Interagency Outreach Training Initiative

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Name: Sharon Weston
Phone:435-797-0134
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Office:CPD 302A
Address:Admin Center for Persons with Disabilities 6800 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-6800

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Project Context:
To systematically address the outreach training needs in Utah, state funding has been awarded to the Center for Persons with Disabilities to assist Utah's disability service agencies and consumer organizations in providing essential training and technical assistance.

Project Focus:
The Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) addresses training gaps, particularly those where other funding is not available, such as for paraprofessional education. In addition, the IOTI facilitates coordination of training efforts among disability service agencies and consumer groups in Utah. State agencies and organizations of consumers and families throughout the state participate in establishing training priorities and approving proposals for training activities.

Some of the participating organizations include the Office of Rehabilitation Services, the Utah State Office of Education's Special Education Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, Division of Community and Family Preparedness, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the Utah Parent Center, and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC).

The IOTI has provided funding to train paraprofessionals in the areas of supported employment, positive behavioral supports, and interpreter certification. In addition, aging, assistive technology, self determination, early intervention, education of families and siblings and outreach to diverse cultural and linguistic groups have been among the areas of need targeted for projects.

Each year the IOTI funds approximately 5-10 training projects through a competitive grant process that addresses training needs as identified by a needs assessment conducted by the Steering Council. These projects are listed separately as subsets of the IOTI.