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University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology
The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities launched the University of Wyoming ECHO in Assitive Technology (UW ECHO in AT) on March 14, 2014 to build capacity for assistive technology in education. Experts in assistive technology from UW’s Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, UW Communications Disorders, and the Wyoming Department of Education along with nationally-recognized trainers provided an orientation for educators from around the state to the UW ECHO in AT model. For this pilot, educators who are members of WIND’s Professional Learning Community in Assistive Technology and represent nine school districts learned about the guidelines and procedures for subsequent UW ECHO in AT sessions. Every Friday afternoon through May, UW ECHO in AT will provide didactic training in assistive technology and facilitate student case presentations by educators for mentoring and co-management with the assistive technology experts. UW ECHO in AT is a translation of the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO that has dramatically improved both capacity and access to specialty health care for rural and underserved populations. Four key components of the successful Project ECHO model were applied to the UW ECHO in AT design for use in education: the use of technology to leverage scarce resources, improving outcomes by reducing variations in care and sharing ‘best practices’, case-based learning and the monitoring of outcomes.
Once data collected from the pilot project has been analyzed and used for program improvement, UW ECHO in AT will be expanded in September to include additional educators from around the state. To contact an UW ECHO in AT representative or for more information about the project, E-mail or call Sandy-Root-Elledge at firstname.lastname@example.org, (307) 766-2764, or visit the website at http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/echo/.
Missed Dr. Sanjeev Arora’s presentation on Project ECHO? Watch it here.
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) was pleased to host Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Project ECHO director and Erika Harding, Project ECHO director, replication initiatives, at the University of Wyoming where he presented on Project ECHO. If you missed Dr. Arora’s stimulating and inspiring presentation on Project ECHO and the translation for assistive technology, you can view a recording through WyoCast.