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Their Voice: Speaking up for change

By Monica Villar - Their Voice | Dec 4, 2021


Monica Villar

Several times a week, I speak to parents or caregivers in need of help. Some of them currently have funding and others are on the waiting list through DSPD, the Division of Services for People with Disability.

The strain of COVID-19 has stretched many resources to their limit. Additionally, the staffing crisis we all face is making it difficult-to-impossible for service providers to add extra work to their already overworked staff. We are at a crucial time where services could be reduced or eliminated without the necessary workforce. This is a time when all families who support individuals with disabilities need to find their voice and advocate for their loved ones. Even the families who are getting the supports they need through natural sources can help with this work.

“On Monday, December 6, 2021, the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is hosting a Care Capacity roundtable event. This informational event will focus on providers, families, and what the system needs to move forward in supporting people with disabilities as capacity is stretched. You will hear from service providers, families, and from a representative from the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) followed by time for questions and discussion. The Care Capacity roundtable is from 4-5 p.m. This is a hybrid event so you can attend online or in person. If you attended the discussion in person it will take place at the multi-agency state office building in Salt Lake City Utah in room 1020A. If you want to attend the event online please email the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council at uddc@utah.gov and we will be happy to send you the google meet link.”

“The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is established by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Utah in compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-402). The purpose of the Council is to advocate for, and strengthen leadership skills in, individuals with disabilities and their families. In addition, the Council collaborates with the legislature, public and private agencies that serve individuals with disabilities to strengthen the service system. The focus of all the activities of the Council is to promote consumer and family directed services that increase self-determination in individuals with disabilities and their families.”

You can follow the UDDC on their Facebook page Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, to learn about all of their announcements.


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