Updated Notice (October 30, 2020): WATAP is moving offices over the next month! Beginning October 30, our short-term device lending program will be on hold and we will place all requests on a wait list. We hope to begin fulfilling requests after December 4th. Device demonstrations will not be available during this time frame as well. 

Due to COVID-19, we continue to evaluate the extent we are able to provide all of our services while maintaining the health and safety of our staff and of those receiving our services. In-person trainings and public outreach events will continue to be suspended for the foreseeable future. We are offering a variety of assistive technology webinars in the upcoming weeks, so follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for the latest updates and announcements.

Please check back for future updates and do not hesitate to contact us via 800-214-8731 or watap@uw.edu.

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.