April 2023

Utah Disability Today
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Accessibility Pioneer Reflects on 35 Years of Work on the Web

The Institute's WebAIM has made a true impact on the world. "Professionals galore, armed with WebAIM training, changed what they did ... to benefit the broader community. Millions of users benefitted from WebAIM.org resources we created and changed their practice," writes WebAIM founder Cyndi Rowland in a farewell post.

As she heads off to retirement, WebAIM will hold a virtual send-off for her on June 22. To find out how to participate, and to read her views on web accessibility over the last 35 years, visit the WebAIM blog.

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The Institute Goes to India

It’s not every day that a presentation on customized employment lands IDRPP staff members on panel with Bollywood stars in India. But it happened earlier this spring, and the visit to India left a lasting impression on two continents.

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Student employee Sybil Cutler is one of two USU Citizenship Award recipients at Utah State University in 2023. 

IDRPP Salutes University Award Recipient, Graduates

In 2023, we salute our five newest degree-holders who earned their bachelors' while working here at IDRPP.

We are also proud to recognize 36 future leaders from five states who finished their Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (URLEND) training. Find out more about them on our blog.

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DDNJ Call for Astracts: Mental Health and IDD

Winter 2023-2024 Special Issue: Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Plain language abstract deadline: July 15, 2023. Details available on this flyer.

Survey: Accessing Mental Health Services

Attention Cache Valley Residents! A paid research opportunity is offered for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that explores experiences of accessing mental health services in Cache County, Utah. To see if you qualify, fill out the Qualtrics survey

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ACRE Employment Specialist Training - SLC

June 6-8

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Early ECHO: Behavior - Part 2 with Ashley Stewart

June 7

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Saturday Mornings with the NRCP: Parents and Students With Disabilities: Stories and Lessons Learned (Panel)

June 10

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MHIDD ECHO: Mental Health Literacy for Direct Support Professionals

June 12

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Project SCOPE: Trauma and Self-Regulation in Toddler and School Age

June 14

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Customized Employment Training-Online

June 21-October 20

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requirements: Basic ACRE certification, must be employed by a community rehabilitation provider


Workplace Support Training - Online

June 21

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Completion of online modules required in advance



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Bridgerland Literacy: Coming to a Cache County Library Near You

Read more about Bridgerland Literacy's push to offer services in local libraries on our blog. And watch a director, a volunteer and a client talk about the benefits of improving literacy in lives and communities in this three-minute video.

Open-backed Banjo Stand

The Utah Assistive Technology Program released a video demo of a banjo stand on social media, and the comments flowed in from far-away musicians: We want this! Find out how to make one on this UATP Instructables page. In a three-minute video, a client demonstrates the device--and explains its back-saving qualities--on the UATP YouTube Channel.

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Overview of data from Utah Mental Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities project

This information will help inform our work to improve mental health services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Hale Center Theater's Hearing, Sensory and Visual Services

Performances with hearing loop technology, ASL interpretation, audio description and sensory-friendly presentations are available. Look on their website to find out more about how to take advantage of accessible performances this summer!

ABLE and Social Security Q&A

This recorded webinar discusses how ABLE and Social Security interact.

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