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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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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

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Consumer Advisory Council

Sandy Hubert

The WIND CAC consults with the WIND Executive Director regarding the development of the UCEDD’s five year plan, reviews and comments annually on WIND’s progress in meeting the projected goals contained in the five year plan, and makes recommendations to the WIND Executive Director regarding and proposed revisions to the five year plan.

Disability Studies: Undergraduate Minor

Michelle JarmanAlison Harkin 

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.

Inventory of Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) 

Dave HeathChristian Carter

The ICAP is a standardized measure that yields an estimate of a person's adaptive functioning, the extent of behavior problems that may limit his or her inclusion in various settings, as well as a systematic review of all available evaluation data. ICAP scores are used by the Wyoming Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division as part of the basis for determining eligibility for funding within the Developmental Disabilities service system. The Developmental Disabilities Division contracts with WIND to conduct ICAP interviews throughout the state and is responsible for conducting initial, emergency, and continuing eligibility interviews. More than 600 interviews are conducted each year.

Mission Redefined Wyoming

Canyon Hardesty, Corey Jenkins
The goal of Mission Redefined Wyoming project is to diversify and enhance state and community collaborations in order to increase access to Adaptive Sports Programming (ASP) for all disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces in Wyoming and beyond.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Training for Individuals with Disabilities

Canyon Hardesty

WIND’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Training for Individuals with Disabilities offers sexual and reproductive health training to adolescents with disabilities. The training is available in four Wyoming counties: Natrona, Laramie, Albany, and Fremont. The curriculum, tailored from the existing Friendship and Dating curriculum from the University of Alaska, Center for Human Development (UCEDD) is designed to decrease rates of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and interpersonal relationship violence and measure changes in relationships and social networks. WIND also trains, researches, and evaluates on the delivery of the curriculum building toward an evidence-based practice.

University of Wyoming ECHO

Sandy Root-ElledgeCanyon Hardesty, Wendy Warren, Corey Jenkins

UW ECHO networks are hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing communities led by experienced teams using multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual sessions with stakeholders across the state. These virtual learning communities provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families, and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country, building capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes.

URLEND-WIND Collaboration

Canyon Hardesty

WIND is a partner in a regional LEND program conducted jointly by the University of Utah School of Medicine - Department of Pediatrics and the Utah State University - Center for Persons with Disabilities. LEND programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary leadership training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. URLEND (Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) uses teleconferencing technology to conduct its weekly training sessions. The other regional participants in the URLEND program are the Idaho, Montana and North Dakota UCEDDs. In addition to basic leadership and clinical training, URLEND provides specialized training in Autism and Infant/Pediatric Audiology.

Wyoming Accessibility Center (WAC)

Canyon Hardesty, Ryan Rausch

The Wyoming Accessibility Center (WAC) provides fee-for-services training, technical assistance, services and assessments to improve the access of individuals with disabilities to education, training and employment. Services include assistive technology assessments, conversion of conference materials to Braille formats, conversions of books and materials to audio and tactile graphics, close captioning, and Website and course accessibility review.

Wyoming Accessible Education Materials (AEM) Clearinghouse

Canyon Hardesty

The Wyoming AEM Clearinghouse works with school districts in Wyoming to provide accessible education 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 AEM 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 Act Early

Sandy Root-Elledge, Canyon Hardesty

Wyoming Act Early will educate parents, health care professionals, and child care providers about developmental milestones and the early identification of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Through enhanced awareness the existing state system could provide more timely assessments, diagnosis, and referral for early intervention.

Wyoming AgrAbility

Sandy Root-Elledge,Wendy Warren

Wyoming AgrAbility is an affiliate of the National AgrAbility Project through the United States Department of Agriculture that provides outreach, disability information, coordination of services and on-site assessments. The program is focused on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities resulting from injury, illness, aging, or other causes.

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

Sandy Root-ElledgeCanyon Hardesty, Ryan RauschGisele Knopf, Gayl Bowser 

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.

Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center (WY F2F HIC)

Sandy Root-Elledge, Canyon Hardesty, Eric Moody, Reshmi Singh

WY F2F HIC is a statewide, family-led initiative that provides health information, training and support to families of children and youth with special health care needs through a family-faculty partnership. WIND collaborates with UPLIFT-Wyoming Federation of families and faculty members at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming Maternal Child Health.

Wyoming iCanConnect

Ryan Rausch

iCanConnect is the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for reimbursements for equipment, assessments, consumer training, and expenses. iCanConnect Wyoming offers information, assessments, and equipment to over 200 adults and children who have been identified as having deaf-blindness in the state.

Wyoming Information Link for Developmental Disabilities

Sandy Root-Elledge

The Governor's Planning Council on Developmental DisabilitiesProtection & Advocacy System, Inc., and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) are sister organizations authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The Administration on Developmental Disabilities/Administration on Children and Families provides funding to each of these organizations. In Wyoming, the three groups work together to provide a comprehensive array of supports to people with developmental disabilities, family members, providers and state agencies. Each agency brings a unique perspective on services and supports for people with disabilities and is required under federal law to address specific areas of concern. WILDD is an entity that fosters communication and information exchange among the three organizations.

Wyoming Technology Access Program

Sandy Root-Elledge

WYTAP is a partnership among Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), Wyoming Independent Living, Inc. (WIL), and First Interstate Bank of Laramie to provide a financial loan program for individuals to purchase assistive technology devices and services. WYTAP buys down the interest rate to lower than the current prime rate. Individuals who may not otherwise qualify for a loan are often eligible to participate in WYTAP. Loans can range from $500 to $25,000 with extended payback periods of up to 70 months.

Wyoming Telehealth Network

Canyon Hardesty, Corey Jenkins, Sarah Zlatkovic

The Wyoming Telehealth Network (WyTN) is a collaboration between the Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and the Institute of Population Health at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. This network brings together agencies and providers across Wyoming to learn about best practices and increase access to telehealth services for patients, providers and specialists to deliver positive healthcare outcomes for Wyoming residents.

Wyoming Vision Collaborative

Canyon Hardesty

The Wyoming Vision Collaborative unites key Wyoming stakeholders and professionals in an ongoing process to establish a coordinated system of education, training, referral, and family support around childhood vision health.

The mission of the Wyoming Vision Collaborative is to establish and ensure cohesive, statewide systems of care for childhood vision services include nine essential elements for statewide vision systems:

  • Uniform planning
  • Surveillance
  • Coordination and collaboration
  • Screening infrastructure
  • Training for professionals
  • Technical advisory processes
  • Laws and regulations
  • Public and professional education & awareness
  • Sustained funding
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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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