About Us

The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) is located at the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability (UWCTD), within the Institute on 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
  • Brennen Johnston - Assistive Technology Support Technician
  • 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.

  • Shawn Christensen - Consumer Representative
  • Mario Eiland - Representative from Department of Services for the Blind
  • Donna Erlandson - Consumer Representative
  • Reginald George - Consumer Representative
  • Sandy Goodwick - Consumer Representative
  • 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
  • Ellie Vainker - Representative of State Non-Profit Alternative Financing Program
  • Toni Wheeler - Representative from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Bill Youngman - Representative from Division of Vocation Rehabilitation

Annual Reports

Funding Year 2021- October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021 Previous Funding Years

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