Newsletter of the Utah Independent Living CenterOctober 2013Another game we played was this one where you tosseda Frisbee and if you caught it you had to say somethingon your bucket list. I want to run in seven marathonsand I want to collect snow globes from all over theworld before I die. And, my other favorite thing waswatching Wreck it Ralph with all my friends. We allchose a character to identify with, mine was Fenelope.At the ropes course they were teaching how if you wantto do something and they talked about how the firsttime it takes forever and the second time you do it youfigure out how to make it a little bit easier and by thethird time it should be really quick so that way you cando other things.This year the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council (USILC) sponsored its first ever conference for youthwith disabilities. One to three youth from five Centersfor Independent Living had the opportunity to participatein skill building, workshops, and activities. Leadershipskills learned will benefit Centers for Independent Livingas participants share their experiences, facilitate one advocacy/leadership project in their center, and promoteeven greater involvement of youth in center activities.The workshops, held up at Utah State University, lastedthree days and two nights, and included a ropes course,team building exercises, leadership workshops, and motivational activities. The Keynote Speaker was ToddChristensen.The focus is to help cultivate the next generation of leaders within the disability community. Annie Beach wasone of the representatives from UILC, and shared herexperiences.My favorite parts of the conference were rock climbingand playing Duck, Duck Goose because we got wet andit felt good because it was so hot out there. And also therock climbing was kind of slippery because it was kind ofwet still.The thing I took away from the conference was that ifyou have a passion for something you should keep at it;if you have a commitment, you should not give up on it.I am working now with the youth summer program as avolunteer peer leader. I want to show kids that they canbe independent. They don’t have to ask their parents togo everywhere. Some of the kids in the summer program do ride the bus by themselves. Today, I helped akid write all of his favorite foods down at the store. Also, if you know that something is not right, taking theopportunity to speak up and help others make betterchoices.Annie is a member of the UILC Youth Program and theUILC Advocacy Class. She has attended LCPD meetings and met with state legislators. Recently, she begana facebook page that advocates for animal rights. ( facebook.com/animalsfeelings )The next youth conference will be held in June of 2014.The Youth Conference has also set up a facebook groupfor continued conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/628819847143367/
23rd Annual5KRun &Roll
(Continued from Page 2)Taking it to the Street:1.The 23rd Annual 5K Run and Roll2.2.A week of clouds, rain, wind, and falling temperatures ledup to the start of UILC’s 23rd Annual 5K Run and Roll.Yet, on the morning on September 14, the sky dawnedclear to allow the racers to take to the course at the WestJordan Veterans Memorial Park. Congratulations to ourwinners and thank you to everyone for your continued support over the last 23 years.Top Three Finishers in Each asha Guido, 24:46Claire Duffy, 25:35Megan Lefevor, 26:22Mark Bunker, 21:57John Vail, 22:46Brian McKell, 23:44Barbara Fox, 46:01Lisa Rouch, 47:38Stacy Carroll, 52:14Richard Fox, 46:03Mike Bell, 47:06Willis Morton, 56:31Assisted Wheelchair:Bryan Carroll, 31:58Marylou Boone, 35:12Amy Larabee, 40:44Manual Wheelchair:Kate McDermott, 57:31Kari Walker, 57:325.Ms. Wheelchair America , Jenny Lynn Adams, will be speaking at Roads to Independence in Ogden on Wednesday, October 16thfrom 1:00-3:00.Inclusion Revolution“Our limitations are not a burden , but instead a gift, for beyond our limitations isfulfillment and life’s purpose.”UILC will be attending. Please contact Michael for information on transportation.Hand Cycle:Kyle Marchant, 18:11Tyson Brinkerhoff, 23:00
F OR YOUR INFORMATIONOctober 1st and the Affordable Health Care ActOn October 1, 2013, most of the changes to the nation’shealth care system will be implemented. This includes, butis not limited to, the activation of the Health Care Exchanges. By January 1, 2014, every American will be expected to have health care either through an employer, self-provided, or government-based program.For more information, please refer to these resources: The Salt Lake Tribune will held a Health ReformTown Hall on Wednesday, October 9th from 7-8 pm atthe SLC Main Library. See site for information. Utah Health Policy Project (healthpolicy.org) has setup a website that provides information on the structureand the process of implementation. They are providinglinks to different health care resources and navigators. The United Way 2-1-1 (uw.org/211) and the Association of Utah Community Health (auch.org). These sitesinclude a map of the Community Health Centers acrossthe state of Utah and links to specific organizationsthat have navigator grants.LCPDlcpdut.orgThe Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities(LCPD) advocates for public policy affecting all peoplein Utah who have disabilities. Membership is open to alland is comprised of voting and non-voting members.The Coalition is incorporated as a private, non-profit501(c)3 organization in the state of Utah.With the Legislative session fast approaching, consumers who are looking for a way to get involved with theprocess might want to check out the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities. LCPD is a consumerand member driven organization that keeps its fingerson the pulse of what is happening with upcoming legislation and works actively to educate lawmakers on disability issues.The website has links and information on how to getinvolved, how to contact legislators, and how to betterbecome an effective advocate. Membership can also becompleted at the website.LCPD meets on Thursdays from 12:30-2:00 pm at theUtah Division of Services the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSVBI), 250 N. 1950 W. Suite B.Some material provided by lcpdut.org.Resource ListCaregivers: Utah Caregiver Alliance was formed to bring families together to help solve support needs.caregiveralliance.com Hiremycare.org is a web-based registry for agingand disability resources that connects people whoneed in-home care with individual caregivers andbusinesses. hiremycare.orgTransportation: UTA provides bus, light rail, and high speed commuter access along the Wasatch Front. While notevery area is served, all busses and train platformsare accessible and low cost passes for people withdisabilities are available. rideuta.com UTA Paratransit is a door-to-door service for eligible individuals with disabilities. To learn more, goto rideuta.com and choose the Riding UTAdropdown menu. Click on the “Accessibility” link. Gold Cross Assisted Transportation is a division ofthe familiar ambulance service. Services providedinclude transportation to medical appointments andWheel Chair/Van Assistance/and Paratransit services. Goldcrossambulance.comNational Ability Centerdiscovernac.orgThe National Ability Center empowers individuals ofall abilities by building self-esteem, confidence andlifetime skills through sport, recreation and educationalprograms. It is their philosophy to offer a broad rangeof programs for individuals of all abilities. Through theuse of adaptive equipment, trained instructors, volunteers, and specialized techniques, the NAC helps facilitate athletic endeavors and encourages physical activity.Programs at NAC include: Sports & Recreation Programs Equestrian Programs Military Programs Group & Custom Programs Camps Rentals & Assessments Training & Education Featured Activities & Demo DaysIn October, UILC will be pairing up with the NationalAbility Center to teach consumers how to use handcycles. The group will travel up to the NAC on October 17th to take advantage of the training they haveavailable.
Advocacy Marches OnAdvocacy models are always changing and most people nowadays have access to some form of social media. Theinternet is an invaluable tool for people with disabilities to speak out about issues that matter to them. Blogging platforms range from sites such as Facebook, twitter, and tumblr, to sites designed for articles and publications: wordpress, eblogger, and livejournal, just to name three.At UILC, many of our consumers have taken to the web to speak their minds about issues that are important to them.From visibility regarding sex and sexuality to personal stories of mental illness and getting out of nursing homes,these blogs are a way for people to connect on a personal level while still reaching a larger audience.Consumer Driven Blogs:Please note:The content on the blogs listed below is the sole work of the consumer and the opinions are not associated withUILC or UILC staff.Annie Beach is a youth advocate at UILC. She is also passionate about animal rights. Her Facebook page, Animals Have Feelings (facebook.com/animalsfeelings), highlights problems and abuses against animals.Stacy Davis is a student of social work at SLCC and is looking to transfer to the university system. Her blog,wheeliewifey.tumblr.com highlights her transitional struggles as she moves from being able bodied to having adisability. She speaks openly about the need for better access to service providers and accessibility in the community.Katie Felgar is hoping to change the language we use when talking about people with disabilities. Her bloggingproject, kttalks.tumblr.com will use her artwork and poetry to highlight her goal toward more equal language.Karen Hansen has been working with UILC and care center staff for ten years, trying to get back into a place ofher own. Through her time with the advocacy class, Karen has decided to use the internet to tell her story. Sharedmostly through pictures, Karen will be working with UILC staff to post images and stories of her progress andhopefully spread the word for everyone who is trying to get out of care centers around the world. Her blog can befound at: ihatethecarecenter.tumblr.comErica Head is a leader in the Salt Lake LGBT community and has made it a point to speak out regarding the needto bring visibility to people with disabilities. Her blog, Sexability (disabilitysexy.wordpress.com), discusses issues related to sex and sexuality in the disabled community. Erica also helps to manage UILC’s tumblr page.Corwin Housely is speaking out about the need to recognize issues of mental illness. His blog, which can be foundat corwinhous.wordpress.com, discusses definitions ofmental illness and the need for better understanding amongfamilies and support systems.Save The Date:UILC’s AnnualHalloween PartyRichard Luke is an active voice for Veteran’s Rights andan advocate for accessibility. Beyond working with UILCstaff in the Advocacy class on accessibility projects such asthe South Salt Lake Infrastructure Project, he is the ViceChair of the Utah Statewide Independent Living Counciland blogs about Veteran’s issues at amebril.tumblr.com.Richard also helps to manage UILC’s tumblr page.Food served from 12:00-1:30 or until gone.Thursday, October 3112:00-2:00UILC can currently be found on Facebook, Twitter, andTumblr. See the back flap for web addresses.Costume Contest! Games!
Class Schedule at UILCOngoing Classes and Groups:OngoingMondayTuesday10:30-12:30Express YourselfThrough Writing10:30-12:00Adjusting to DisabilitySupport GroupWednesday10:30-12:00Advocacy andDisability Culture1:30-3:00Acting3:00-4:30Young Adult GroupThursdayGroups on Thursdaymeet at varying timesand cover home arts,knitting, exercise, andother programs.Friday10:30-12:00Friday DiscussionGroup2:00-3:30Bonwood BowlingThe Outings Group alternates Thursdays.New or Short –TermSee Michael for moreinformation.Through the end of2013, Monday afternoons are set aside forone-on-one or smallgroup Independent Living Skills training.These classes are byappointment only.October1:30-4:301:30-2:30Free Legal ClinicUnderstanding Boundariesand AssertivenessBy Appointment Only onthe 3rd Wednesday ofthe month. ContactNovemberShauna for more1:30-3:30Cooking for the Holidays information.Please contact Julie,DecemberJan, or Shauna for more 1:30-3:30information.Holiday Movies andStoriesFor More information call 801-466-5565. Deaf Expansion Program: Contact Carole Peck. 801-466-5565 (TTY) Education Enhancement Program and Summer Youth Program: Contact Julie (x206) Tooele Information: Contact Angie or Cherie at 435-843-7353 Summit County, Riverton/Herriman, and Magna: Contact Deserae (x212) One on One IL Skills (training or classes): Contact Shauna (x205), Julie (x206), or Jan (x211) Community Integration: Contact Michael (x209) Nursing Home Transition or Diversion: Contact Tiffany (x220)Please Note: Before attending any group, class, or outing you must meet with an UILC staff member. Contact Shauna,Julie, or Michael for more information. UILC does not automatically provide transportation. For information on UILC transportation, flextrans, andthe mainline bus and trax routes, please contact UILC staff. Transportation on the UILC Van for all classesand outings is available for people without other transportation options on a first come, first serve basis.Contact Julie, Shauna, or Michael for transportation information. Classes and outings are subject to change without notice.SAVE THE DATEUILC’s Annual Holiday PartyDecember 19th12:00-2:00 Food served from 12:00-1:30 or until gone.Games! Food! A visit from Santa!
OUTINGS GROUP SIGN-UPName: Phone:Email:Mark each outing that you want to attend with an “X” in the appropriate box. Return it to us as soon as possible.You will be contacted only for the outings you sign up for. Some ou