The Utah Democratic Disability Caucus welcomes anyone with any disability, and anyone interested in disability issues. The partnership of people with disabilities, and those concerned about disability issues, will give representation, voice and power for everyone throughout the State. We have the opportunity to do away with stigma and improve attitudes; to educate and gain support.
Please encourage everyone you know, with like beliefs, to join our Caucus. You do not have to be a delegate - or a Democrat - to attend any of our Caucus meetings, as long as you are like-minded on our issues.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN CHANGE UTAH!
Anyone can join our portal, contribute and publish. We ask that content, even if negative, not be abusive.
Miriam Hyde Mathew Bone
2761 East 4135 South 2785 McClelland Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84124-3039 Salt Lake City, UT 84106-2237
Starting today, Caucus news can be found on the left side bar. Click on a named topic (such as "Disability Caucus Results", and it will show the different blogs under that topic). To add a blog on a different topic, click on "Creat A Topic". Again, anyone who joins the Portal can add and reply to blogs, videos, news articals, etc.
Basic Blog Directions:
When you log in there should appear a button that reads “add a blog post” underneath the “latest news” section toward the bottom of your screen. You may need to scroll down a bit to see it. When you click on this button there should appear a page where you can add a title, a picture and text much the same way you do with news and articles. Once your blog is written, hit submit and make sure everything looks the way you want it to. Then go to the “feature settings” button and make sure your blog post is featured on your portal home page and on any other pages you had selected it to appear when you created it initially.
Keep in mind, every time you create a new blog post you are going to need to deselect the featured settings for the old post and just mark it as appearing in the list of blog posts instead of being featured on your home page. Your new post will also need to be marked as your featured post. If you forget to deselect but just continually make your new post your “featured” post, it will simply rotate through featured posts continually with different posts being featured as people visit your site.
I am not selecting "featured blog", so everything will show easily.
The smell of raw meat or the chaos of Wal-Mart can launch Edward Carey back to a time when saving soldiers' lives in Iraq was his job. Now the former combat medic is home and...
Moving Closer to a Victory for All AmericansLast Updated on 2009-11-19 00:00:00Posted by Valerie Jarrett on November 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM EST
In an historic vote a week and half ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make affordable health care possible for the citizens of our wonderful country. Then yesterday the Senate introduced their own legislation, "another critical milestone in the health reform effort" as the President put it.
When President Obama addressed members of Congress in September, "This is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us—even when it’s hard; especially when it’s hard. This is our moment to deliver." But of course as great a milestone as the vote was, we’ve still got a ways to go so we need everybody to stay involved.
For our part, we have been working all along to ensure the American people are engaged in the discussion on reform. That’s why... More »
Disabled Utahns fear imminent budget cutsLast Updated on 2009-04-13 10:33:06
Every morning, Greg Naccarato wakes up at dawn and waits. Since he broke his neck in a climbing accident, putting his feet on the floor isn't something he can do himself.
Using a remote control, the quadriplegic unlocks his front door so Nidia Ramos, a nursing assistant, can rescue him.
The state of Utah has been funding that liberation for almost 20years, but Naccarato fears it's about to stop.
Read full story...
Nearly a third of Utahns uninsuredLast Updated on 2009-04-07 12:40:03A third of Utahns under age 65 were without medical insurance the past two years, a percentage that is double the best local estimate, a national health care policy reform group reported this morning.
And things are going to get a lot worse because the totals don't take into account the erosion of coverage in Utah and nationwide due to the recession.
"These numbers were very high even before the economic downturn," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, author of the report. "The key motivating factor is the cost of care, which as eaten away at working family budgets, and at the same time, their dollar is buying less care and costing more in co-payments and higher premiums, both for the families and the businesses that provide a medical insurance benefit."
There were 784,000 Utahns — 32.2 percent of residents under age 65 — uninsured at some point in the two past... More »
The disabled fret new service-animal lawLast Updated on 2009-03-11 18:36:55
The smell of raw meat or the chaos of Wal-Mart can launch Edward Carey back to a time when saving soldiers' lives in Iraq was his job. Now the former combat medic is home and Lexi, a border collie, is trying to save his.
A service dog-in-training, the 8-month old black and white puppy yanks the veteran back to reality with a tug on his pants when a panic attack begins. Often, Carey says, she knows one is coming before he does.
Plagued by anxiety, Carey hopes a new state law won't stop people like him from healing.
Lawmakers have eliminated references to emotional support animals allowed in private and public places, leaving some Utahns with disabilities concerned about what the future may hold for their service or comfort animal. They worry the law will step on the rights of the disabled, preventing them from getting the animal assistance they need.
"Our biggest concern is the... More »
No remake for deaf and blind schoolsLast Updated on 2009-02-17 00:00:00
If Kenneth Sumsion was hoping to avoid controversy with a "clean up" bill that makes minor tweaks to educational services for the deaf and blind, he missed the mark.
Parents and advocates were expecting a revamp of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB). But HB296, the product of two years of study, falls short of that. The legislation is more remarkable, advocates say, for what it doesn't do.
The bill doesn't restrict enrollment to students who need it most, those with multiple and severe disabilities, as some have advocated. Other parents argue that even though the bill appears to make more children eligible for services, there is no guarantee that those with milder impairments will get early interventions, such as sign language and braille.
Read full story...
Drag and drop the content to change the order of featured content. The top nine will be displayed.