The Council is federally mandated under the Developmental Assistance and Bill of Rights to advocate for public policy change and community acceptance of all people with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Council provides advocacy information to self-advocates, family members and organizations throughout the year. This hands-on learning experience is an opportunity for elected officials to meet children and adults with disabilities, family members and personnel working in the field of developmental disabilities. Please contact our offices for more information: 307-777-7230.
In a democracy, citizens have the opportunity to vote on important issues and elect politicians and representatives. When more people vote, they increase the chance that the issues that are important to them are taken seriously. If a minority votes, there is a risk that their preferences do not represent the majority. This is an especially significant point for people in the disability community because you have the right to many different accommodations, and it is important to have your voice heard!
Take a look at this handy information page on voting! Voting Handout
WGCDD Legislative Update 2023
During the legislative Session the council provides a state legislative update on issues that may have an impact on the disability community. Please see the bills below. This document is updated daily throughout the Legislative Session. The 2023 legislative budget session begins January 10, 2023. Click here to be taken to the State Legislative page.
The Capitol is open for public tours Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00 pm. Click here for a link to the tour booklet.
Wyoming Legislation to Watch 2023
The council will review bills during the 67th Legislative General Session that could have an impact in the disability community.
For a full list of bills, please visit https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2023
Leadership and Committee Assignments for the 67th Legislature can be found at this link: https://wyoleg.gov/MediaRoomDocs/Leadership%20and%20Committee%20Assignments%20Finalized%20for%2067th%20Legislature_final.pdf
Members of the 2023 Senate: https://wyoleg.gov/Legislators/2023/S
Members of the 2023 House: https://wyoleg.gov/Legislators/2023/H
Attending a Legislative Meeting
2023 Legislative Bills
An Article encompassing bills that relate to Mental Health: https://cowboystatedaily.com/2023/01/31/mental-health-bills-moving-thru-wyoming-legislature-but-where-is-money-coming-from/
An Article about Medicaid Expansion: https://cowboystatedaily.com/2023/02/02/medicaid-expansion-bill-dies-again-becoming-annual-tradition-in-wyoming/
Check out this great advocacy toolkit from the Iowa DD Council!
POTUS Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
ABLE Age Adjustment Act
March 6, 2023
If not registered, register to vote.
Learn how to vote.
Make sure you can vote in this year's election and get ready for it.
What this means to you:
The power of the disability vote is HUGE and your voice and vote will make an impact.
Use AUCD's guide to disability policy campaign issues.
Use AUCD's plain language guide to voting.
Watch Tuesday's with Liz's episode on voting.
How could a federal shutdown affect people with disabilities?
The link below will take you to the Social Security Administration's contingency plan for a shutdown:
This link will show how Food Stamps could be affected in a shutdown:
This link will show how housing assistance could be affected by a shutdown:
This link will show how the mail could be affected by a shutdown:
Here is a link to the IRS contingency plan and an article explaining how a shutdown could affect your tax return:
Here are two links specific to how a government shutdown could affect Wyoming:
Casper Star Tribune Article:
Wyoming Public Media: