The WSL is pleased to partner with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming and to direct our patrons to the many great assistive technology resources they make available to Wyoming residents. We’ll be working with these folks more closely in 2016 and beyond to spread the word to the Wyoming library community about these powerful resources.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities (read more at the Assistive Technology Industry Association website). In layman’s terms, AT refers to a device that can help someone with a disability do something they might otherwise have trouble with.
Do you know someone who could use help reading ebooks or listening to audiobooks? Perhaps you’re a caregiver, responsible for a loved one with a reading or learning disability, with limited vision or hearing capacity, or with another impairment that’s prevented them from enjoying day-to-day activities. There’s help available by way of UW’s WATR program.
About the Program
- WATR offers AT assessments and AAC assessments, all conducted by an assistive technology specialist or a speech language pathologist;
- Users can learn about and borrow devices;
- WATR hosts a variety of trainings and event opportunities for individuals to learn more about assistive technology;
- Download copies of WATR’s recent publications and brochures, like DispATch and WATR Waves;
- Learn about assistive technology from the comfort of your home or office with live and archived webinars.