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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.

Important updates:

University Disability Support Services is making changes that may effect your work with students.


During the summer 2016 semester, UDSS has been working diligently in order to create a more efficient process while also providing a safe environment for students. By creating a more efficient process, the UDSS office has eliminated the paper accommodation forms that the students would have previously brought it.


UDSS will no longer be sending out paper accommodation forms with students. Accommodation letters will now be send through email directly to the student and professor(s).


Professors are strongly encouraged to review the accommodation email and reply back with any questions or concerns. There is a place on the email for professors to fill out important testing information.


Test information can be filled out on the email and sent back directly to the coordinator or to the UDSS test email. This can be done for all tests. Test dates will be taken directly from the syllabus provided unless otherwise stated. 

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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University Disability Support Services

Student Educational Opportunity

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808, 1000 E. University Ave.

109 Knight Hall

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307 766-6189

TeleType: 307 766-3073

Fax: 307 766-4010


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