Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference
What is the Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference?
The WDDC is the largest developmental disability conference in the state of Wyoming and covers a variety of topics related to disabilities such as advocacy, employment, education, best practices and other critical issues. Participants include self-advocates/people with disabilities, family members, providers and professionals. The conference brings together a wide range of people and is a great opportunity to network, learn new things, make friends and reconnect.
What topic areas may the conference address?
· Systems Change (grassroots organizing, legislative affairs, group advocacy, self-directed supports, inclusionary practices, etc)
· Education (early intervention, preschool, elementary, secondary, higher education, adult skills training, transition, inclusionary practices)
· Access (to services, to programs, to buildings and to the physical environment)
· Assistive Technology (augmentative/alternative communication, computers and software, environmental controls, adaptive equipment, seating and mobility)
· Employment (services, programs, strategies, self-employment, competitive and supportive, micro-enterprises)
· Empowerment (leadership, person-centered-planning, communication, self-directed supports, self-advocacy and advocating for others)
· Housing (home ownership options, rental options, affordability and accessibility)
· Inclusion (school, employment, community, group, recreation)
· Quality Supports (facilitating independence, health and safety, nutrition, conflict resolution, respite care, quality of life issues, dignity and respect)
· Recreation and Leisure (athletics, exercise, social activities and events)
The conference pricing encompasses both days of the conference including keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and activities. Fees also cover provided meals at the conference including the banquet ceremony dinner, the “MEGA Boogie” and all conference activities and many chances to win door prizes!
Conference pricing does not include the cost of your room.
2019 Keynote Highlights:
Join us for a storytelling session focused on a Wyoming town’s innovative approach to employment, inclusion and food production. This community impact story focuses on Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole, a high-tech hydroponic farm with dual goals: year-round food production and meaningful employment for people with developmental and other disabilities. The presentation will include excerpts from “Hearts of Glass,” a recently completed documentary film about the social venture and personal stories from employees/self-advocates, the business’ former human resources director and the film’s director.