Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog

Disability Resources

Disability Studies Minor

The Disability Studies Minor  is a diverse interdisciplinary field that investigates the nature, meanings, and consequences of disability from social, cultural, and policy perspectives.

Program Goals:

Disability studies views disability as a political construction, cultural identity, and valued lived experience, not simply as a medical condition. The minor curriculum embeds these overarching goals:

  1. Promoting full civic integration of people with disabilities;
  2. Positioning disability as an integral aspect of human diversity; and
  3. Addressing disability rights, equity, and justice in personal, relational, community, and structural contexts.

All students in the minor are required to complete 18 credit hours consisting of three WIND core courses, one WIND elective, and two additional WIND or external electives related to disability studies. External electives should be selected in consultation with a disability studies faculty advisor.

Disability Support Services

Director: Kate McLaughlin

Dept. 3135, 1000 E. University Ave.

109 Knight Hall

Phone: 307-766-3073

Email: udss@uwyo.edu

Disability Support Services at the University of Wyoming works to highlight and uplift the unique knowledge that students with disabilities bring to the University of Wyoming. We advise, advocate and empower students with disabilities to thrive, graduate and be inspired to break barriers throughout their lives.


With students as integral partners, we use an individualized process to determine reasonable accommodations across all aspects of campus, from the classroom to housing, dining and transportation. This includes our test center where we proctor exam accommodations. We encourage all students to apply and meet with our experienced coordinators to learn about possible accommodations.


We assist students in learning about how various types of technology can ensure their access and increase their efficiency. From audio versions of text, to software that reads text aloud or creates text from speech, to creating text that can be used by screen readers, we act as a resource for technology to support student success.


We work with students to create programming to support the value of disability as a part of campus diversity. We have identify focused groups for students to share their experiences and workshops to support the development of efficient strategies for academics to programs that provide students with the opportunity ton interact with faculty and the greater campus community. We also collaborate on Access UW Day, where we work with campus partners to engage everyone in considering how access improves all of our lives.


Finally, we provide consultation support to faculty and campus entities to ensure that all aspects of our campus are working to be accessible and inclusive.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY  82071


(307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TTY: (800) 908-7011

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention.

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities envisions a Wyoming where all people can participate in everyday community life as they choose.


The mission of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is to assist individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families by promoting and supporting full community inclusion, community membership, independence, productivity and social participation. Over the next five years (2022-2027), WIND will strive to improve outcomes for individuals in the areas of health and wellness, education, early intervention, employment and assistive technology.

About WIND

WIND is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in the United States. Each state now has at least one UCEDD; all UCEDDs are affiliated with universities and receive funding from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UCEDDs share the common university goals of teaching, research, and service, but have a specific interest in persons with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities, serving as a bridge between the university and community.