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Sometimes simple things can make all the difference. Things like a hospital bed, which helps make caring for a loved one at home more manageable.
Hospital Bed Helps Fulfil a Mother's Wish | USU

Hospital Bed Helps Fulfil a Mother's Wish

Sometimes simple things can make all the difference. Things like a hospital bed, which helps make caring for a loved one at home more manageable.

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This summer, Utah Assistive Technology Program Logan Coordinator Dan O’Crowley achieved Assistive Technology Professional certification. It adds a stamp of professionalism to work already being done at UATP in Logan.
Logan Coordinator Gains Certification

Logan Coordinator Gains Certification

This summer, Utah Assistive Technology Program Logan Coordinator Dan O’Crowley achieved Assistive Technology Professional certification. It adds a stamp of professionalism to work already being done at UATP in Logan.

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The last year and a half have been a lot for all of us to process. While our staff has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic well so far, it nevertheless brought some changes to the organization. Several retirements and personnel changes have impacted us, and w
UATP transitions into the post-COVID world

UATP transitions into the post-COVID world

The last year and a half have been a lot for all of us to process. While our staff has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic well so far, it nevertheless brought some changes to the organization. Several retirements and personnel changes have impacted us, and w...

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Devices from the Utah Assistive Technology Program have been granting Utahns independence for many years, but this may be a first: one of our power chairs has made its theatrical debut.
UATP Wheelchair Makes Theatrical Debut in '33 Variations'

UATP Wheelchair Makes Theatrical Debut in '33 Variations'

Devices from the Utah Assistive Technology Program have been granting Utahns independence for many years, but this may be a first: one of our power chairs has made its theatrical debut.

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An outing to a farmer's market--and many more moments of freedom--were made possible by an AT loan for a wheelchair-accessible van. Thanks to the loan, a whole family can get out in the community again.
Van Loan Helps Family Enjoy the Community Again

Van Loan Helps Family Enjoy the Community Again

An outing to a farmer's market--and many more moments of freedom--were made possible by an AT loan for a wheelchair-accessible van. Thanks to the loan, a whole family can get out in the community again.

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Throughout his years of volunteering with UATP within the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Stoke has shown his commitment to involving students in designing and building devices that improve lives of people with disabilities.
Volunteer Mike Stokes honored at Utah State University

Volunteer Mike Stokes honored at Utah State University

Throughout his years of volunteering with UATP within the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Stoke has shown his commitment to involving students in designing and building devices that improve lives of people with disabilities.

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We’ve seen the question a lot in social media: what’s your favorite assistive technology? Our coordinators often customize the solutions they create, and their answers were just as individual as the work they do.
Happy AT Awareness Day! What’s your favorite AT?

Happy AT Awareness Day! What’s your favorite AT?

We’ve seen the question a lot in social media: what’s your favorite assistive technology? Our coordinators often customize the solutions they create, and their answers were just as individual as the work they do.

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Interviews with Sarah Benj, SLC's ADA coordinator, and Everette Bacon, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah, on accessibility features including improvements to 300 West, wheelchair emergency transport and AIRA navigation.
Accessible Times: Accessibility in Salt Lake City

Accessible Times: Accessibility in Salt Lake City

Interviews with Sarah Benj, SLC's ADA coordinator, and Everette Bacon, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah, on accessibility features including improvements to 300 West, wheelchair emergency transport and AIRA navigation.

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After an ER visit, a hospitalization and a battery of tests, Alan Howell found himself disabled, almost overnight. But with the help of friends and UATP, he held onto independence.
Vernal man gains independence following a stroke

Vernal man gains independence following a stroke

After an ER visit, a hospitalization and a battery of tests, Alan Howell found himself disabled, almost overnight. But with the help of friends and UATP, he held onto independence.

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The new director of Utah State University’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is also a familiar face.
Bora Lee Named UATP's New Director

Bora Lee Named UATP's New Director

The new director of Utah State University’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is also a familiar face.

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Sachin Pavithran is the new executive director of the US Access Board. But before that, he was the UATP director. We sat down with him to talk about his own very personal experience with accessibility, assistive technology and advocacy—and where it all go
Accessible Times: an interview with US Access Board director Sachin Pavithran

Accessible Times: an interview with US Access Board director Sachin Pavithran

Sachin Pavithran is the new executive director of the US Access Board. But before that, he was the UATP director. We sat down with him to talk about his own very personal experience with accessibility, assistive technology and advocacy—and where it all go...

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Ismael Rojas is a Salt Lake City resident, student, Mexican immigrant, and volunteer at the Utah Assistive Technology Program lab. About a year and a half ago he received his first wheelchair from the program that allowed him unprecedented independence.
Ismael's story

Ismael's story

Ismael Rojas is a Salt Lake City resident, student, Mexican immigrant, and volunteer at the Utah Assistive Technology Program lab. About a year and a half ago he received his first wheelchair from the program that allowed him unprecedented independence.

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A pandemic isn’t fun. Neither is surgery. But when Gabriel Carter Olson combined those two obstacles with a therapeutic trike and a science project, he ended up winning an online science fair and speeding his own recovery.
UATP therapeutic trike helps boy recover from surgery, win science fair

UATP therapeutic trike helps boy recover from surgery, win science fair

A pandemic isn’t fun. Neither is surgery. But when Gabriel Carter Olson combined those two obstacles with a therapeutic trike and a science project, he ended up winning an online science fair and speeding his own recovery.

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Whether you aspire to be a competitive Paralympian or just want to take that first step out the door in the winter, this episode will help you know the best way to get some exercise and enjoy nature in the cold.
Winter recreation for people with disabilities

Winter recreation for people with disabilities

Whether you aspire to be a competitive Paralympian or just want to take that first step out the door in the winter, this episode will help you know the best way to get some exercise and enjoy nature in the cold.

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Dr. Sachin Pavithran, the Utah Assistive Technology Program Director, will soon be the new US Access Board Executive Director.
UATP director to assume national leadership post

UATP director to assume national leadership post

Dr. Sachin Pavithran, the Utah Assistive Technology Program Director, will soon be the new US Access Board Executive Director.

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Four hard-of-hearing experts speak out via Google Meet about communication platforms and other assistive technology that helps them survive life, the holidays and the perils of navigating a mask-wearing world.
AT Episode 5: Hearing Tech for Life

AT Episode 5: Hearing Tech for Life

Four hard-of-hearing experts speak out via Google Meet about communication platforms and other assistive technology that helps them survive life, the holidays and the perils of navigating a mask-wearing world.

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As the pandemic drags on, it seems its toll on mental health keeps growing, especially among seniors and caregivers who feel cut off from their loved ones. Here are some high-and low-tech solutions.
Fighting isolation among Utah’s seniors and caregivers

Fighting isolation among Utah’s seniors and caregivers

As the pandemic drags on, it seems its toll on mental health keeps growing, especially among seniors and caregivers who feel cut off from their loved ones. Here are some high-and low-tech solutions.

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We’ve known for months that work can happen online. But what about play? Here’s a list of games you can enjoy with your friends and family, in the same room or a different state.
Playing at a distance

Playing at a distance

We’ve known for months that work can happen online. But what about play? Here’s a list of games you can enjoy with your friends and family, in the same room or a different state.

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Video communication apps are the stuff of pandemic survival. Here are some October 2020 observations on apps and ways to use them.
UPDATE: A quick comparison of communication apps

UPDATE: A quick comparison of communication apps

Video communication apps are the stuff of pandemic survival. Here are some October 2020 observations on apps and ways to use them.

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October's podcast is on AT that helps parents deliver special education at home in the COVID era.
Podcast: Special education at home in the age of COVID

Podcast: Special education at home in the age of COVID

October's podcast is on AT that helps parents deliver special education at home in the COVID era.

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UATP’s demonstration and loan program has helped people in southeastern Utah receive the equipment they need, helping them remain independent.
SE Utahns receive devices they need from UATP

SE Utahns receive devices they need from UATP

UATP’s demonstration and loan program has helped people in southeastern Utah receive the equipment they need, helping them remain independent.

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In this second episode dedicated to tactile learning, Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen of Bowling Green State University points out the advantages of tactile exploration, not just for the Blind but for everyone.
Accessible Times: The UATP Podcast episode 3

Accessible Times: The UATP Podcast episode 3

In this second episode dedicated to tactile learning, Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen of Bowling Green State University points out the advantages of tactile exploration, not just for the Blind but for everyone.

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Last month, David Kojorski received an iPad with a protective case, through a small grant from the Utah Assistive Technology Program.
UATP small grant helps a boy communicate

UATP small grant helps a boy communicate

Last month, David Kojorski received an iPad with a protective case, through a small grant from the Utah Assistive Technology Program.

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The first episode of Accessible Times: The UATP Podcast is now live! You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
UATP'S "Accessible Times" podcast launches now!

UATP'S "Accessible Times" podcast launches now!

The first episode of Accessible Times: The UATP Podcast is now live! You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

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In the wake of the pandemic, UATP and other agencies focus on technology that fights isolation with more devices, to be loaned to those who need them.
UATP, other agencies team up to fight isolation

UATP, other agencies team up to fight isolation

In the wake of the pandemic, UATP and other agencies focus on technology that fights isolation with more devices, to be loaned to those who need them.

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UATP creates a face shield for autistic woman, invites others who need adapted personal protective equipment to contact us.
UATP joins effort to make face shields for individual needs

UATP joins effort to make face shields for individual needs

UATP creates a face shield for autistic woman, invites others who need adapted personal protective equipment to contact us.