by-step instructions for people unfamiliar with the platform.

Utah's Aging Services Website. Access Utah's Area Agencies on Aging here, and find a calendar with online events that can be accessed anywhere in the state.

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