Monthly Archives: November 2012

Symphony Event for Children With Special Needs

January 24, 2013
7:00 pm

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera invites you to attend our Access to Music Concert, an event for children with special needs and their families. You are receiving this email because you attended this concert in the past, and we hope you consider joining us this year.
The event will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 7 PM at the Capitol Theatre. The concert will be about an hour and then we will have cookies in the lobby after the concert.
The concert is free, but you must register online to reserve seats.
Register here:
Please share this wonderful opportunity with your communities. There is a flier attached to this email. Feel free to print it, post it, or forward it on to others.
Please let me know if you have any questions,
Tracy Hansford Education Assistant 801.869.9091

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Parents happy to find Utah businesses autism-aware – SFGate

Read the following article to learn what BRIO Tuscan Grill has done to earn Autism AWARE status.

Parents happy to find Utah businesses autism-aware – SFGate.

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The City Library | Invisible Disabilities: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Temple Grandin, Chris Burbank, and Dr. William McMahon

November 30, 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

A screening of the film Invisible Disabilities: The Problems of Perception will be held at the Salt Lake City Main Library on Friday, November 30th at 7pm. Temple Grandin will participate in the panel discussion following the screening. This is a free event. Click below for further details.

The City Library | Invisible Disabilities: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Temple Grandin, Chris Burbank, and Dr. William McMahon.

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People First Holiday Event

December 5, 2012
4:30 pmto6:30 pm

Join Us for some Holiday fun on Wednesday, December 5th from 4:30 – 6:30pm at PARC in Clearfield. Bring a pot luck item, a can of food to donate, and a $1 White Elephant gift. Please call Family Advocacy by Monday, December 3rd if you need help with transportation. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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Tri-County Independent Living Center in Ogden is now Roads to Independence and at a new location

Tri-County Independent Living Center of Ogden is changing its’ name and moving to a new location. This non-profit organization that provides a variety of services and resources for Weber, Davis and Morgan Counties will now be known as Roads to Independence. The new location is on 3355 Washington Blvd. in Ogden. This independent Living Center has hosted a number of GAP events in this region and will continue to coordinate with GAP at its’ new location.

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Information on grant money for those who have no services!

I was contacted by  Lisa Breitenstein, Executive Director of Rise. Rise is one of the providers in Price. They have access to some grant money for those who are on the waiting list or not receiving services.To find out about this you would need to talk to Rise, they will put in a grant application and then if you qualify, you will meet with Rise and determine together what will meet the need of the individual and family. For example, the funds could be used to provide a break for a caregiver (parents) or more social interaction for the person or child, it really depends on the needs of the person.  The amount of grant money is $900. PLEASE CONTACT THEM TO SEE IF THE GRANT CAN BE USED FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN SCHOOL AGE.

The services will be  provided by Rise.  The money could be used for Day Program if over age 18 or for paying for someone to come into the home and/or at Rises’ facility  to work with a younger child .They are able to be flexible about how the family or individual would like to use the funds and can work that out once approved

The deadline for using the money is approaching so do not delay in calling.
They need the following information for each individual, their name, age, phone number, address and a brief description of why they could use the services.
You need to contact:
Lisa R. Breitenstein
Executive Director
RISE Residential and Hourly Services
Office Phone: 801-717-2396
Office Fax: 801-373-1198
Cellular:  435-820-0765
Please let me know if you chose to contact them, I would like to know who responds and how things go.
Darrelyn Davis GAP Area Organizer
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Send Policymakers a Christmas card from Autism Street.

For those who live on “Autism Street” the holidays pose some unique challenges…

Let’s share those stories! Send your Utah policymakers a Christmas card and share with them a short, kind, sincere and possibly even humorous message about your experiences with Christmas on “Autism Street”.

In addition to your address, add AUTISM STREET below your name on the return address portion of the envelope. Let’s see how many cards from Autism Street we can get sent from Autism Street this year!


Find your new post-redistricting State Senate and House District numbers by entering your address here:

Find your 2013 Senator and Representative addresses listed by district number here:


For those of you that get WRITERS BLOCK when trying to write a card, here is a sample note:

Dear Senator/Representative Doe,

I am writing to you from Autism Street. I have a _______ [child, friend, student, cousin, grandchild, etc] that lives with autism. I love them very much. The unusual routine and hustle of the holidays can be very hard on a person with autism. As you celebrate this season of giving, please hold a place in your heart for those affected by this disability. Thank you for your support and understanding.


Jane Constituent


Feel free to copy at will or write your own message!

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Bouncin’ off the Walls Monthly Event

Join the fun with other families affected by Autism. The 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 pm is reserved for children with Autism. Bouncin’ Off The Walls is located in Sandy, Ut at 398 W. 9400 S. 801-568-1234 or you can check their site at

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November 26, 2012 8:00 pmtoNovember 30, 2012 8:00 pm






Our Fundraising website

Scentsy is featuring a Special Olympics warmer and will donate $8 to Special Olympics with each order. People First of Utah receive 20% of all commissions!

Order in time for Christmas and help your favorite charity at the same time!

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USU Center for Persons with Disabilities Blog Post on Voting

People with disabilities have big potential as a voting bloc

November 5, 2012 by Storee

While the media speculates at what group will ‘decide’ the 2012 election, the public would do well to remember the power of one of the largest and often ignored voting bloc: people with disabilities.

The U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that there are 57 million people with disabilities, or about 19 percent of the population.  This group also includes veterans, a group that is increasing. One in four veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan has acquired a disability. Factor in the aging population, which it is estimated that one in three seniors has a disability, and it is clear the power people with disabilities hold.

Cherissa Aldredge is the region one coordinator for Utah GAP (Grassroots Advocacy Partnership), which covers Box, Cache and Rich counties. She has a visual impairment, and works to get the disability community voter-mobilized.

She said, “If people with disabilities, including in Utah, would unify as a voting bloc, the potential is significant.”

Unification on the disability front is a problem in Utah, Aldredge said. While many issues that Americans with disabilities face are nonpartisan, the disagreement comes over where and how to fund organizations that serve the population.

“How can we find areas where we align, so that when we go to the legislative sessions next year we can show our power in numbers?” Aldredge said. “There’s a finite pot of money from the government to give to disability organizations, and while increasing services for people is generally agreed upon, how and who gets the pie is where we compete against each other.”

Aldredge, along with Jeff Sheen of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and Logan OPTIONS for Independence are working to change that – at least in Cache Valley.

“Getting together is the first step of progress, next is realizing our power in numbers,” Aldredge said. “There’s merit in having a unified front, and we need to focus on similarities rather than our differences so we can educate those unfamiliar with disability to advocate for us in the legislative process.”

No voting inaccessibility issues in Utah have arisen yet, Aldredge said. But if voters encounter issues with polling accessibility, they should report to the Disability Law Center.

“If individuals in Cache Valley can organize, they have a potential to make their voices heard with the Utah legislature so that they understand needs of people with disabilities,” said Aldredge.

For those who need transportation to the polls, the Cache Valley Transit District will have buses going to the polls. Also, people with disabilities can contact Logan OPTIONS for Independence at 435-753-5353 for alternative transportation options.

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