Utah
This bill establishes the legislature's intent that the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Workforce Services and the Utah State Board of Education, develop a comprehensive plan to ensure the effective transition of students with disabilities from public education to appropriate non-segregated employment.
This bill requires the Department of Workforce Services and Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to prioritize providing services that assist people with disabilities, including mental illness, in retaining meaningful and gainful employment.
This bill requires the State Workforce Development Board to annually maintain and update a state workforce services plan to ensure that (among other aims) employment centers address the requirements of special employment needs populations, including individuals with disabilities.
The 2021 Community Inclusion Project is designed to improve the disability system’s capacity to work together and find creative ways to overcome barriers, in order to better support community inclusion and competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The ALPS (Advocacy, Leadership and Policy Success) program is designed to help people with disabilities, family members, and allies improve their advocacy skills. Participants learn about services that support people with disabilities, policy, and how to drive change in the state of Utah.
Operating Entity: Utah Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This program provides individual, group, and systems advocacy to help individuals with disabilities protect their rights and obtain necessary resources. Individual advocacy involves teaching individuals self-advocacy skills and helping them communicate and negotiate with agencies, service providers, employers and others in order to obtain needed benefits, services or accommodations.
Operating Entity: Utah Independent Living Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are working, or thinking about going to work, figure out how earnings may affect the help they get from the government. The program is primarily intended for transition-age youth (14-25) and day program or sheltered workshop participants.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides statewide job development and placement services to Utah job seekers with disabilities, then works with employers to help them recruit, hire, retain, and promote individuals with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The EmployAbility Clinic is dedicated to helping students and individuals with disabilities attain their employment goals. Services include Pre-Employment Transition Services, employment skills assessments, social skills classes, job development activities (including resume building and interview skills development), job coaching, and ongoing support.
Operating Entity: Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program works to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities in a range of work environments, including assisting Social Security beneficiaries in removing barriers to employment, ensuring that employers do not discriminate because of a person’s disability, assisting employees in obtaining reasonable accommodations in the workplace, and helping people get necessary services from the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation program.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This 10-part workshop series teaches students with disabilities the basic skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Topics include self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job-keeping.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This conference provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to network with other youth statewide and gain leadership skills. Youth also receive guidance and support for successful transitions from school to achieve their individual education, employment, recreational, and housing goals.
Operating Entity: Utah Statewide Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Utah Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program consists of pilot projects in five Utah school districts to help students with disabilities work toward competitive, integrated employment prior to graduation from high school. Teams work collaboratively to serve students and blend/braid funding so students can access wrap-around services needed to become employed and independent.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with the most significant disabilities find, learn, and keep a job, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, acquired brain injury and other significant disabilities. The Office of Rehabilitation partners with Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) to assist individuals in their employment goals.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is a group of youth with disabilities, ages 16 to 26, who are emerging leaders in the state of Utah. YLC’s mission is to get youth involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring, and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Utah Statewide Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps blind and visually impaired students achieve greater independence through classes like Cane Travel, Braille Literacy, Computers and Adaptive Technology, Home Management, Wood Shop and Needle Arts. Students master skills through completing course curriculum, and engage in group discussions and activities to help them build confidence, gain new experiences, and integrate into society.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers numerous Transition Mentoring Events to youth with disabilities. For example, each Transition Mentoring Day introduces students and job seekers with disabilities to workplaces where they can learn about various career opportunities.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This statewide resource offers information and technical services to help people with disabilities acquire and use assistive technology devices. UCAT offers free evaluations to anyone within the state of Utah.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
YESS helps transition-age youth ages 16 to 25 successfully transition into adulthood by strengthening their skills and increasing their stability in housing, employment, education, and community living. The program is available in Utah County for those experiencing early psychosis. The program includes a large youth empowerment component, and provides training, mentoring, public speaking, and other opportunities for growth.
Operating Entity: Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Youth Transition Program helps students with disabilities ages 14 to 22 gain independent living skills to prepare for their transitions out of high school. Topics include life skills, money and time management, looking for and maintaining a job, riding the bus, and reading bus schedules. These skills are taught on location in high school classrooms and post-high school classrooms.
Operating Entity: Utah Independent Living Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists high school students, ages 14-24, in transitioning from high school into community life. Services include individual and family advocacy, technical support to special education teachers, and assistance to students and parents with advocacy in facilitating individualized education plans (IEPs). The program also includes a Youth Summer Program, where youth participate in social activities and life skills classes.
Operating Entity: Ability 1st Utah
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
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