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Education and Early Intervention

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Education and Early Intervention

WIND focuses on education and early intervention through several initiatives. Education and early intervention projects include:

Community of Practice-Transition (CoP-T)

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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Special Programs Division facilitated a community of practice for student transition (CoP-T). The goal of this project is to bring together leading professionals and parent advocates to identify best practices and recommendations for improving transition practices in Wyoming.

The community developed recommendations for Wyoming stakeholders to improve the transitions of students in three identified critical areas: a) transition from early childhood programs to the school districts; b) transition from secondary schools to post-secondary education, employment and community living; and c) transitions of students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs to and from behavioral interventions.

Disability Studies: Undergraduate Minor

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Disability studies is a diverse interdisciplinary field that investigates broad questions about the nature, meanings, and consequences of disability from interrelated social, historical, cultural, and political perspectives. The undergraduate minor in Disability Studies examines disability issues from multiple lenses.

Think College Wyoming

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Think College Wyoming is working to ensure that people with intellectual disability will have the choice to attend college with supports that are individualized. Applying the principles of inclusion and self-determination, Think College Wyoming offers college experiences for young adults with intellectual disability.  Students enrolled in TCW will follow the inclusive individual support model that facilitates access to and participation in college courses. There is no program base on campus. Students participate in the campus community just like any other college student. The focus is on establishing a student-identified future vision and career goal that directs the course study and employment experiences

Wyoming Accessible Educational Materials Clearinghouse (WY AEM)

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The Wyoming AIM Clearinghouse works with school districts in Wyoming to provide accessible instructional materials to students with print disabilities. We are a designated state authorized user for a federally funded, national repository of accessible instructional materials. The Wyoming AIM Clearinghouse can access the repository and provide the source files to districts. The Clearinghouse can help identify resources to convert the source files into individualized formats, appropriate for student access.

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) is Wyoming's Assistive Technology Act program, established through the AT Act of 1998, as amended in 2004, to increase awareness and access to assistive technology. WATR provides assistive technology training and technical assistance, public awareness, device loans and device demonstrations in the domains of employment, community living, and education for all ages throughout the state.

University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology (UW ECHO in AT)

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University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology (UW ECHO in AT) builds capacity for assistive technology in education.  Through ECHO technology, an interdisciplinary team of individuals working in education connect weekly to learn more about AT to apply in their schools and with their students.  

Four key components of the successful Project ECHO model were applied to the UW ECHO in AT design for use in education: the use of technology to leverage scarce resources, improving outcomes by reducing variations in AT services and sharing ‘best practices’, case-based learning, and the monitoring of outcomes.

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