Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Skip to main content


Summer Program 2020

Posted 04/12/2019

We are excited to again be offering two summer programs for youth with disabilities ages 16-22. The following will help determine which of the two programs will best meet your student’s needs, interests and availability during the summer.

You must choose EITHER the 3-day Summer Program OR the 2-day Empowerment and Transition Academy, by circling your choice at the top of the application page. You will not be allowed to enroll in both. Not specifying your choice will delay your application until we can contact you. This delay could cost you a place in the summer program.

We hope to receive your application soon. Please mail, email, drop-off or fax to the number below. Please feel free to call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further questions. We will be accepting 50 students in the 3 day program and 30 in the 2 day program. We fill up fast and slots will be filled on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Participants can attend the 2 day program only one year and the 3 day program up to 3 years.

3 Day Program

The 3 day Summer Youth Program starts on June 16h, and then is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through August 2rd (with the exception of Wednesday July 24th). The focus will be on a broad range of independent living skills. Monday, students will go into the community on the bus or Trax, to a destination of the student’s choice. Wednesday, students will spend their time at the Center working on a variety of skills such as money management, dating, hygiene, bus safety and many more. Friday we divide into two groups , then go into the community to shop for the ingredients to make a nutritious breakfast or lunch. This program would be perfect for a student who needs to improve their social skills and overall living skills in a fun and safe environment. The suggested donation for this program is $75 and will include a t-shirt.

2 Day Program

The 2 day Empowerment and Transition Academy starts June 18th and then is every Tuesday and Thursday through August 1nd (with the exception of Thursday July 4th). This program will focus on aspects of employment. Students will learn about social skills, dressing for success, and transportation on the bus or Trax to access community resources. Students will also learn how to write a resume, fill out a job application, interview, and how to be an effective self advocate in an interactive and fun learning environment.

We have received a grant through the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, making the 2-day program FREE. USOR requires that we collect Social Security numbers from all students accepted into this FREE 2-day program. Parents/guardians will be required to provide this information before the beginning of the program.

A teacher can sign and verify that your student qualifies for the program. I am sorry for any inconvenience this has/will cause you. No application will be accepted without this information. For applications that a teacher has not signed, one of the following is an acceptable alternative documentation:

  1. Copy or verification of SSI/SSDI award.
  2. Medical record or letter from medical or counseling professional.
  3. Case note documenting counselor observation, review of school records, or statements from education staff.
  4. Referral form from pre-employment services with the identification of a student’s disability, signed by school staff and parent/guardian if the student is under the age of majority (18) in a State.
  5. Copy of an individualized education program (IEP) document, SSA beneficiary award letter, school psychological assessment, documentation of a diagnosis or disability determination or documentation relating to 504 accommodations.

Summer Program’s are most appropriate for young adults who fit the following guidelines:

  • Young Adults must be able to demonstrate basic self sufficiency. Students must be independently mobile, be able to demonstrate independence in toileting, feeding, and dressing or bring an attendant to assist with those needs.
  • Young Adults should be socially appropriate and be able to function at a 1 staff to 10 consumer ratio.
  • Young Adults should provide their own UTA bus pass or money since many of the our activities use public (UTA) buses to access community resources. With the exception of Fridays, lunches are not furnished.


UILC reserves the right to select participants who demonstrate a reasonable expectation that services provided will be beneficial in their move toward independent living. Due to the popularity of the Summer Program we are tightening our selection criteria. UILC is choosing 50 students to participate in the 3 day, and 30 students in the 2 day this year. Students must be between the ages of 16 to 22 years old. We would like to have a mixture of returning students as well as new students. It is important to get your application in early as we will be selecting on a first come, first serve basis. Students who have participated in the 3 day summer program for three years or for 1 year in the 2 day program will be asked to move into other UILC programs in order to allow new students a chance to participate. You will be notified before May 16, 2019 if your student has been selected. Call Kathy at (801) 466-5565 ext. 211 for any questions or other classes and services available.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Where will students spend most of their time in the summer programs? All students will meet each day at UILC. All activities will originate at UILC. Outings, shopping and some special events will take place at community locations within the Salt Lake area.

2.What about meals? Lunch is scheduled daily at 11:00 a.m. for both programs. Monday through Thursday, students should bring a sack lunch, Fridays students will participate in cooking classes and should not bring a lunch. There may be opportunities to purchase lunch near some of the outings. You will receive a home note with this information.

3. What about transportation? Students in both programs must have a bus pass, cash, or FAREPAY card to travel on UTA for outings and shopping trips. Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from summer programs each day. UILC is located near public transit making it possible for the students to use the bus and Trax to come and go from UILC. FAREPAY cards are prepaid and reloadable. Go to to see what works best in your situation. You can also print a reduced fare card.

4. What time should the students arrive and leave UILC?Classes will begin at 9:00am. Students should arrive before 9:00 am. There will be no classes on Thursday July 4th and Wednesday July 24th. Students should leave to catch buses or be picked up at 2:00 pm promptly everyday. UILC does not have the facilities to supervise students after 2:00 pm. Please call the Center at (801) 466-5565 and let us know if your student is going to be absent or late.

5. What kind of supervision will students have while at UILC? Staff members are independent living specialists trained to help students meet his/her needs. Staff will be in attendance at all activities. Students safety and well being are our most important concern. Students will be supervised in a group of no more than a 1 staff to 10 student ratio. We do not have staff capacity for 1:1 supervision.

6. What is the cost of the UILC Summer Programs? Because of a grant through the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation the 2-day program is FREE. The suggested donation for the 3-day program is $75 and will include a t-shirt. This donation will be used for outing costs, food, the day camp opportunity, supplies needed while participating in the summer program and a t-shirt for each student. Donations are due on the first day of class. No student will be turned away based on their ability to make the donation

7. What about parents? How can they help? Parental involvement is crucial to the success of each student. Reinforcement at home will help students retain skills taught in the programs and is definitely a plus. The more practice students get the better! Our aim is to help parents and other family members more effectively cope with and understand their relationship with students in transition.

8. What about the day camp?The day camp is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th and is only available for the students in the 3 day program. Students will have a chance to practice skills they have learned. We will leave UILC Wednesday at 9:00am sharp and return at 7:00pm. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation to and from UILC.

9. What about other help or services? UILC has additional resources and help available beyond the UILC summer programs.

10. Getting the Application back to us? The Application is available here

11. Getting Social Security information to us? (2 day program only) This is a requirement for the 2-day program and must be received before the program begins. In an effort to protect