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Parent Resources | Personal Assistance (See Independent Living) | Preparing for Work/Finding Employment Careers

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Accommodations

ADA

Provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Includes resources for both business and people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network

Information about job and education accommodations, descriptions of different disabilities, Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, and information about employment of people with disabilities.

National Center on Secondary Education & Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures. Accommodations are made to classroom and testing materials and procedures to help students with disabilities learn and participate in tests on a level playing field with students without disabilities.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities, IDEA, No Child Left Behind and research based effective educational practices

Advocacy and Legal

Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin including the ADA.

Disability Law Center

Designated as the Protection and Advocacy agency for the state of Utah to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Utah.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The federal office responsible for enforcement of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

HIPAAdvisory – Basic Primer (doc) (pdf)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Overview of HIPAA laws and how they apply to health care providers and to the recipient of health care.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

The federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

LCPD (Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities)

The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities advocates for Utah public policy for people with disabilities. The LCPD is made up of individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy groups, providers, professionals, and agencies.

National Guardianship Association

National organization which promotes standards of excellence in guardianship.  Provides information on the rights and responsibilities of the individual, as well as the guardian.

National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities

Comprehensive discussion on special needs trusts and estate planning for individuals with disabilities.

People First

Utah's chapter of the SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered)

SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered)

The United State's national self-advocacy organization. We are a national board of regional representatives and members from every state in the US. Promotes equality for, equal access to and learning and mistake making as people without disabilities.

U.S. Dept. of Education

Provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and its implementing regulations. 

Utah State Office of Education, Special Education Services – Rules & Regulations

Special Education laws, state laws and policies.

Utah's Behavior Initiatives

Utah's Academic, Behavior & Coaching Initiative (ABC-UBI) is a set of personnel development activities sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Personnel Development Center and the Utah State Personnel Development Improvement Grant. Find information on LRBI (Least Restrictive Behavior Interventions, FBA (Functional Behavior Assessments), BIP (Behavior Intervention Plans), mental health, Statewide Assessment Groups, classroom supports, violence prevention, social competencies, and bullying

Wrights Law

Provides information related to special education law advocacy for children with disabilities. Includes IDEA, NCLB, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and more.

Assistive Technology

Ability Hub Assistive Technology Solutions

Provides information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

Access Utah Network

Provides information on equipment that is for sale as well as other resources regarding accessibility.

Closing the Gap-Changing Lives with Assistive Technology

Provide information and training to locate, compare and implement technology. Resource to parents, individuals and educators through website, annual conference and magazine.

Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities

The fundamental goal of the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities is to provide assistance aimed at improving the lives of children and adults living with disabilities by introducing them to the many ways in which computer technology can enhance their jobs, careers, and education.

Equal Access to Software and Information

Providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. Provider of on-line training on accessible information technologies for people with disabilities.

UAAACT

Utah Augmentative Alternative Assistive Communication and Technology Teams are a resource for assessment and development of communication and technology systems for students who are nonspeaking or severely limited in their quality of speech or written language. UAAACT teams have been established for the purpose of assessing student communication needs and for providing consultation to IEP (Individualized Education Plan) teams for ongoing programming.

Utah Assistive Technology Foundation

A private, nonprofit organization that provides low-interest loans to Utahns to purchase assistive technology and telework devices. The goal is to assist Utahns with disabilities by enhancing their independence, education, employment, and quality of life through assistive technology.

Utah Assistive Technology Program

Serving individuals with disabilities of all ages in Utah and the intermountain region, by providing AT devices and services, and training to university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about AT. We coordinate our services with community organizations and others who provide independence-related support to individuals with disabilities.

Utah Center for Assistive Technology

U.C.A.T. is the statewide resource for Assistive Technology information, equipment review, assessment and modification, and the exploration of assistive technology funding options. Our Visions and Values can be summed up with six words: Teamwork, Innovation, Expertise, Excellence, Respect, and Accountability.

Business Resources

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Homepage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page. Includes Federal Resources, and ADA Publications for business.

Apprenticeship Program

Information on the Registered Apprenticeship program. Describes the benefits to employers of utilizing apprenticeship opportunities.

At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities

A free on-line, self-paced webcourse for people interested in discovering best practices for working with customers who have disabilities.

Department of Labor

Resource and information for Business. Hiring and retaining qualified employees is the number one staffing issue cited by employers - a concern that will become more pressing as we begin to feel the crunch of a shrinking and aging workforce.

Choose To Work (pdf)

Choose To Work services is as a joint effort between the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and The Department of Workforce Services. Individualized supports and services to businesses who hire and retain individuals with disabilities and qualified work ready individuals with disabilities.

Disability: Dispelling the Myths (pdf)

An excellent resource published by business, for business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to developing workforce strategies for businesses, chambers of commerce, and communities to hire, train, retain, and advance skilled workers in the 21st century.

Disability Employment 101

The Disability Employment 101 guide is a comprehensive analysis of hiring employees with disabilities that includes information about how to find qualified workers with disabilities, how to put disability and employment research into practice and how to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce.

Myths and Facts About Workers with Disabilities – Department of Labor

Myths are roadblocks that interfere with the ability of persons with disabilities to have equality in employment. These roadblocks usually result from a lack of experience and interaction with persons with disabilities. This lack of familiarity has nourished negative attitudes concerning employment of persons with disabilities. Listed below are some common myths and the facts that tell the real story:.

Job Accommodation Network

Provides free consulting services for all employers, regardless of the size of an employer's workforce. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.

Rocky Mountain Region ADA Center

Resource for Business. Provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, including a database of ADA related publications, federal and state resources, and training to business.

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

Provides employers with confidential, no-cost consultation, customized technical assistance and resources to support their diversity and inclusion efforts by integrating employees and veterans with disabilities into the workplace.

Employer Guide to Hidden Disabilities

Information on hidden disabilities, which may include cognitive, chronic health, and psychological disabilities. Includes specifics on the hiring process, management/supervision, references, ADA, accommodations and links to helpful resources.

ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy)

Resources on labor market information, demographics, trends, flexible work arrangements, and the economic and other benefits to employers when they recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities.

On The Job Training

On-the-Job-Training (OJT) is customized job related training provided by an employer in the public, private or nonprofit sector. Find more information about On the Job Training Program and the available reimbursement to employers.

People First Language (pdf)

Communicating with people with disabilities should provide the same respect and dignity as it does with individuals who do not have a disability. This resources is helpful in conveying that respect to all of your workforce.

Tax Incentives for Business Accessibility

Tax incentives are available to help employers cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities and to make their places of business accessible.

Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities (pdf)

Some tips on etiquette provided by The National Center for Access Unlimited.

UCAT (Utah Center for Assistive Technology)

UCAT works with business to help people with disabilities identify and obtain assistive technology for the

UPP (Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance

A program to make health insurance affordable for working individuals and families who do not currently have health insurance, but who have it available through the employer. UPP assists employees in paying the monthly insurance premiums through their employer's health plan.

Utah Governor's Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities

The promotes employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Their goal is to assist both employers and job seekers.

Utah's Job Connection

Information for employers and job seekers on various topics including how to post and search for positions, job fairs, trainings and employer resources. 

WIRED

Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development is a groundbreaking approach to workforce and economic development. Regions integrate economic and workforce development activities and demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation in the regional economies across the United States.

WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit)

Information and downloadable forms for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. 

Colleges/Universities/Education/Training

College Answer

Complete package of guides for the student who is planning on attending college.

College Board

Extensive Web sites dealing with college and career preparation on the internet. Resources for students, parents and professionals.

College Board Scholarship Search

An online tool to help you locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background.

Collegenet.com

Helping to move colleges and universities worldwide out of the paper realm into the electronic, CollegeNET has been hired by hundreds of leading institutions to stage and host their official forms for admissions, housing, tuition, contributions and other university commerce. See their page on scholarship information.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.  Apply online for federal grants, loans and more.

Fastweb

A free resource for students to make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college, and finding jobs and internships. A listing of over 600,000 scholarships, including articles and guides that may help in the process of finding money for college.

Federal Student Aid

The Federal Student Aid Gateway - the source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance - from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid.

USNews - College is Possible

College Is Possible for Students With Intellectual Disabilities. New support programs and federal funds can help students with intellectual disabilities.

Educational and Career Planning

Provides connections between occupations and programs of study in colleges and  universities. Your ACT source for college planning. Information for students, parents and professionals.

Myroad.com

A website developed by The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Free services to help prepare for and select a college.

Student Aid on the Web

An official U.S. government web site designed for college students and their families, to provide you with easy access to information and resources from the U.S. government - all the info you need, in one place, from all parts of the government.

U.S. News and World Report

Provides sources of college, including a summary of their annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country.

Utah Association on Higher Education and Disability

Utah AHEAD is a statewide organization of diverse individuals committed to the full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities.

Utah College of Applied Technology

Provides technical and market driven education to both high school students and adults. Find the programs and the college the meets your needs.

Utah Educational Savings Plan Trust

A simple, sound plan to stretch your child's educational dollars and provide tax incentives. Information on how to take advantage of tax breaks and low-fee incentive savings plans to save for your children or grandchildren's college education.

College and University Disability Resource Centers in Utah

Disability Resource Centers provide services to students with disabilities. Each center has specific procedures. See the links below for each college or university for more information.

Brigham Young University - University Accessibility Center

USU College of Eastern Utah, Price - Disability Resource Center

Dixie State College of Utah - Disability Resource Center

Salt Lake Community College - Disability Resource Center

Snow College - Disability Resource Center

Southern Utah University - Disability Support Center

University of Utah - Center for Disability Services

Utah State University - Disability Resource Center

Utah Valley University - Accessibility Services

Weber State University - Services for Students with Disabilities

Westminster College - Disability Services

Community Financial Resources

Center for Persons with Disabilities

Provides information by county including service organizations, health care, employment, housing, utilities and financial assistance. See Services near you. Select your county to get to your local links.

Department of Workforce Services

Resource listing of financial assistance, food stamps, Medicaid and more.

Food Stamp Calculator

Calculate if you may be eligible for Food Stamps. Link to apply for Food Stamps online.

Community Information Resources

(Also see National Information Resources)

Utah 2-1-1

2-1-1 in an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people with important health and human services programs through the communities of Utah.

Access Utah Network

Information and referral for services and programs throughout Utah including assistive technology or equipment that is for sale

Autism Council of Utah

An independent council working to foster collaboration, communication and learning among families and agencies.

Brain Injury Association of Utah

A non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to education and support for the issues of prevention and recovery of brain injury in the state of Utah. BIAU has coalitions with major hospitals, governmental agencies, and rehabilitation centers to provide a network of support, information, and help.

Center for Persons with Disabilities

Provides information by county including service organizations, health care, employment, housing, utilities and financial assistance. See Services near you. Select your county to get to your local links.

Epilepsy Association of Utah

Provide education and support services for individuals and families dealing with the many challenges of epilepsy.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Utah/Idaho Chapter

Education and support those affected by lupus and find the cure. Supports research, education, awareness, patient services and advocacy.

March of Dimes Utah Chapter

Provide information and advocacy to improve thre health of babies by preventing birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality.

Relay Utah

Under the umbrella of the Public Service Commission, Relay Utah provides access to hearing assistive equipment and telephone relay services, through Sprint, to allow Utah citizens who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled more efficient communication.

Utah Developmental Disabilities Council

State council appointed by Executive Order of the Governor, mandated by federal and state legislation to advocate for people with developmental disabilities and other substantial disabilities.

Utah Down Syndrome Foundation

Provides outreach, training, counseling, support, education, information, and activities for individuals with Down syndrome, their parents and families, and the community.

Utah Parent Center

Assist parents help their children with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing accurate information, empathetic peer support, valuable training, and effective advocacy based on the concept of parents helping parents. Includes Disability Resource Book.

Utah Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Provides families and professionals with a network of support, resources and information and promotes the awareness of Prader-Willi syndrome.

Disabled Rights Action Committee

DRAC is a nonprofit organization committed to expanding and assuring the rights of people with disabilities so they can bodily go where everyone else has gone before.

During High School

The ACT

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.  Information for students, parents and professionals to prepare for the ACT Test.

Center for Occupational Research and Development

Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) has created educational tools and innovative programs to empower faculty and prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education. See how the skills and knowledge they gain in the classroom connect to the skills they will need in the workplace.

Finances – The Youthhood

About your money and taking charge of how it's spent! Includes checking accounts, savings accounts, investments, loans, paying bills, credit card payments, entertainment, rent and more.

It All Adds Up

Play online games and simulations to learn about budgeting, credit management, buying a car, paying for college and investing. Resources for teachers too.

Just for Youth

Information about education and training, employment, health, housing, finances, legal, pregnancy and parenting, social, and transportation.

The Mint

Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children K-12 to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

My Future

My Future is a service presented by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). Provide students information about the opportunities available to them after graduation, and better prepare them for the choices and challenges they have ahead.

Practical Money Skills for life

Free Web site designed to help individuals, educators, parents and students practice better money management for life. Understand financial basics about credit and debit cards, how to set-up a budget and stick to it, and how to protect yourself from fraud. Become financially savvy!

Preparing for Life after High School (doc) (pdf)

Student workbook by the Utah State Office of Education to understand the SEOP Plan and how to write your own.

Register to Vote

Utah's website with frequently asked questions about voting.  Learn where and when to register to vote.

Secondary School Completion and Diplomas

The Utah State Board of Education has specific rules for exiting high school.  Diplomas and Certificates of Completion information is provided by the Utah State Office of Education Administrative Rule R277-705.

Selective Service Registration

All men, with or without a disability, living in the United States, must register for the Selective Service at age 18. You can register online or at your local post office.

SSI: A Bridge to Work

Information about training and working while receiving SSI. Examples of income disregards, exclusions and work incentives provided.

Tips for Getting a Driver's License for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities (doc) (pdf)

Provides information on where to start to get a drivers license; getting a drivers license in Utah; the Functional Ability Evaluation Medical Report; driving evaluations; adaptive equipment and specialized drivers training; and resources and websites.

Tips for Teens – How to Get and Keep a Job (doc) (pdf)

A workbook by the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Includes information on filling out an application, interview skills, grooming, dress and more.

Transition Tips for Teens with Disabilities (doc) (pdf)

Provides information for young adults on moving to adult health care; paying for health care; preparing for the future; getting around in the community; and becoming more independent.

Transition Tips for Parents of Teens with Disabilities (doc) (pdf)

Provides information for parents on taking care of themselves; helping teens stay physically and emotionally healthy; addressing sexuality; helping teens succeed in school and work; teaching teens to manage their own health care; helping teens become more independent; and resources and websites.

Utah Mentor

Online resource to lead students through the process of educational planning as well as preparing for college. Information includes Utah's higher education systems as well as financial aid.

Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing

Young students just starting to think about careers and college students about to embark on careers can try on jobs by visiting workplaces and observing what goes on.

The Youthhood

A website built to help students plan for the future. Information for parents and professionals as well.

Health Care

American Academy of Pediatrics

Provides information on transitions from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs.

CHIP (Children Health Insurance Program)

State health insurance plan for Utah children under 19 of families who do not have other health insurance. Apply online.

Health Insurance Risk Pool – HIPUtah

Provides healthcare for people with serious medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses, that made them unable to obtain health insurance at any price. Coverage in HIPUtah is not guaranteed. Each application is carefully reviewed.

Medicare

Official U.S. government site for Medicare services

National Institutes of Health

Information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

National Medical Association

Promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.

Office of Consumer Health Assistance

Links to consumer information, information on buying long-term care insurance and other policies.

PCN (Primary Care Network)

A health plan offered by the Utah Department of Health, providing services offered by a primary care provider.

Utah Children with Special Health Care Needs

Provides and promotes family-centered, coordinated care and facilitates the development of community-based systems for these children and their families.

UPP (Utah's Premium Partnership)

Make health insurance more affordable for working individuals and families who do not currently have health insurance. UPP is for adults and children who do not currently have health insurance UPP will help you pay your monthly premiums when you enroll in your employer's health insurance plan.

Utah Medicaid Program

Provides health care coverage to families and individuals with limited financial resources or who have a disability. Coverage ranges up to 250% of poverty depending on the program and may include a spenddown or premium.

Housing

Accessible Homes Foundation

Promotes accessible housing and universal design for people with disabilities; working step by step to assist in providing accessible housing to all in need.

Affordable Housing Online

Find the housing authority in your area to apply for Section 8 housing.

Assist

Provides architectural design, community planning and development assistance to nonprofit and community groups, and housing and accessibility design assistance to low income households or persons with disabilities.

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development)

HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. Find information on Fair Housing Standards, home ownership, home improvements, avoiding foreclosure and more.

Independent Living

CPAS (Center for Personal Assistance Services)

Provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS) in the United States, including home, community and workplace. Information by state is available.

CSHCN (Children with Special Health Care Needs)

Provide services that are related to health promotion, maternal and child health, and services for children with special health care needs. Priority activities include: Improve the coordination of health service, reduce Utah's high rate of suicide among young men, improve Utah's immunization rates, reduce smoking and help teens and adults quit, improve access to preventive dental care, provide coordination for early childhood services to families, address the epidemic of overweight and obesity, and screen all children for special health care needs.

Check Your Health

Improve your quality of life. Provides information and opportunities to those who want to learn about living a healthy lifestyle, including basic nutrition, exercise and healthy habits. Check Your Health is a partnership of the Utah Department of Health, Intermountain Healthcare and KUTV 2News Fresh Air.

Healthy and Ready to Work

Provides information and connections to health and transition expertise nationwide. The site focuses on understanding systems, access to quality health care, and increasing the involvement of youth.

Independent Living Centers in Utah

Six Centers for Independent Living are located throughout Utah.  Find the center nearest you.

Independent Living Institute

Information and resources for hiring and retaining personal care assistants.

Just For Youth

Information about education and training, employment, health, housing, finances, legal, pregnancy and parenting, social, and transportation.

Medicaid Offices – find the one near you

The Mint

Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children K-12 to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Provides options and information to help you pursue whatever kind of activity you think you would enjoy. The important thing is not what you do, but that you do something.

Nutrition and Weight Management for People with Disabilities

Provides information on living well with a disability, including good nutrition,and physical and mental activity.

Personal Care Assistants:  Hiring your own (doc) (pdf)

A manual for hiring and managing personal care assistants for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Utah State Identification Card

Information on obtaining a Utah State Identification Card.  Know what documents you need to apply.

Utah Statewide Independent Living Council

Promotes full inclusion, independence and empowerment of people with disabilities through advocacy/systems change, planning/organization, education, networking, resource development and independent living service enhancement.  

Legal (See Advocacy and Legal)

 

Mental Health

Allies with Families

Offers practical support and resources for parents and their children and youth who face serious emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.

Intermountain Healthcare Behavioral Health

Links to private mental health and substance abuse services across Utah, for all populations, from toddlers to seniors.

National Institute of Mental Health

Organization dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. Many links and resources in all areas of mental health.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are open to anyone needing mental health crisis services. Find your county or area resource.  Also the 24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (2855).

NAMI Utah (Utah National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses; work to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy.

National Mental Health Information Center

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via website or a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647). More than 600 publications, covering the full spectrum of mental health and substance abuse, are available online

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation provides a resource for business, individuals and professionals; provides accommodations for persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Utah Community Mental Health Centers

Provide mental health services to seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill Adults and Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children throughout Utah. Locate the center nearest you.

Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

The State agency responsible for ensuring prevention and treatment services for substance abuse and mental health are available statewide.

Money Management/Financial Planning

Practical Money Skills for life

Free Web site designed to help individuals, educators, parents and students practice better money management for life. Understand financial basics about credit and debit cards, how to set-up a budget and stick to it, and how to protect yourself from fraud. Become financially savvy!

Introduction to Finances – The Youthhood

About your money and taking charge of how it's spent!  Includes checking accounts, savings accounts, investments, loans, paying bills, credit card payments, entertainment, rent and more

Individual Development Account

UIDAN breaks the cycle of poverty by matching the savings of low-wage workers and helping them invest in productive investments like homes, small businesses and education.

It All Adds Up

Play online games and simulations to learn about budgeting, credit management, buying a car, paying for college and investing. Teacher and parent resources as well.

The Mint

Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children K-12 to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

Savings Account Calculator

This calculator will figure how much interest you can earn when you save.

Utah Educational Savings Plan Trust (UESP)

A simple, sound plan to stretch your child's educational dollars and provide tax incentives. Information on how to take advantage of tax breaks and low-fee incentive savings plans to save for your children or grandchildren's college education.

National Information Resources

Ability Magazine

Health, Disability and Human Potential. A publication about many issues and information for people with disabilities.

American Academy of Pediatrics

An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Find general information related to child health or for more specific guidelines concerning a pediatric issue.

American Association of People with Disabilities

National nonprofit organization for advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in all areas: employment, community living, accessibility, etc.

American Medical Association

Find physicians, literature, information about initiatives, and more

Association for Persons in Supported Employment

The Network on Employment is a membership organization working to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.

Autism Network International

An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.

Autism Self Advocacy Network

Autistic-run organization organized for the purpose of changing public perception of the autism spectrum and promoting better outcomes for the autistic community.

Department of Labor – Publications

See all publications produced by the Department of Labor; including accommodations, disability and workplace culture, emergency preparedness, employment options, tax incentives, etc.

Disability World

Published by the World Institute on Disability (WID), this international online magazine (e-zine) is dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and expertise about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities.

Disabled American Veterans

Provides free, quality representation for veterans, their dependents and survivors

Disability.gov

A comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with quick and easy access to the information they need. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

Disabled Online

Disabled Online's primary purpose is to offer barrier free opportunities for individuals who face physical and mental obstacles on a daily basis. Disabled Online, is a place for people to interact, learn, and grow using the resources provided by the website.

Institute for Community Inclusion

Offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Dedicated to prevention, support, advocacy and education about individuals with learning disabilities. Provide support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.

New Mobility Magazine

A magazine for active wheelchair users; encourages the integration of active-lifestyle wheelchair users into mainstream society, while simultaneously reflecting the vibrant world of disability-related arts, media, advocacy and philosophy.

NFB (National Federation of the Blind)

The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

NFA (National Fibromyalgia Association)

NFA is dedicated to developing and executing programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia.

National Institute of Mental Health

Organization dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. Many links and resources in all areas of mental health.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Information on the National Institute of neurological disorders and stroke. Conducts research, provides grants and fellowships, and collects and disseminates information.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Resources and information on disabilities in children and youth, services and programs, IDEA and No Child Left Behind, as well as research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

PACER Center (Parents Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

National Tourette Syndrome Association

Educate, support, and improve the treatments for individuals with Tourette Syndrome and their families

World Institute on Disability

The World Institute on Disability is an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. It works to strengthen the disability movement through research, training, advocacy and public education to help people with disabilities throughout the world enjoy increased opportunities to live independently.

Parent Resources

The ACT

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Information for students, parents and professionals to prepare for the ACT Test.

Do2Learn

Information on teacher and parent material including free computer-based instruction which includes facial expressions, schedules, feelings, etc.

From No Where to Know Where

Training program with manual for parents of youth with disabilities to plan the transition for formal high school education to adult living and employment.

Gaining Independence

Resources in independence, self-advocacy, housing, and Social Security Benefits. Includes workbooks for student, parents, and educators on "Special Education Journey from Self-Discovery to Advocacy" and "411 on Disability Disclosure."

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

The federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

It All Adds Up

Play online games and simulations to learn about budgeting, credit management, buying a car, paying for college and investing.

The Mint

Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children K-12 to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

My Child's Future

Information for parents to help their children make decisions about their future. Includes a detailed look at the career development process and steps that are important at different stages

PACER Center

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

Parent Brief:  What does Health Have to Do with Transition?

Information on health care within a transition IEP. Resources and examples provided.

PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center)

PEATC was one of the first parent training and information centers in the nation. Information and resources for parents, students and professionals, including NEXT STEPS for Transition, a guide for students, parents and educators for planning for the future and adult life

Person-Centered Planning Education Site

Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels. It focuses on the people and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives. Resources include an overview to person- centered planning process including a self-study course and other resources.

Financial Literacy for Everyone

Free Web site designed to help individuals, educators, parents and students practice better money management for life. Understand financial basics about credit and debit cards, how to set-up a budget and stick to it, and how to protect yourself from fraud. Become financially savvy!

"Preparing Your Child for College"

Online recourse book for parents who are preparing their child for college.

Rural Institute

Advocates full participation increasing independence and productivity for people with disabilities in community life. Many helpful links.

Secondary School Completion and Diplomas

The Utah State Board of Education has specific rules for exiting high school. Diplomas and Certificates of Completion information is provided by the Utah State Office of Education Administrative Rule R277-705.

SSI: A Bridge to Work

A Parent Brief:  Information about training and working while receiving SSI. Examples of income disregards, exclusions and work incentives provided.

Students.gov

An official U.S. government web site designed for college students and their families, to provide you with easy access to information and resources from the U.S. government - all the info you need, in one place, from all parts of the government.

U.S. Department of Education

A "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations. 

Utah Mentor

Online resource to lead students through the process of educational planning as well as preparing for college. Information includes Utah's higher education systems as well as financial aid.

Utah Parent Center

Assist parents help their children with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing accurate information, empathetic peer support, valuable training, and effective advocacy based on the concept of parents helping parents. Includes Disability Resource Book.

Personal Assistance (See Independent Living)

 

Preparing for Work/Finding Employment/Careers

Careers - Utah.Gov

Online resource for career investigation and exploration. It's Utah's career connection.

Department of Workforce Services

Links to all services offered such as job openings, job preparation classes, health care, childcare and financial services.

JobhuntersBible.com

Produced by the writers of the popular career planning book, What Color is Your Parachute? It is rich in career assessments and planning and exploration tools

Job Seeker Guides

Information on grooming, interview techniques, internet job search, job application, job success skills, look for a job, resume, skills identification, and tips for finding the right job.

Mapping Your Future

A public non-profit free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. The purpose if for individuals to achieve life-long success by empowering students, families, and schools with free, web-based information and services.

National Center on Workforce and Disability

Provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis and information to improve access for people in the workforce development system

National Center for Secondary Education and Transition

Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability

Information about employment and youth with disabilities.

O*Net Online

The nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers. Provides a collection of assessments, data, guides, and information related to career planning

PACER Center

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Ensuring the Federal Government has an effective civilian workforce. This resource assists users with or without disabilities to better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities

Utah's Career Connection

Links to explore training and education or access your interests and investigate careers.

Utah Mentor

Online resource to lead students through the process of educational planning as well as preparing for college. Information includes Utah's higher education systems as well as financial aid.

Recreation

Activity Reg

Provides link to all community recreation programs across the U.S.

Best Buddies

Dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Boy Scouts of America:  Great Salt Lake Council

Organization for boys to learn life values and kinship through outdoor activities and leadership opportunities.

Camp Kostopolus

Provides recreation opportunities for individuals ages 7 and up with mental or physical disabilities.

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures

Provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities, with adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers.

Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, by providing a safe, fun and challenging environment where physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth could occur through therapeutic riding and other equine based activities.

Girl Scouts of Utah

Organization for girls to develop courage, confidence, and character to become a future leader of tomorrow!

National Alliance for Accessible Golf

Provide opportunities for people with and without disabilities to become involved in the game of golf.

Centers for Independent Living

Six Centers for Independent Living are located throughout Utah. Find the center nearest you. Opportunities for training for independent living and recreation opportunities in the community.

National Ability Center

Development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life.

National Sports Center for the Disabled

Positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports

Recreation and Habilitation Services

Provide developmentally disabled citizens with training to help them function effectively in society.

Salt Lake County Adaptive Recreation

Youth and adults with disabilities have a growing number of adaptive sports available to them through the Salt Lake County Recreation Program.

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation

Provides a broad range of parks and recreation activities, including adaptive programs are designed for individuals with special needs, however, everyone is welcome to participate in any program or class.

Special Olympics

Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

SPLORE

A non-profit organization that specializes in promoting empowering experiences in an active friendly world through affordable, customized, inclusive recreation and education programs for people of all abilities.

TRAILS (Theraputic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles)

Outreach program that includes: awareness of spinal cord injury, adaptive recreation opportunities, social activities, etc.

Utah Centers for Independent Living

Provides activities and information to assure inclusion of people with disabilities in recreation pursuits and other leisure activities.

Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Provide straining and instructional programs in areas such as independent living, athletics, and recreation for the purpose of enhancing the lives and capabilities of those we serve. 

VSA Utah Art Access

Dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and providing educational opportunities through the arts, VSA arts brings the power of the arts into the lives of over 5.5 million people with disabilities each year.

Wasatch Adaptive Sports

Established in 1977 to help fill the need for affordable recreational and educational programs for children and adults with special needs. Programs operate year round to build strength, stamina and self-esteem while enhancing the quality of life for all our participants.

Self Employment

Registering Your Business

Learn about starting your own business. Register your business here.

Small Business and Self Employment Service

Department of Labor website for people with disabilities who are interested in starting their own business or become self-employed. Learn both the barriers and benefits to having your own business.

UWISE.BIZ

UWISE.BIZ provides a unique menu of services to help individuals pursue self employment and microenterprise. They assist individuals with disabilities to take the steps necessary to assess, research, plan, start and operate a business successfully.

Social Security and other Federal Programs

Social Security Administration

Going to Work: A Guide to Social Security Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities in Utah (doc) (pdf)

Social Security can be confusing. Learn exactly how it affects Youth and how to go to work when you receive Social Security benefits.

Benefits for People with Disabilities

Social Security has two programs which provide assistance for people with disabilities, SSDI and SSI. Learn the difference and see how it affects your life. Incentives are in place to promote going to work and living independently.

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Federal website for all information regarding Medicaid and Medicaid services.

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

Information and articles on the DOL training and employment.

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Department of Labor website for employment and disability. Resources for business as well as individuals.

WIRED

Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development is a groundbreaking approach to workforce and economic development. Regions integrate economic and workforce development activities and demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation in the regional economies across the United States.

State Agencies

Utah Department of Health

Divisions include: Center for Health Data, Health Systems Improvement, Disease Control and Prevention, Community and Family Health Services, and Medicaid and Health Financing.

A federally funded state health insurance program for children of working families. Children must be under 19 years of age and not covered by other insurance programs.

Health insurance program for low income families, administered by the Utah Department of Health, includes health care for the aged, blind and disabled.

Utah Department of Human Services

Divisions include: Aging and Adult Services, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Justice Services, Licensing, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Recovery Services, Services for People with Disabilities

Administer a wide variety of home and community-based services for Utah residents who are 60 or older. Programs and services are primarily delivered by a network of 12 Area Agencies on Aging which reach all geographic areas of the state.

Responsible for ensuring that prevention and treatment services for substance abuse and mental health are available statewide.

Promote opportunities and provide support for persons with disabilities to lead self-determined lives, oversee home and community-based services for people who have disabilities, and support for people with disabilities and their families.

Responsible for providing public guardianship and conservatorship services to incapacitated adults.

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Areas of responsibility include: Child Care Services, Unemployment Insurance, Food and Financial Services, and Employment.

Utah State Office of Education - Special Education

Provide support to empower students with disabilities ages 3-21. Find information and resources, laws and regulations as well as technical assistance manuals and guidelines.

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

Apply for Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Independent Living, and USOR Employer Network Listings.

The mission of VR is to assist and empower eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain meaningful employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services can include: Counseling and guidance, medical services and treatment, assistive technology, training and education, job placement, and follow up services.

Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Provides rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around industries or "economic clusters" that demonstrate the best potential for development.

Utah Department of Veterans Affairs

Assists former and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents in preparing claims for and securing such compensation, hospitalization, education and vocational training, and other benefits or privileges to which they may be entitled under Federal or State law or regulation by reason of their service in the military.

Utah Department of Transportation

This web site provides information about UDOT work, including construction and maintenance projects, public meetings and business opportunities. Find information on studies, and future plans; winter information; traffic and safety information; Lake Powell Ferry crossing information; walking and biking; Legacy Nature Preserve and Trail; Adopt-A-Highway; express lanes; C Plate Permit; noise wall and storm water information.

Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

Provides the kinds of materials found in public libraries in formats accessible to the blind and disabled. Books and magazines are available in Braille, in large print, and on audio cassettes.

Teacher/Education Resources

The ACT

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.  Information for students, parents and professionals to prepare for the ACT Test.

ADL Curriculum Connections

Anti-bias lesson plans and resources for K-12 educators. Provides suggestions for the curriculum that could be used for teaching about disability history.

Bullying and Teasing of Youth with Disabilities: Creating Positive School Environments for Effective Inclusion (doc) (pdf)

Article published by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.

Center on Human Policies

This website contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.

Disability History Museum

Promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories. Contains a full library of materials, exhibits, etc.

Disability Rights Movement

Virtual tour of the Disability Rights Movement written by the staff of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution.

Disability Social History Project

Community history project which provides information about heroes in the disability movement, a disability history timeline, and related information.

Do2Learn

Information on teacher and parent material including free computer-based instruction which includes facial expressions, schedules, feelings, etc.

Educational Testing Service Network (ETS)

Learn more about the tests as well as access practice tests and other test preparation tools.

Enhancing Learning Through Social and Emotional Education (doc)

Article from Think: The Journal of Creative and Critical Thinking.

It All Adds Up

Play online games and simulations to learn about budgeting, credit management, buying a car, paying for college and investing.  Resources for teachers too.

Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities

Online slideshow of disability history from 1950 to the present along with pictures and video. 

The Mint

Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children K-12 to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

Number2.com

Enroll her for free test-prep programs for test such as the ACT and SAT. Also includes a Vocabulary Builder.

PACER Center (Parents Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center)

PEATC was one of the first parent training and information centers in the nation. Information and resources for parents, students and professionals, including NEXT STEPS for Transition, a guide for students, parents and educators for planning for the future and adult life.

Person-Centered Planning Education Site

Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels. It focuses on the people and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives. Resources include an overview to person- centered planning process including a self-study course and other resources.

Practical Money Skills for life

Free Web site designed to help individuals, educators, parents and students practice better money management for life. Understand financial basics about credit and debit cards, how to set-up a budget and stick to it, and how to protect yourself from fraud.  Become financially savvy!

Resource Center for Independent Living

Provides a timeline of the disability civil rights movement.

Secondary School Completion and Diplomas

The Utah State Board of Education has specific rules for exiting high school. Diplomas and Certificates of Completion information is provided by the Utah State Office of Education Administrative Rule R277-705.

Teaching Social Skills

Article published by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.

Teaching Tolerance

Founded in 1991 ahby the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. To us, tolerance is an ethic. Materials for teachers, students and parents.

Utah Mentor

Online resource to lead students through the process of educational planning as well as preparing for college. Information includes Utah's higher education systems as well as financial aid

Junior Achievement Job Shadow

See and hear what is happening at the job-site of many occupations on the net. Requires assistance of a counselor, teacher, or other adult mentor to set up job shadow experience.

U.S. Department of Education

Provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations. 

Transportation

Cache Valley Transit District

transportation agency serving the Cache Valley Region of northern Utah.  Includes cities of Richmond, Smithfield, Hyde Park, North Logan, River Heights, Providence, Millville, Nibley, and Hyrum.

Cedar City Transportation Department

CATS offers two differing services: scheduled route buses for use by all in Cedar City, including the disabled; and Dial-A-Ride paratransit vans, for use by the elderly (65 and older) and disabled.

Park City Transit Bus/Transportation

Public transportation, including ADA accessible buses, for the Park City and Kimball Junction areas.

Project Action (Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation)

Information, technical assistance and training about transportation. Learn about vehicle purchase/modification funding resources.

Utah Driver License Division

Learn what you need in order to obtain a driver's license.

SunTran

Public transportation, including ADA accessible buses and paratransit for the St. George area in southwestern Utah.

Utah Transit Authority: Bus, Trax, or Rapid Transit

Includes bus routes, how to ride the bus and transit system, and information for accessibility for individuals with disabilities including Para-transit services.  

Utah Assistive Technology Foundation

Over the years, the UATF has been able to help hundreds of Utahns with disabilities of all ages obtain loans and grants to purchase the assistive technology that allows them to be independent, productive and successful at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Utah Center for Assistive Technology

A statewide resource offering information and technical services to help people with disabilities acquire and use assistive technology devices.

Private Transportation in Utah - Taxi, Shuttle and Limousine Services

Complete listing of all taxi, shuttle and limousine services across the state of Utah. 

Vocational Rehabilitation

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

Assisting eligible individuals in obtaining employment and increasing their independence. 

To fill out an application to apply for USOR services.

Provides a map of all USOR office statewide.

Provide opportunities and programs to people who are deaf or hard of hearing including Deaf services, community education, and outreach.

Work Incentives

Individual Development Account

The UIDAN (Utah Individual Development Account Network) breaks the cycle of poverty by matching the savings of low-wage workers and helping them invest in productive investments like homes, small businesses and education.

The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives

Discusses various work incentives and how they may apply to someone on disability benefits.

Worksupport.com

A team of nationally and internationally renouned researchers and experts provide information on evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention of people with disabilities. Worksupport.com is a resource at Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Traning Center.