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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

147 Health Sciences Building, 766-2671
FAX: (307) 766-2763
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Executive Director: William E. MacLean, Jr., Ph.D.


WILLIAM E. MACLEAN, JR, B.S. Emory University 1976; M.S. Vanderbilt University 1978; Ph.D. 1980; Professor of Psychology 1998, 1996.

Assistant Professor

MICHELLE JARMAN, B.A. University of California at Berkeley 1989; M.A. Northern Michigan University 2000; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago 2006; Assistant Professor of Disability Studies 2007.

Academic Professional/Senior Lecturer

KENNETH B. HEINLEIN, B.S. University of Wyoming 1975; M.A. Colorado State University 1979; Ph.D. 1994; Academic Professional/Senior Lecturer 2001, 1995.

Academic Professional/Assistant Lecturer

LEILA MONAGHAN, B.A. Bryn Mawr 1982; M.A. Coumbia University 1989; Ph.D. UCLA 1996; Assistant Lecturer 2011.
B.S. University of Wyoming 2001; M.A. 2003; Assistant Lecturer 2004. W. DAVID SCHAAD, B.S. Utah State University 1984; M.H.R. University of Oklahoma 1988; Associate Lecturer 2009.
LAURIE MARQUARDT WESTLAKE, B.S. University of Wyoming 1978; B.A. 1986; M.Ed. 1998; Ph.D. 2005; Assistant Lecturer 2006.

Disability Studies Advisory Committee

Martin Agran, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education
Mary Burman, Ph.D., Professor, School of Nursing
Mark Byra, Ph.D., Professor, Kinesiology and Health
Catherine Connolly, Ph.D., Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Jeanne Holland, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English
David L. Jones, Ph.D., Professor, Communication Disorders
William E. MacLean, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Psychology; Executive Director, WIND


Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is part of a national network of University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). These centers provide a broad array of interdisciplinary academic, clinical, and research experiences of people with disabilities-particularly developmental disabilities. A wide variety of disciplines contribute to the study of disabilities.

WIND offers a Disability Studies Minor which 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, and draws specifically from social sciences, humanities, and health sciences.

Disability Studies has an ethical commitment to place the interests and voices of people with disabilities at the center of our curricula and training activities. The Disability Studies Minor balances theoretical exploration with practical application, and provides students with a vibrant understanding of disability history, cultural representation, policy concerns, and current debates. Ultimately, students in the minor will work closely with people with disabilities, and gain the skills and perspectives to participate in unique disability research and advocacy.

Disability Studies Minor Requirements:

18 credit hours total

All students in the minor are required to complete three WIND core courses, one WIND elective, and two external electives related to disability issues. External electives should be selected in consultation with a Disability Studies faculty advisor.

Required Core Courses: 9 credits

  • WIND 2100 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • WIND 4020 Disability Studies Theory & Practice
  • WIND 4500 Disability Studies Practicum
  • WIND Elective: 3 credits selected from other WIND offerings
  • WIND 2700 Gender and Disability
  • WIND 2500 Topics in Disability Studies
  • WIND 3160 Disability Civil Rights Movements
  • WIND 4050 Independent Study
  • WIND 4990 Topics in Disability Studies
  • External Electives: 6 credits selected from other UW course offerings related to disability studies
  • (3 credits lower division & 3 credits upper division recommended)

Since an overarching goal of the minor is to examine disability as an essential element of human diversity, this program is designed to complement majors from across the university. For more detailed information, visit our website: You may also contact faculty advisor Michelle Jarman at or by phone at 766-5060, or visit the WIND office located in the Health Sciences Building, room 147.

Disability Studies Program Goals:

These goals are conceptualized as the ultimate "ends" we hope to achieve in educating students and trainees in disability studies.

  1. Promote full social integration by providing knowledge, awareness, and experience of inclusion and integration of people with disabilities as a foundational ethical principle of disability studies.
  2. Position disability as a social justice issue by exposing students to historical and contemporary disability issues and providing learning opportunities to identify, articulate, and address inequities and injustices affecting the lives of people with disabilities.
  3. Position disability as diversity by providing theoretical and practical contexts for thinking about disability as a component of human diversity, and providing students with tools to critically examine social and cultural constructions of disability.

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