Updated Notice (May 6, 2020): To keep our staff and those who we serve as safe as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, WATAP has suspended our short-term device lending, face-to-face device demonstration, services provided through the iCanConnect WA program, and in-person trainings and public outreach events through at least May 31st. We are placing requests for services on a wait list and we will provide these services on a first-come first-served basis as soon as we are able. 

We are offering phone and online consultations as well as device demonstrations via video conferencing whenever possible. We are also offering assistive technology webinars in the upcoming weeks. Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for the latest updates and announcements.

We continue to evaluate the extent we can continue to provide our other services, so please check back for updates and do not hesitate to contact us via 800-214-8731 or watap@uw.edu. Thank you for your patience.

About Us

The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) is located at the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), within the Center for Human Development and Disability. Our work is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, and other funding sources.

About WATAP Key Staff

Our staff is nationally recognized for their expertise and leadership in the areas of assistive technology, accessibility of IT and other disability related research and study. For brief biographies of our staff, visit https://uwctds.washington.edu/about_us.

  • Alan Knue - Director of WATAP
  • Mark Harniss, Ph.D. - Director of UW Center for Technology & Disability Studies
  • Kurt Johnson, Ph.D. - Co-Director of UW Center for Technology & Disability Studies
  • Maria Kelley, OTR/L, ATP - Senior Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Naomi Namekata, CATIS - Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Curt Johnson, MS, CRC, ATP - Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Scott Canaan - Program Support Supervisor
  • Alice Klein - Program Coordinator
  • Jacob Rourke - Lending Library Assistant

Advisory Council Members

The Advisory Council is made up of a consumer majority with representation of agency appointed staff from OSPI, DVR, DSB, CIL, and Workforce. Community and agency representatives use their AT experience to review and inform WATAP activities statewide.

  • Mario Eiland - Representative from Department of Services for the Blind
  • Reginald George - Consumer Representative
  • Sandy Goodwick - Consumer Representative
  • Petra Heppner-Nelson - Representative from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Tyson Kuntz - Representative from Workforce System
  • Heather Meares - Consumer Representative
  • Kimberly Meck - Representative from Centers for Independent Living
  • Devin Myers  - Consumer Representative
  • Lee Olsen - Consumer Representative
  • Tyler Schrenk - Consumer Representative
  • Bill Youngman - Representative from Division of Vocation Rehabilitation

Annual Reports

Funding Year 2018- October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 Previous Funding Years

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