November 2022

Utah Disability Today
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Phillips Leads Services Division Through Busy Times

Dr. Curtis Phillips is the new IDRPP Service Division director—and he comes to the job at a busy time.

The division, which includes Up to 3, South East Early Intervention, the Employability Clinic and Stride Services, has programs operating in several Utah regions. Plans are in place to grow even more. “We’re expanding throughout the state to more rural areas,” he said.

The expansion of the division is taking place both online and in-person. 

Read more on our blog.

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Southeast Early Intervention Serves Grand County Children

Parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities likely have many questions. Here's how the Institute's Southeast Early Intervention Program helps them find answers--and reassurance! Reprinted with permission from the Moab Times-Independent.

Read the full story.

Guest Post: Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of celebration and reflection, gathering with loved ones, and a time to refocus on what’s important. The holidays can also be a time of great sadness, estrangement, stress, and anxiety....

Guest columnist Kirsten Barraclough shares some tips on managing holiday stress. Read her advice on our blog.

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DDNJ Podcast: Communication and Collaboration

Tabitha Pacheco and Bob Morgan discuss collaboration between secondary special education teachers and community rehabilitation service providers.

“When a team of collaborators work together, transition can be successful; if they're not working together, youth and young adults really struggle,” says Morgan. “To be really effective, every member needs to know the roles and responsibilities of every other member so that there are no gaps or overlaps.”

You can read the story or listen to the podcast on our blog.

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Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities (LCPD)

December 1 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM

Participate via Zoom

Meeting ID: 899 4125 4502

Passcode: 461666


ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Virtual

December 6-8

Register on the website


Early Echo Session

December 7

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For more information, visit the Early Echo website


UHPP Annual Conference: Healthcare Solutions for Utahns

December 7

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Webinar: Essential Soft Skills for Successful Employment Outcomes

December 7

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Caregiver Summit Event

December 8

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Saturday Mornings with the NRCP: Dispelling the Myths of Unreachable, Unteachable, and Uncaring Students

December 10

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Workplace Support Training - Salt Lake City

December 14

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Completion of online modules required in advance



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12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

Creating Accessible Materials

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning offers this guide for creating accessible materials. In addition to best practices, it includes links to other accessibility resources.

DIY Assistive Technology

Clay Smith demonstrates DIY assistive technology devices.

Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act Regulations Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program offers guidance to veterans & military families to understand their rights under the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistant Act (VEVRAA).

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