February 2023

Utah Disability Today
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Utahns speak out on caregiving

It was our privilege this month to interview Utah families impacted by their time on the Division of Services for People With Disabilities' waiting list.

We appreciate the attention the Utah Legislature is giving this issue!

Here are some stories that stood out:

Deanna Wall: "It takes years to recover from crisis."

Jaclyn's Story: Waiting for Services.

More on our YouTube playlist.

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"I Just Wanted Them To Help Me."

Guest blogger Jacqueline Harries puts a personal spin on Black History Month.

"I started wondering if my pain wasn't that big a deal after all. It was normal to be in agony all the time at age 33. Maybe I was just whining. Maybe I should have dressed up more to go to the hospital, or maybe my natural hair that I had been growing out was a little too wild and crazy. I felt like I must have looked like a hobo in my track suit. Most definitely a drug seeker. A worthless bum who just didn't want to work, regardless of whether I could stand, or even sit for 30 minutes at a time."

Read about her experience on our blog.

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Early ECHO: Feeding - Practical Strategies with Kait Bennington

March 1

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For more information, visit the Early Echo website


WebAIM Online Zoom Accessibility Workshop

March 1

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$200/person, $160/person for groups of 2+

WebAIM Virtual Web Accessibility Training

March 7-8

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$500/person, $400/person for groups of 2+

Project SCOPE: School Approach to Trauma with Tami Curtis

March 8

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For more information, visit the Project SCOPE website


Saturday Mornings with the NRCP: Strategies for Anxiety

March 11

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Workplace Support Training - Virtual

March 15

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Completion of online modules required in advance


ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Salt Lake City

March 21-23

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Webinar: The Elephant in Room: A Discussion about Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Work Place

March 22

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ACRE Employment Specialist Training - St. George

March 28-29

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Visit the new "Work With Us" section on our website.


Helping Others To Say, "But I Did."

"As you continue to celebrate Black History Month and prepare to celebrate Developmental Disability Awareness Month in March, remember to spread awareness about the accomplishments of a community that’s often misjudged, but is always determined and resilient."

Center for Employment and Inclusion: Job Coach Professionalism

Hillary Hase discusses the importance of professionalism, especially for job coaches.

Find Your Legislator

Who represents you? Enter you street address and zip code to find your State Senator and House Representative.

Video Playlist on Caregiver Compensation in Utah

Several Utahns speak out on the impact caregiver compensation would have on their families.

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