Monday, January 9, 2017

Assistive Technology Job Posting at WATAP

The WA Assistive Technology Program (WATAP) has an immediate opening
for an assistive technology specialist in Seattle.
Complete position details and the application process can be found at:
The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program within CHDD has an
outstanding opportunity for an Assistive Technology (AT)
Specialist/Continuing Education Specialist. who has excellent
experience in the delivery of AT demonstrations, conducting AT
evaluations and consultations, and in the development and delivery of
intensive hands-on training. A particular focus of this position will
be providing services to low-vision and blind individuals through the
AT and Independent Living Programs, and deaf-blind individuals through
the iCanConnect Washington Program, part of the National Deaf-Blind
Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). This position will work
closely with the WATAP State Project Director, the iCanConnect
Services Coordinator for WA State, WATAP AT Specialists, and WATAP
Program Coordinator.
Assistive Technology Information and Outreach, Demonstration,
Assessment, Evaluation, and Consultation
Conduct and provide hands-on experiences, technical assistance, and
consultation with a particular focus on technologies that would
benefit low-vision, blind, and deaf-blind individuals to meet
telecommunication or independent living needs.  Also experience and
knowledge on a  wide range of assistive technology and accessible
electronic and information technology products for individuals of all
ages with disabilities in WA state including, but not limited to:
simple aids for daily living; Windows,
iOS, and Android hardware and software; adaptive switch and computer
access; learning, cognition, and mental health supports; seating and
positioning systems; augmentative and alternative communication
systems; and using creative off-the-shelf every-day objects to create
unique AT or adapt and modify existing technology and equipment is
Conduct AT evaluations and consultations. Assess an individual's
functional needs and match technology based on those needs. Provide
written documentation to support assessment and make recommendations
for technology and modifications.
Provide individualized set-up, training, and support for technologies
that would benefit low-vision, blind, and deaf-blind individuals to
meet telecommunication and independent living needs.
Conduct and facilitate public outreach events in communities across
the state that include presentations, device demonstrations and
consultations, and exhibits of other community resources. Targeted
groups include individuals with disabilities and their families,
disability professionals, educators, public agencies, nonprofit
organizations, health care facilities, employers and others in rural
and underserved communities including agricultural and tribal
Research, coordinate purchase of assistive technology products, and
support the creation of kits to be deployed during the public outreach
events and loaned to interested parties in the targeted groups.
Promote the WATAP short-term device lending program, iCanConnect WA,
Northwest Access Fund AT Low-Interest Loan and Match Savings programs,
and Evergreen Reuse Coalition during outreach events and
consultations. Assist in the development of promotional and other
marketing efforts for these events.
Assistive Technology Training
Conduct intensive, hands-on half-day to full-day workshop-style
trainings for professional audiences across the state.
Emphasis of the trainings will include thinking critically about and
incorporating technology into the home, school, and workplace for
individuals with disabilities to promote independence and
Develop and adapt technical content of curriculum to be used in
trainings. Targeted professional audiences include disability
professionals, educators, public agencies, health care facilities,
employers and others in rural and underserved communities including
agricultural and tribal communities. Sample topics include: AT for
sensory disabilities; AT for learning, cognition, and mental health;
school to post-K-12 or work transition planning; AT for computer
access, AT for agricultural and farm workers,
and Five-minute Off-the-Shelf AT Solutions. Utilize WATAP device
library, traveling computer lab, and kits referenced above during
these trainings.
Bachelor's degree in a technology or disability-related discipline,
such as special education, vocational rehabilitation, low vision
specialist, psychology, computer science, or allied health
(occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology).
Minimum two years professional experience supporting a variety of
assistive technologies and/or accessible electronic and information
Demonstrated expertise in training, demonstrating assistive
technology, and providing information and referral.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum
qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as
Professional licensure or RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner
(ATP) or comparable certification preferred.  Knowledge of Braille.
Knowledge of American Sign Language.
This position will involve in-state travel, including some overnight,
and a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

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