Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The first ever Employment First Summit was in Cheyenne on Wednesday. Non-profits, state agencies, and people with disabilities met at Little America for the summit which focuses on integrating people with disabilities into the workforce, regardless of their level of disability.
The morning kicked off with remarks from Governor Matt Mead, who expressed his support of the initiative and pointed out that Wyoming has a long way to go when it comes to employing people with disabilities. But he said even with a small population, the state of Wyoming can "right the ship," and be a leader in fair and equal employment for people with disabilities.
The majority of the morning went to keynote speaker Allen Bergman, a champion of best practices services for people with disabilities. He talked about the number of people with disabilities living below the poverty line, and what Wyoming can do for its working-age, people with disabilities population.
House Representative Lee Filer was at the summit to discuss his bill, HB 73, that focuses on enforcing mandates for employers hiring people with disabilities. " Right now we have a plan in place that's in the state that says we need to find these people employment, but we haven't been doing that," said Filer.
The Employment First Summit is put on by the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.