October 2022

Utah Disability Today
The official newsletter of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice
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The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice is celebrating 50 years of innovation, inclusion, collaboration & caring!

Read about our history on our website.


The Institute for Disability Celebrates 50th Years of History

By Matthew Wappett

IDRPP executive director

People with disabilities were largely invisible in the United States until the 1970s. ... This meant that most Americans never saw people with disabilities unless they had a close family member with a disability, and even then, many doctors encouraged families to institutionalize their children and family members with disabilities....

Read more on our blog.

Breast Cancer Screenings and Disability in Utah: What You Should Know

Unfortunately, breast cancer is still the leading cause of female cancer-related death in Utah. Screening rates are low for women who live with disabilities. Read this post, learn where to go and what to ask, and improve the odds!

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Guest Post: Communicate with Respect for All

Good communication is key to building bridges of understanding, regardless of disability. If we can practice respecting the thoughts, opinions and preferences of others, the world will be a better place.

Read the  full story.

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ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Salt Lake City

November 1-3

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Policy Forum: Most People with IDD Getting Long-Term Supports Live with a Family Member

November 1

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WebAIM Accessible Procurement Virtual Workshop

November 1

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$200/person ($160/group of 2+ people)

Early Echo Session: Dad Involvement in Early Childhood Development

November 2

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For more information, visit the Early Echo website


Workplace Support Training - Online

November 2

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Completion of online modules required in advance


Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities (LCPD)

November 3 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM

Participate via Zoom

Meeting ID: 899 4125 4502

Passcode: 461666


Saturday Mornings with the NRCP

November 12

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Northern Utah Workplace Supports Training

November 16

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Mark Innocenti Reflects on Research, Early Intervention at IDRPP

Mark Innocenti reflects on the Institute's early days, the progress of preschool and early intervention for children with disabilities over the years, and some landmark Institute projects of the past: The National Children's Study and Pay for Success.

Over the Counter Hearing Aids

This blog post discusses the FDA's new category of OTC hearing aids, allowing consumers to purchase hearing aids at a fraction of prescription devices.

Pyramid Model Basic Resources

The resources are to help teachers and caregivers support positive social-emotional growth for children.

School-To-Work Initiative: Braided Funding and Customized Employment for Students with Significant Disabilities

Using a multi-agency, collaborative approach, the Utah School-to-Work Interagency Transition Initiative coordinated employment services for transition-age youth with significant disabilities who would benefit from the discovery process to achieve competitive integrated employment.

Smartphone Voting Pilot Program for Disabled Voters

Do you have a disability and want to submit an electronic ballot? Sign up by November 1 if you are a Utah County resident and would like to vote electronically.

Voting Equity: Ensuring Equal Access for Voters with Print Disabilities

Every voter with a disability should be able to vote at home privately and independently like every other voter. Unfortunately, only a few counties in Utah provide electronic ballot delivery and return. This video demonstrates why a statewide system is overdue.

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