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University Disability Support Services|Student Educational Opportunity

Information for Faculty and Staff

As an instructor and/or advisor, you are almost certain to interact with students with disabilities. The following materials are designed to assist you as you work with students who identify themselves either as having a disability or as a student with UDSS who is requesting specific accommodations or modifications. 

As you encounter students with disabilities in your class or in other situations within your responsibilities at UW, please feel free to call on UDSS staff (766-6189) as questions arise. We'll be glad to help.

Students with Disabilities and the Laws

This section gives general information about laws that the University of Wyoming must adhere to in order to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as how faculty need to incorporate the expectations of those laws in their interactions with students.

Tips for Disability Awareness

This section includes information from A Desk Reference Guide for Faculty and Staff: College Students with Disabilities produced by Mississippi State University. It offers updated information on appropriate language to use when referring to an individual with a disability, as well as suggestions for effective interaction with people who have disabilities.

Tips for Teaching Students with Disabilities

This section provides specific ideas for modifying teaching strategies and approaches when a student with a disability is in your class.

Help for Teaching Students Online via WyoCourses

UDSS helped develop a course within the WyoCourses Learning Management System that has information and tutorials to help instructors build accessible online courses. This is an open course and any UW Faculty, Staff or Student may enroll by following this link to enroll (

Please note - this course is new and is still being developed.  If you encounter problems, inconsistencies or inaccessible elements, please contact the instructors from within the course shell. Together, we can build a better course.


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