Who We Are
Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities operate under Public Law 106–402, 106th Congress: The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 work to address identified needs for individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families.
We envision a world in which the choices for persons with disabilities are not limited by others, in which persons with disabilities have choices about all aspects of their lives, in which their choices are respected and supported; a world without limits.
All people have value and ability.
Every person can make a contribution. People are free to live, work, learn and play in society.
We must always challenge one another to do better.
There is dignity in taking risks and value in making mistakes.
Who We Work For
The Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities advocates for the independence and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in Wyoming.
What is a Developmental Disability?
Under state law, a developmental disability is defined as a list of conditions: brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Prader-Willi syndrome and/or intellectual disability. The condition must be permanent. Because the Council is funded in part by the federal government, it uses the federal definition of developmental disability. The federal definition is based on the level of need, not the underlying condition. Under federal law, a developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability caused by a mental or physical impairment, or both. The impairment must:
occur before a person’s 22nd birthday
result in serious limitations in three of the following areas:
receptive and expressive language;
capacity for independent living; and
economic self-sufficiency, and
create a need for lifelong services and supports.
The Council is a unique, governor-appointed body of people who have developmental disabilities, family members of people with developmental disabilities, and professionals who work together to promote choice, independence and the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.
If you would like to apply to be a member of the council, please contact Shannon Buller at: (307) 777-7332
Josh Bellamy, Council Chairperson
Jennifer Tatro, Council Vice Chairperson
Susan Oaks, Systems Advocacy Committee Chairperson
Brandon Douglas, Five-Year Plan Committee Chairperson
Shannon Buller, Executive Director
Aleyta Zimmerman, Project Manager/ Policy Analyst and WYABLE State Administrator
Kayla Green, Administrative Specialist
Callie Allred, Family Member
Fort Laramie, WY
Christel Barge, Advocate
Charles Barrett, Advocate
Lynda Baumgarder, Family Member
Karlena Bertagnole, Advocate
Ebony Borders, Advocate
Josh Bellamy, Family Member
Rock Springs, WY
Amy Burns, Wyoming Independent Living
Jolene Cummings, Family Member
Phylicia Davidson, Advocate
Brandon Douglas, Family Member
Jeff Graham, Family Member
Lee Grossman, WDH-DHF-DDS
Brittany Hankinson-McGovern, Family Member
Nicky Harper, DVR
Charity Henning, The Arc of Laramie County
Danielle Marks, WDH-PHD-MCHU
Angela Mason, P&A
Nikita Meyer, Advocate
Kathy Miller, Family Member
Chris Nichols, Advocate
Susan Oaks, Advocate
David Ray, Advocate
Sandy Root-Elledge, WIND
Jennifer Tatro, Advocate
Melissa Theriault, Family Member
Jeanne Scheneman, WDH-AD-CLS
Susan Shipley, WDE