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Calling all Presenters!

Our 30th Annual Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference preparation is underway!





The Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is delighted to announce its Call for Presentations for the 30th Annual Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference, June, 2019! 

You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a breakout session, 'chalk talk', or a keynote presentation. The application form is attached along with instructions for submittal.  


Why Present?

  • Collaborate with experts in the field!
  • Expand your professional portfolio!
  • Professional development opportunity!
  • Take part in the annual "must attend" statewide event! 

The Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference will be held June 26-28, 2019 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, WY.




December 3, 2018- March 8, 2019

Presenter Applications accepted

March 15, 2019

Presenters notified of selection

April 8, 2019-June 7, 2019

Conference Registration opens to public

May 3, 2019

Presenters must be registered

May 17, 2019

All presentation materials due

June 7, 2019

Vendor Applications Due

Conference Registration Deadline

June 26-28, 2019

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference




Please join us for our 30th Year Celebration!   



Vendor spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The vendor space application is attached to this email.    

We look forward to receiving your proposal!



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ABLE accounts create tax-advantaged investment accounts for people with disabilities. 

ABLE accounts allow individuals to contribute up to $15,000 per year without losing government benefits.

ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save for disability-related expenses.

Visit www.wyable.com for more information, or click here for a quick facts sheet

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Have you heard about Pre-Employment Transition Services?

Pre-Employment Transition Services. Section 113 provides that from the funds reserved [see below] and any funds made available from State, local, or private funding sources, each State shall ensure that the VR agency, in collaboration with the local educational agencies involved, must provide, or arrange for the provision of, pre-employment transition services for all students with disabilities in need of such services who are eligible or potentially eligible for services under this title.


Required Activities. Funds available must be used to make available to students with disabilities—

1) job exploration counseling;

2) work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that is provided in an integrated environment to the maximum extent possible;

3) counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;

4) workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and

5) instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.


Authorized Activities. Funds available and remaining after the provision of the required activities described above may be used to improve the transition of students with disabilities from school to postsecondary education or an employment outcome by—

1) implementing effective strategies to increase the likelihood of independent living and inclusion in communities and competitive integrated workplaces;

2) developing and improving strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals with significant disabilities to live independently, participate in postsecondary education experiences, and obtain and retain competitive integrated employment;

3) providing instruction to vocational rehabilitation counselors, school transition personnel, and other persons supporting students with disabilities;

4) disseminating information about innovative, effective, and efficient approaches to achieve the goals of this section;

5) coordinating activities with transition services provided by local educational agencies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.);

6) applying evidence-based findings to improve policy, procedure, practice, and the

7) preparation of personnel, in order to better achieve the goals of this section;

8) developing model transition demonstration projects;

9) establishing or supporting multi-state or regional partnerships involving States, local educational agencies, designated State units, developmental disability agencies, private businesses, or other participants to achieve the goals of this section; and

10) disseminating information and strategies to improve the transition to postsecondary activities of individuals who are members of traditionally unserved populations.


 For more information, contact your local Workforce Development Center, or visit http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/workers/vr/
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Employment First is a policy of the state; whereas competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. 

  • People with developmental disabilities need access to the resources and supports necessary to gain and maintain meaningful, inclusive, competitive and integrated jobs earning a livable wage. 
  • Employers can utilize these resources to learn about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, how to foster inclusion in the workplace, how they can support an employee with a disability, information about relevant tax credits, local area disability resources, and other topics related to disability and employment. 
  • Providers that support and assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment must have a vast understanding of employment from all perspectives. They must be able to educate the individuals they support on the benefits and rights of employees with disabilities.
 
visit our resource page at: http://employmentfirst.wyo.gov/ 

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WGCDD Events and More...  
Below is a calendar of Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities Events and other disability related activities happening around the state. If you have an event or activity you would like listed please email all of the details to (wgcdd@wyo.gov). Include "Add Event/Activity" in the subject line, provide contact information and a brief description of the event/activity. 
















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