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Disability Awareness: Are You Informed?

April 8, 2009 — The University Disability Support Services (UDSS) office and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) this month will present a variety of discussions and information about disabilities at the University of Wyoming.

Representatives will be available to hand out information and answer questions in the Wyoming Union breezeway from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 13, and Thursday, April 16.

Kendall Corbett, WIND coordinator for consumer activities, and Janet Perkins Corbett, project coordinator for disability students, will lead a "Disability Etiquette" discussion Tuesday, April 14. The presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. in Room 105 of the College of Health Sciences Building.

"By going over some basic disability etiquette awareness pointers, we hope to increase individual's comfort levels when interacting with people with disabilities," says Barbara Moeller, senior office associate for Student Educational Opportunity.

Wednesday, April 22, clinical psychologist Douglas Scambler will present an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 11 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. His discussion will cover topics including working with students who have Asperger's and other Autism Spectrum Disorders. He will provide insight regarding the impact of such disorders on learning and social skills and offer tips to support effective interactions and successful learning, says Moeller.

Candice Brandt, from the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC), will present "Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA): Impact and Implications for Postsecondary Education" at 2:10 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Room 105 of the Classroom Building. The presentation will offer information about ADAAA's impact on various people and institutions.

Individuals with disabilities needing accommodations to participate should contact University Disability Support Services at (307) 766-3073 or

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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