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Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
About the Council
The Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities seeks and advocates for activities which promote self-sufficiency, community involvement and educational opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, and the Wyoming Community.
The Council is a Governor appointed body of people with developmental disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.
The Council’s purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to technology, needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of life and the global community.
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.
We lead by developing new concepts and programs for people with disabilities. We succeed through working together with family, friends, organizations, communities and public policymakers.
• believe all people have value and ability
• believe everyone can make a contribution
• believe there is dignity in taking risks and value in making mistakes
• believe individuals are free to live, work, learn and play in society
• believe preconceptions limits rights, choices and abilities
• challenge one another to break down the barriers that prevent inclusion
• challenge one another to meet the person, not just the disability
• challenge one another to support people with disabilities’ choices without imposing our biases
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 federal law, a developmental disability is defined as a list of conditions: brain injury, cerebral palsy, blind, deaf, epilepsy, autism and/or intellectual disability. The condition must be permanent.
Because the Council is funded in most part by the federal government under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act), 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.
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