Their Voice: Celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day 

I was referred recently to an essay, “Welcome to Holland,” written in 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley

Mar 17, 2016

Value the Work: Raise the Wage

We need the Oregon legislature to recognize and reward the specialized work of these dedicated professionals

Mar 1, 2016

Their Voice: The often thankless job – Utah’s caregivers are lifting others

The calendar that alerts me of monthly observances informed me that Friday

Feb 18, 2016

Their Voice: Participants in early intervention programs increasing, funds are not

The Value of Early Intervention

Feb 11, 2016

Their Voice: The playground problem: How Orem and its community are becoming more inclusive

I frequently hear people in my generation remark

September 10, 2015 8:15 am

Their Voice: Early intervention makes all the difference

August 31 was a beautiful day for a picnic

September 10, 2015 8:15 am

Their Voice: Undetectable disabilities exist in our county

My friend has a disability

August 27, 2015 8:30 am

Their Voice: Tutoring program helps students become ‘Best Buddies’

It’s the middle of August, which means the school year is about to begin

August 13, 2015 9:30 am

Their Voice: #LetsChangeTheGameChallenge a call to include those with intellectual disabilities

This has been a milestone week for people with disabilities.

July 30, 2015 9:30 am

Their Voice: The Americans With Disabilities Act has brought progress in its 25 years

UTAH COUNTY – Things have changed in the last quarter century

July 25, 2015 3:00 pm

Their Voice: Everyone has dreams

Every year as I get closer to my birthday

July 16, 2015 11:15 am

Their Voice: Did you know there’s another Independence Day in the U.S.?

July is a month to honor and recollect all of the sacrifices that have led to our nation’s independence

July 2, 2015 8:15 am

Their Voice: Special Olympics Summer Games start June 12

It’s official, summer vacation is upon us

June 4, 2015 9:00 am

Their Voice: Run to Walk 5K helps people with disabilities

I have a group of friends who try to get in at least one 5K a month between March and November

April 23, 2015 10:00 am

Their Voice: What’s the potential of the developmentally disabled?

Karen Hahne will probably never forget the advice she was given by a caseworker when she adopted her son Reed more 30 years ago

April 23, 2015 10:00 am

Their Voice: Walking into adulthood

With spring break behind us, the next milestone for most high school seniors is graduation

April 16, 2015 9:15 am

Their Voice: Help from Capitol Hill

The 2015 Utah Legislative session is barely behind us

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm

Their Voice: Opportunity for fitness and camaraderie

In their book “Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities:”…

March 19, 2015 9:00 am

Their Voice: Understanding early intervention programs in Utah Valley

Brenda Winegar and Karen Hahne probably didn’t set out to change the world, but in 1983, they did just that…

March 12, 2015 10:00 am

Their Voice: Opportunities for siblings of the disabled

Anyone that has even one brother or sister should understand the term “sibling rivalry…

March 5, 2015 8:00 am

Their Voice: What is a Direct Support Professional?

Unless you work for one of the many service providers in Utah or have a loved one with a disability who receives services..

February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Their Voice: An introduction to William’s syndrome

We have learned about a variety of common conditions in the category of developmental disability…

February 19, 2015 8:00 am

Their Voice: Valentine’s Day a reminder of the value of friendship

If you are reading this on Feb. 14, Happy Valentine’s Day!..

February 14, 2015 12:00 am

Their Voice: Their Voice: A new perspective on autism

I plan my articles in advance to give me time for adequate research and interviewing…

February 7, 2015 12:00 am

Their Voice: Living with a brain injury

Recently I wrote about “developmental disabilities” defining them as disabilities that occur before the age of 18 years…

January 31, 2015 7:00 am

Their Voice: Developmental disabilitities defined

Over the last six months, I have had the opportunity to share valuable information with you in the area of developmental disabilities…

January 10, 2015 6:15 am

Their Voice: Our New Year’s resolutions

If I were asked to name some of the “movers and shakers” in theater today, my mind might automatically go to Broadway in New York or the last Tony Awards show to come up with a name. …

January 03, 2015 12:00 am

Their Voice: Rebecca Winegar an example of opportunities to share talents

If I were asked to name some of the “movers and shakers” in theater today, my mind might automatically go to Broadway in New York or the last Tony Awards show to come up with a name. …

December 13, 2014 7:30 am

Their Voice: A Lesson in respectful language

If you want proof that one person can make a difference, you only have to look to Rosa Marcellino…

December 6, 2014 10:00 am

Their Voice: The history of the Special Olympics

Mixed among the notable days in November that include Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, Election Day and Black Friday …

November 29, 2014 12:00 am

Their Voice: An opportunity to give thanks for families, struggles with disabilities

It’s the middle of November and the Christmas carols are already playing on the radio.” …

November 22, 2014 9:05 am

Their Voice: Latitude disability program to be launched in Utah County

An important aspect in working with people with developmental disabilities is allowing them the latitude to live as independently as possible.” …

November 17, 2014 9:00 am

Their Voice: Noticing local Good Samaritans

Most of us have heard the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan that is used to emphasize the commandment to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” …

November 07, 2014 9:00 am

Their Voice: Opportunities to become a successful adult

One of the most exciting birthdays one will experience is their 18th. It’s the age of “adulthood” and the signal of true “independence.” …

November 01, 2014 9:00 am

Their Voice: Melanie’s story a shining example of Down syndrome

According to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), October is the month to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness …

October 27, 2014 12:00 am

Their Voice: Opportunities for advocacy

According to the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) 2013 Annual Report, there are more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities receiving financial support in Utah and another estimated 1,800 on a waiting list. There is no credible way to measure others who are neither …

October 18, 2014 12:00 am

Their Voice: Creating a diverse community

One of the most important tools for service providers when supporting people with developmental disabilities is their Person Centered Support Plan. This plan, or PCSP as it is commonly called, is an accumulation of many important facts about the person and provides critical information as to…

October 11, 2014 12:00 am

Opportunities for disabled adults to contribute to the workforce

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, has declared October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This provides another great opportunity to discuss the value of having individuals with disabilities contributing to our workforce.

October 04, 2014 6:00 am

Their Voice: Opportunities for students to make a difference

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2013-14 school year, more than 35,000 Utah students with developmental disabilities spent 80 percent or more of the day in regular public school classes. Some of the specific categories of disabilities in this report include i…

September 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Recognizing valuable work of direct support professionals

You won’t find a greeting card for it, see any customized wrapping paper or find a section of specific decorations at the party store; but you should still be aware, Sept. 7-13 is National Direct Support Professionals’ Week.

September 05, 2014 3:00 pm

‘Their Voice:’ Lazy days of summer

“What did you do during summer vacation?” It’s a question we hear a lot this time of year as summer comes to an end and school bells ring again. For many staff and youth involved in the RISE Services summer program in Orem, the answer is simple: What didn’t we do?

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm

‘Their Voice:’ An opportunity to tell his story

By most of our standards, Carlos leads a pretty ordinary life. He is currently a bachelor who shares a home with several roommates. Every morning he gets up, reads his newspaper while he has breakfast, and then goes to work. Carlos has been working at Central Utah Enterprises since 1993. He …

August 22, 2014 12:00 pm

‘Their Voice:’ Give disabled opportunities to work

Most of us probably remember our first paycheck. Mine was just over $27. I was 12 years old and had earned it by picking cherries in a local orchard.

August 16, 2014 9:40 am

RISE: There are opportunities for inclusion for those with disabilities

There is a young man who lives on my street. For more than 10 years, since I moved in, I have watched him grow from adolescent to young adult. In the beginning, I sensed there was something different about his behavior. Every day when I passed he was walking back and forth directly in front …

August 09, 2014 8:00 am

Opportunities for family life abound in Utah

According to the most current data from the Utah Department of Child and Family Services, nearly 2,000 children have been entered into foster care in Utah. Of those, 40 percent are in DCFS custody due to neglect and 57 percent due to substance abuse issues. In addition to these children, the…

August 01, 2014 10:55 am

RISE art contest creates opportunities

Another occasion for RISE Services in Orem to fulfill its mission statement “Creating Opportunities For and With People”, recently presented itself in the form of an art contest.

July 26, 2014 12:30 am

‘Their Voice’

The road to independence for people with developmental disabilities has not been without challenges. Until the 1970’s most individuals were placed in large state operated facilities away from loved ones. This has been referred to as the “Institutional Model”. The 1960’s began a new era towar…

July 11, 2014 3:00 pm