Supports & Resources

ADVOCACY

Parent Advocacy:  The Utah State Office of Education has established a group of Parent Advocates to provide parents of students with disabilities and/or students with disabilities the information, training, and skills to become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in suppo0rting the special learning and behavioral needs of students with disabilities.  Parent advocacy services are designed to encourage and assist parents with ongoing communication and collaboration with schools in resolving disputes, and are available at not cost to the family.

To access these services, please contact any of the providers listed below:

  • Louise Ogden (801-635-7985, or louiseogden68@gmail.com)
  • Stefanie Cragun (801-603-6641, or stefaniecragun@gmail.com)
  • Esperanza Reyes, Utah Parent Center (801-272-1051 x253, or 800-468-1160 x253, or iephelp@utahparentcenter.org)

FORMS

Parents of students with disabilities who wish to take advantage of this tax exemption are required to obtain the signature of a school district representative who can certify that the dependent qualifies.  Should a parent request that the school sign the TC-40D Tax Exemption Form for a Dependent with a Disability, a member of the special education team will check that the student is on a current IEP and verify that the student is being served under one of the eligible categories of disability (please see TC-40D form for eligible disabilities).  The verification form should be signed by the school principal (LEA) or their designee. 

Please note: Although the TC-40D form is dated 2012 (12/12), it is the current form for the 2014 tax year.


JORDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Parents may find the Parent Communication Checklist helpful in order to build and maintain a collaborative relationship between home and school.

The Jordan School Health Services is dedicated to increasing district awareness of the need for health insurance for all students and to promoting and facilitating applications for Medicaid and state health insurance programs for children and adults in Jordan School District.

Address: Located at Kauri Sue Hamilton School, 2827 W. 13400 S. Riverton, UT 84065
Phone: (801) 567-8515
Website: http://departments.jordandistrict.org/healthservices/

The Jordan Family Education Center provides support services and classes for families and students in Jordan School District. These services are provided by the District’s school psychologists and counselors. The center offers classes and short-term counseling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There are three quarters packed full of interesting classes and support groups covering a variety of topics like parenting skills, dealing with adolescence, attention deficit, anger, grief, single parenting, blended families and many more. For information about classes and counseling, call 801-565-7442. These services are available to families at no cost as a service of the District.

Address: Located at River's Edge School, 319 West 11000 South, South Jordan, UT 84095
Phone: (801) 565-7442
Website: http://www.jordandistrict.org/departments/jfec/


UTAH

  • Dynamic Learning Maps-
  • If your student participates in the DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps) for testing, there is an interpretive guide to understanding your student’s results.  The DLM is the alternate assessment for Math and English/Language Arts that replaces the Utah Alternative Assessment (UAA).  The UAA continues to be used for Science.
  • The alternate assessment is intended for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These students have intellectual functioning well below average and have impairments or deficits in adaptive functioning (i.e. communications, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-directions, functional academic skills, work leisure, health and safety). Students need to meet both criteria for participation in the DLM.  This means that most students with disabilities will participate in the SAGE Assessment. Students taking the alternate assessment may be identified under a variety of educational categories, including cognitive disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities, and traumatic brain injury.
  •  Please click on the link for help understanding your students results:Parent Interpretive Guide 2014-15

 

Help Me Grow Utah provides families with free information regarding community resources and child development for children ages 0-8 years-old who live in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Services offered include: Information on general child development and parenting topics, referrals to community resources, developmental screening questionnaires, and developmental activities for parents to use at home.

Phone: (801) 691-5322
Website: http://www.helpmegrowuc.org/

United Way 2-1-1 Info Bank, a program of Community Services Council, is a free information and referral line for health, human, and community services. 211 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, childcare resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit, governmental agencies.

Address: 257 East 200 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 211
Toll-free: (888) 826-9790
Website: http://www.uw.org/211/

The Utah Parent Center (UPC) is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide training, information, referral, and assistance to parents of children and youth with ALL disabilities: physical, mental, learning and emotional. Staff at the Center are primarily parents of children and youth with disabilities who carry out the philosophy of PARENTS HELPING PARENTS.

Address: 230 West200 South, Suite 1101, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 272-1051
Toll-Free: (800) 468-1160
Spanish: (801) 272-1067
Website: www.utahparentcenter.org