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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Sandy Root-Elledge, M.A.

Sandy Root-Elledge is the associate director for program development at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. She oversees program management and organizational development.  Her most current work focuses on the development of Wyoming’s professional learning community in assistive technology and communities of practice for improving Wyoming student transitions.  She directs Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, the state’s Assistive Technology Act program and the Wyoming Accessibility Center which provides services designed to increase access to information and community for individuals with disabilities.  Ongoing work include the development and direction of the Wyoming Clearinghouse for Accessible Instructional Materials;  co-direction of WY Think College, the strategic planning for post-secondary for individuals with intellectual disabilities; and leadership for the states integrated employment team, convened to increase employment rates for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

As the parent of two adult-age children with developmental and other disabilities, she offers that perspective to state partners that include the Wyoming Departments of Health, Workforce Services, Education and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

She holds an M.A. and B.A. in sociology. Prior to her work at WIND, she was a research associate at the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center and a radio and television producer at advertising agencies in Detroit and New York.


Phone: (307) 766-2764


Barnes, Donna, Root-Elledge, Sandra.  (2013). Leadership matters: Draft resistance in the Japanese American Internment Camps during World War II.  Mobilization: An International Journal. (Under review)

Barnes, Donna, Root-Elledge, Sandra.  (2013). The Effect of political opportunity, framing, and cultural context on movements mobilizing under repressive conditions: Lessons from the Heart Mountain Internment Camp.  Research in Social Movements: Conflict and Change.(Under review)

Barrett, Steven, F., Morton, Scott A., Root-Elledge, S.L. (2013). Service learning: Assistive technology undergraduate design projects.  Journal of Engineering Education. (Under review)

S.F. Barrett, J.R. Anderson, S.A. Morton, S. Root-Elledge, “Service Learning: Assistive Technology Undergraduate Design Projects,” American Society for Engineering Educators 2012  Annual Conference,  June 2012

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities: 2009-2010 Report to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, June 2010. S. Root-Elledge: Report by the Chairperson

S.F. Barrett, S.A. Morton, S. Root-Elledge, “Undergraduate Design Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities: Reflections,” in Proceedings of the 44th Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium     (Denver, CO), Apr. 2007. Also in ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, vol. 43. , pp. 296-301.

Fleming, D., Root-Elledge, S. and Shelsta, N. (2009). Abuse against elders and vulnerable adults: potential legal remedies. Wyoming Adult Protection Training Grant.

Variance in Special Education Spending and Service Delivery, A report to Wyoming Legislators: House Bill 0078. January 2005.

Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues: Wyoming Issues Women’s Survey. June 2004.

“Big Horn National Forest Community Assessments.” June 2003.


Goldman, A., Root-Elledge, S., Mineo, B., Williams, S., Gay, J., Blair, M., Sack, S., Page, C.  Assistive       Technology and Transition.  2013 Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C.

Root-Elledge, S., Hubert, S., and Westlake, L. (2013, July) Promising Practices in Pre-School, Residential, and Post-Secondary Transitions: A look at how Communities of Practice will positively impact this effort. Wyoming Leadership Conference.  Lander, WY. 

Root-Elledge, Sandy.  (2013, May). Collaborative Projects in Assistive Technology.  Assistive Technology Act Program Directors National Meeting.  Bethesda, MD.

Hayfield, K., Hayhurst, J., Jaco, L., Lauren, K., Page,C. Root-Ellege, S. (2013, May) Ideas you can steal. AssistiveTechnology Act Program Directors National Meeting.  Bethesda, MD.

Zabala, J. with Carson, J., Harris, J.P., Rail, M., Root-Elledge, S., (2013, May) What’s new with Accessible instructional  materials. Assistive Technology Act Program Directors National Meeting. Bethesda, MD. 

Exline,M., Gunther, W., Pleasant, J., Root-Elledge, S. (2013, May). Supporting AT use in schools. Assistive Technology Act Program Directors National Meeting.  Bethesda, MD.

Root-Elledge, S. (2013, January).  Professional Learning Communities in Assistive Technology: Building AT Capacity in Frontier Communities.  2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Assistive Technology Act Program Directors Meeting. Rapid City, SD.

Root-Elledge, S., Goldman, A., Hammond, M., Pavithran, S., Newcomb, A. (2012, November). Assistive Technology Reutilization: UCEDD AT Act Programs Leading the Way. Poster Presentation. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C.

MacLean, W.E., Jr. & Root-Elledge, S. (2011, November). WY Think College. 2012 Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Crystal City, VA.

Root-Elledge, S. (2010, December). Provided Testimony. Administration on Developmental Disabilities ‘Listening Tour.’ Denver, CO.

Root-Elledge, S. (2010, March). Collaborations to Leverage Additional Funding from AT Act Programs. National Conference of Assistive Technology Act Programs. Washington, D.C. 

Root-Elledge, S. (2009, June). Partnerships for Mental Health Transformation in Rural and Frontier Communities.  National Association of Rural Mental Health Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Nikkel, P., Root-Elledge, S., Markus, S.  (2007, January). Community Readiness: Creatively and Strategically Building and Sustaining Systems of Care through Collaboration, Connection, and Cultural Competency. Atlanta, GA.

Root-Elledge, S., Wood, C., Heath, D. (2006, October). Navigating the Seamless System of Information In a Frontier State: Wyoming’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. Washington, D.C.


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