December 2019 Council News


Council Applications are Open Soon!

We are looking for new volunteer Council members!
Council members have an impact in their communities by helping to educate the public, inform policymakers, improve systems,support self-advocacy, and work to build community capacity. Terms are three years, starting October 1, 2020.

Applications open January 1, 2020. The application process closes April 15, 2020.

If you are interested in serving on our council, consider applying. Applications will be available January 1st.

Please contact council staff if you need technical assistance or alternative formats at

Join us for Disability Advocacy Day, January 30, 2020

Featured Speakers include Lance Robertson
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging and Chief Administrator of the Administration on Community Living

Disability Advocacy Day is an opportunity to highlight the issues and concerns facing people with disabilities in Utah. Disability Advocacy Day includes workshops, speakers, informational exhibits, and networking opportunities with legislators and other advocates. This event will provide opportunities for self-advocates and families to learn about the legislative process, and will give them opportunities to make their voices heard by legislators about policy and budget issues that affect their services and supports.

To register for the free legislative advocacy workshops or
to request an accommodation to participate,
please contact
Susana Canton at 1-800-662-9080

All requests for accommodations, including ASL or Spanish language interpreters, must be made by Monday, January 27, 2020

Self-Advocacy Training
January 30, 2020
Utah State Capitol
East Senate Building, Copper Room

Email or call 801-245-7350 to register for the FREE event and training!

For the full schedule of 2020 Disability Advocacy Day events visit

Empowerment Funds Available!

Are you a self-advocate with a disability, or a family member/guardian of a person living with a disability, who is looking to attend training or a conference related to disabilities, advocacy, or support services? The UDDC may be able to help cover some of the costs for your attendance through reimbursement. In order to qualify, you must provide or find someone to provide 25% of the total cost and fill out an application for help with the remaining costs.

You can find more information and the application on the UDDC website:

Council Townhall Public Comment Meetings
Please join us in 2020!
Council members and staff will be hosting meetings at various locations across the state and welcome the public to share their thoughts on the new, upcoming state plan.

Dates and times are subject to change and are for general planning purposes.

We will be at the following locations:

Salt Lake City January 9, 2020
SLC Independent Living Center 4pm

Salt Lake City January 23, 2020
Asian Association Building 6pm

Ogden February 20, 2020
Roads to Independence 6pm

Provo February 6, 2020
Ability First 6pm

St. George March 5, 2020
Red Rock Center for Independence 4pm

Logan April 9, 2020
Options for Independence 6pm

Price April 17, 2020
Utah State University Eastern 6pm

These events will also host community partners, with resource information and opportunity for public comments to specific agency partners.

If you are not able to attend, please complete the survey below.

Call for Contributions!

Public Comment Opportunities on the Utah Developmental Disabilities New State Plan

The 2022-2026 State Plan Development Survey is Open Now!

If you are unable to attend any of the public comment meetings listed above, you may submit your comments, needs, and thoughts about issues facing our community through the link below. If you need any technical support with this survey or would like an alternate format, please call 801-245-7350 or email

Click here for the 2022-2026 State Plan Development Survey 

Upcoming Events
January 28, 2020       Start of Utah State Legislative Session
January 30, 2020       Self-Advocacy Training @ Disability Day at the Utah State Capitol