June 2022

Utah Disability Today
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Research Offers Skills List for College-bound Students with Intellectual Disabilities

A study published in the Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education offers a list of skills that parents of college students with intellectual disabilities say would help students as they prepare to go to an inclusive program.

“The sooner we start these conversations, the better,” says the lead author, Dr. Jefferson Sheen. Read more on our blog.

EDI Coach Reflects on the Places where Diversity and Disability Meet

The Institute's Dr. Eduardo Ortiz is one of six coaches who advise university centers like IDRPP on equity, diversity and inclusion. His national role ends in September, but at IDRPP the focus on EDI will continue as an important goal.

And to understand diversity, organizations need to understand their own culture, he says. “We need to know what is our capacity, what are our needs, our individual and collaborative efforts. And sometimes what we think doesn’t match with what we are doing. We need to create an intentional and purposeful EDI culture.”

Read more on our blog.

VISTA members pose at USU Eastern

Aggies Elevated Welcomes 9th Cohort; Expands Across Utah

This August, Aggies Elevated will welcome its ninth cohort to the Logan campus, and its first cohort at the USU-Eastern campus in Price.

It’s the next step on a path that has left its mark on Utah’s higher education and trended upward for eight years, with more changes on the horizon.

Read the rest of the story.

Guest review: 'My Disability Roadmap'

“Nobody tells you how to be an adult, let alone an adult with a disability.” 

Guest reviewer Kirsten Barraclough reviews a free online movie that takes a frank look at entering the adult world with a disability.

Read the review on our blog.

film creator Samuel Habib with Judy Heurmann

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Survey: Mental Health and Disabilities

If you are an adult with a developmental disability, family member/caregiver, disability service provider, and/or a mental health provider in Utah please take this surveyResults will be used to inform statewide training and resources.

Early Echo Session: Vision Impairments

July 6

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For more information, visit the Early Echo website.


ACRE Employment Specialist Training

July 12-14

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Workplace Supports Training 

July 20

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WebAIM Zoom Accessibility Workshop

July 12

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$200 ($160 per person in groups of 2 or more)

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

Peer Mentors (Project SCOPE session video.) Karissa MacDonald and Vanessa Genova from shared their personal experiences with addiction, recovery, and fighting for their children.

Nutritional Considerations of Early Childhood (Early Echo session video.) Sydney Abbot (MS, RD, University of Utah) discussed the nutritional considerations in early childhood and how it impacts the work providers do.

My Disability Roadmap by Like Right Now Films. Free, with captions and audio descriptions.

Preparing for Postsecondary Life

20 strategies to prepare your child for inclusive post-secondary education. Author: Dr. Karla Wade.

Equity Diversity and Inclusion Hub (AUCD) Provides resources, examples and action steps that help enhance diversity and promote cultural humility.

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care

Georgetown University's National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) focuses on increasing the capacity of health and mental health care programs to create culturally and linguistically competent services. 

Parent Perspectives on Preparing Students with Intellectual Disabilities for Inclusive Postsecondary Education (article),  Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education

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