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Welcome to WIND

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The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention.

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities envisions a Wyoming where all people can participate in everyday community life as they choose.


Mission

The mission of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is to assist individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families by promoting and supporting full community inclusion, community membership, independence, productivity and social participation. Over the next five years (2017-2022), WIND will strive to improve outcomes for individuals in the areas of health and wellness, education, early intervention, employment and assistive technology.

Who We Are

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

WIND is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in the United States. Each state now has at least one UCEDD; all UCEDDs are affiliated with universities and receive funding from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UCEDDs share the common university goals of teaching, research, and service, but have a specific interest in persons with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities, serving as a bridge between the university and community. For more information, see this UCEDD brochure.

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Location and Parking

WIND is located in the Health Sciences Building on the University of Wyoming Campus. The building is located on the intersection of 9th and Clark Street.
If you are stopping in for a short visit, consultation, or to pick up a device, you may park in the small lot in front of the building. The receptionist can give you a temporary parking permit. If you are arriving for the day, please contact us for a day pass. If you are visiting campus for an extended stay, more parking information is available through TransPark.

Mailing address:

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY  82071

(307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TTY: (800) 908-7011

WIND is hiring


Research Graduate Assistantships

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is accepting applications for research graduate assistantships for the 2017-18 academic year.  We will consider full and half-time assistantships from students in master’s and doctoral programs.  Applicants should have an interest in the field of disabilities, health and/or education and the willingness to work on applied research projects, literature reviews, and grant proposals. 

Please submit a brief letter of interest in working at WIND that includes your standing (master’s or doctoral) in the upcoming academic year and whether you are interested in a full or half-time assistantship. (The WIND website provides an overview of the scope of our work.) Please send your letter, along with a current curriculum vitae, to Eric Moody, Ph.D., WIND Coordinator of Research and Evaluation:  emoody1@uwyo.edu - (307)766-2932.

Assistive Technology Intern

Program: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

To enhance accessibility and research supports and to increase the use and understanding of Accessible Educational Materials, assistive technology, the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND). 

This internship will give an individual an opportunity to learn about assistive technology and accessible educational materials and their use in increasing the independence of individuals with disabilities.  This position will require a 5-7 hour a week commitment for 8 weeks starting June 12 and will receive a stipend upon completion.

 Main Responsibilities/ Key Tasks

  • Support projects related to information dissemination and outreach to increase an understanding of AT and the use of AT across the state of Wyoming.
  • Develop guidance/training for staff at WIND/UW to develop accessible materials
  • Research assistive technology in the following areas: reading, writing, organization, support daily living, recreation sports and leisure, environmental adaptation, and vision technology.
  • Develop resources to support increased knowledge of apps and extensions to support following the areas: reading, writing, organization, support daily living, recreation, sports, and leisure, environmental adaptation, and vision technology.
  • Create and edit demonstration videos to support AT use of apps and extensions       
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior in high school or be enrolled as a student at any Wyoming Community College or the University of Wyoming
  • Strong interest in supporting individuals with disabilities

Desired Qualifications Requirements

  • Interest in Assistive Technology: experience with Android platform and Chromebooks 
  • Strong sense of professionalism, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, and self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently

How to apply: Submit letter of interest to watr@uwyo.edu by May 15, 2017.

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