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.

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
  • Kurt Johnson, Ph.D. - Co-Director of UW Center for Technology & Disability
  • 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, Workforce, DDA, and non-profit AFP. Community and agency representatives use their AT experience to review and inform WATAP activities statewide.

  • Shawn Christensen - Consumer Representative
  • Peggy Dotson - Representative from Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Mario Eiland - Representative from Department of Services for the Blind
  • Donna Erlandson - Consumer Representative
  • Mona Fuerstenau - Consumer Representative
  • Reginald George - Consumer Representative
  • Vacant - Representative from Workforce System
  • Heather Meares - Consumer Representative
  • Kimberly Meck - Representative from Centers for Independent Living
  • Devin Myers  - Consumer Representative
  • Lee Olsen - Consumer Representative
  • Todd Stabelfeldt - Consumer Representative
  • Alexandra Toney - Representative from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Ellie Vainker - Representative of State Non-Profit Alternative Financing Program
  • Bill Youngman - Representative from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Most Recent Annual Report

Funding Year 2022- October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022  

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