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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)
Dept 4298, 1000 E University Ave.
Health Sciences Bldg. Room 151
Intersection of 9th and Clark, across from Turtle Rock Coffee & Cafe
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6187
Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463
Email: watr@uwyo.edu
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Training and Events


AT and AAC assessments in your area

WATR will be in your area for assessments! Please contact us to schedule an on-site assessment using the timetable below. Fee-for-service rate applies but travel costs are waived.

Location

Dates

Enroll with paperwork by*:

Jackson September 16-17, 2014 September 1, 2014
Riverton November 4–6, 2014 October 28, 2014
Evanston January 27–29, 2015 January 13, 2015
Buffalo March 17–19, 2015 March 3, 2015
Laramie May 11–13, 2015 April 28, 2015

*Paperwork must be received by deadline in order to secure assessment. Space is limited to ten assessments at each location. Please contact us to set up an on-site assessment at your designated school, facility, or home.

The assessment charge for each client is $1,250; travel costs are waived.

Contact:

Barb Locke, B.A., ATP     (307) 349-3547   |  Blocke@uwyo.edu

Darcy Regan M.A.,CCC-SLP     (307) 766-2932   |  DRegan1@uwyo.edu


MEGA Conference

Presentation: How to choose the right mobile device: iPads, Androids, Surface or Chromebook?

Date: October 16 and 17, 2014
Location: Hilton Garden Inn-Laramie, Wyoming
Register:
Visit the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities website for registration details
Presentation date and time: October 17, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

How do you choice the right technology to enhance your success in independence, work and school?  There are currently many different mobile devices available to you.  Which mobile device is best for you: the iPad, an Android tablet, a  Microsoft Surface, or a Chromebook? These devices have many features, but determining which is right for you can be tricky.  This presentation will familiarize individual(s) with each mobile device.  We will also show the accessibility features of the mobile devices.

  1. Attendees will be able to identify the accessibility features of iOS devices, such as the iPad.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify the accessibility features of Microsoft Surface.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify the differences between the Android, iPad and Surface tablets.
  4. Attendees will gain knowledge on devices that he or she can use for independence, work, and school.

Demo Days-Powell

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest College
              Student Center Lounge
              231 W. 6th Street
              Powell, Wyoming


Learn about and experience assistive technology devices through hands-on demonstrations from WATR’s loan library targeted at alternative access for studying, learning, communicating, and more!  No preregistration. This event is free.


Strategies for Access and Language Integration (SALI) Training

Date: May 14, 2015
Location: University of Wyoming Union, Laramie, Wyoming
Instructor: David Kay, M.Ed., OTR
Registration: Sign up online> or  call 1-800-848-8008. Faxed/mailed purchase orders accepted with a $30 processing fee.
Cost: $75
Continuing education: This program is offered for 0.5 CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

Through demonstration, video example and hands on experience participants explore eye gaze technology, infrared sensing (headtracking), joystick and alternative mouse control, touch access, single and multiple switch control for AAC devices.
Clinical and practical assessment considerations are discussed across the access methods, along with implications for teaching and common adjustments to increase effectiveness. The relationship between motor actions and language learning is reviewed in context with how someone with physical or multiple disabilities becomes an effective, proficient communicator with AAC. All Equipment Provided Participants do not need to bring AAC devices.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:
• Distinguish the primary methods of direct and indirect selection by which an individual with physical or multiple disabilities may access an AAC device.
• Identify characteristics within each access method that can be adjusted and matched to a new leaner’s physical, cognitive, and sensory skills and abilities.
• Articulate a flexible, outcome-oriented and language-centered assessment approach for considering the various AAC alternative access methods for an individual with physical or multiple disabilities.
• Describe strategies to prevent access related challenges from impeding an individual’s full engagement in language learning and interaction with his or her AAC system.
• Describe therapeutic strategies to engage and empower the child with alternative access needs who is learning to communicate with AAC.

Who should attend

OTs, SLPs, ATPs, Educators and others who support individuals who currently use or may need to use alternative access methods and augmentative communication technology. This course is appropriate for both beginners and those with experience in assistive technology and AAC.

Learn more by downloading the training brochure.

 


WATR training cancellation policy

For all WATR trainings, the last opportunity for a full refund requires cancellation 10 days prior to the event. For a half refund, you may cancel up to five days before the event. No refund will be issued with less than a five day notice. Please call 1-888-989-9463 or E-mail watr@uwyo.edu to let us know if you are unable to attend a training.


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