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...





Utah's Employment Summary: October 2018



Utah’s employment for October 2018 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 48,300 jobs to the economy since October 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,539,200. September’s year-over job growth rate was revised downward three-tenths to 3.3 percent.


October’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.2 percent. Approximately 50,000 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate also remained unchanged from last month at 3.7 percent. More...





Two Refugee Youth Are Making Waves in Utah’s Tech Sector



For the past several years, Utah’s Refugee Services Office (RSO) has offered free, volunteer-led tech classes for refugees. Initially, these classes began with a youth focus, but eventually grew into certification-based classes for adults. In spite of the shift, two 17-year-old refugee youth showed great commitment and continued on into the adult classes.


Omar, from Somalia, and Abdullah, from Iraq, have attended three years of ongoing computer programming training. RSO staff connected them with internships through the Salt Lake County Youth Services Summer Internship Program and private sector tech partners. More...