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With great sadness and a heavy heart, it is my duty to inform you that our Council Chair, Colleen Pillon, was killed in a car accident on the morning of Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

We do not know all the details at this time and ask that you please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,
Shannon
Executive Director, WGCDD

 
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The Wyoming Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a four-day residency leadership program for young adults with any disability who are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old (our Delegates). Delegates have opportunities to learn, share and develop their potential in various enviroments such as work, school activities, recreation and within their families and communities.

This year's Youth Leadership Forum takes place from July 7-11 at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyo. Download more information and an application today!
 
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Under Employment First philosophy the expectation is that people with developmental or other disabilities can and want to work, and a successful outcome is finding these individuals meaningful and gainful employment that meets their needs and interests by tailoring services to help them succeed int he workforce.

To learn more about Employment First, download this presentation.
 


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Our WyAbility Media Campaign, "I'm Not Special" was recently recognized on a national level. Often times, members of the disability community see the word "special" as just another label, much like the r-word, and the Council's campaign focuses on this message.

Additionally, other areas of emphasis, such as education and employment, have fallen under this "media blanket" and work with our messaging. See highlights of the campaign here!

 

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The purpose of the Mini-Grant is to facilitate innovative projects and/or activities in the state that will empower people with developmental disabilities and their families. Projects or activities funded by a Mini-Grant must fulfill the Council’s stated purpose and vision. Learn more...

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Innovative Project Grant will facilitate the start-up of innovative projects in the state that will empower people with developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more...

 

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Everything the Council does, each project, event and activity, is driven by and for the good people of Wyoming with and without developmental disabilities. The Council travels the state every five years to speak with individuals about important disabilitiy issues, and it is those issues that are the basis of our Five-Year Plan. You can download the Five-Year Plan or contact the office at 307-777-7230.
 

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As citizens of Wyoming we take great pride in our self-reliance, independence and above all, our freedom. We want Wyoming to be a place where all people can explore and develop their abilities, enjoy productive work and contribute to and participate in their communities. We all must work toward a world in which we embrace diversity and recognize the potential, ability and value of every human being.