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Conference Session Video Links and Descriptions

When to Call the Utah Parent Center

12:00-1:00 PM - Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Let us share with you all we have to offer, from education supports, healthcare resources, the new sibilng project, DSPD supports and more!

Presented by: Utah Parent Center Staff

Engaging Your Child for Early Development

6:30-7:30 PM - Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Increase awareness on states initiative to improve parental engagement for children 0-5 years of age, promote ways for parents to engage with their children to help with development, identifying concerns with development and next steps, and provide a summary of key takeaways from the USBE’s Inclusion Conference.

Presented by Jared Lisonbee, Preschool Specialist and Samantha Sego, Education Specialist and Susie Estrada, Family and Community Engagement Specialist at Utah State Board of Education

Expectations on Employment

7:45-8:45 PM Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

This training will help parents gain a vision of what employment could look like for their family member with a disability. The training will cover different types of employment supports available and strategies for growing an expectation for employment as a goal and future outcome for their family member.

Presented By:

Kellie Hess and Tricia Jones-Parkin, Customized Employment Training
Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice, Utah State University


Transition University: Making a Plan for the Future

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Transition University has the resources, information, and tools you will need to help your youth (ages 14-22) be successful as they transition to adulthood. Explore your options, chart your path, and start taking steps toward your future using our training materials and resources books

Utah Independent Living Center Walk-Through

6:00 - 6:45 PM In-Person

Presentation Description and Video link

Come walk through an independent living center and see what we can offer you or your loved one!
Join us at Utah Independent Living Center, 3445 South Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Please register, so we will have materials prepared for everyone!

Empowerment Beyond Limits: Self Advocates

7:00-8:00 PM Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Self-Advocates will share their lived experience with transitioning to adulthood while navigating disabilities. Self-Advocates will share their advice and what resources they benefited from while transitioning out of post-secondary education.

Presented By:

Utah Parent Center Youth Advisory Board Members

Homemade Assistive Technology

12:00-1:00 PM Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Homemade Assistive Technology: : Switches, Adapted Toys, and 3D Printing.  Learn the basics of the Utah Center for Assistive Technology and they service they provide. Participants will learn about switch access, adapting toys, and ideas for 3D printing of assistive technology devices.  Then be sure to stop by our booth on Friday, September 8th at the Fall Family Festival event.

Presented by: Utah Center for Assistive Technology including: Jay Wheeler – 25 years as Occupational Therapist, Tom Boman – UCAT Resident MacGyver, and Kent Remund – 25 years as Assistive Technology Specialist

Helping Families Optimize Waiver Services

6:30-7:30 PM Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

In this workshop, we’ll unpack what families need to know about coming off the DSPD waiting list and into Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include: Why is a Support Coordinator so important? What is the Settings Rule and, how can you use it to benefit your services? Why is a Person-Centered Support Plan so important?

Presented by Jennie Dopp
Utah Parent Center, HCBS Specialist

Disability and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis

7:45-8:45 PM Virtual

Presentation Description and Video link

Learn the ins and outs of having a loved one with a disability who also struggles with mental health needs.

Presented by: Rachel Byers, Mental Health and Customized Employment, Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice, Utah State University

The Family Links Conference is a statewide event for parents of children, youth, and adults with special needs and the professionals who serve them.  Conference sessions were offered on September 5-7, 2023.  Most sessions were offered virtually.  The Family Links Conference concluded on Friday, September 8, 2023 with the Fall Family Festival being held at Wheeler Farm from 5 – 8:30 PM. Thank you to our sponsors and all the attendees at this week of information and fun!