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Become an ABLE Advisor!
Invitation to Apply
Applications Due: October 31, 2018

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC), a collective group of leading, national disability organizations united to help realize the promise of the ABLE Act, seeks to identify nine (9) ABLE account owners to participate as an Advisor Group to the Center in 2019. This will be ABLE NRC's second cohort of ABLE Advisors. You can learn more about the first cohort of 2018 ABLE Advisors at http://ablenrc.org/meet-our-2018-able-advisors.

ANRC is looking for parents and working-age adults with disabilities that represent a diversity of experiences in terms of their reasons for opening an account, their short and long-term financial goals related to the account and how they hope the account will help increase their health, independence and/or quality of life. ANRC is also looking for diversity represented by selection and participation in different state ABLE programs, type of disability, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity.

Benefits of becoming an ABLE Advisor: As an ABLE Advisor, your experience and opinions matter and will help inform the ABLE NRC's work for the benefit of other ABLE-eligible individuals and existing ABLE account owners. ABLE Advisors receive a $500 contribution to their ABLE account at the end of the year, based on full participation in the Advisor program. This includes all meetings, regularly scheduled interviews and submission of pictures that will be used to define the ABLE experience.

Role as Advisor: As an Advisor, it is important that you are comfortable with the Center sharing your ongoing experience as an ABLE account owner with the public through various platforms, including the Center’s social media, website and as part of trainings and presentations on ABLE. Additionally, ABLE NRC will meet with Advisors individually during brief monthly update calls and convene Advisors as a group, via conference calls, six times per year to collect information related to:

  • The Advisor’s ongoing personal experience with their ABLE account
  • Innovative education and outreach strategies
  • Critical knowledge and skills to successfully open, grow and manage an ABLE account
  • Webinar and short video topics - Gathering insight from an ABLE account owner perspective on needed policy development
  • Peer-to-peer support strategies
  • Resource materials to help individuals and families make informed decisions
  • Needed advice from federal agencies
  • Other ways the Center can continue to provide leadership on ABLE implementation outcomes to be achieved - Advisors selected will help:
    • Put a human face on the ABLE experience by sharing personal stories
    • Extend the leadership and effectiveness of the Center to meet the information needs of potential and current ABLE account owners
    • Define the next generation of activities of the Center, supporting growth of the number of opened accounts and effective management of accounts to meet individual needs

ABLE NRC is looking forward to your application!

Finalists will be interviewed by Center staff and selections made by the end of November.

APPLICATION

  • Send us a picture of you and your family, and tell us about your circle of support.
  • Tell us why you opened an ABLE account and what you hope to accomplish. 
  • Tell us which state ABLE program you signed up for, and how long have you been an account owner.
  • Tell us why you would be an excellent advisor to the ABLE NRC? (What are your strengths? What are your past and current use of ABLE NRC resources?)
  • What else should we know about your background and experiences that would support your selection?
DUE DATE: OCTOBER 31, 2018
    

Send applications to mkennedy@ablenrc.org

Subject Line: 2019 ABLE Advisor Application

or
Miranda Kennedy, M.P.P., Director, ABLE NRC
National Disability Institute
1667 K St, NW Suite 480
Washington, DC 20006



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VISION CONNECT EVENT

Internationally-recognized Visual Processing Consultant Ian Jordan of Scotland will be in the U.S. to share his innovative, noninvasive treatment of visual processing disorders. This condition, known as Visual Stress, effects people with autism, epilepsy, migraines, and many other disabling conditions.
On Monday, November 5th from 8 am to 4:30 pm at Casper College in the new Music Building's Wheeler Theater. This event will be geared towards therapists, reading teachers, tutors, and special education teachers.
The cost to attend is $80 for those who register and buy tickets early. Come just in the afternoon for $40. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com and can be found by searching Casper, WY events, Vision Connect 2018.
Also,
On Thursday, November 8th, Vision Connect for families and laypeople will be held in two sessions at The Lyric, across from the David Street Station. The morning session (8:30-11am) will focus on issues with reading, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, migraines, and headaches. The afternoon focus session (1:00-4:30 pm) will focus on autism, cortical visual impairment, sensory integration, and more. Each session is $25 for individuals (or $25 for a set of parents). Attend one session or both ($50 for both). For more information and to register, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for Casper, WY events Vision Connect Focus Session AM or PM.
All proceeds from the Vision Connect events will go to Casper Autism Support or the Rocky Mountain Visual Stress Foundation, both 501(c)3 nonprofits to help provide evaluations for Visual Stress and tinted lenses (filters) for families who are in need of financial assistance.

Please share this amazing opportunity!

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November 6, 2018 Is Election Day!! 




How do I register to vote?


Wyoming Voter Registration Form


Voter Registration is administered by your local County Clerk's office. Through their office, you may register to vote in three different ways: 

1. Register in person
2. Register by mail
3. Register at the polls on Election Day

Need More information on Voting?  Click here
   

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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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