Monthly Archives: January 2012

Flying with special needs

Monday, January 30, 2012
  TSA Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities

Please see the below links and press release regarding a new service from the TSA for travel.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Cares today, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical
conditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787 2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

“TSA Cares provides passengers with disabilities and medical needs another resource to use before they fly, so they know what to expect when going through the screening process,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “This additional level of personal communication helps ensure that even those who do not travel often are aware of our screening policies before they arrive at the airport.”

Since its inception, TSA has provided information to all travelers through its TSA Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a representative will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA. TSA recommends that passengers call approximately 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary.

Every person and item must be screened before entering the secure area of an airport and the manner in which the screening is conducted will depend on the passenger’s abilities and any specific equipment brought to the security checkpoint.

TSA strives to provide the highest level of security while ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity and respect. The agency works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly. TSA holds quarterly meetings with this coalition to inform them about current training and screening procedures used in airports. TSA recently hosted a teleconference with members of these groups to announce the long-standing plans to implement TSA Cares for travelers and inform them of the upcoming launch.

All travelers may ask to speak to a TSA supervisor if questions about screening procedures arise while at the security checkpoint. The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. After hours, travelers can find information about traveling with disabilities and medical needs on TSA’s website.

All travelers can contact TSA using Talk To TSA, a web-based tool that allows passengers to reach out to an airport Customer Service Manager directly, and the TSA Contact Center, 1 866-289-9673 and, where travelers can ask questions, provide suggestions and file complaints. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or can e-mail

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DD Council accepting applications for memberships

The Utah DD Council is ready to accept applications for membership to serve on the 2012 – 2015 Council.   There will be two openings for Family Members this coming year and potentially other openings as well. The Council would especially like to encourage members of the public from Southern Utah as well as other rural areas of the state to make application.  The Council would also like to encourage adult siblings to consider making applications.  Please help the Council find potential new leaders from around the state to make application.

Applications are open until March 31, 2012. Candidates will be interviewed in April and names will then be submitted to Governor Herbert for a 3-year term:  October 2012 – September 2015. If you have any questions or need some help making the application, please call the Council office at 801-533-3965.

The application is attached below or can be accessed on

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The White House Administration on Development Disabilities Holds a “Disability Policy Office Hours Session”

January 27, 2012
7:00 amto8:00 am

The White House Administration on Developmental Disablities holds “Office Hours Sessions” on a variety of disability issues. The sessions are open to the public via Twitter. The next event is being held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 Mountain Time. The topic will be disability policy. To participate:

–Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
–Kareem Dale will respond to your question in real-time via Twitter
–Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
–If you miss the session, the full Q&A will be posted on and

If you would like to receive updates on disability issues directly from the White House, send an email to to sign up.

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Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities Legislators’ Reception

February 2, 2012
4:00 pmto5:45 pm

The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities is hosting its annual Legislators’ Reception on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 4:00pm – 5:45pm in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building.

Invite your Representative and Senator to meet you at this important event.

For more information contact Joyce Dolcourt, LCPD Chair, at 801-718-3013.

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President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

January 24, 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Tonight at 7:00pm Mountain time, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address. This is an opportunity to hear his vision for America over the next year.

If you would like to be more engaged with the State of the Union address, the link below will connect you with the website for the White House. It contains opportunities to become involved tonight, and moving forward.

White House Website

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The First Week of the Legislative Calendar is Posted!

The first week of the 59th Legislature Senate and House schedules have been posted. Please go to: for further details.

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County works to comply with redistricting – – Uintah Basin Standard Online

County works to comply with redistricting – – Uintah Basin Standard Online.

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Visit with Senator Mike Lee

January 13, 2012
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Political Leadership Institute at Weber State University is hosting an open forum with Senator Mike Lee on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Alumni Center. This is a great opportunity to meet Senator Lee and express your opinions. Space is limited and lunch is provided. To RSVP, visit:

This is the first in a four-part series.

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Free online training: Assistive Technology to Support Communication Development in Early Intervention

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, Assistive Technology to Support Communication Development in Early Intervention, on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
This free training presented by Stacey Sessions will cover various types of assistive technology used to support symbolic communication development, specifically:

- -No-tech communication supports such as picture communication boards, and object symbol communication devices,
- -Communication devices with voice output, and,
- -High tech communication devices such as PRC, Dynavox, and iPad.

Also, Stacey will cover initial strategies to teach children how to communicate using these various communication devices, to reduce children’s dependency on prompting. The training is useful for parents, teachers, speech language pathologists or other professionals who work with children who would benefit from using assistive technology to support communication.
Stacey Sessions is a Speech Language Pathologist at Utah State University working as a clinical supervisor and instructor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. She works mainly with children and adults with severe communication impairments. Also, she works for the Up to Three program at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, providing assistive technology equipment and education to families in the community.In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access. If you are interested in participatingplease RSVP by Monday, January 16, to Storee Powell via email, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or no later than Thursday, January 12, to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know by this date also.

Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.

Storee Powell
Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
Utah Assistive Technology Program
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
HSRC 317

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Rep. Lockhart will meet with Constituents in Utah County

January 11, 2012
2:30 pmto4:00 pm

Grassroots Advocacy Partnership (GAP) – for people with disabilities
Attention Utah County Residents: Important autism meeting with Rep Becky Lockhart – Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives.

Rep Lockhart is extremely gracious to share her time with us. This meeting is very important for you to attend and share your story of how autism has affected you and your loved ones. Please share this event and bring those who support you.
Meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Rebecca Lockhart
Wednesday, January 11 at 2:30pm
Utah State Capitol Suite 350 – Parking on the East side of the Capitol

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