In the ever-changing, wide-ranging, often overwhelming, and profoundly individualized realm of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), all stakeholders need a wealth of knowledge and a toolbox filled with resources. New Discoveries is a series highlighting resources (some new/new to you, some you may have forgotten about) that might be of interest and use. We encourage you to explore and judge for yourself which to add to your toolbox.
Resource to Explore: Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
What is WATAP?
Established as part of the Tech Act/Assistive Technology Act, WATAP provides Assistive Technology resources and expertise to all Washingtonians with disabilities to aid in making decisions and obtaining the technology and related services needed for employment, education, and independent living.
You can learn more about the ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT OF 1998, AS AMENDED 2004 PUBLIC LAW 108-364 HERE.
Every state and territory of the United States has an Assistive Technology Act program. Locate other state programs HERE.
Why should I consider checking it out?
Many services are free or for a nominal fee.
The lending library (for a nominal fee).
Device demonstrations (free).
Professional development. Trainings are offered for professionals as a fee for service.
Technical assistance, help obtaining AT, …and more!
Where can I learn more?
To learn more, and to start accessing services from WATAP, visit the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program website.
And if you are attending the 2018 NWACS Fall Conference, look for an information table! A representative from WATAP will be setting up a table and will be onsite to answer questions.
You can read other posts in our New Discoveries series by clicking HERE.