Self-Advocate Board Service

The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council wants to support YOU to engage with your community, practice leadership, and make real change in the world.

One way you can do this is through serving on a committee, a community council, or other leadership group. The UDDC is here to help you accomplish that. Staff can help match you with a board that you might be interested in, access a support staff or offer pay for your unpaid support to attend with you, and providers interpreters.

Here are currently open board service positions:

The Utah Statewide Independent Living Council has 3 vacancies starting in September 2021. Applications are due soon. Click here to learn more about the Council and download an application.

The Utah Special Education Advisory Panel with the USBE is looking for 5 students with disabilities or self-advocates along with parents. Nominations are due by June 15, 2021. Click here to view the information about applications.

Utahns who are interested in joining Utah Independent Living Center’s board of directors can call Debra Mair and ask to join. Her phone number is 801-466-5565.

Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (GCEPD): This committee promote efforts to achieve equal employment opportunities for Utahns with disabilities. Currently there are no official positions, but the committee is seeking a self-advocate to support their work as a non-voting member, by attending meetings and sharing perspectives.

Contact: Leah Lobato, Director

Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) Self-Advocate Information Gatherings
DSPD hosts quarterly Family and Self-Advocate Information Gatherings to explain changes that are happening with DSPD and what that means for individuals in our services, *self-advocates, and families. This is also a place where you can provide input on the changes talked about, or any concerns you may have. You can find information about the next gathering, along with resources and presentations from previous meetings below.

*A self-advocate is an individual with a disability who wants to talk about their experiences and help make DSPD services even better, whether or not they are currently receiving services.

Next Meeting
MAY 12, 2021 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM OR 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) Self-Advocate Information Gatherings Disability Advisory Council (DAC)
Members of the Disability Advisory Council (DAC) bring concerns from the disability community to the quarterly meeting, review changes in DSPD services, and share their thoughts on different topics. This is a great way to get involved in your community. These meetings are public, so anyone can come and see what they are like.

Self-advocates, individuals who use DSPD services, DSPD employees, providers, and Support Coordinators, community advocacy organizations, and other state agencies are welcome to participate.
This council has 4 meetings each year and each meeting lasts about 2 hours. If you are interested in the DAC, please apply on the Utah Boards and Commissions website by clicking here. If you have any questions, please email Saska Rajcevic at or call (801) 538-3930.