September 10 minute advocate

September is “Provider/Caregiver Appreciation Month”

Tell or show your legislator how your caregiver/staff assist you, and the struggles to get good staff.  Offer to tour a facility that offers care for persons with disabilities.  It can be any facility.  If you do not want to host a tour invite a facility to do it.

The Washington County Family to Family Network hosted a Caregivers Wellbeing and Empowerment class on September 11th. Some of our favorite parts of this training was the practical everyday application of stress relief ideas.  Here are some of our favorites:

  • Work on things you can control!  Some of these are practicing good sleep habits and eating a healthy diet.
  • Caregivers tools: Contemplative Arts and Expressive Arts.  Relaxation and contemplation, Meditation, express yourself through music, exercise or art.
  • The benefits of journaling.  Words heal.
  • Ritual.  Having order and clarity in times of change and relief and comfort in times of anxiety.
  • Advocacy!  This brings us back to this months goal, reach out to your legislator and let them know about how having a staff helps you and how important it is as a caregiver!


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Aggies Elevated News Spotlight

Check out this KSL News spotlight for the new Aggies Elevated Program at Utah State University! Aggies Elevated is a higher education opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities.

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Free Financial Wellness Workshop in Logan

Family Financial Wellness Workshop

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OPTIONS for Independence Zombie Walk

OPTIONS for Independence is holding it’s 2nd annual Zombie Walk/Run October 4th at 11:00 at Willow Park.
Since you participated last year, we wanna stay fresh on your brains. (mmmmmmmmm brains) Registration is live. We are getting some amazing prizes from local businesses and hope to make this a fun event. The zombie walk is a time to make a spectacle! Participants get to be made up like the undead and will be walking in a large group down the street for all to see! Or you can run like your life depends on it in our 5K. Come get freaky!!!!

Here is the link to our facebook page with more information.

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Advocacy Opportunity!

CRPD basics for youth

by Sue Reeves, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University

Who is Senator Hatch?

Senator Orrin Hatch is the senior senator from Utah. He has been a strong ally to individuals with disabilities since he was first elected to the United States Senate in 1976 (38 years ago, before any youth advocates were born!).Over the past several decades, Senator Hatch has been a champion of disability rights in the United States.

What has Senator Hatch done for people with disabilities?

• 1978: Senator Hatch formed the Utah Advisory Committee on Disability Issues to find out from disability advocates in Utah how disability-related legislation would affect them and their families. The Disability Advisory Committee continues to meet monthly with the Senator’s staff 36 years later to give input on important issues.

• 1990: Senator Hatch played a critical role in getting the original Americans with Disabilities Act passed.

• 2008: Senator Hatch helped pass the 2008 amendments to the ADA, which strengthened the law to improve the rights of people with disabilities to work, travel, and participate fully in our communities.

  • Most recently, Senator Hatch has:

– Voted for the Autism Cares Act to improve research, education, and supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

– Sponsored the Technology Education and Accessibility College in Higher Education (TEACH) Act to develop accessibility guidelines for instructional materials and related information technology in college settings.

– Co-sponsored the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money and not be penalized by losing important benefits.

What is the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities)?

The CRPD is a treaty proposed by the United Nations.The CRPD would give people with disabilities around the world the same protections as the Americans with Disabilities Act gives to people in the United States.

Why is the CRPD important?

The CRPD is important so that American citizens with disabilities will have the same opportunities and protections when they travel in other countries that they have at home in the United States.

The United States Congress failed to pass the CRPD last year and will consider it again after the summer recess in early September. Senator Hatch is opposed to the treaty and has said he will vote no.

What can you do to help?

Let Senator Hatch know how much you appreciate all the work he’s done for people with disabilities.

Then let him know he can continue to help people with disabilities by voting yes on the CRPD!

Here’s what we’d like you to do (if you are comfortable with this idea):


Go to and like the Senator’s page.

Make a paper sign that says:

Thank you for helping #PWD, Sen. Hatch!

Have someone take a picture of you holding the sign. Upload the photo to Sen. Hatch’s Facebook page once.

Ask your friends to do this, too.

Go to (and like us if you want to!)

Every weekday (Monday through Friday) until Sept. 8 we will post something about the CRPD. Click the “share” button and add this: @SenOrrinHatch, please vote yes on #CRPD!or this: @SenOrrinHatch, please support #CRPD!or this: @SenOrrinHatch, thank you for helping #PWD! Please vote yes on #CRPD!  Mix them up to avoid looking spammy.

Ask your friends to do this, too.

If you want to do more,go to your own Facebook page and post this one time each week until Sept. 8:

Thank you, @SenOrrinHatch, for 38 years of helping people with disabilities! You championed #ADA #ABLE #TEACH and #AutismCares. Now, please, continue your legacy by voting to ratify #CRPD!

Ask your friends to do this, too.


Go to (and follow us if you want to!)

Everyweekday (Monday through Friday) we will tweet something about the CRPD. Click the “retweet” button, and add RT (for “retweet”) at the beginning of the tweet.

Ask your friends to do this, too.

If you want to do more, you can tweet each of these once per day (just copy and paste):

OpEd to @SenOrrinHatch: Do right by veterans with disabilities, ratify #crpd.

Thank you, @SenOrrinHatch, for 38 years as a champion for #PWD! #ADA #ABLE #TEACH #AutismCares. Please vote yes on #CRPD too! #utpol

Please do not exceed the recommended number of posts, shares, tweets and retweets. If you post more often, you run the risk of being blocked as a spammer.

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Upcoming Events | Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah’s annual Family and Professionals conference on October 24, 2014 in Ogden, Utah. For more information and to register, click on the link below:

Upcoming Events | Brain Injury Alliance of Utah.

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Utah Assistive Technology Program Newsletter

Read the most recent edition of the Utah Assistive Technology Program newsletter here. This edition includes information on IEP’s and assistive technology, communication assistive technology for early intervention, and a family guide to assistive technology and transition.

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Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism – Disability Scoop

Federal officials are telling states that they must cover therapies like Applied Behavior Analysis for children with autism. Read more by clicking the link below.

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism – Disability Scoop.

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What Direction Should We Take Next?

Grassroots Advocacy Partnership began conducting surveys over the late spring and early summer to find out which issues are the most important to our members, what kind of content you would like to see on our website and Facebook page, and how well you feel we are advocating for people with disabilities. The surveys have been given at GAP meetings around the state. We have since put the survey in electronic form. It is only 10 questions long, takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous. Would you please help us by completing the survey and sharing the link with anyone you believe might be interested? To participate, please click on the link below:

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DSPD Launches New Phone Line


We are pleased to announce the launching of the 1-844-275-3773 phone number for Division of Services for People with Disabilities. This number went into affect August 2, 2014.

DSPD offers services and supports across the State. The new 1-844-275-3773 (1-844-ask-dspd) will link existing numbers into the same centralized system as an “auto attendant.” The new centralized system will simplify the various numbers needed for specific DSPD areas. However, all previous numbers and individual contact numbers will remain the same and you are welcome to continue their use if you prefer.

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