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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

147 Health Sciences Building, 766-2671
FAX: (307) 766-2763
Web site:
Executive Director: Sandra Root-Elledge, M.A.

Assistant Professor

MICHELLE JARMAN, B.A. University of California at Berkeley 1989; M.A. Northern Michigan University 2000; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago 2006; Assistant Professor of Disability Studies 2007.

Research Faculty

ERIC J. MOODY, B.S. Pacific Lutheran University 1998; M.A. University of Denver 2004; Ph.D. 2007; Postdoc University of Colorado School of Medicine 2011; Research Professor, Director of Research and Evaluation 2018.

Associate Lecturers

CANYON HARDESTY, B.S. University of Wyoming 2004; M.S. 2007; M.S. Creighton University 2011; Associate Lecturer 2017, 2013.
B.S. University of Wyoming 2001; M.A. 2003; Associate Lecturer 2009, 2004.

Assistant Lecturers

ETHAN DAHL, B.A. Minnesota State University Moorhead 2012; M.A. Ball State University 2014; Ph.D. Texas Tech University 2018; Assistant Lecturer 2018.
B.A. University of Toronto 1981; M.A. Athabasca University 2010; Assistant Lecturer 2014.
TERRI WOFFORD, B.S. University of Central Florida 1994; M.S. East Tennessee State University 1998; Assistant Lecturer 2017.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is part of a national network of University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). These centers provide a broad array of interdisciplinary academic, clinical, and research experiences of people with disabilities-particularly developmental disabilities. A wide variety of disciplines contribute to the study of disabilities.

WIND offers a Disability Studies Minor which investigates broad questions about the nature, meanings, and consequences of disability from interrelated social, historical, cultural, and political perspectives. The undergraduate minor in disability studies examines disability issues from multiple lenses, and draws specifically from social sciences, humanities, and health sciences.

Disability studies has an ethical commitment to place the interests and voices of people with disabilities at the center of our curricula and training activities. The minor balances theoretical exploration with practical application, and provides students with a vibrant understanding of disability history, cultural representation, policy concerns, and current debates. Ultimately, students in the minor will work closely with people with disabilities, and gain the skills and perspectives to participate in unique disability research and advocacy.

Disability Studies Minor Requirements:

18 credit hours total

All students in the minor are required to complete three WIND core courses, one WIND elective, and two external electives related to disability issues. External electives should be selected in consultation with a disability studies faculty advisor.

Required Core Courses: 9 credits

  • WIND 2100 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • WIND 4020 Disability Studies Theory & Practice
  • WIND 4500 Disability Studies Practicum

WIND Elective: 3 credits selected from other WIND offerings

  • WIND 2700 Gender and Disability
  • WIND 2500 Topics in Disability Studies
  • WIND 3150 Literature and Medicine
  • WIND 4050 Independent Study
  • WIND 4100 Global Diversity Studies
  • WIND 4200 Diverse Minds
  • WIND 4990 Topics in Disability Studies

Additional Electives: 6 credits selected from WIND or other UW courses related to disability studies

As an interdisciplinary field investigating disability as human diversity, this program complements majors across the university. For more information, visit the website:, contact faculty director, Michelle Jarman at or by phone at 766-5060, or visit the WIND office located in the Health Sciences Building, room 147.

Disability Studies Program Goals:

These goals are conceptualized as the ultimate "ends" we hope to achieve in educating students and trainees in disability studies.

  1. Promote full social integration by providing knowledge, awareness, and experience of inclusion and integration of people with disabilities as a foundational ethical principle of disability studies.
  2. Position disability as a social justice issue by exposing students to historical and contemporary disability issues and providing learning opportunities to identify, articulate, and address inequities and injustices affecting the lives of people with disabilities.
  3. Position disability as diversity by providing theoretical and practical contexts for thinking about disability as a component of human diversity, and providing students with tools to critically examine social and cultural constructions of disability.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) course

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