I'll tell ya, it was a HUGE shock for me coming to Utah. In my wanderings (all up the west coast/South West side) I only came up against one other state that was far worse and that was Nevada (you would think that state was more liberal). When I lived there (in 2014) I could not find any support. The Deaf community/Center would tell me I needed to contact the Blind center and visa versa. That was extremely frustrating. They had no support, understanding and/or care for the deaf-blind (even the Deaf or/and Blind community's) . In till finally I was able to find a very small group of Deaf-Blind who were fighting to be included into the Deaf and Blind community (I think it;s better now in Reno) . Now I feel we're all going backwards with continual cuts to support.Oh, dear. Your situation sounds complicated. I am very much familiar with Utah and there are so many problems about Utah. Utah is not a D/d/HH and disabled friendly community. I will never live there. No. Way. If anyone pays me a million dollar to live there, Nope! I am sure you have heard lots of bad jokes about Utah. People and Non Utah native Mormons outside of Utah like to use an offensive term for Utah- "Utard". Drivers are horrible, too. I have friends and relatives over there. I always have to fight for disabled community's rights to be recognized there and have to educate them, but all they told me is that I am not allowed to criticize even it is the truth. I have a HH friend there who is an attorney fighting for Deaf rights. Attorney is not popular there because he had filed lawsuits that no one else will do it, but at least he is doing the right thing to fight for Deaf community. About two years ago, attorney's Deaf client who sued the trucking company in Utah for discrimination, because they did not provide him interpreter for interview except told him to use Deaf client's daughter instead. The court agreed with Deaf client, but awarded him one dollar. One dollar?! What a joke. It was a big slap in the face.
Is there any way you could convince your sister to move you back to CA or NV where your needs are met?
I'm now in the process of trying to figure out moving. My Sister hates Utah as well. So hopefully I won't have to put up with this States unbelievable stupidity (mostly control by the Mormon church) much longer. I so much want to go back to Ca. but It's so expensive there, In some parts (where I grew up) it's insanely so.
Do you still live in Ca? If I may ask, what is your declining hearing due to? You sound very knowledgeable, are you a deaf advocate or work with the deaf community?