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Michelle Jarman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Disability Studies

Dept. 4298, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5060

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: mjarman@uwyo.edu

Student Profiles

disability studies students

WIND’s academic unit, the Disability Studies Minor, has grown from a fledgling enterprise to a robust and vibrant program. Each year, the minor continues to grow and attract students from a wide range of disciplines. Many of our graduates pursue graduate programs or work with individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and families. The DS Minor has attracted many students from Health Sciences, Education, and Arts & Sciences, which has been a major goal over the past several years. At this point, the undergraduate minor is well established at the university. It complements many majors, and our students have become enthusiastic ambassadors of disability studies on campus. With these successes, we anticipate continued growth in the years to come, and hope to offer a wider variety of courses in the near future.

Read more about our featured graduates and current minor students to see how the minor has enhanced their studies, professional path, and personal experiences. View student profiles from the past years as well.


Anya Tracy

Anya Tracy graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in speech and language hearing sciences in 2016 and is now enrolled in a master’s program for speech. Anya became interested in the disability studies minor after watching a presentation by Wyoming Institute for Disabilities in one of her women’s studies classes. “I loved the minor,” said Anya, “because it focused a lot on the social aspects of having a disability. In training to become a licensed speech-language pathologist, a lot of our focus is on the neurological – so having a chance to study the social aspects of having a disability was really helpful.” Anya works in the speech and language clinic on campus, and she is passionate about helping her clients succeed. “Some of my clients have included children and adults with an intellectual disability, children with autism, and children and adults with social speech goals.”

Anya says, “I really enjoy working with young kids and preparing them for success.” Asked if she has any advice for students considering the disability studies minor, Anya says, “I’d tell them to just do it, as it really does change your perspective and addresses unknown bias. I’d recommend the disability studies minor to any number of different people. It’s helped me a lot in my practice and I think it should be required for anyone pursuing a speech and language degree.”
 

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Jessica Kramer

photo of Jessica Kramer

Jessica Kramer, a Greeley, Colorado native, graduated this year with a BA in political science and a minor in disability studies. This fall, Jessica will be starting a Cultural Foundation of Education master’s program at Syracuse University in New York. This two-year program is a prominent, interdisciplinary program that incorporates classes in such areas as education, law, and sociology to explore fundamental inquiry into the nature of education. Jessica is thrilled to be a part of a program combines her interest in government with her passion for professional advocacy for people with disabilities.

When Jessica joined the disability studies minor program, she was excited to find a course of study that was relevant for both her future professional endeavors as well as her personal interests as a person with a disability. Her undergraduate practicum work was at Triangle Cross Ranch in Galeton, Colorado where she worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was through this work that Jessica recognized her talent and passion for advocacy.

Jessica would encourage people interested in the disability studies minor to get involved with the program. Says Jessica, “The minor changed my perspective on everything. It helped me look differently at disability and find pride in who I am. Disability is part of the human condition and is a social justice issue for me, not just a medical diagnosis.”


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Michelle Jarman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Disability Studies

Dept. 4298, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5060

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: mjarman@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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