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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

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.

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*:

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   |

Assistive Technology: Theory and foundations for student success

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 and Wendy Alameda, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Course dates: January 26-May 15, 2015
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

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. 2015 topics include:

  • Assistive Technology Implementation: Strategies for helping students use AT  in educational settings (Spring 2015)
  • Assistive Technology: Universal Design for Learning (Fall 2015)

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.


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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