News and information about the Utah Assistive Technology Program.
UATP featured on KSL with custom 3D-printed grabber
It all began with a daily task that was difficult for Shawnie Christensen. She has Muscular Dystrophy. Because of this, she has low-grip strength. She used a hanger to grab things (in the past) that were out of reach, but she wanted something easier. Tha...
UATP Welcomes Journalist, Social Media Expert to the Team
Cimaron Neugebauer joins the Utah Assistive Technology Program team at Utah State University's Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice (IDRPP) Watch for him on social media and in the community as he spreads the word about assistive technolog...
Small grant fuels big dreams in tech development for wheelchair users
Dan O’Crowley had both physical and cost barriers in mind when he began a project to develop a device that would combine the health and accessibility benefits of a walking exoskeleton with the energy-conscious, battery-saving benefits of a wheelchair.
Utah State Alumni Magazine Photo Essay: Not Left Behind
UATP serves Utahns statewide. Logan’s staff members use tools, volunteers, experience, and innovation to create custom-made and affordable devices for people seeking to keep or improve their independence.
Family Can Travel Together, Thanks to Accessible Van
The Larson family avoided taking trips together. For one thing, it was hard on 15-year-old Isaac, who uses a wheelchair. For another, it was hard on Penny, his mother, who tried to ignore the pain of a spinal condition as she lifted him in and out of thei...
Small Grant Gives Peace of Mind to New Mother
Anna Turner was preparing to welcome a new baby to her home. But in addition to the usual considerations of having a newborn in the house, she had an additional concern: What if she had a seizure when her husband was at work?
More Utahns Can Access Hearing Aids Now That They Are Available Over The Counter
Over-the-counter hearing aids were recently made available without a prescription. That’s a big shift in hearing technology policy. So how will this change affect the price, quality and risk? USU Clinical Audiologist Tiffany Shelton explains.
Over the Counter Hearing Aids
On October 17, the FDA's new category of OTC hearing aids hit retailers, allowing consumers to purchase hearing aids at a fraction of prescription devices. There are concerns by some, and the devices are not for everyone.
The 988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline
988 is the new phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Anyone struggling with a suicide, mental health, substance-use, and/or any other kind of emotional distress or crisis can call, text, or chat with a live person on the hotline at an...
COVID-19 Funding Will Have Lasting Effect on Technology For Utah Agencies
Federal crisis funding to Utah’s Aging and Disability Resource Center was administered through IDRPP, and it upgraded and enhanced technology for senior service providers throughout Utah.
UATP Welcomes Two New Faces
Clay Smith and Melinda Thornton have joined the team. Watch for them on social media and in the community as they spread the word about assistive technology!
Podcast: Living With a Disability in the Virtual and Built World (Especially During a Pandemic)
How much of your life in 2020 depended on the Internet? And if something didn’t depend on the Internet, it often required reliable transportation. Now, imagine the whole world shuts down, and you have some mountain-sized barriers to both using the web and...
Accessible Times Podcast: Accessible Voting
The Utah Legislature will most likely debate elections, so this is a good time to revisit accessible voting. We visit with a voter who needs accommodations but hasn't always gotten them. We also take a look at current and proposed legislation.
Assistive Technology Apparel Helping Individuals Cope
Chelsey Sanders founded YOBBO Apparel after her son was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder in first grade. Disappointed after many fruitless searches to find products or coping tools for her child’s sensitivities, she decided to make her own.
Guest Blog: Making Our Home Accessible, Pt. 2: A Room-By-Room Tour
Advances for we “differently-abled” are achieved every day, but there is much left to discover and share. We are always searching for the optimal solutions to the obstacles placed before us. Here are some my family found, room by room.
Guest Blog: The Quest for Making Our Home Accessible
Since my debilitating stroke, the search for a normal life—and all that entails—is quite the daunting task. I’m going to make an attempt at sharing what we have learned in our adventures.
Bruno's Story: Lighted Chair Helps Him Go to Work
A lighted power chair from UATP helps Bruno go to a job that means so much to him. "I cannot stay home, that is not the kind of person I am. I have to keep moving, I have to keep working."
Reused Elevator Rails Make a Big Difference For Logan Man
A Logan man can now move from the driver’s seat of his truck to his wheelchair lift at the back of the vehicle pain-free, thanks to some ingenuity from the Utah Assistive Technology Program in Logan.
Latest podcast: AT for Seniors
We're back after a break, and it feels great! Especially when we get to talk to someone who loves AT as much as North Dakota Assistive's Jeannie Krull.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bora Lee Named UATP's New Director
The new director of Utah State University’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is also a familiar face.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.