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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Fax: (307) 766-2718


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Friendships & Dating

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Are you interested in taking the Friendships & Dating class or supporting someone to take the class?

Participants must complete an application. The application (en español) can be completed:

More information on future Friendships & Dating classes will be available on this page. If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes, please email Canyon Hardesty at

Stay tuned for dates and locations for future Friendships & Dating classes.

Who can participate

  • Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities

Where to participate

  • TBA

Friendships & Dating covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Friendships & Dating
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Communication and meeting others
  • Personal boundaries
  • Planning activities and dates 
  • Safe dating skills 
  • Personal safety 
  • Sexual health 
  • Staying healthy 

Would you like to facilitate the Friendships & Dating curriculum in your community?

The Friendships and Dating Program (FDP) teaches adolescents and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to make and keep healthy relationships and prevent violence in their relationships. Friendships and Dating is a 10-week program made up of 20 sessions. Sessions are held twice a week and last approximately 1.5 hours each. The first class each week is held in a classroom setting and the second class is held at different locations in the community to help reinforce the skills taught in the classroom. Classes are made up of about 6-10 participants.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development, trains staff and providers working in communities across Wyoming to implement the Friendships & Dating Program (FDP). The training is available at no cost.

Facilitators will:

  • Attend an in-person or online 2-day training to learn how to deliver the program content

  • Assist with recruiting a group of 6-10 coed participants to deliver the program within one year of the training date

  • Deliver the program within one year of training date

  • Help class participants complete assessments before and after delivering the curriculum

Facilitators will receive:

  • The FDP Manual and Training Guide

  • All session materials such as handouts, DVDs, posters, and games to implement the program

  • Coverage of financial expenses for participants to attend community activities

  • Access to the FDP website with support materials such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

  • Travel funds available for trainees to attend the training

  • A stipend for each round of classes they facilitate


Are you a self-advocate who wants to support your peers to learn about sexual and relationship health? Become a co-facilitator in the Friendships & Dating curriculum!

  • Call or email Canyon Hardesty with the information below to let us know you are interested

Canyon Hardesty
Phone: (307) 766-5003
Fax: (307) 766-2763
Mail: Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Department 4298, 1000 E. University Avenue.
Laramie, WY 82071

Contact Us

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Fax: (307) 766-2718


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