Special Education: Partnerships

Professional Development

Utah Professional Development Network (UPDN)

The Utah Professional Development Networks overarching goal is the construction of a professional development network producing "sustainable, developmental, academic, social, and behaviorally competent outcomes for all students with disabilities, resulting in attainment of the necessary skills to achieve successful post-school outcomes." 


Kim Fratto
Phone: (801) 538-7716 | E-mail

Parent Advocates

Utah State Board 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 supporting 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 no cost to the family.

Service Providers

Esperanza Reyes
Utah Parent Center
Phone: (801) 272-1051, Extension 253 | Phone: 1 (800) 468-1160, Extension 253 | E-mail


Naté Dearden
Dispute Resolution and Transportation
Phone: (801) 538-7884 | E-mail


Art Access
Provides equal opportunities to inclusive arts programs for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.

Autism Council of Utah (ACU)
An independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. The aim is to promote access to resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have, or are affected by autism, or related conditions. They support statewide partnerships to collaborate on special projects, research, and training.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Utah
CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 28,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the field and develops initiatives to improve special education practice. CEC is the source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.

Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC)
The mission of the UDDC is to be the state's leading source of critical, innovative, and progressive information, advocacy, leadership and collaboration to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Utah Education Network (UEN)
A network developed through a partnership with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and the Utah State Office of Higher Education. This website provides resources for teachers and students grades K-12. It also provides information about the institutions of higher learning in Utah.

Utah Parent Center (UPC) | Upcoming Events
The mission of the UPC is to help parents help their children with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community.

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB)
The mission of the USDB is to serve as a resource to the educational programs, age birth to 21 years of age, in the state of Utah.  USDB provides direct and indirect, high quality, educational services and consultations to children with hearing and/or vision impairments as well as to their families and service providers.

Utah State Instructional Materials Access Center (USIMAC)
USIMAC provides assistance to local education agencies in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 for the provision of accessible instructional materials. The USIMAC offers the opportunity for students with print disabilities to gain increased access to the general curriculum by making core instructional material accessible in alternate formats. 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
VR services are provided under the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) through programs located in both the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Division of Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI).

Utah Special Education Advisory Panel (USEAP)

The Utah Special Education Advisory Panel is an advisory panel appointed by the Utah State Board of Education. The purpose of the panel is to provide policy guidance to the Utah State Board of Education with respect to special education and related services for students with disabilities in the State of Utah.

Utah Special Education Advisory Panel Memorandums

Contact Us 

Emily Nordfelt
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7757 | E-mail