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Faculty and Staff|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Sara DiRienzo, M.A.


Phone: (307) 766-2561

Sara DiRienzo is the coordinator of information dissemination at Wyoming Institute for Disabilities as well as a project coordinator for Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center (WY F2F HIC) and Think College Wyoming (TCW).

In these roles, Sara oversees information activities regarding WIND and its associated projects including: marketing, public relations, printed information, websites, disability resources, publication accessibility, and data collection. Since joining WIND in 2009, Sara has written for numerous state, national, and WIND publications, and is the editor of WATR Waves Wyoming’s Assistive Technology Magazine. Sara coordinates marketing projects and the development annual reports, and is a member of grant writing teams at WIND. In a project role, Sara facilitates the activities of WY F2F HIC to develop and provide health information to families who have children with special health care needs and provide family support. For TCW, she works to open access to community colleges of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

Currently, Sara is fellow with the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) on Diversity and Inclusion Initiative as well as the advisor for the University of Wyoming recognized student organization, Abilities.

Sara earned her Master of Arts in English in 2014 from the University of Wyoming. Her thesis was titled Memoirists, Monsters, and Mastectomies: Stitching Together Scar Stories. Her current research interests include rhetorics of the body; visual rhetorics, particularly related to illness and scarring; representations of disability and disabled sexuality in the media, literature, and memoir; disability and new media, web, and technology; and disability theory in professional practice and service


DiRienzo, S. (2014, November). Wyoming Institute for Disabilities 20th Anniversary. Poster presented at AUCD Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

DiRienzo, S. (2014, October). Supporting students with disabilities in tutoring. Student Educational Opportunities, University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY.

DiRienzo, S. (2014, October). CEDC Webinar Series: Marketing and Branding Your UCEDD: Standing out in your University and the Community. Webinar.

DiRienzo, S., Corbett, J. (2013, November). Section 508: Ensuring Accessible Information. Laramie, WY.

DiRienzo, S. (2013, October). Transition: Moving into adult health care. MEGA Conference. Laramie, WY.

DiRienzo, S. (2013, June). Writing the body: Scars, representation, and embodied narratives. Paper presentation at the Society for Disability Studies Conference. Orlando, FL. DiRienzo, S.

DiRienzo, S. (2013, April). Refocusing representation: Creating text and images in UCEDD marketing materials for subjective portrayal of disability. Poster presented at the College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds. Laramie, WY.

DiRienzo, S. (2012, November). Refocusing representation: Creating text and images in UCEDD marketing materials for subjective portrayal of disability. Poster presented at AUCD Annual Conference. Washington, DC.


Member, Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Advisor, University of Wyoming student group, Abilities

Member, Association of University Centers on Disabilities National Community Education Directors Council, Information Dissemination Committee

Society for Disability Studies, Member

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