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.

Device Lending Library

Our Device Lending Program offers individuals the chance to borrow an assistive technology device to help them make an independent decision about what device will work best for them before making a financial commitment. Borrow a device to see what suits your needs or as a short term accommodation if your device is being repaired or while you are waiting for the arrival of a purchased device. We also allow professionals, educators, and others to borrow devices from our inventory for professional development, training, academic, classroom, and other needs.

Highlights of the program:

  • We ship devices to you anywhere in Washington State. Software products are pre-installed and shipped on laptops.
  • Borrow period is 21 days with an option for short extensions.
  • There is a nominal fee for borrowing based on value and cost of maintenance.
  • We include a UPS return shipping label and instructions for returning the package.
  • We include a packing slip with borrowing policies and a list of devices and accessories included in the shipment.

Learn more about the process of borrowing devices or go to the device lending library.

Partners around the state:

  • Aids for Better Living is a program supported by a collaboration between WATAP and Timberland Regional Library (TRL) System  that enables library patrons to checkout and trial devices from a small collection intended to get people thinking about how AT can foster independence in everyday life. For direct access to the devices available through TRL, visit TRL's catalog.
  • WATAP also has an Aids for Better Living Program with the San Juan Island Library. To access the items available in their collection, search the catalog for "assistive technology" or "Aids for Better Living."
  • WATAP supports K-12 students statewide through a partnership with the Special Education Technology Center (SETC) to provide short-term loans of assistive technology to professionals in the school districts.