Mary Bryant

Program Manager, Path to Independence
Mary Bryant

Summary

Mary Bryant has been administrative faculty at the NCED since 2002. She assisted self-advocates in the state to start People First of Nevada, a self-advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities, by writing a grant that would pay people with developmental disabilities to be VISTA (Volunteers in Service To America) members. This grew into a ten-year Youth Transition Project, which had 15 VISTA members (6 with developmental disabilities) at its height. This project ended in 2012, but the People First of Nevada project continues as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Bryant is the founder and project director of the Path to Independence (P2I) program at the NCED. P2I is an inclusive, two-year, non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). P2I is in its seventh year of operation and expects to have 19 students for the 2020-21 school year.  Bryant is the former Chairperson of the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities and the former vice-chair of the Nevada Commission on Services for People with Disabilities.  She currently serves on the Nevada Permanent Guardianship Commission and on the board of the Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center.  She is mom to two daughters, Kailin and Eilish. Kailin is 26 years old and has Down syndrome. She lives on her own and works as a prep chef at a local cafe.