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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


WATR Open Lab schedule through September 2015

Thursdays, 1-4:30 p.m.

August 27: Enhanced vision devices

    Meet in person Julia Lausch from Wyoming Vision Collaborative!

September 3: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices

September 10: Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) devices and services

September 17: Assistive Technology (AT) for grades K-12

September 24: Reuse equipment and sale showcase

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! 

By visiting our open lab you can see what equipment WATR offers through our short term (6 week) loan program as well as view what items are available for sale in our reuse program. WATR has communication devices and assistive technology to aid in daily living, vision, hearing, and learning. Open lab hours are scheduled on Thursdays between 1-4:30 p.m. (closed holidays). WATR is located at the intersection of 9th and Clark streets, in the University of Wyoming Health Sciences Building, room 151.

Great for assistive technology users, students, instructors, community members, or anyone who wants to learn more about assistive technology and WATR resources!

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


AT and AAC assessments in your area

2015-2016 REGIONAL ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Location

Date

Enroll with paperwork by*:

Cody

September 23-25, 2015

September 9, 2015

Casper

November 4-6, 2015

October 21, 2015

Rock Springs

January 27-29, 2016

January 13, 2016

Torrington

April 20-22, 2016

April 6, 2016

WATR offers fee for service AT Assessments and AAC assessments, all conducted by assistive technology specialists or a speech language pathologist.

*Paperwork must be received by the deadline in order to secure your assessment. Space is limited to ten assessments at each location.

Contact:

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

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


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: Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Course dates: August 31-December 18, 2015
Registration:

Cost: $325 per attendee.
Text: Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities (2nd Edition) Paperback – August 20, 2011 by Dell, Newton and Petroff - Purchase via Amazon.
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 watr@uwyo.edu or call  (307) 766-5003

Students in a classroom use laptopsAssistive 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. 2015-2016 topics include:

  • Assistive Technology: Ensuring Continuity of Use in Transitions (Fall 2015)
  • Assistive Technology: Applications for reading and writing success (Spring 2016)
  • Assistive Technology: Consideration and Inclusion in the IEP (Summer 2016)

Assistive Technology: Ensuring continuity of use in transitions

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: August 31-December 18, 2015
Registration:

Cost: $275 per attendee.
Text: Implementing ongoing transition plans for the IEP:  A student drive approach to IDEA Mandates. Available at: http://www.attainmentcompany.com/implementing-IEP-plans
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 watr@uwyo.edu or call (307) 766-5003

Without adequate preparation for change, the gains that individuals with disabilities who use assistive technology (AT) make may be lost during and after transitions to new environments. However, if people who use AT and the people who advocate for them have the right kind of skills and supports leading up to and during transitions, continuity of AT use is much more likely.  

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Assistive Technology: Ensuring continuity of use in transitions will focus on concepts and resources that can increase independence and self-advocacy for students who use assistive technology.  We will explore three aspects of effective transitions:

  • Development of AT skills for independence
  • Skills for self-determination in the use of AT
  • Effective transition planning

We will also explore variety of AT devices that can be used to increase independence, self-sufficiency and cognitive support for adults who use AT.

This course requires a prerequisite of the AT Foundations course or instructor approval. Additional courses offered in the Assistive Technology Series in 2015-2016 include:

  • Assistive Technology: Theory and Foundations (Fall 2015)
  • Assistive Technology: Applications for reading and writing success (Spring 2016)
  • Assistive Technology: Consideration and Inclusion in the IEP (Summer 2016

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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