August 2023

Utah Disability Today
The official newsletter of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice
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Pictured: Assistant Editor Mary Ellen Heiner, Editor-In-Chief Matthew Wappett, and authors Shari Cooper and Vanessa Hiratsuka.

The companion DDNJ Author Insights Podcast offers perspectives on disability research and the effect it can have on people’s lives.

DDNJ Celebrates 3rd Anniversary, global reach

Three years ago, the Institute for Disability launched an academic journal with two ambitious ideas: Research about people with disabilities should include perspectives from them and their families, and it should be accessible to everyone.

In the last three years, people with disabilities from many different backgrounds have authored and reviewed articles in its pages. The editorial board includes people with developmental disabilities. Content from the journal has been downloaded 13,000 times in 70 countries.

To find out more about the journal and link to its issues and podcasts, visit the Institute for Disability’s website.

Pictured: Tricia Jones-Parkin, Kelie Hess and Rachel Byers.

Utah Parent Center's Fall Conference Features Disability Employment, Mental Health

The Utah Parent Center's Fall Family Links Conference offers many free sessions geared to families. Two draw from IDRPP expertise.

Tricia Jones Parkin and Kelie Hess of the Institute for Disability's Center for Employment and Inclusion will present "Expectations on Employment" on September 5 at 7:45 pm. This training will help parents gain a vision of what employment could look like for their family member with a disability. 

Rachel Byers of the Institute's Mental Health and Customized Employment Project will present "Disability and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis" on September 7 at 7:45 pm. This session will help families learn the ins and outs of having a loved one with a disability who also struggles with mental health needs.

For more information about the 2023 Fall Family Links Conference, visit the Utah Parent Center Website.

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Workplace Supports Training - Southern Utah

September 6

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Paraeducator Roles and Responsibilities Through the Years

September 9, 2023

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Webinar: Dispelling Myths About Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

September 18, 2023

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Workplace Supports Training-Northern Utah

September 20, 2023

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Meaningful Community Access and Supports for People Receiving HCBS

September 21

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Improving Access to Mental Health Care Services for Autistic People In Utah

September 21

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Webinar: Service Animals 101

September 26

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ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Online

September 26-28

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Mobility 101: Life in a Wheelchair

This informative video helps people understand the purpose of types of wheelchairs and how they are used in everyday life.

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Mental Heath and Developmental Disability ECHO playlist

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Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Education for Disability Providers and Mental Health Providers is a knowledge-sharing, virtual learning community of practice designed to provide free professional development and continued education for disability service and mental health providers.

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