Monthly Archives: December 2011

Legilsative Coalition for People with Disabilities

January 5, 2012
12:30 pmto2:00 pm

The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities will be meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Sanderson Community Center  5709 South 1500 West, SLC from 12:30-2:00 pm. Please note the change of location for this meeting.

We will be discussing:

  1. Governor Herbert’s Budget Recommendations for the 2012 Legislative Session – Committee Chairs
  2. Caucus Process – Jan Ferré

See you in the New Year!


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Daytime Family to Family Network ~ Guardianship

January 11, 2012
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Daytime Family to Family Network ~
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10:00 am to 12 noon.
4444 South 700 East Suite 203 (northwest corner of 4500 S & 700 E) in Salt Lake City.
Guardianship ~ Anna Rodabough from Guardianship Associates will be the speaker.
Please contact Julia at , with any questions.

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BTA changing to meet demand in Uintah Basin

The Basin Transit Authority is listening to its ridership and has been adjusting schedules to better meet the needs of commuters.

As the schedule and routes have been adjusted, the transit service is seeing increased ridership. Tickets are still a bargain at $1 per person, per ride. Trips around Vernal on the Red Route are free of charge.

“We had tons of requests to be able to change our schedules to meet work schedule needs of riders,” Transit Manager Colt Miller said. “Also, we needed to make the schedules easier on our drivers.”

By adjusting bus schedules so that there were bus routes between Duchesne and Roosevelt, and bus routes between Roosevelt and Vernal, BTA has been able to increase frequencies on the routes and give the drivers a better work schedule, according to Miller.

“In Duchesne, we were going there three times a day,” he said. “Now we are going there five times a day. People can use the bus more frequently.”

Vernal is about the same at six runs a day, but BTA has adjusted the times to meet the workplace needs of the riders.

“We tried to make it better for people that go to school, or UBATC, or the hospital,” Miller said. “We’re trying to get people here at 6 and 8 a.m., that’s when a lot of the jobs start for people here.”

The changes are slowly being recognized by riders and commuters.

“One bus recently had 18 riders on it, two people were standing,” Miller said. “Riders told the driver that we should expect another seven riders on that run.”

To go to the next level, BTA will need to increase capacity.

“We’ve been working with Duchesne and Uintah Counties and the Tribe to purchase a larger bus that would service a Vernal route to the Indian Healthcare Clinic in Roosevelt,” Miller said. “That route and time are also popular with the commuters.”

The original agreement with all partners provided a three-year operating window to get started.

“The Utah Department of Transportation allows us to go get grants every year,” Miller said. “We are up to 2015 or 2016 now with grants that we have applied for and we have been awarded funding through 2014.”

The BTA is working on getting a new schedule on the internet and it should be up shortly. The printed schedule has also been revised and made easier to read.

For more information contact the BTA — 435 722 4518. Internet information will soon be available at

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Meeting with Senator Stuart Reid (Senate District 18)

December 13, 2011
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

By Utah Autism Coalition

Weber County Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, Utah
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:00pm until 7:00pm
ATTN: Ogden Residents -

We need people living in this district to come to a meeting with Senator Stuart Reid (Senate District 18) and share their story about how autism has personally affected them. It is so important that your legislators hear from you personally. If you have friends or neighbors that can support you in this please invite them as well.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support those with autism. If you have any questions you can respond to this thread or contact Mirella Petersen at:

TOGETHER, we WILL make a difference for Utahns affected by autism.

Utah Autsim….

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We have FREE Tickets!! ~ The Utah Symphony holiday concert, “Here Comes Santa Claus”

We have FREE Tickets!! Thanks to our partners at Sharetix we have available tickets to a favorite holiday tradition ~ The Utah Symphony holiday concert, “Here Comes Santa Claus” on Saturday, December 17th at 12:30 PM. This is a fun, family event full of festive music with the symphony at Abravanel Hall. Santa is also in the lobby before the performance and appears later in the concert. If you would like 2 tickets to this event please post a comment below and then email your address to me at and I will put your tickets in the mail. THANK YOU SHARETIX!!

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Utah’s Expanding Opportunites Inclusion Initiative

December 7, 2011
9:00 amto1:00 pm

You are being invited to attend and participate in the second stakeholder meeting of Utah’s Expanding Opportunities Inclusion Initiative Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:00-1:00
Lunch provided

Department of Workforce Services 1385 South State Street, room 401 SLC, UT

Please RSVP to Carolyn by Dec. 1st at 801-468-0061
The Expanding Opportunities Project is part of a federal and state initiative to increase inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities and their families. The purpose of this group is to work collaboratively across the different systems that serves children with special needs to develop and sustain a continuum of support through statewide inter-agency efforts.  Our Stakeholder agencies include: Child Care Licensing, Baby Watch Early Intervention, Head Start, The Office of Child Care Preschool Special Education, Higher Education, Department of Human Services-Developmental Disabilities and Parent Support Groups for Children with Special Needs.  As a stakeholder’s group we identify goals and action items that will help support our vision of helping all children and families become full members of the communities in which they live.

Purpose of the Stakeholder Meeting:  To bring together members of Utah’s early childhood community.

  • Review the mission, vision and shared values of the initiative
  • Get updates on 1010 goals decided at last year’s meeting
  • Share information about current happenings in inclusion statewide
  • Brainstorm ideas that will assist in reaching desired outcomes
  • develop a statewide goals and activities for the upcoming year
  • Networking lunch to share resources that support increased participation of children with disabilities in inclusive opportunities in quality settings

We are excited about the upcoming meeting and hope you will be able to participate on this important initiative! Expanding Opportunities Leadership Team

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