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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email:teached@uidaho.edu

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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email: teached@uidaho.edu

Matthew Wappett

Matthew Wappett


Office: Business Incubator 116-B
Phone: (208) 885-6144
Email: wappett@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho, Center on Disabilities and Human Development
P.O. Box 444401
Moscow, ID 83844-4401

College of Education
Center on Disabilities and Human Development
Interdisciplinary Training Director & Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2006


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Disability Studies, Inclusion, Geography of Disability, Mind/Body Academics & Contemplative Pedagogy
  • Biography
    I have always known thatthe life of a “traditional” academic would not suit my drive and community-basedfocus.  In 2002, I made the decision towork within the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities(UCEDD) network by accepting a job as a Research Analyst at the University ofAlaska Anchorage.  In my position at theUniversity of Alaska Anchorage’s Center on Human Development, I worked on threefederally funded Medicaid systems change projects and provided research andpolicy expertise to the State of Alaska Department of Health and Human Servicesand the Alaska Governor’s Council on Disability and Special Education.  After three years at UAA, the University ofIdaho UCEDD, the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), hired meto lead their interdisciplinary training program. My employment at theUniversity of Idaho (UI) began in March 2006, when I was hired as theinterdisciplinary training coordinator at the Center on Disabilities and HumanDevelopment (CDHD), with an adjunct appointment as an assistant professor inthe College of Education (COE) Department of Curriculum and Instruction(C&I).  In October 2010, I wasappointed as the interim Director of the Idaho Assistive Technology Project,one of the largest projects at the CDHD; and in August 2011, I was appointed tobe the Associate Director of the UI-CDHD. 

  • Selected Publications
    • Wappett, M.  (2002).  Self-determination and disability rights: lessons from the women’s movement.  Journal of Disability Policy Studies (JDPS), 13 (2), 120-125.   
    • Wappett, M.  (2003). Disability policy in the United States: Distributive justice as postmodern rationality. International Journal of Diversity inOrganisations, Communities and Nations.  3, 549-557.
    • Wappett, M.  (2008). Inclusionin Idaho: The State of the State since NCLB. Boise, ID: The State of Idaho & IdahoCouncil on Developmental Disabilities.
    • Wappett, M.  (2008). PreparingTeachers for Inclusion: A Report on Presevice Preparation at Seven Research Universities.   Berlin :VDM Verlag.
    • Wappett, M.  (July 1, 2011).  Using School and Classroom Space to SupportInclusion.  Proceedings ofthe 3rd Annual Conference on Education for All, University of Warsaw,Warsaw, Poland.
    • Wappett,M.  (June 27, 2011).  Primacy of Discursive Space in the Trainingof Teachers for Inclusive Schools andClassrooms.  Proceedingsof the 3rd Annual Conference on Education for All, University ofWarsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Outreach Projects

    • Administration on DevelopmentalDisabilities UCEDD Core Grant (co-writer), funded July 2, 2012for $520,000 annually for 5 years. Assisted as a secondary author in this reapplication for the CDHD’s 5year continuation grant application to the Administration on DevelopmentalDisabilities.
    • Federal Communications CommissionNational Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (co-writer), funded July 1,2012 for $65,000 annually for 2 years, with an automatic renewal pendingfunding for following years.  Thisprogram will support the purchase and distribution of assistive technology tohelp individuals who experience deafness and blindness to access varioussources of media including television, radio, and online.
    • Idaho ThinkCollege Strategic PlanningInitiative, $15,000grant from the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) tosupport a statewide planning initiative to develop inclusive postsecondaryeducational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities inIdaho’s state colleges and universities.
    • Hope Gardens Accessibility &Sustainability Initiative, $1500 institutional grant to support thedevelopment of an accessible community garden infrastructure in Moscow forcommunity members with disabilities. Grant was written in partnership with the Palouse-ClearwaterEnvironmental Institute.  Grant wasoriginally written for $10,000; it was funded at a much lower amount because ofinstitutional funding constraints. 
    • University of Idaho CAPP ServiceLearning Grant, $650institutional grant to support service learning activities in undergraduateDisability Studies courses. 
    • Inclusion in Idaho: The State of theState, $27,000 contractfunded in September 2007 by the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities todo a comprehensive review of all facets of inclusion in the state of Idahosince the implementation of No Child Left Behind.  This will investigate legal appeal trends,personnel preparation, teacher and administrator perceptions, parentperceptions, and anecdotal evidence from students in special education.
    • Idaho Person Centered PlanningInfrastructure Development Grant, funded September 2007 for $520,000through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Written for the Idaho Council onDevelopmental Disabilities in partnership with the Idaho Department of Healthand Welfare, and the University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and HumanDevelopment.
    • Administration on DevelopmentalDisabilities UCEDD Core Grant (co-writer), funded October2007, for $500,000 annually for 5 years. Assisted as a secondary author in this reapplication for the CDHD’s 5year continuation grant application to the Administration on DevelopmentalDisabilities.  

  • Awards and Honors
    • U.S. Young Scholars Delegation Representative to the Republic of China (Taiwan), 2012. 
    • Universityof Idaho Outstanding Faculty Award for Service to Students with Disabilities,2011.
    • University of Idaho Outstanding FacultyAward for Service to Students with Disabilities, 2010.
    • University of Idaho Outstanding FacultyAward for Service to Students with Disabilities, 2009.
    • University of Idaho Service LearningFaculty Fellow, 2007.
    • NationalRural Health Association Rural Health Fellow (Alternate), 2007.
    • University of Utah Kennecott Scholar, 1998. 

"Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?" Joseph Campbell