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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

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Keith A. Miller Award

About the Keith A. Miller Award

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History

The Wyoming Institute of Disabilities has dedicated our annual award to the founder of this center, Dr. Keith A. Miller. Professor Miller received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and worked for many years at the University of Wyoming in Social Work before he began laying the groundwork for a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in 1986. After several years of planning, the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities was officially launched in November 1994, and Dr. Miller served as the director until his retirement in 2007.

Keith A. Miller built his career upon the philosophy that everyone should help communities become more welcoming and supportive of people with disabilities. In his words, “We are an interdependent community; we all rely on others. We all have abilities; we all have disabilities, it’s a natural part of life.”

It is Dr. Miller’s spirit of dedication and desire for excellence in being “a force fighting for people with disabilities” that has inspired the Keith A. Miller Award.

The Keith A. Miller Award will be presented at the annual MEGA Conference.

2017 Winner - Virginia Hicks

Virginia is a special education teacher at Laramie high School. Virginia, as her nominators describe her, is an extraordinary teacher, and one who also serves as mentor, life coach and cheerleader for her students. She is a strong believer in the power of individuals to take control of their lives. She has gone above and beyond, providing her students with the capacity to attain and surpass goals and to achieve the best in life that might not have previously believed possible. Congratulations, Virginia!

Past Winners

2016: Beth Miller Schieck

2015: Margret "Mickey" Anderson

2014: Donna Shipp

2013: Brenda Oswald 

2012: Richard Leslie

2011: J. Darryl Cooper

2010: Cody Lou Taubert

2009: Rose Rennell

2008: Elva Laird

2007: Keith A. Miller

2006: Peggy Nickel

2005: Lynda Baumgardner


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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

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