Breakthrough Training for DeafBlind People in Utah is Like No Other

DeafBlind Utahns are increasing their ability to both experience and communicate their environments using an organic form of American Sign Language (ASL) called Protactile ASL.

“Oftentimes, when we see a DeafBlind individual we move out of the way; but, we take it for granted that we can see what is around us while a DeafBlind individual cannot,” observed Dan Mathis, assistant director of the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “DeafBlind people deserve to have access to communication and information about their surroundings. Protactile ASL is a wonderful approach for DeafBlind individuals  to be truly included in community.” More...

Golden Key Awards Honor Local Businesses for Hiring Utahns with Disabilities

In a strong enconomy, one of the greatest challenges is a tight labor market. Many employers are seeking talent in different ways. The 44th annual Golden Key Awards honored six recipients who have made an effort to hiring people with disabilities, and help them develop the skills they need for success.

Four local businesses, a state agency and an advocate for people with disabilities were honored for their support in hiring and promoting individuals with disabilities, including veterans, in the workplace. Award recipients were nominated for providing accommodations, training employees and committing to disability inclusion.

The Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation hosted the event with community parters to highlight businesses working with people in the community who have disabilities. More...