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.
Brittany Hankinson-McGovern, Council Chairperson
Nikita Meyer, Council Vice-Chairperson
David Ray, Systems Advocacy Committee Chairperson
Lynda Baumgardner, Five-Year -Plan Committee Chairperson
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
Kenneth Allen, Family Member
Callie Allred, Family Member
Fort Laramie, WY
Christel Barge, Advocate
Lynda Baumgarder, Family Member
Kim Bellamy, Family Member
Rock Springs, WY
Ebony Borders, Advocate
Amy Burns, Wyoming Independent Living
Jolene Cummings, Family Member
Phylicia Davidson, Advocate
Sandy Root-Elledge, WIND
Elizabeth Forslund, WDH-DHF-HCBS
Jeff Graham, Family Member
Heather Glaser, Advocate
Nicky Harper, DVR
Charity Henning, The Arc of Laramie County
Brittany Hankinson-McGovern, Family Member
Nikita Meyer, Advocate
Kathy Miller, Family Member
Susan Oaks, Advocate
Stephanie Olson, P&A
David Ray, Advocate
Maraia Rubin, WDH-AD-CLS
Deana Smith, WDE
Jennifer Tatro, Advocate
Lucas Tronquet, Advocate
Stephanie Tillman, Family Member
Feliciana Turner, WDH-PH- MCH
Shannon Buller, Executive Director
Jessica DeFord, Administrative Specialist
Kayla Green, Project Management Analyst