By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – People with developmental disabilities may get more freedom to choose their own services if a proposed Department of Health plan is approved. Currently people with developmental disabilities or brain injuries are restricted in choosing the services they receive, like transportation or occupational therapy. So the Wyoming health department is proposing the Real Choice Supports Waiver Program. It would give people with disabilities much more freedom to directly hire the services they need. Terri Dawson runs the Wyoming Parent Information Center, which helps parents of children with disabilities. Her son has a developmental disability and she says the program could help him achieve his goal of living on his own. "Our son, who's 21, he has a full-time job at the YMCA here, he comes back and forth and does an awful lot with us as a family," she said. "He's living at home, he's going to be 22 years old and he would really like to live on his own. But he is going to need additional support," she added. The Department of Health is holding public meetings around the state in the next few weeks to talk about the proposal.