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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


Three people working in the WATR lab on assistive technology devices. NEW! Open lab hours

Thursdays, 1-4:30 p.m.

Visit during open lab to see the equipment available from WATR’s short term loan program. Many devices will be available to try including: assistive technology for daily living, vision, hearing, employment, and learning. There is no appointment needed during this time. Just come in whenever works best for you! However, if after visiting the open lab you would like more information about a certain device you are welcome to schedule a private session or assessment.

The WATR Lab is located at the intersection of 9th and Clark Streets in the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences building, room 151.
For questions, contact WATR at watr@uwyo.edu | (307) 766-6187.

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


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*:

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


Assistive Technology: Strategies for helping students use AT in educational settings

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: January 26-May 15, 2015
Registration: NEW! TWO WAYS TO ENROLL:

Cost: $275 per attendee + cost of required text
Required text: Education Tech Points (2006), Reed and Bowser. Available through: www.educationtechpoints.org/manuals-materials
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

When an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team completes an assistive technology assessment and determines that assistive technology tools are needed by a child with disabilities, the work has only begun. Without a conceptual framework for the kinds of skills that must be taught to students who use assistive technology, teachers may be at a loss to know how to proceed.  This online course offers such a framework. It suggests four areas of competence that must be developed by every assistive technology user and strategies for teaching each of them.  Included in the model are strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of the AT training program and making changes based on performance data. We will discuss course 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.

This course is part of the assistive technology implementation series; more classes on implementation will follow.


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: NEW! TWO WAYS TO ENROLL:

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 watr@uwyo.edu 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 watr@uwyo.edu to let us know if you are unable to attend a training.


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