December 2022

Utah Disability Today
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Project SCOPE's Latest Round Focuses On Toddlers, Children Impacted by Opioids

USU professionals agree the opioid epidemic's effects are still very much with us as a society. The children exposed to opioids in utero years ago may still experience the effects of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which can continue into their school years.

Find out how the free online training offered by Project SCOPE is helping professionals who work with families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Read more on our blog.

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In Memoriam: Ronald Thorkildsen

Dr. Ronald Thorkildsen passed away on November 7.

He was one of the Institute’s pioneering administrators. He introduced computer technology in 1972, including some hot new software: the spreadsheet. He added grant-writing prowess to the organization. He went on to share his expertise with the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University.

But when anyone who knew him heard his name, the first thing they said was, “Isn’t he the nicest guy?”

Read more about Ron on our blog.

DDNJ Podcast: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jacy Farkas and Dr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg discussed the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

You can read the story or listen to the podcast on our blog.

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Early ECHO: Feeding - Mealtime Routines with April Litchford

January 4

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For more information, visit the Early Echo website


Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities (LCPD)

January 5 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM

Participate via Zoom

Meeting ID: 899 4125 4502

Passcode: 461666


ACRE Employment Specialist Training - Salt Lake City

January 10-12

Register on the website


Project SCOPE: Child Development and What NOWS Looks Like in Toddler and School Aged Kids with Sarah Winters

January 11

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For more information, visit the Project SCOPE website


Saturday Mornings with the NRCP: 10 Ways to Help the Non-worker -Jumpstarting Work Completion Behavior

January 14

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Workplace Support Training - Virtual

January 18

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Completion of online modules required in advance


Webinar: Essential Supporting Registered Sex Offenders with Disabling Conditions

January 19

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AgWellness: Episode 9

In this podcast episode, the conversation ranges from work in rural communities, substance use among rural communities, mental health, and the economic issue facing small and midsized family farms.

Alice Wong's Year of the Tiger

Need a gift idea? Alice Wong's book, Year of the Tiger, make an excellent gift. Alice shares an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Workplace through Mentorship

This course provides an introduction to mentorship, best practices, and expectations of mentees and mentors, and organizational strategies for implementing a successful mentorship program to advance DEI in the workplace.

Baby Watch Early Intervention Program

The purpose of the Baby Watch Early Intervention Program (BWEIP) is to enhance early growth and development in infants and toddlers, who have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing individualized support and services to the child and their family.

CDC's Milestone Tracker App

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Medical Bills Remain Inaccessible for Many Visually Impaired Americans

This article discusses medical billing accessibility. WebAIM contributed data to this report.

Opioid Overdose Death Rates in Utah, 2017-2019 (USU Extension)

Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) brings unique academic resources into the community to address the opioid epidemic and other pressing public health issues.

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