This link includes various resources compiled by the district.
Utah Parent Center
The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with all 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 (the term parent is broadly defined to include anyone serving in that role).
For more information, contact Michelle Murphy (435) 646-4190.
Utah Parent Center
230 West 200 South, Suite 1101
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Toll-Free in Utah: 1.800.468.1160
Accessing Services Across an Individuals Lifespan (A-SAIL)
The information in this section is taken directly from the Utah Parent Center Website
Innovative ideas for finding and creating services for adult family members with disabilities. By thinking outside the box some Utah families have found unique ways to meet their needs. Enjoy these success stories and be inspired to create your own solutions.
Innovative Ideas on Housing, Transportation, and Recreation
These videos feature success stories about thinking creatively to meet needs. First, we explore some recreation options. Next, we explore a group home living arrangement. Finally, we explore how one individual persevered to meet his transportation needs.
Tips From Experienced Parents
In this video we interview experienced parents of adults with disabilities so they can impart their wisdom. Three questions are explored: (1) What are the biggest differences between having a child with a disability and having an adult with a disability? (2) How did you successfully navigate your child’s transition to adulthood? (3) What are the most helpful tips you would give parents of individuals with disabilities?
Successful Employment Stories
These videos will explore the successful stories of individuals that are currently employed. We hear from the employer, the parent, and the individual himself about employment and the different job supports and strategies for parents to help their youth become employed.
Community Living: Housing Options and Advocacy, Recreation, Transportation, Respite
In this video we explore different aspects of living as an integrated part of the community for adults with disabilities. The first part explores independent living, housing resources, and shares ideas on advocacy. The second part focuses on recreation, both indoor and outdoor. The third part focuses on respite care and highlights its role in family dynamics.
Communication Apps for the iPad
GoTalkNow – GoTalk NOW is a full-featured, customizable AAC app for the beginner to experienced communicator, turning your iPad into a dynamic GoTalk in seconds, with an easy-to-use, touch-based editor. You can download the free version from the iTunes store and it comes with 5 boards. GoTalk Now Webpage
Alexicom – Alexicom AAC is an evidence-based Augmentative & Alternative Communication system incorporating both core words & phrases that works on virtually any device anywhere at any time. The free version of the app comes with 9 boards. Alexicom Web Page
ProLoQuo2Go – Proloquo2Go™ is an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. ProLoQuo2Go Web Page
Resources about digital citizenship and responsibility
Netsafeutah.org provides training materials in several languages for students, employees, and for parents.
Common Sense Media is a resource for school and parents to support positive digital learning.
Brain Pop supports positive digital interaction.
Utah PTA provide information for parents about internet safety at home.
School Safety and Digital Citizenship page at the Utah State Board of Education includes links and resources for schools and parents.