WGCDD Quarterly Council Meeting
August 8-9, 2019 Best Western CottonTree Inn Rawlins, WY. Public Comment will be available Friday, August 9 beginning at 9:15 am.
The Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference was held June 26-28, 2019 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, WY. Thank you to all who attended for another great year! Join us again June 25 & 26, 2020!!
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.
Join us July 18 at 6:00 pm on Facebook for a live interactive session about WYABLE!!
WGCDD Quarterly Council Meetings
- February 7-8, 2019, Cheyenne, WY
- May 9-10, 2019, Cody, WY
- August 8-9, 2019, Rawlins, WY
- October 2-3, 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
- Tuesday, July 9 at 3-4:30 PM ET: Pieces of the Same Puzzle: The Role of Culture in Person-Centered Thinking, Planning and Practice
- Monday, August 12 at 3-4:30 PM ET: Why Being Brain Injury Informed Is a Critical Component of Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, and Practice
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/