5 Year Plan

The Council's Five Year Plan is under review. Attached is the Council's 2017  work plan.

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2017 Annual Work Plan

Goal 1 – Individual/Family Advocacy

Description

An increased number of citizens with disabilities and families are better able to access services, influences policy, communicate needs, and build relationships in their communities.

Area of Emphasis

Quality Assurance

Formal and Informal Community Supports

Activities to be used in achieving each goal

Outreach

Training

Technical Assistance

Supporting and Educating Communities

Interagency Collaboration and Coordination

Coordination with Related Councils/Committees/Programs

Barrier Elimination

Systems Design and Redesign

Coalition Development and Citizens Participation

Informing Policymakers

The goal addresses

Individual/Family Advocacy

Self-Advocacy Requirement

Rights of Individuals

Collaborators planned for this goal

University Centers – WIND

State DD Agency - Behavioral Health Division

The ARC of Laramie County

Wyoming Epilepsy Association

Local Volunteers

Parent Information Center

Special Olympics of Wyoming

Various Service Provider Agencies

 

Objective #1 - Establish or Strengthen a program for statewide advocacy organization (s) led by individuals with developmental disabilities.

Key Activities

Provide targeted technical assistance to individuals and/or organizations interested in starting and supporting a self-advocacy organization(s)  Topics of these trainings will include but are not limited to grant writing, fundraising, organizational development, and strategic planning.

Expected outputs

Annual training session(s) at MEGA (Now DD Conference.) Training and TA as requested and needed.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Individuals/organization(s) will have an increased knowledge to write grants, conduct fundraising activities, develop organizations, and develop strategic plans.

Long term:

People with DD will assume leadership roles in self-advocacy organization(s). Self-advocacy organizations will be able to self-sustain and be led by people with disabilities.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys

*Stakeholder/participant feedback

*If a grantee – quarterly reports

*Meeting with collaborative partnerships when applicable

*Quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings

 

Objective #2 – Increase the amount of opportunities for individuals with DD who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with DD who may become leaders.

Key Activities #1

Develop a leadership program to be led by individuals with I/DD to train other people w/DD and family members in self-advocacy.

Expected outputs

1. One leadership program developed.

2. A minimum of one leadership training session held annually.

3. Council will train 10 -20 people with I/DD on facilitating a leadership program. 

4. Those trained, will then train at least 10 people each – totaling 100-200 individuals trained in self-advocacy.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Individuals with I/DD will have increased tools and knowledge to lead and facilitate leadership training.

Long term: Individuals with I/DD and their families are active in systems advocacy through policy improvement.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys, stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports,

*quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Key Activities #2

Provide scholarships for individuals with I/DD or family members to attend conferences, workshops, and other trainings.

Expected outputs

Council will fund up to 5 scholarships annually for individuals or family member to attend conferences, workshops, and other trainings.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Individuals who receive scholarships will increase their knowledge and learn best and promising practices improving their capacity to advocate.

Long term: These individuals who received scholarships will share their new knowledge, advocate, and build capacity.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Complete Council made form that asks explorative questions which will indicate what was learned,

*what the person will do with the information - including if they will train others and how/where they will do this.

*Also it will provide an area to give feedback to make changes to the training as needed.

 

Objective #3 - Support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions

This objective will be address in the 2019 Annual Work Plan.

Objective #4 - People with disabilities will have an increased knowledge of their civil rights.

Key Activities

Provide training, materials and other resources to people with I/DD and their families on their Civil Rights.

Expected outputs

1. Annual training session(s) at WDDC (Formerly MEGA conference).

2.  Publish a minimum of 5 articles in the WyAbility and Kids Crossroads magazines and social media.

3. Incorporate Civil rights into leadership training programs.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: People with I/DD and their families will have an increased knowledge of their civil rights and be able to identify when there are civil rights issues and questions.

Long term: People with I/DD will advocate for their own civil rights in times when there is are issues and questions.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*social networks,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports,

*quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Goal 2 – Systems Change

Description

Wyoming citizens with DD have the opportunity to be independent, productive, and included in all facets of community life.

Area of Emphasis

Quality Assurance

Education and Early Intervention

Formal and Informal Community Supports

Activities to be used in achieving each goal

Outreach

Training

Technical Assistance

Supporting and Educating Communities

Interagency Collaboration and Coordination

Coordination with Related Councils/Committees/Programs

Barrier Elimination

Systems Design and Redesign

Coalition Development and Citizens Participation

Informing Policymakers

The goal addresses

Systems Change

Targeted Disparity

DD Network Collaboration

Rights of Individuals

Collaborators planned for this goal

Wyoming Guardianship

Local Providers and Direct Support Professionals

Local governmental agencies that are connected to voting

 

State Library Systems

Wyoming Department of Education/Local School Districts

Wyoming Legislators

Objective # 1 - Guardianship laws and practices in Wyoming will have an increased respect for individual civil rights, independence, and choice.

Key Activities # 1

Review and Evaluate Wyoming guardianship statutes with WIND, P&A, and BHD DD Section.

Expected Outputs

Produce a report on the current status of the Wyoming guardianship statutes.

Make policy and/or legislative recommendations to provide an independent advocate during every guardianship hearing.

Develop or distribute educational materials.

Publish articles to inform and educate people with I/DD on guardianship in the WyAbility Magazine, council website, and other social media. 

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Make policy and/or legislative recommendations based on findings in the report.

Long term: The Wyoming guardianship statutes will protect individual civil rights, independence, and choice for people with I/DD.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Stakeholder/participant feedback,

*quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners.

Key Activities # 2

Understand how to ensure persons with I/DD interests are represented during guardianship hearings.

This objective will be addressed in the 2019 or 2020 Annual Work Plan.

Objective #2 - People with DD will have increased civic and voter participation.

Key Activities # 1

Review election laws affecting the ability of people with I/DD to participate in the civic process and voting.

Expected Outputs

Identify any barriers in statute or rules and regulations preventing the full participation of people with I/DD in the civic process and voting.

 

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Make policy and/or legislative recommendations based on the analysis of identified barriers. Introduce and enact legislation and/or update policies to remove any identified barriers.

Long term: People with I/DD are voting at higher rates and more engaged to the civic process and voting.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

Produce a one page handout that informs and educates people with I/DD on their rights and responsibilities of the civic process and voter participation.

 

Key Activities # 2

Develop resources to inform and educate people with I/DD on their rights and responsibilities of the civic process and voter participation.

 

Expected Outputs

Produce a one page handout that informs and educates people with I/DD on their rights and responsibilities of the civic process and voter participation.

Publish articles to inform and educate people with I/DD on their rights and responsibilities of the civic process and voter participation in the WyAbility Magazine, council website, and other social media.

Provide annual session(s) at WDDC to inform and educate people with I/DD on their rights and responsibilities of the civic process and voter participation.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short Term: People with I/DD will have the resources they need to fully participate in the civic process and vote in elections.

Long term: People with I/DD will be participating in the civic process and voting in elections.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Objective #3 - Council will monitor legislative activities and issues related to people with DD and their families.

Key Activities

Track, report, and understand the issues and proposals affecting people with I/DD and their families in the legislature year round

Expected Outputs

1. An annual legislative/policy platform will be published.

 2. Issue briefs will be published as needed to inform and educate policy makers on the impacts of proposed legislation on people with I/DD and their families. 

 3. Provide a weekly legislative update during the annual legislative session.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: The public, people with I/DD and their families will be informed on the activities of the legislature. Legislators and policy makers will have the information to make informed decisions on issues and proposals affecting people with I/DD and their families.

Long term: Laws and policies of the state of Wyoming in relation to people with I/DD and their families, will promote the health and wellbeing, access to education, access to the broader community, opportunities to work in competitive-integrated employment, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Stakeholder/participant feedback,

*quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

 

Objective # 4 - Council will collaborate with WIND on providing access to assistive technology information and devices for students who are transitioning from K-12 education; statewide related to employment and health; for individuals on the Wind River Indian Reservation, and through the state library system.

Key Activities #1

Provide outreach to students, school districts, libraries about the importance of maintaining assistive technology devices in use among students in secondary schools for successful post-secondary education and employment.

Expected Outputs

Develop a website page with information and resources that provide best practice information related to the continued use of assistive technology in post-secondary settings. Develop plan for communicating about the resource page to students, families, and educators with materials.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Disseminate targeted materials to educators, students, families, educators throughout the state, including the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Long term: Families and professionals who work with students with I/DD will have an understanding about and be able to access assistive technology resources for transition-age students.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Key Activities #2

Increase the awareness and knowledge about assistive technology among educators, employment counselors, transition coordinators and other professionals who work with students transitioning from high school by providing training through UW ECHO in secondary transition

Expected Outputs

1. Develop content for four assistive technology training curriculum modules that address the need for the continued use of devices in post-secondary education settings. 

2. Deliver curriculum in appropriate UW ECHO network sessions that reach general educators, special educators, related service providers, administrates and case managers.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Students enrolled in assistive technology courses will increase their awareness about the importance of assistive technology for students’ transitioning from secondary education.  UW ECHO network participants will increase their awareness about the importance of assistive technology for students’ transitioning from secondary education.

Long term: Students with I/DD will have access to assistive technology devices/strategies, as recommended by WATR and made available through STEM, in employment, education, recreation and independent living settings.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Key Activities #3

Through pilot collaborative program with high schools, WIND and the UW College of Engineering WIND will provide technical assistance to high school students interested in pursuing education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Expected Outputs

1. WIND will provide technical assistance to UW STEM program that supports students with I/DD who are interested in STEM education.

 2. WIND will assesses the assistive technology and accessible educational materials needs of up to ten students with I/DD.

3. WIND will develop a disability supports guide for high school students with I/DD that will allow them to access the disability supports they may need to pursue post-secondary STEM education.

4. WIND will make recommendations to STEM program about appropriate assistive technology strategies for students with I/DD then coordinate interventions on behalf of students with UW Disability Support Services and STEM program.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: UW students with I/DD will be referred to WIND for assistive technology support.  UW students with I/DD who can benefit will receive the assistive technology assessments and recommendations to help meet their goals.

Long term: Wyoming high school students with I/DD who interested will receive the assistive technology and accessible educational materials strategies to be successful in pursuing education in STEM fields.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

 

 

Goal #3 Capacity Building

Description

Citizens with disabilities, family members, professionals, organizations, policymakers, and the public have a reliable source of and are provided with information about disability issues, services and supports which is used to increase access to services and drive systems change.

Area of Emphasis

Quality Assurance

Education and Early Intervention

Health

Employment

Formal and Informal Community Supports

Activities to be used in achieving each goal

Outreach

Training

Technical Assistance

Supporting and Educating Communities

Interagency Collaboration and Coordination

Coordination with Related Councils/Committees/Programs

Barrier Elimination

Systems Design and Redesign

Coalition Development and Citizens Participation

Informing Policymakers

The goal addresses

DD Network Collaboration

Rights of Individuals

Capacity Building

Collaborators planned for this goal

Wyoming APSE

Employment First Taskforce

Wyoming Legislators

Large and Small Business Owners in Wyoming

National Core Indicators

DD Network Partners

Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities  #1

Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment First Task Force.

Expected Outputs

1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.

2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.

3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short Term: The four employment first regions will have operational teams to move the employment first initiative at a local level. 

Long term: More people with I/DD will have jobs in community-integrated settings.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Key Activities  #2

Be an active and leading member of the Wyoming Association of People Supporting Employment First (WYAPSE).

Expected Outputs

Establish a network of professionals supporting “Employment First” efforts.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short Term: Professionals supporting “Employment First” will have the resources and a reliable network to support the employment of people with I/DD.

Long term: More people with I/DD will have jobs in community-integrated settings.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Key Activities  #3

Increase supported employment providers in Wyoming.

Expected Outputs

Host in partnership with The Employment First Task Force and WyAPSE an annual Employment First Summit.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short Term: Increased participation and attendance of partner organizations.

Long term: Continue to build capacity of partners to expand opportunities to hire citizens with disabilities.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Surveys,

*stakeholder/participant feedback,

*if a grantee - quarterly reports, quarterly assessment of goals and objectives during scheduled Council meetings,

*meeting with collaborative partners when applicable.

Objective #2 Improve access to and quality of community support systems.

– This goal will be address in the 2019 or 2020 Annual Work Plan.

 

Objective #3 Monitor, evaluate, and recommend updates to DD related systems improvements throughout the state of Wyoming.

Key Activities #1

Stay connected to national, state, and local networks, and participate in stakeholder groups to stay up to date on best and promising practices.

Expected Outputs

Identify any relevant best and promising practices.

Expected Objective Outcomes

Short term: Make policy and/or legislative recommendations. Staying connected within the national, state, and local networks and stakeholder groups.

Long term: Improve and expand systems within the state of Wyoming in relation to people with I/DD and their families, will promote the health and wellbeing, access to education, access to the broader community, opportunities to work in competitive-integrated employment, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community.

Data Evaluation and Measurement

*Report trends,

*feedback from stakeholders/participants,

*best/promising practices to Council members quarterly at meetings,

*share trends and best/promising practices on Council social media/magazines.