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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6187

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

Email: watr@uwyo.edu

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Device Demonstrations

**Important update: Aligned with the University of Wyoming restrictions for COVID-19, the Wyoming Assistive Technology Program will continue to operate but in a limited capacity. In-person services are suspended until further notice. WATR faculty and staff, however, are available for information and resources remotely during regular business hours. We recognize that at this time, you may have increased assistive technology needs and we are prepared to be as responsive to those needs as possible. (307) 766-6187 | WATR@UWYO.EDU.

 

Device demonstrations are available to people with disabilities and their families, as well as anyone who might be interested in how these devices work, including providers of education, health and related services. Device demonstrations will help:

  • Increase understanding of the types of devices that can help with specific needs, such as talking on the telephone or reading mail

  • Improve knowledge of a device's features, and how those features differ from other devices that perform similar functions

  • Increase understanding of how device(s) can help at work, in school, at home and in your community

You can schedule an appointment with the WATR team to test devices. WATR staff are available both in person as well as through an on-line connection using videoconferencing technology.

You can also visit with the WATR team during Open Lab hours - with no appointment required.

Open Lab is on Wednesdays
and Thursdays
from 2 - 4 p.m.

Located in the WATR Lab, Health Sciences Building, Room 151 (at the intersection of 9th and Clark Streets, across from Turtle Rock Cafe) PARK IN HS LOT. You will need to register your vehicle information at the WIND Reception Desk.

By visiting Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) Open Lab, you can learn about and have hands-on experiences with the AT offers through our short term loan program, as well as view what AT is available for sale in our reuse program.

We welcome AT users, students, instructors, community members, or anyone who wants to learn more about AT and resources.

Shelby and client at table during device demo.

Open Lab is online for easy statewide access to WATR resources!

Join Open Lab anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. through video conferencing technology. You can connect via Zoom from your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android. Link to join: https://bit.ly/watr-open-lab 

If you are a first-time Zoom user, please visit their support page and to learn how to navigate Zoom: Joining a Zoom Webinar

Also, you may be interested in Zoom Hot Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts.

Weekly Up-To-Date Schedule

Open Lab features different devices or themes each week. However, WATR staff are available to demonstrate all devices in the WATR lab, including those related to your particular need.  

July 1 & 2: WATR’s Reuse Program and Devices for Sale - WATR has lightly-used devices for low vision, daily living, learning, or communication for sale at a low cost to Wyoming residents. We also welcome lightly-used device donations from Wyoming residents to our reuse program that will benefit others in need.

July 8 & 9: GrandPad by Consumer Cellular – Learn about the GrandPad, a simple and safe way to connect seniors with their loved ones so they never miss another memory.

July 15 & 16: IPEVO Ultra High Definition USB Document Camera – See the IPEVO document camera demonstrated and its many uses, such as presenting your materials virtually or other uses such as scanning books or documents.

July 22 & 23: Switch-Adapted Toys and Devices – Check out the variety of switch-adapted toys and devices WATR offers for a short-term loan that can be used by children who are in grades K-12.

July 29 & 30: TextSpeak Wireless Speech Keyboard System – TextSpeak can convert text directly to speech! It offers a solution for communication when you are looking for a simple yet powerful speech-generating device.

August 5 & 6: Built-in Accessibility Features - Learn about the various built-in accessibility features on your device that are extensions to its operating system. These features affect the behavior of the system regardless of which applications are running, such as text-to-speech or color contrasts.

August 12 & 13: Adaptive Computer Equipment – WATR has recently added to our loan library Cocoons Blue Light Computer Eyewear to help reduce eye fatigue from digital screen exposure, as well as a Penguin ergonomic mouse and several adaptive keyboards. Check these out!

August 19 & 20: WeWALK Smart Cane: New to our loan library, this smart cane can be used with the WeWALK app on IOS or Android mobile devices for GPS navigation. Available for a six-week loan.

August 26 & 27: Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) – Learn about the services AEM can offer K-12 students with print disabilities, such as assistance with Learning Ally accounts.             

 

Contact Us

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6187

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

Email: watr@uwyo.edu

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