Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Offers Free Jazz Tickets


UDSF has been given 60 free tickets to the Utah Jazz vs Philadelphia 76ers game on Saturday, December 27! If you would like to go, please send an email to marketing@udsf.org with your ticket request. The first 30 people to request tickets will each get two. Please indicate in your request if you’d like more tickets and extras will be dispersed based on total requests. Please make sure at least one individual with Down syndrome attends! A special thanks to Utah Jazz player Alec Burks for donating these tickets to UDSF. Happy Holidays!

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Nominate a Family to Win a Car from Markosian Auto


Check it out!  Markosian Auto is giving a car away to an autism family!!

The Markosian contest for Autism is live!

It is on the Fox13 Contest Page:  http://fox13now.com/category/contests/

It is also on the Markosian Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/WestValleyAuto – on the left side of the timeline, you’ll see the Drive for Autism graphic – just click on the link!

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Help Portrait will be providing a FREE 15 minute photo session for the community this holiday season. This may include the homeless, low income, single parents and their children, military, elderly and those that may not otherwise have the money to pay for a professional portrait of themselves and their family.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Marshall White Community Center 222 28th St. Ogden, Utah

Contact Tonya at Ogden Housing Authority (801)627-5851 ext 118 or Email ohafss@xmission.com to schedule your photo shoot.

Each family will receive an 8×10 print and CD with photos from the photo shoot

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December LCPD Meeting December 4th

Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities
Meeting at the Division of Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired
250 North 1950 West  Room 218
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Email: Gapregion6@yahoo.com for call-in instructions




Budget and Legislative Priorities for FY 2016
Medicaid-Tonya Hales
Schools for the Deaf and Blind-Joel Coleman and Scott Jones
Special Education-Bruce Williams
Division of Services for People with Disabilities-Paul Smith

Legislative Leadership-Joyce Dolccourt, Kris Fawson


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Red Rock Center for Independence

Today I had the pleasure of attending a one hour tour at the Red Rock Center for Independence (RRCI)

The mission of the RRCI is to empower people with disabilities in Southwestern Utah to live independently through education, personalize services, and technology.

They believe that we should all have the chance to fulfill our potential as human beings.  This is why they focus on three areas:  EDUCATION, PERSONALIZED SERVICES and TECHNOLOGY.

  • EDUCATION- the RRCI teaches people important life skills.  They provide training for people with disabilities to enhance or develop skills that can improve independent living opportunities.  Training may include:  coping skills, personal care, social skills, financial management, household management, inclusion opportunities, and communication accommodations. Some recent examples include helping people learn to ride the bus,  college assistance, and having a thanksgiving feast to teach appropriate social skills.
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICES- with supports, people can live on their own, reach their potential and give back to the community.  The RRCI has a public loan bank where gently used equipment is donated and then put back into the community on loan to people who have a need.  They receive money from grants that help to purchase new equipment and currently keep a waiting list.
  • TECHNOLOGY- the center has an assistive technology specialist who goes out and does assessments in 9 counties in Southwest Utah.  He helps assess needs and provide solutions as best he can.  Some examples of things they have provided in the past are ramps, large print keyboards, book readers, wheelchairs, walkers, bath chairs and other assistive devices.

Some other interesting things I learned about the RRCI are:

  • Two scholarships are available for people with disabilities to go to college.
  • They have a  nursing home transition specialist who can help with Medicaid waivers and other difficult transition tasks.
  • They can help give suggestions and resources for making modifications to home to make them accessible.
  • They hold and annual ADA celebration.
  • They have Community Integration Specialist who helps facilitate recreational programs and youth programs.  She also works with other people in the community to raise awareness.
  • They provide advocacy, support groups, and an Older Blind program for 55 and older.
  • They have a huge amount of information and years of experience helping people in southern Utah for a wide range of disabilities.  This is an amazing resource we have!
  • Most of the services are provided at no cost to the consumers.

I am so glad I finally went and saw all that the RRCI has to offer.  I would highly recommend spending an hour to go take a tour.  They have two coming up in December: 12/2 at 8:30 am and 12/11 at 2 pm.


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DSPD Respite Money Available for Families on Waitlist

From the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities:

Great news that has been verified! DSPD has announced that everyone that is on the waiting list and stated respite as one of their needs will get $5000.00 one time respite. If you are not on the waiting list and could be, I would recommend starting the process now because they will be looking to provide it to those through the end of the fiscal year (ends June 30 2015) If you have any questions call DSPD.

DSPD worker Joalba Boyd ~ 801-538-4176

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Open Enrollment for the Autism Waiver Announced

If you have a child between the ages of 2 and 6 who is on the autism spectrum, we encourage you to apply for the autism waiver. Open enrollment is only three weeks long. Please read the following email:

Dear families of children with ASD, providers, and other interested stakeholders,

The Department of Health and Department of Human Services would like to share the following updates on the Medicaid Autism Waiver program:

An open enrollment period will be held November 17th to December 7th, 2014. During the open enrollment period we will accept applications online, by mail or via fax. The application can be found online at http://health.utah.gov/autismwaiver. The application can be completed online, or printed and completed. Should you need to have a paper copy mailed to you please contact us as soon as possible.

Please note that even if you have previously submitted an application, you must submit another application to be eligible for this open enrollment period.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available openings, the enrollees will be selected through a randomized process. Waiver openings are assigned based on geographical areas within the state.

Should you have any questions please contact Sarah Chung, Autism Waiver Liaison @ 801-538-6357 or visit our website at: http://health.utah.gov/autismwaiver.


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Being Thankful-10 Minute Advocate for November

The elections are over.  Here is a link to the election results:


“Being Thankful” is easy to remember because of Thanksgiving.  A great thing we can do in our advocacy efforts this month is to

-send a thank you for their work and participation during the session

-Send a congratulation card to those who are elected in.

It doesn’t take a huge amount of time, but having gratitude makes a big difference!

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Meet the Candidates event


Thursday, October 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm

at the Saint George Library

Please Join Us!

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