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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
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Training and Events

Assistive Technology: Theory and foundations for student success

Assistive Technology: Theory and foundations for student success will provide participants with basic knowledge about the field of assistive technology, a wide range of assistive technology devices, and the legal mandates for schools to provide technology devices and services for students with disabilities in educational settings.  A confidential case-study approach will be used to examine assistive technology options for individuals who are known to class participants. The course also examines assistive technology for persons with disabilities at all levels of disability across various disability categories and ages.  Although this course targets educators, any individuals interested in assistive technology will benefit from this core foundations class. 

This course is a prerequisite for any additional courses offered in the Assistive Technology Series. 2014 topics include:

  • Assistive Technology: Considering and documenting the need for AT in IEPs (Fall 2014)
  • Assistive Technology Implementation: Strategies for helping students use AT  in educational settings (Spring 2015)

Location: Online distance learning courses. The courses are asynchronous.  Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but will require on average 3-4 hours of participation per week. 
Instructor: Gayl Bowser/Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Course dates: September 2-December 16, 2014
Registration:  Enroll online>
Cost: $325 per attendee. Course materials will be provided electronically at no additional cost to participants.
Capacity: 20 participants
Continuing education: Course participants are eligible for:

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

Questions: Please E-mail or call (307) 766-5003

Assistive Technology: Considering and documenting the need in Individualized Education Plans (IEP)

For each student with a disability who uses assistive technology there is a starting point. Because IDEA requires that every IEP team consider whether a child who needs special education requires assistive technology devices and services (34 C.F.R. § 300.324 (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1414 (d)(3) and (4) (B) and (e)), consideration during an IEP meeting is the most typical time that the need for AT is first discussed. Teams planning for students who receive special education services are required to consider the need for assistive technology at every IEP meeting. This means the team reviews the student’s educational needs and determines whether there is any AT that would “increase, maintain, or improve the student’s functional capability.”

This online course will discuss the following topics from both an individual student perspective and from the perspective of actions a district or other education agency  might take to ensure equitable provision of AT services. Topics to be addressed will include:

  • District responsibility to provide AT devices and services
  • Funding for AT in Wyoming
  • AT consideration process
  • Feature matching
  • Documenting AT needs in the IEP
  • How to write SMART IEP goals
  • Transition Planning for students who use AT
  • And much, much more….

Location: Online distance learning courses via Wyocourses. The course is asynchronous. Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but require on average 2-3 hours of participation per week.
Instructor: Gayl Bowser/Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Course dates: September 2-December 16, 2014
Registration:  Enroll online>
Cost: $275 per attendee. Course materials will be provided electronically at no additional cost to participants.
Capacity: 20 participants
Continuing education: Course participants are eligible for:

  • 48 CEUs, or
  • 3 PTSB credits

Questions: Please E-mail or call (307) 766-5003

iPads, iPhones, & iPods: “Who Has the App Factor?”

Date: September 10, 2014
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.   
Cost: $35  
Register: Enroll online> You will receive an E-mail with the webinar link and joining instructions after payment. If you do not receive instructions within 5 business days of payment, E-mail

The App Factor is back…and is bigger and better than ever!

Learn the steps for the consideration, acquisition, and integration of iPad apps in pre-school, school, and community settings.  See the features of several communication, vision, learning, and multi-media apps during this live interactive presentation.   

WATR will facilitate a question and answer session about apps. Gain answers to your questions from a variety of expertise and experience in the assistive technology field, including speech language pathology, vision, and classroom implementation.

WATR will provide downloadable handouts of resources and tools to help match features to student needs.  Attendees will also be given an App Evaluation Rubric to the rate the use of the communication apps with their clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the Clinical Features of AAC Apps
  • Apply at least one strategy to determine which type of AAC Apps are beneficial for various communicators
  • Identify the accessibility features of iOS devices, such as the iPad.
  • Identify the accessibility features of Microsoft Surface.
  • Identify the differences between the Android, iPad and Surface tablets.
  • Access additional resources to support the accessibility features on the (iPad, Android and Microsoft Surface)

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.



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.


Barb Locke, B.A., ATP     (307) 349-3547   |

Darcy Regan M.A.,CCC-SLP     (307) 766-2932   |

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

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.

Location: University of Wyoming Union, Laramie, Wyoming
Instructor: David Kay, M.Ed., OTR
Date: May 14, 2015
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)

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 to let us know if you are unable to attend a training.

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