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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Canyon Hardesty, M.S., CHES


Phone: (307) 766-5003

Canyon Hardesty, M.S., CHES, is the coordinator of community education for Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Canyon oversees programs, training and technical assistance related to health, education, early intervention and assistive technology.  She is exploring new delivery platforms and audience-targeted trainings to provide continuing education for educators and health professionals.  Her background in health and health care ethics provides a rich and welcome perspective to the Wyoming Vision Collaborative, Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, Wyoming Act Early, Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, and related programs, as well as health-related program development. 

Prior to joining WIND, Canyon worked for seven years at the Wyoming Department of Health focusing on increasing access to core public health services in communities throughout Wyoming. She has experience in grant administration and community program development grounded in data driven, evidence based and best practice. Canyon’s specific interests lie in population health, policy development and systems change. 

Currently, Canyon serves as a grant consultant to the Grace for 2 Brothers, is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Community Education Directors Council and is currently co-facilitator the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Sexual Health Special Interest Group (SIG)

Canyon earned a master’s degree in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University, and a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health from the University of Wyoming.


Hardesty C., Root-Elledge S., Hubert, S. (2015, March). Members of Wyoming’s Communities of Practice are Improving Wyoming Student Transitions. Poster presented at the UW College of Education Research Symposium, Laramie, WY.

Hardesty, C. (2015, January) Health and Disability. College of Pharmacy. Laramie, WY

Root-Elledge S., Hardesty C., Hubert, S. (2014, November). Members of Wyoming’s Communities of Practice are Improving Wyoming Student Transitions. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). Washington D.C.

Root-Elledge, S. Hardesty, C. (2014, November). Growing Our Own: Building Capacity with Wyoming’s Professional Learning Community in Assistive Technology. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), Washington D.C.

Hardesty, C. Bowser, G. (October, 2014). Building Capacity in AT using a Professional Learning Community Model: A Rural Approach. Closing the Gap. Minneapolis, MN

Hardesty, C., Hubert, S., Hoff, K., Haney, J. Bullinger, C. (2014, October) Invited speaker. Recommendations from a Community of Practice in Transitions: Early Childhood, Secondary to Postsecondary, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Needs. Wyoming Association of Special Education Administrators (WASEA). Casper, W.Y.

DiRienzo, S., Hardesty, C. (2014, February). Wyoming Act Early. Association of University Centers on Disability.

Hardesty, C. (2013, October). Population and public health outreach. Laramie, WY.

Hardesty. C. Wright, T. (2012, April). WDH and WDOC partnership for communicable disease prevention. Poster presented at the 2012 National STD conference. Atlanta, GA.

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