Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Speech-Language Pathologist Wins Distinguished Educator Award

August 9, 2022

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities is pleased to announce that Terri Wofford, MS, CCC-SLP, has been awarded the 2022 Bright Star Distinguished Educator Award. Presented by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, the annual Bright Star Distinguished Educator Award recognizes outstanding performance by individuals identified by both their peers and community as having consistently excelled in the field of disabilities within the education system.

Terri Wofford is a speech-language pathologist at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, an academic unit of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming. While Terri wears many hats, this award recognizes her work as an educator and advocate for people with disabilities. She provides training and technical assistance to speech-language pathologists around the state, in the assessment, implementation, and use of augmentative and alternative communication. Her instruction has increased the knowledge and abilities for speech-language pathologists statewide who integrate communication strategies for students with disabilities. 

Recently, Terri advocated for changes to Wyoming Medicaid to support the purchase of augmentative and alternative communication devices for those in need. Terri was tenacious in her advocacy for change, leading to a new policy that now covers augmentative and alternative communication under Wyoming Medicaid.

Learn more about Terri’s work with assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication at www.uwyo.edu/watr.