New training projects funded in Utah

August 25, 2012 by cpehrson

In order to improve the lives of people with disabilities,  the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) funds training projects for consumers and agency personnel.  The focus is on gaps in training that is already offered in Utah so that it can support areas that have critical needs.  A Steering Council determines which proposals will be funded each year.  Since 1995, the CPD has coordinated the funding which comes from the Utah State Legislature for training in Utah.  IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations through the years.

There were eight new IOTI training grants funded for 2012-2013:

  1. Adult Services/Transition: Will provide training to key personnel who work with youth with psychiatric disorders who are transitioning to postsecondary education.
  2. Bullying and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: The Utah Parent Center will provide web-based information and training on PBIS and Bullying, as well as provide workshops for parents/families of children and youth with disabilities, and other providers who work with them.
  3. Equity and Access to Judicial Services:  Will provide training and online information to  judicial staff on IDEA requirements for people with disabilities to help reduce the barriers they find within the judicial system.                                                                                                   
  4. Family Preservation through Positive Behavior Supports:  Will provide training to parents to help them manage difficult behaviors in their children with disabilities  by using Positive Behavior Supports.
  5. Provider Education:  Will provide training to staff within public agencies who work directly with individuals with severe and persistent disabilities/brain disorders about mental illness and the resources and services available to individuals and families.
  6. Supported Employment and Job-based Training: Will provide online and direct training to paraprofessionals to certify as job coaches in supported employment of adults with disabilities.
  7. Transition to Adult Life:  The Utah Parent Center will train young adults with disabilities and their families, disability organizations and special educators about resources related to transitioning  into employment situations and understanding issues related to maturation.
  8. Guardianship Training:  Will train families with children and adults with disabilities about the process of guardianship and how to attain it

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