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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Sandy Root-Elledge, M.A.


Phone: (307) 766-2764

Sandy Root-Elledge is the associate director at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. She administers programs and oversees organizational development.  Her most current work focuses on the translation of Project ECHO from a health care to educational capacity building methodology.  She directs Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, the state’s Assistive Technology Act program, UW ECHO in Assistive Technology, the Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, and the Wyoming Accessibility Center which provides services designed to increase access to information and community for individuals with disabilities. 

As the parent of two adult-age children with developmental and other disabilities, she provides that perspective to her work and partnerships with state agencies and organizations, including 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.


Published: May 2014: Root-Elledge, S. 2014. Growing Our Own: Building Capacity in Wyoming for Assistive Technology.  Technology and media connector. Council for Exceptional Children. May.

Published: October 2014: Root-Elledge, S. and Bowser, G. 2014. Wyoming’s Professional Learning Community.  Closing the gap solutions. October.

Parent-Johnson, W., Parent-Johnson, R., Sheen, J., Bier, D., McLean, W., Root-Elledge, S., Olsen, K., and Moras, R. (2014). Statewide Strategic Planning: Promoting Postsecondary Education Options for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 23. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion. 

Bowser, G. and Reed, P., [under direction of Root-Elledge, S., Locke, B.], 2013.Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents, in-house booklet publication. (non-refereed)

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.


Root-Elledge, Victor, C., and Bowser, G. 2015. UW ECHO in Assistive Technology – Capacity Building through Videoconferencing and Mentoring. Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference. Orlando, FL. February.

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C., Hubert, S., Westlake, L. 2014. Engagement of Wyoming’s Communities of Practice Members to Improve Student Transitions. Poster Symposia. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C. November.

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C. 2015. Growing Our Own: Building capacity with Wyoming’s professional learning community in assistive technology. Poster Presentation. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C. November.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, September). Invited presenter. Translating ECHO for use in education for assistive technology. A New Norm for Health Care: The First Convening of the Global ECHO Community
Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S., Chatfield, S., Kappler, S., Locke, B. (2014, July). Invited lead presenter. Contributions of assistive technology for independence and productivity. Disability 2014 Crossroads Conference.
Gillette, WY.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, March). Invited speaker. UW ECHO in Assistive Technology.  Wyoming association of special education administrators.  Thermopolis, WY.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, March). Invited co-facilitator.  Marketing and Branding your UCEDD.  UCEDD Technical assistance institute. Crystal City, VA.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, March). UW ECHO in Assistive Technology.  U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.  Washington, D.C. 

Root-Elledge, S. and Bowser, G.  (2014, February). Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology.  Presentation at ECHO immersion training.  University of New Mexico ECHO program.  Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, January). UW ECHO in Assistive Technology.  What is ECHO? Laramie, WY.

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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