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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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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

 

Training and Events

Professional Development Online Distance Learning Courses

Spring 2017

COURSE: assistive technology: Roles in early childhood learning

instrUctors: gayl bowser/lead assistive technology trainer, wyoming institute for disabilities (WIND) and barbara locke, atp, wyoming assistive technology resources (WATR)

course dates: monday, january 23, 2017 to friday, may 5, 2017

cost: $275 per attendee. Course materials will be provided electronically at no additioanl cost to participants. 

capacity: 25 participants

continuing education Credits: course participants are eligible for:

    • 48 CEUs,
    • 3 PTSB credits, or
    • 3 University of Wyoming non-degree credits (at additional cost to participant)

Assistive Technology: Roles in Early Childhood Learning, participants will learn about participating in daily routines, such as eating bathing and playing allows young children opportunities to learn about their environment. When a young child has a disability that affects the ability to see, listen, vocalize, grasp, or otherwise fully participate in daily routines and activities, early experiences are significantly compromised, which can impact overall growth and development. Modifying young children’s environments by using assistive technology (AT) allows them more ways to gain access typical developmental activities and increases opportunities for learning.

Initially, Assistive Technology: Roles in Early Childhood Learning will provide participants with a general overview of assistive technology and the legal definitions of AT devices and services. Throughout the rest of the class, evidence based practices about the use of AT for young children will be presented and applied through the use of a confidential case-study approach. Although this course targets early childhood educators in public programs, all those working in the early childhood field will benefit from the class.

Online distance learning courses via the University of Wyoming learning management platform Canvas. The course is asynchronous. Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but will require on average 2-3 hours of participation per week.

Note: For classroom support for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) contact Felicia Arce, WIND AT Program Specialist at farce@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5770.

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cOURSE: aSSISTIVE tECHNOLOGY: aPPLICATIONS FOR READING success

instructor: Felicia Arce, M.ED., Wyoming institute for disabilities AT Program specialist

cOURSE DATEs: Monday, february 13, 2017 to Monday, April 17, 2017

COST: $275 per attendee. Course materials will be provided electronically at no additional cost to participants.

Capacity: 20 participants

Continuing Education Credits: Course participants are eligible for:

    • 48 CEUs,
    • 3 PTSB credits, or
    • 3 University of Wyoming non-degree credits (at additional cost to participant)

Assistive Technology: Applications for reading success will provide participants with basic knowledge about how technology can be used as an accommodation to support students who experience difficulties with the mechanics of reading. In addition, participants will explore alternatives to reading for students with print disabilities and examines assistive technology (AT) for reading for persons with disabilities at all levels of disability across various disability categories and ages. Participants will be offered the opportunity to survey a wide range of assistive technology options and select some for more in-depth investigation. Participants will be provided with an overview of evidence based practices surrounding reading instruction. Once this foundation is established, a confidential case-study approach will be used to examine AT options for individuals who are known to class participants. Although this course targets K-12 educators, any individuals interested in assistive technology for reading tasks will benefit from the class.

This assistive technology professional development course is an online distance learning course. Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but will require on average 5-6 hours of participation per week.

Note: For classroom support for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) contact Felicia Arce, WIND AT Program Specialist at farce@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5770.

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Course: Classroom supports for accessible educational materials (AEM)

instructor: Felicia arce, m.ed., wyoming institute for disabilities at program specialist

cOST: nO cOST, FREE

ON-GOING ENROLLMENT

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: COURSE PARTICIPANTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR 1 ptsb credit OR 1 uw non-degree CREDIT (At additional cost to participant).

Classroom Supports for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) - Participants will learn how to support the provision of Accessible Educationa Materials (AEM). In this course, we will go over the qualifications of a print disability and will be demonstrating assistive technology devices and services to support the provision of AEM. This course will give educators the opportunity to learn more about Accessible Educational Materials and Assistive Technology.

This course is an online distance learning course and is asynchronous. Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but will require 16 hours of total participation.

Note: For classroom support for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) contact Felicia Arce, WIND AT Program Specialist at farce@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5770.

To register for this course, please contact Gisele Knopf, AT Associate (307) 766-2051 or E-mail: watr@uwyo.edu.


Open Lab

When: Scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: WATR Lab, Health Sciences, Room 151 (intersection of 9th and Clark Streets, across from Turtle Rock Cafe)

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

By visiting Wyoming Assistive Technology Resource (WATR) Open Lab, you can learn about and have hands-on experiences with the AT WATR offers through our short term (6 week) 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 WATR resources!

Open Lab is online!

Cannot attend in person? Join any scheduled Open Lab via Zoom distance technology from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/547279238. Code 547 279 238.

Please call to schedule a login time between 2 and 3:30 p.m. MST at (307) 766-6187 or E-mail: watr@uwyo.edu.


Up-To-Date Schedule

Thurs. December 1: NO OPEN LAB

Wed. December 7/Thurs. December 8: iCanConnect - Learn about Wyoming's National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

Wed. December 14/Thurs. December 15: Switch activated devices - Check out our switch adapted toys!

Wed. December 21/Thurs. December 22: Reuse equipment for sale - WATR has gently used equipment for low vision, learning, or communcation for sale at a low cost.

Wed. December 28/Thurs. December 29 - NO OPEN LABS, Winter Closure

Wed. January 4/Thurs. January 5: Daily living and environmental adaptations - Learn about Amazon ECHO and meet Alexa!

Wed. January 11/Thurs. January 12: Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) - What does AEM offer sutdents with print disabilities? 

Wed. January 18/Thurs. January 19: Color Blind enhancement - Check out the Enchroma Color Blind sunglasses just added to our loan library!

Wed. January 25/Thurs. January 26: Learning aids: See a demonstration using the C-Pen, a handheld OCR pen.


REUSE SPECIAL: Visit WATR during any of our open lab hours and receive a 25% discount on any reuse item! A reuse item is a lightly-used assistive technology device which is for sale at an affordable price!

For questions, contact WATR at watr@uwyo.edu | (307) 766-6187.

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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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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