Utah Center for Assistive Technology Hosts Open House

 


To celebrate October’s National Disability Awareness Month, the Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT) hosted an open house to showcase the different assistive technologies available in Utah. The open house gave the public an opportunity to see what assistive technologies are available through UCAT and its partners.


The open house featured Brian Lahti as the keynote speaker who is a former UCAT client. Brian has a spinal cord injury resulting from a car accident when he was a teenager. Working with UCAT, he was able to improve his mobility while attending school and his driving mobility. Brian has since married, had twins and graduated from law school. He shared his experiences at the open house to help attendees understand how UCAT staff can change lives with their services. More...




Local Employers Honored for Going the Extra Mile to Hire People with Disabilities



Four local businesses and one advocate empowering individuals with disabilities were honored with Golden Key Awards presented by the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation on October 24 at the Governor’s Mansion.


“These employers and leaders have had a great impact on the people they serve in their communities,” said Leah Lobato, director of the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. “Their dedication to go the extra mile in serving those with disabilities and veterans is inspiring and admirable." More...





Apprenticeships Offer Route to High-Paying, In-Demand Careers


Apprenticeships are a valuable asset to many Utah industries and will play an increasingly important role as the state strives to meet its growing workforce needs.

Justin Procarione of South Jordan is in the final year of his electrician apprenticeship program. He had this to say about his experience:

Apprenticeships in my eyes are a very valuable asset to anyone who wants to make great money without going to a four-year university and spending $40,000.  Overall in the apprenticeship I will have spent $5,000 on school and books [this includes DWS assistance], and when I finish I will make roughly $75,000. The fields that have apprenticeships such as electricians, welders and pipe fitters are a dying breed that is in high demand. People don't realize you can spend little, and make a lot with job security. More...