Transition University and Self Advocacy

Students Learning Self Advocacy It is back-to-school season and the perfect opportunity for your student to practice self-advocacy!   Making an individual’s wants and needs heard, may seem difficult and intimidating at times. However, your student’s thoughts, desires, and opinions are valuable; every student deserves to be heard.   A perfect opportunity to help your…

Happy Birthday Utah Parent Center

How it All Started This historical account is retold by Jennie Gibson, a crusader and retired Associate Director for the Utah Parent Center for nearly 30 years. Here is her story: In 1981 or 1982 when a group of parents met with federal representatives in a focus group about our experiences with special education, we…

Make Your Voice Heard

Transition University- Voting Rights The disability vote is more important than ever. We need our voices to be heard on the issues that matter to us to be considered by our representative. For youth new to voting, it is an opportunity to practice decision making and advocacy.  When you vote keep these rights in mind:…

Transitioning from Middle to High School

The Move From Middle to High School Moving from middle school to high school can be challenging and exciting for both the student and the parent. In high school, your child will encounter new situations that come with growing independence: choosing elective classes, meeting graduation requirements, developing self-advocacy skills, driving, dating, becoming a legal adult…

Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrating 31 Years

ADA Celebrating 31 Years The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates 31 years of progress promoting access and inclusion. ADA was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  Since then, ADA mandates have made sidewalks, public transportation, public buildings, parking spaces and other accommodations accessible to those with…

Special Education Goals Measuring up?

Special Education Goals Measuring Up? Is your child getting the most out of their special education? Summer is a great time to look over your child’s IEP goals to see if they measure up to the expectations you have for your child. Your child’s goals should focus on helping your child succeed in school and…

Jayven’s Story

Jayven is 4 almost 5. He likes characters of all kinds mostly Disney/ Pixar characters. There hasn’t been one Pixar movie he hasn’t loved. I suspect it’s because those movies really know how to make you feel!  We suspected he had autism around 18 months old when we noticed the few words he had developed,…