DDI Vantage Turns 50!

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, DDI Vantage is launching a new website that also features some historic milestones.

50 web


New Executive Director

Jennifer Kelsey becomes the ninth Executive Director for DDI Vantage.

2011 Update

  • Reauthorization of IDEA Part C regulations
  • Supported employment program changes name to Adult and Youth Services (AYS)
  • AYS starts respite services
  • 1374 people attend 2nd Family Fin Day at Wheeler Farm
  • AYS has served approximately 100 Clients
  • EHS has served approximately 1200 families
  • Early Intervention has served approximately 17000 children
  • Early intervention has provided approximately 60000 service visits

Unprecedented Growth

  • Family Fun Day brings in 1,100 people at Wheeler Farm.
  • EHS adds center-based collaborations with: ABC Great Beginnings Preschool, Murray Cricket Care, Granite Peaks Lifelong Learning Center
  • 1000 early intervention children enrolled, 110 early intervention employees.

Early Head Start

  • Supported employment adds Personal Budgeting Assistance (PBA)
  • EHS expansion grant increases number of children served to 148
  • Larry Faddis, Financial Consultant

New Building

  • EHS purchases the Taylorsville Building
  • Ralph Larsen, Third CPA
  • 800 Early Intervention children enrolled, 90 Early Intervention employees

New Addition

Supported Employment adds Supported Living services

DDIV Graduate-Now Employee

Jessica Kranwinkle comes to work for DDIV. She graduated from the program in 1989.


EHS first center-based partnership is established with Granite School District serving teens in the Young Parent Program

Early Head Start

Early Head Start program awarded

Serving More Children

600 Early Intervention children enrolled and 45 Early Intervention employees

Early Intervention

EI Caseload Committee created a caseload formula to ensure balance among staff and assist in hiring practices.

Early Intervention changes

EI changed to a designated FSC model.


Work on child tracking database begins and Compliance Coordinator job created.

New Site

Duchesne County Early Intervention contract awarded; Started with 3 children and 3 pieces of paper; soon gained 3 more children with one staff working out of car trunk.

New Executive Director

Kevin Morris, Eighth Executive Director; 400 Early Intervention enrolled, 24 Early Intervention employees.

Moved Offices

  • Student intern at church by Liberty Park
  • DDI moves office to Professional Plaza
  • Allan McComb, Second CPA

New Executive Director

Jean Dellangelo becomes the seventh Executive Director.

Public Law 99-457

  • Tooele County Early Intervention contract awarded
  • Opened program with 5 children in the lobby of Health Department.
  • Susan Hill, Sixth Executive Director
  • 200 Early Intervention children enrolled, 13 Early Intervention employees.

New Executive Director

Joyce Lacey becomes the fifth Executive Director.

Public Law 101-426

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Renames the earlier Education of the Handicapped acts (EHA) "disabled" wording replaces "handicapped" wording

New Executive Director

  • Don Link becomes the fourth Executive Director.
  • 120 Early Intervention children enrolled, 8 Early Intervention employees.

Changes in Government

  • Public Law 99-457. Education of the handicapped act amendments. October 9, 1986. Provided Early Intervention services for children birth three years old (Part H) Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Developmental Disabilities, Inc. contracts with Baby Watch to provide early intervention services.
  • Governor Norman Bangerter organizes the Interagency Coordinating Council.
  • Athleen Godfrey, First ICC Chairperson.1987-1991

Supported Employment Contract Awarded

  • Approximately 40 Children receive Early Intervention services.
  • Approximately 60 children move to local school district preschools


Developmental Disabilities, Inc., contracts with Baby Watch to provide Early Intervention services.

Early Intervention

Only EI program that didn't close during the summer contracted by dept. of social services. Social worker did first contacts.

New Executive Director

Leon Soderquist becomes the third Executive Director. Melinda Durham in Preschool.

Moved Offices

Scott McNeely crawled out of the window at preschool. DDIV Moved offices to Atherton Plaza. Families drive their children for DDIV Services from Salt Lake, Summit, and Utah Counties. 55 Children enrolled.

Public Law 94-142

Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) 1975. Provided free appropriate education (FAPE) for handicapped children ages 3-21 in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Second Executive Director

Dennis Gehring becomes the second Executive Director.

25 Children Enrolled

Twenty-five children are enrolled in DDIV program.

First Executive Director

Athleen Godfrey became the first executive director for DDI, and twelve children were served including ten children with down syndrome and two children with cerebral palsy.

Articles of Incorporation

On September 29, 1971, the Developmental Disabilities Inc. Articles of incorporation were signed by Dr Garth Myers, Laverna Peterson and Charles Doane. Originally funded through a generous grant, DDI also had space and supplies provided by Primary Children's Hospital and equipment provided by the Utah State Department of health. DDI offered an Infant Development Program (IDP), a center-based program for two year olds, and preschool classes for three to five year olds. DDI was the first "Early Intervention" program of its kind in the United States.