Employment issues in Utah focus of workshop

November 18, 2010 by cpehrson

One of the issues that faces young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition out of school is finding and keeping a job so they can become more self-reliant.  In Utah, not quite 1 in 4 people with disabilities holds a job in their community.

Employment is an essential part of becoming financially independent and provides many opportunities for personal growth.  In addition, it provides a sense of purpose each day and the opportunity to learn new skills and gain more knowledge. It is also a valuable source of social interaction, especially for those with developmental disabilities.

The Utah Alliance for Full Participation project, under the direction of the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, is offering an Employment Workshop this coming week to help young adults and their parents learn about the employment issues facing Utahn’s with disabilities in 2010.  If you have questions about jobs or self-employment or ideas for others, this workshop will help answer them.

This workshop is part of a national movement called the Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) that is a formal partnership of leading developmental disabilities organizations with a common vision—to create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities

For more information about this workshop, you can email bmartin@utah.gov or call 801-533-3965.

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Envisioning the future for people with disabilities

October 25, 2010 by cpehrson

Administration on Developmental Disabilities: Envisioning the Future Summit Series

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) will be holding a series of meetings over the next several months to hear from self-advocates, family members, allies and professionals about their vision for the future of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The goal of the ADD is to assist people with developmental disabilities to reach their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity and integration within the community.  They do this by providing funding to grantees to partner with state governments, local communities and the private sector and address current issues.

This Envisioning the Future Summit Series is an opportunity to share the issues and concerns that you feel impact the lives of those with developmental disabilities the most.  Your input could lead to funding opportunities that focus on these important issues.

Possible issue areas include transition to post-secondary education and employment, independent living, community supports, aging and caregiving challenges.

The summits will be held in Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, Detroit, MI, and Denver, CO.  Registration for the summits is now open.

If you are unable to attend one of these events in person you can also submit your comments online.

The ADD wants to hear from you.

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A new apartment community for people with developmental disabilities

July 14, 2010 by cpehrson

Neighborhood non-profit housing complex in Providence, Utah

People with developmental disabilities will soon have more options for affordable living arrangements in Brigham City.

The Neighborhood Non-profit Housing Corporation creates quality, affordable housing opportunities and provides individuals with disabilities a chance to become self sufficient.   Their latest project is a 6-unit group home and 15-unit apartment building located in Brigham City, Utah.  This project is currently under construction, and is expected to be completed by December of 2010.

The beautiful new building is strategically located across the street from a city park and has a large community room with a fireplace and kitchen. Supportive services are available on-site.

Heads of households must be at least 18 years of age, have a documented developmental  disability, and meet income requirements.  They are currently accepting applications for this apartment community.

To place your name on the contact list, you can call NNHC at 435-753-1112, ext. 0, or email Sandra at sandra@nnhc.net.

To see the apartment layouts and features, go to the NNHC website.

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