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APRIL 2, 2019








Calling all Presenters!

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

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

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 can be found HERE 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!

Please join us for our 30th Year Celebration!

Vendor spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The vendor space application can be found HERE.

For full conference information, please click HERE

The Wyoming Arts Council is offering grant writing workshops for arts organizations, fiscally-sponsored

projects, nonprofits, school districts, or government entities that are interested in applying to the Arts Council’s

Community Support Grant (CSG).

Join the Arts Council at one of the application workshops listed below. Workshops are designed to help

applicants prepare their grant applications. During these workshops, participants will learn about, funding,

eligibility, program scope, and how to apply for a Community Support Grant.

The Community Support Grant is specifically designed for project and/or operational support for organizations

that provide services to their community through the arts. Organizations and fiscally-sponsored projects are

eligible to receive up to $20,000 in this grant category.

First time applicants and those that did not receive CSG funding last year can submit a draft application by

March 1 for review and comments from staff.

Community Support Grant

  • Who can apply: 501(c)(3) organizations, Fiscally-sponsored groups/projects, school districts, & government entities.
  • $12,000 in Operational & Project Support
  • $5,000 for Arts Education activities
  • $1,000 for Rural Arts Access
  • $1,000 for Professional Development
  • $1,000 for Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Total grant award no more than 30% of total cash expenses
  • March 1: Draft review deadline for any first-time applicants or applicants that did not receive previous year funding. (I will extend that deadline to March 15th for anyone at the luncheon. This will give them 2 weeks to apply and they can attend the March 11th workshop)
  • April 1: Final Deadline for submission!

Workshop Dates:

Wed., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 21, 4 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

Mon., March 11, 6 p.m.

To participate, join from your computer, tablet or smartphone by following this link:


Photo Descriptions/Credits:

LanderLIVE3BChristensen: Lander LIVE Outdoor summer Concert Series

Museum of American West Single Dancer Forrest Gorman: Photo by Jennie Hutchinson. "Eagle Spirit Dancer

Forrest Gorman at the Museum of the American West Native American

Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne-UW Art Museum Artmobile 1: Students at the Boys and Girls club of

Cheyenne take part in art making led by the UW Art Museums Artmobile Curator.

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

WGCDD Quarterly Council Meetings

  • February 7-8, 2019, Cheyenne, WY
  • May 9-10, 2019, Cody, WY
  • August 8-9, 2019, Rawlins, WY
  • November 7-8, 2019, Casper, WY

WGCDD Annual Events

  • Developmental Disability Awareness Month Luncheon: March 1, 2019, Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY
  • Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 26-28, 2019, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.
  • Employment First Summit, October 4, 2019, Ramkota Hotel, Casper WY

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/

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/