Mary Bryant, B.A.

Project Coordinator, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities

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Mary Bryant has been administrative faculty at the NCED since 2002. She assisted the self-advocates in the state 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 People First continues. Bryant now directs a new collaborative VISTA project with the NCED, the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and Best Buddies of Nevada. Bryant is also the Project Director of the Think College project at the NCED. Think College Nevada is a statewide project to increase college opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in Nevada. This project expects to have its first students at UNR this fall. Bryant is the former Chairperson of the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities and currently serves on the Nevada Commission on Services for People with Disabilities and Nevada's Special Education Advisory Committee. She is mom to two daughters, Kailin and Eilish. Kailin is 18 years old and has Down syndrome. Bryant assists Kailin in operating her microenterprise, Kelderman Klassy Glass.