Notice: Due to current and anticipated inclement weather, the WGCDD Quarterly council meeting scheduled February 6-7 in Cheyenne will be postponed until February 27-28. For any questions, please contact the WGCDD office at 307-777-7230.
FIVE-YEAR-PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Every five years, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities travels the state of Wyoming to speak to communities about gaps in services for people with developmental disabilities. This feedback is used to build the Council’s Five-Year Plan, which is what drives everything the Council does.
Click HERE for the online feedback form if you missed our listening session. Please give us a call if you have an questions or concerns.
Want to be a member of the WGCDD?
The Council is a unique, governor-appointed body of people with developmental disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote choice, independence and the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.
Click here to see a list of current members.
If you would like to apply to be a member of the council, please contact Shannon Buller:
Registration for the March Disability Awareness Month Luncheon is open - we hope you'll join us!
Click HERE to register today!
Interested in displaying artwork for the event? The application is now available. Please contact us by calling 307-777-7230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Check back for future Facebook live interactive sessions about WYABLE!!
This December will mark the 5th anniversary of the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which created tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities who have a disability before age 26. Since 2014, over 50,000 individuals have opened ABLE accounts. Unfortunately, millions of people with disabilities aren't eligible for ABLE accounts because they did not acquire their disability before age 26. So as we are celebrating this anniversary, we are urging Congress to pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 651, H.R. 1814). The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make six million more people with disabilities eligible to open an ABLE account. It would also greatly enhance the sustainability of all ABLE programs nationwide.
WGCDD Quarterly Council Meetings
February 27-28, 2020, Cheyenne, WY
May 7-8, 2020, Newcastle, WY
August 13-14, 2020, Green River, WY
November 5-6, 2020 Casper, WY
WGCDD Annual Events
- Developmental Disability Awareness Month Luncheon: March 12, 2020, Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY
- Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY. Preconference June 24, 2020.
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/