Western’s Wellbeing and Accessibility Department Receives Grant to Purchase New Furniture

Western’s Wellbeing and Accessibility Department Receives Grant to Purchase New Furniture

Those on hand for the check presentation are from left to right Accessibility and Disability Specialist Lyndsey Love, Office Assistant Torie Bertagnolli, Director of Wellbeing and Accessibility Amy Galley, and Rocky Mountain Power Foundation representative Ron Wild.

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College’s (Western) Wellbeing and Accessibility Department was recently awarded a grant from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to assist with new accessibility features on campus. This grant, totaling $4,830.14, will purchase new tables and chairs for several Western classrooms.  

Western’s Accessibility Committee continually assesses Western’s environment to ensure a fully accessible and inclusive institution where all can be assured full access to learn, work, live and thrive. This committee is made up of faculty, professionals, and paraprofessionals. Through an audit, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Education, Western identified accessible seating as an important classroom need. With the information from the audit, the Accessibility Committee recommended that a grant be written to the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation for the purchase of accessibility seating improvements.  

“The Western Accessibility Committee is excited to use Rocky Mountain Power’s generous grant to improve seating accessibility for our students and community members,” Western’s Accessibility and Disability Specialist Lyndsey Love said. “The funds will help us upgrade seating in our classrooms and make our facility more welcoming to people with disabilities.” 

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Western will be purchasing 14 adjustable desks and four oversized soft chairs with the grant proceeds. Desk heights will be adjustable, enabling students to move the tabletop up or down depending on their needs. This will allow wheelchair users and others to comfortably use a desk during class. The oversized soft chairs will offer students better accessible seating. Such seating could be used by students with orthopedic injuries or other disabilities.

“The college is always striving for a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment that meets the needs of all students and community members that participate in our programs,” Amy Galley, the Director of Wellbeing and Accessibility at Western said. “We are excited to partner with Rocky Mountain Power to assure all classrooms are accessible.”

Through improvements like these, Western works to achieve accessibility for all within the college environment. These items will be available in Western’s classrooms at the start of the fall semester.