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.

Tour of Assistive Technology

Introduction

The Tour of Assistive Technology (AT) is an overview organized by activity and functional limitation. Examples are general and not comprehensive of available solutions. The tour is intended to give people a place to start when exploring how technology can help achieve goals.

You can view AT solutions by activity or functional limitation in the left navigational pane. Additional information from this website, related to the selected activity or function, will also be displayed. Have a great tour and please contact us if you have any questions or need personalized assistance.

View or print our Selection Process Worksheet as a guide of questions to ask when considering assistive technology.

View or print our guide on Developing a Funding Strategy to have a step-by-step reference of where to start the funding funding process. 

Definition of Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) includes both devices and services. A device is any item or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability. Many high-tech and low-tech devices are now available to assist people with disabilities with daily living tasks, education, work, and recreation.

Examples of AT devices include: wheelchairs, Velcro, adapted clothing and toys, computers, seating systems, powered mobility, augmentative communication devices, special switches, assisted listening devices, visual aids, memory prosthetics, and thousands of other commercially available or adapted items.

AT services support people with disabilities or their caregivers to help them select, acquire, or use AT devices. Such services also include functional evaluations, training on or demonstration of devices, and purchasing or leasing devices.