Utah Employers Recognized for Commitment to Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans in the Workplace

Twelve local businesses, agencies and advocates received Golden Key Awards today for exceeding standards in recruiting, hiring and retaining practices for individuals with disabilities and veterans. The Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation presented the awards during a virtual Disability:IN Utah event.

The event featured keynote speaker Stephani Victor, a five-time Paralympic medalist, actress and film director. Victor praised today’s winners for their commitment to inclusivity: “COVID hit and here we are, trying to still connect and recognize the great efforts of providing employment first of all in a time where millions of people are losing their jobs and specifically for including people with disabilities. …When you adapt and when you collectively adapt together you build resilience; you build a community that is just and kind.”

Every year award recipients are nominated by their peers, employees and community partners for making the commitment to support people with disabilities and veterans through employment, including recruitment, training and workplace accommodations. More...

USOR Ephraim Office to Relocate to Manti

Our Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) Ephraim office is moving to a new location at 55 South Main, Suite 3, Manti, UT 84642, starting Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

USOR’s Vocational Rehabilitation services will be co-located with the Manti Employment Center. By joining with our Workforce Services peers in Manti, we’ll be able to provide a wider variety of resources and services to our clients.

The Ephraim office at 325 West 100 North will remain open until the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. For anyone who has questions, concerns, or needs assistance with travel directions to the new office, please call 435-283-6501.

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Successful Living with Hearing Loss

By Virginia Parker, Hard of Hearing Assistant

It is possible to have a successful and happy life, even when faced with hearing loss. That is the message five panelists shared on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, during a panel discussion entitled: “Successful Living with Hearing Loss.” The panelists provided practical life and career advice for attendees.

Some of the panelists have lived with hearing loss since birth, while others have had to adapt to hearing loss later in life. The panelists’ careers vary from research scientists, to concert organizers, to legal assistants. Some are parents. Some are single. One has traveled the world alone. Some are leaders in the hearing loss community. Some depend on hearing aids or assistive hearing devices. Some have cochlear implants. Some know signing. Some rely heavily on lip/speech reading. The panelists all live in different parts of the country; but, besides hearing loss, there’s one other thing they all have in common: they are all happy, successful people! Hearing loss, even at the most severe levels, has not stopped any of them from living a fulfilling, exciting and enjoyable life. More...