Due to the ever changing and on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily putting in-person device demonstrations on hold and are offering virtual device demos via video/web when possible. We will continue to provide the rest  of our in-person services as long as we are able to maintain the health and safety of our staff and of those receiving our services. We are open for device borrowing requests and iCanConnect WA 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.

About Us

The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) is located at the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), within the Center for 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
  • Alice Klein - Program Coordinator
  • 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.

  • Mario Eiland - Representative from Department of Services for the Blind
  • Reginald George - Consumer Representative
  • Sandy Goodwick - Consumer Representative
  • Petra Heppner-Nelson - Representative from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • 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
  • Bill Youngman - Representative from Division of Vocation Rehabilitation

Annual Reports

Funding Year 2020- October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020 Previous Funding Years

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