MARCH 2022
Utah Disability Today
The official newsletter of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice
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Utah human services staffing shortage updates
Learn about the heartwarming benefits of nonprofit work on our blog, and check out several nonprofits offering positions through the Public & School Partnership’s AmeriCorps VISTA program.

In other news, Utah's caregiving workers received some wage relief from the Utah Legislature. See how this and other disability-related legislation fared in our latest policy summary.
Crucial Conversations about Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual assault and abuse of people with disabilities often goes unreported. People with disabilities are about four times more likely to experience violent victimization than people without disabilities. To address these pressing issues, Dr. Parthenia Dinora and Molly Dellinger Wray, together with many others, have developed a training program called Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention (LEAP). Read & listen on our blog, or subscribe to the DDNJ Author Insights Podcast.
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Women's History Month: Women with Disabilities Deserve to be Heard

Guest blogger Kirsten Barraclough writes on the experience of women with disabilities. "There is generally less representation of disabled women in both disability rights work and women’s rights work, leaving them less visible than men with disabilities and women without disabilities.."

Read more on our blog.
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Summary of disability-related bills in the Utah Legislature. See what passed & what failed.
Webinar: Hiring, Training and Retaining Employees
March 29 at 12:00 PM
Register on the website.

Early ECHO Session: Kriste Weese on Genetics & Impact During Early Intervention
April 6 at 12:00 PM
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For more information, visit Early ECHO's website.

StrategicA11Y - Virtual Strategic Web Accessibility Workshop
April 12-14
Register on the website.
$1,200 per person/$1,000 per person for groups of 2+

Project SCOPE: Camille Fung on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
April 13 at 12:00 PM
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For more information, visit Project SCOPE's website.

Zoom Accessibility Workshop
April 19 at 12:00 PM (EST)
Register on the website.
$200 per person/$160 per person for groups of 2+

Workplace Supports Training - Virtual
April 20 at 9:00 AM
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Completion of online modules required in advance

ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Virtual
April 26-28
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Project SCOPE: Jamie Mecham Trauma on Substance Exposure, and Language Development
April 27 at 12:00 PM
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For more information, visit Project SCOPE's website.
Visit the new "Work With Us" section on our website.
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During this Early ECHO session, Dr. Tom Higbee and Shawna Packer present about what autism is and how we can better help children and families with autism.

During this Project SCOPE session, Dr. Casey Tak and Tressa Johnston discuss maternal-child health, substance use, and the effects.

WebAIM released a new feature, the AIM score. This tool provides a measure of user experience quality for people with disabilities.

Outside of IDRPP
The CDC discusses the importance of knowing your family history. Knowing about your family health history can motivate you to take steps to lower your chances of health problems.

Many disabilities are not apparent. Disability:IN provides suggested guidance in speaking about such disabilities.

ASAN has created a guide to help you write in Easy Read, an accessible format that uses pictures and easy-to-understand language.