Disability

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Center for Persons with Disabilities

People and families who receive Medicaid-funded home and community-based service waivers can learn more about how a rule change will affect their services during a training event in Salt Lake City on Thursday. 

Diagnosed: Employing People With Disabilities

Jun 5, 2019
The Crepery storefront
JoLynne Lyon / Center for Persons with Disabilities

We’ve heard a lot about the booming economy, and it’s true the employment rate has risen, for both people with and without disabilities. 

Still, the employment gap—that’s the difference in employment rates between typical employees and those with disabilities—is still wider than it was in 2008, when the Great Recession began, according to a study from the University of New Hampshire.

Where does Utah fit in all of this? We rank third in the nation for employment rates among people with disabilities, according to the same study.  Today, as part of the UPR original series Diagnosed, JoLynne Lyon speaks to an employer and a service provider. They have different jobs, but they both want employees with disabilities to thrive—and the companies that hire them to succeed, too.

3D image of George Washington crossing the Delaware.
3DPhotoWorks

Vision loss has affected at least 9,000 Utahns, and probably many more. For people who have recently lost their eyesight, it can feel like a tragedy. Everette Bacon, president of the National Federation of the Blind in Utah, has a very different view of blindness. It’s a vision he hopes to share with the blind, their families and their service providers during an upcoming convention in Salt Lake City.

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All her life, Emily felt different from other kids. Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness, things never felt right. For years, her only escape was through the stories she crafted. It wasn’t until a near-fatal accident when she was twelve years old that Emily and her family discovered the truth: a grapefruit-size brain tumor at the base of her skull.

Diagnosed: A Small-town Success Story Of Employment

Oct 25, 2018

In 2017, the unemployment rate in the United States fell across the board. But fewer than 19 percent of people with disabilities were employed, compared with more than 65 percent of the general population, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among people actively looking for work, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of the general population.

Electric wheelchair sits on a black pad in a white living room with a table, painting, and sofa.
Sustainable Electrified Transport Center

Traditional electric wheelchairs often limit user’s mobility because of the amount of time it takes to recharge the battery.

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The Block Film and Art Festival is this weekend in Logan. Today, we're previewing the festival. Our guests include Michael Bingham, founder of Jump the Moon Art Studios, Jolynne Lyon, UPR feature correspondent for our Diagnosed series, Steve Smith, submission manager for the festival, and Brenda Hawley, the festival's art curator. 

UPR will also have a presentation at the festival: Saturday, September 29th at 3 p.m. at Great Harvest.

Fraudulent activity by a man in Orem cost victims over $11,000.
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The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an ex-worker at a money management firm in Orem who was found guilty in 2015 of bilking more than a dozen disabled clients out of $11,000.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jordan Jack used the money he diverted from the victims from 2012-14 to take a Las Vegas vacation, buy concert tickets, televisions, jewelry and expensive shoes.

Katherine Taylor

A bill introduced in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday seeks to prohibit abortions, if the reason for the procedure is a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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Utah Republican Representative Ed Redd of Logan serves on the social services committee that approves job training  funding for individuals with disabilities. The lawmaker is meeting with clients and their families Tuesday to gather comments about federally driven changes to the state's employment training policy.