National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Wyoming 2023

General Information

Statewide AT Program (Information to be listed in national State AT Program Directory)

State AT Program Title:
Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/
Mailing Address:
1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 4298
City:
Laramie
State:
Wyoming
Zip Code:
82071
Program Email:
watr@uwyo.edu
Phone:
888-989-9463
TTY:
800-908-7011

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
Mailing Address:
1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 4298
City:
Laramie
State:
Wyoming
Zip Code:
82071
Program URL:
https://www.uwyo.edu/wind/

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Mailing Address:
City
State:
Zip Code:
Program URL:

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Root-Elledge, Sandra
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
307-766-2764
E-mail:
sre@uwyo.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Rausch, Ryan
Title:
Assistive Technology Specialist, Senior
Phone:
307-766-6187
E-mail:
rrausch@uwyo.edu
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Title:
Phone:
E-mail:

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Rausch, Ryan
Title:
Assistive Technology Specialist, Senior
Phone:
307-766-6187
E-mail:
rrausch@uwyo.edu

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Rapp, Farrell
Title:
Director, Research Services, VP for Research & Eco
Phone:
(307) 766-2047
E-mail:
fgraf@uwyo.edu

State Financing

Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include any State Financing? Yes
Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include conducting a Financial Loan Program? Yes

Loan Applications
Area of Residence Total
Metro
RUCC 1-3
Non-Metro
RUCC 4-9
Approved Loan made 03 02 05
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 02 02 04
Total 05 04 09

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $31,149 Highest Income: $175,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$497,466 05 $99,493

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
$15,000
or Less
$15,001-
$30,000
$30,001-
$45,000
$45,001-
$60,000
$60,001-
$75,000
$75,001
or More
Number of Loans 00 00 02 00 00 03 05
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 40% 0% 0% 60% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 00 0%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 05 100%
With loan guarantee only 00 0%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 05 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 05 $71,229
Total 05 $71,229

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 4%
Highest 4%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
20 05 4%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 05
4.1% to 6.0% 00
6.1% to 8.0% 00
8.1% - 10.0% 00
10.1%-12.0% 00
12.1%-14.0% 00
14.1% + 00
Total 05

5. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed

Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed
Type of AT Number of Devices Financed Dollar Value of Loans
Vision 00 $0
Hearing 03 $11,647
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 02 $30,882
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 02 $28,700
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 07 $71,229

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 00
Net loss for loans in default $0

B. State Financing Activities that provide consumers with resources and services that result in the acquisition of AT devices and services

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many other state financing activities that provide consumers with access to funds for the purchase of AT devices and services were included in your approved state plan? 2
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity?Telecommunications equipment distribution

2. Geographic Distribution, Number of Individuals Who Acquired AT Devices and Services and Number for whom Performance Measure Data are Collected

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)1
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)0
C. Total Served1

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures1

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

3. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded

Type of AT Device / ServiceNumber of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 1$56
Hearing 0$0
Speech communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 0$0
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total1$56

Activity 2
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: GoBabyGo Wyo

2. Geographic Distribution, Number of Individuals Who Acquired AT Devices and Services and Number for whom Performance Measure Data are Collected

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)2
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)2
C. Total Served4

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures4

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

3. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded

Type of AT Device / ServiceNumber of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 0$0
Hearing 0$0
Speech communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 0$0
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure4$2,000
Total4$2,000



C. State Financing Activities that Allow Consumers to Obtain AT at Reduced Cost

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many state financing activities that allow consumers to obtain AT at a reduced cost were included in your approved state plan? 0

D. Anecdote

A Laramie County mother applied for a Wyoming Technology Access Program (WYTAP) financial loan to purchase assistive technology to make her home accessible for her 13-year-old son with multiple disabilities and health issues. Due to medical complications, the son had been hospitalized long-term for his high medical needs. She was then able to transition her son from an institutional setting back to living at home with his family.

Narrative Picture
Impact Area

A 17-year-old resident of Campbell County was happy to receive a Wyoming Technology Access Program (WyTAP) financial loan to purchase hearing aids. Access to hearing aids allows them to pursue more opportunities in employment and education as they begin the next chapter of their life after high school.

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 00 00 01 01
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 04 00 01 05
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 01 03 04
4. Subtotal 04 01 05 10
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 04 01 05 10
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 04 01 05 10
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 10 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 10
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Reutilization

A. Number of Recipients of Reused Devices

Activity Number of Individuals Receiving a Device from Activity
A. Device Exchange 03
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 36
C. Total 39

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure because AT is provided to or on behalf of an entity that has an obligation to provide the AT such as schools under IDEA or VR agencies/clients. 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 39

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance

B. Device Exchange Activities

Device Exchange
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Exchanged Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Exchanged Savings to Consumers
Vision 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 09 $16,448 $0 $16,448
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 01 $1,915 $0 $1,915
Total 10 $18,363 $0 $18,363

C. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassignment and/or Open Ended Loan Activities

Device Reassign/Repair/Refurbish and/or OEL
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Reassigned/Refurbished and Repaired Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Sold Savings to Consumers
Vision 03 $76 $0 $76
Hearing 02 $220 $0 $220
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 05 $669 $30 $639
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 24 $17,046 $0 $17,046
Daily Living 04 $1,349 $0 $1,349
Environmental Adaptations 01 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 02 $218 $0 $218
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 05 $1,012 $10 $1,002
Total 46 $22,090 $40 $22,050

D. Anecdote

A Laramie resident was very happy to find a Medline electric homecare bed from WATR's Reuse Program. It was recently donated and was in like-new condition. This bed will be used by their spouse in an assistive living residence. They were very grateful for our reuse program and that it was no cost to them.

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 01 00 16 17
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 04 00 12 16
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 01 00 05 06
4. Subtotal 06 00 33 39
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 06 00 33 39
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 06 00 33 39
9. Performance on this measure 100% NaN% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 39 100%
Satisfied 00 0%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 39
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Vision reassignment dollar value was low at $76, due to the devices being low-tech and low-cost vision magnifiers.

Device Loan

A. Short-Term Device Loans by Type of Purpose

Loans By Purpose
Primary Purpose of Short-Term Device Loan Number
Assist in decision-making (device trial or evaluation) 147
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 04
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 23
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 17
Total 191

B. Short-Term Device Loan by Type of Borrower

LOANS BY TYPE OF BORROWER
Type of Individual or Entity Number of Device Borrowers
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Individuals with Disabilities 133 18 151
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 06 04 10
Representative of Education 04 20 24
Representative of Employment 00 00 00
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 03 01 04
Representatives of Community Living 01 01 02
Representatives of Technology 00 00 00
Total 147 44 191

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 42

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number of Devices
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Vision 34 05 39
Hearing 01 06 07
Speech Communication 87 35 122
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 38 25 63
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 01 21 22
Daily Living 15 18 33
Environmental Adaptations 01 02 03
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 02 00 02
Computers and Related 87 29 116
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 02 05 07
Total 268 146 414

E. Anecdote

A Speech-Language Pathologist from the Children's Resource Center in Park County borrowed an iPad with communication apps to trial with a student. "WATR is an incredible resource for our state. It provides such great tools and allows families access to devices and services while awaiting funding."

Impact Area

F. Access Performance Measures

Access Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
Decided that AT device/service will meet needs 59 04 46 109
Decided that an AT device/ service will not meet needs 10 06 22 38
Subtotal 69 10 68 147
Have not made a decision 00 00 00 00
Subtotal 69 10 68 147
Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
Total 69 10 68 147
Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

G. Acquisition Performance Measures

Acquisition Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 02 01 04 07
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 19 01 14 34
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 01 00 02 03
4. Subtotal 22 02 20 44
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 22 02 20 44
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 22 02 20 44
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

H. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 186 97.38%
Satisfied 04 2.09%
Satisfied somewhat 01 0.52%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 191
Response rate % 100%

I. Notes:

Six week loans or 42 days is our standard loan period, since 2005.

Device Demonstration

A. Number of Device Demonstrations by Device Type

Type of AT Device / Service Number of Demonstrations of AT Devices / Services
Vision 06
Hearing 03
Speech Communication 33
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 10
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 01
Daily Living 05
Environmental Adaptations 02
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00
Computers and Related 13
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 03
Total # of Device Demonstrations 76

B. Types of Participants

Type of Participant Decision-Makers Other Participants Total
Individuals with Disabilities 48 01 49
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 06 08 14
Representatives of Education 12 09 21
Representatives of Employment 01 03 04
Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation 03 00 03
Representative of Community Living 05 08 13
Representative of Technology 01 01 02
Total 76 30 106

C. Number of Referrals

Referrals
Type of Entity Number of Referrals
Funding Source (non-AT program) 08
Service Provider 04
Vendor 14
Repair Service 00
Others 10
Total 36

D. Anecdote

Three representatives of Goodwill Industries of Wyoming, Cheyenne, made a trip to Laramie in September to visit the WATR lab for device demonstrations and to learn what devices we have available to loan to the public so they can now share with their clients. WATR demonstrated communication devices, vision magnifiers, computer aids, and smart home devices. They reported being very happy to learn about WATR and meet the WATR staff in person.

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
Decided that AT device/service will meet needs 36 09 30 75
Decided that an AT device/ service will not meet needs 00 00 01 01
Subtotal 36 09 31 76
Have not made a decision 00 00 00 00
Subtotal 36 09 31 76
Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
Total 36 09 31 76
Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 98 92.45%
Satisfied 07 6.6%
Satisfied somewhat 01 0.94%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total 106
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Overall Performance Measures

Overall Acquisition Performance Measure

Acquisition Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 03 01 21 25
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 27 01 27 55
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 02 01 10 13
4. Subtotal 32 03 58 93
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 32 03 58 93
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 32 03 58 93
9. Performance on this measure 93.75% 66.67% 82.76% 86.02%
ACL Performance Measure 85%
Met/Not Met Met

Overall Access Performance Measure

Access Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
Decided that AT device/service will meet needs 95 13 76 184
Decided that an AT device/ service will not meet needs 10 06 23 39
Subtotal 105 19 99 223
Have not made a decision 00 00 00 00
Subtotal 105 19 99 223
Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
Total 105 19 99 223
Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100% 100%
ACL Performance Measure 90%
Met/Not Met Met

Overall Satisfaction Rating

Customer Rating of Services Percent ACL Target Met/Not Met
Highly satisfied and satisfied 99.42% 95% Met
Response Rate 100% 90% Met

Training

A. Training Participants: Number and Types of Participants; Geographical Distribution

Training by Participant Type
Type of Participant Number
Individuals with Disabilities 61
Family Members, Guardians and Authorized Representatives 38
Representatives of Education 365
Representatives of Employment 04
Rep Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 61
Representatives of Community Living 108
Representatives of Technology 14
Unable to Categorize 22
TOTAL 673

Geographic Distribution of Participants
Metro Non Metro Unknown TOTAL
112 351 210 673

B. Training Topics

Trainings by Topic
Primary Topic of Training Participants
AT Products/Services 445
AT Funding/Policy/ Practice 01
Combination of any/all of the above 48
Information Technology/Telecommunication Access 42
Transition 137
Total 673

C. Description of Training Activities

Describe innovative one high-impact assistance training activity conducted during the reporting period:

UW ECHO in Assistive Technology is a bi-weekly virtual training in the spring and fall that provides training and the sharing of best practices for educators and service providers to consider, implement, and evaluate the use of assistive technology to improve outcomes for students or clients. National network participants include users of assistive technology and their families, assistive technology professionals, specialists and teams, school administrators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers, including OTs, PTs, SLPs.

Briefly describe one training activity related to transition conducted during the reporting period:

The Albany County School District Project Transition is a community-based transition program for young adults (18-21 years old) with intellectual disabilities who are working on a certificate of completion. This group of students visited the WATR lab and were trained on smart home devices available through WATR's device loan program. Some of these devices they may trial at their new learning lab apartment in town include the ECHO Smart Home Hub which can help create and update a grocery list.

Briefly describe one training activity related to Information and Communication Technology accessibility:

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) and Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) provided training on "Three Small But Mighty Ways to Increase Course Accessibility" at the University of Wyoming's Coe Library for faculty, students, and staff. This training was a high-level introduction to easy fixes and consideration of accessible digital content, including live text, color contrast, font considerations, PowerPoint design, alternative text, captioning, and audio description.

D. IT/Telecommunications Training Performance Measure

IT/Telecommunications Training Performance Measure
Outcome/Result From IT/Telecommunications Training Received Number
IT and Telecommunications Procurement or Dev Policies 31
Training or Technical Assistance will be developed or implemented 09
No known outcome at this time 02
Nonrespondent 00
Total 42
Performance Measure Percentage 95.2%
ACL Target Percentage 70%
Met/Not Met Met

E. Notes:

Technical Assistance

A. Frequency and Nature of Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance by Recipient Type
Education 82%
Employment 02%
Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation 04%
Community Living 08%
Technology (IT, Telecom, AT) 04%
Total 100%

B. Description of Technical Assistance

Describe Innovative one high-impact assistance activity that is not related to transition:

Terri Wofford, SLP, and Ryan Rausch, OT, ATP, were part of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force to support Hearing Aid Bill SF0089. They looked at the needs and services of individuals in Wyoming who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at Governor Mark Gordon's request. Meetings were hosted by Jen Davis, Senior Policy Advisory, Human Services. Bill SF0089 requires coverage and services for hearing aids through health insurance and disability insurance.

Breifly describe one technical assistance activity related to transition conducted during the reporting period:

A Crook County School District #1 speech-language pathologist received technical assistance from Terri Wofford, SLP, through an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)/Speech Generating Device (SGD) tiered assessment (no fee) for a student getting ready to graduate high school. An iPad with several communication apps was borrowed from the WATR Loan Program. Terri provided enhanced resources and services and increased awareness of evidence-based practices. "So excited to report that the student obtained a SGD which was fully funded prior to their high school graduation! It has been wonderful to have the funding expertise readily available." Note: WATR tiered assessments provide technical assistance to providers, which builds community capacity. Therefore, no assessment fees are charged.

C. Notes:

Public Awareness

Public Awareness Activities

Public Awareness Narratives

Describe in detail at least one and no more than two innovative or high-impact public awareness activities conducted during this reporting period. Highlight the content/focus of the awareness information shared, the mechanism used to disseminate or communicate the awareness information, the numbers and/or types of individuals reached, and positive outcomes resulting from the activity. If quantative numbers are available regarding the reach of the activity, please provide those: however, quantative data is not required.

1. Governor Mark Gordon signed the formal proclamation for Wyoming Assistive Technology Awareness Month at the Wyoming State Capitol Building in Cheyenne on May 3, 2023. Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Wyoming will bring attention to the importance of assistive technology and how residents can access services through Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), the state AT Act Program. This event was sponsored by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Assistive Technology Advisory Council. In attendance were AT users, AT Advisory Council members, Wyoming Relay representatives, and WATR and WIND staff.

2. Brooke Varland, WATR AT Ambassador, hosted a table at the Douglas Farmer's Market on August 12, 2023. Attended by community members, service providers, school districts, and the local senior center. Brooke set up WATR devices to demonstrate at the table centered around accessible gardening. A local Physical Therapist was interested in the GoBabyGo program and Brooke shared information on this program.

Information And Assistance

Information And Assistance Activities by Recipient
Types of Recipients AT Device/
Service
AT Funding Total
Individuals with Disabilities 360 05 365
Family Members, Guardians and Authorized Representatives 365 31 396
Representative of Education 960 72 1,032
Representative of Employment 54 00 54
Representative of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 248 48 296
Representative of Community Living 228 11 239
Representative of Technology 127 10 137
Unable to Categorize 537 87 624
Total 2,879 264 3,143

Referral Types:

The Eppson Center for Seniors referred some of their clients to WATR. Most were looking for wheelchairs and durable medical equipment (DME) on a short-term basis. This has resulted in increases of wheelchair and DME from our reuse program. Ramp requests have increased due to The WyRamp Project which is an ongoing collaboration between the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, Wyoming Life Resource Center, and Goshen County Senior Friendship Center, covering Lander, Laramie, and Torrington. WATR has been a resource recommended for ramp assistance which has increased our numbers. Our ongoing relationships with school districts throughout the state initiate requests for device loans, demonstrations, and training.

Referral Sources:

Referrals from school districts and child development centers across the state include requests for help in assessing students and finding the right device to trial with them. Approximately 32% of the total referrals come from school districts, child development centers, and child resource centers. About 24% of our referrals are individuals with disabilities and their family members or authorized representatives, which we have seen a 2% increase from last fiscal year. Other referrals come from partners like the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Wyoming Independent Living (WIL), which are primarily from the Laramie and Cheyenne offices in the state, as well as the WyRAMP Project and iCanConnect Program. Our overall referrals increased 23% in FY 2023.

Notes:

Coordination/Collaboration and State Improvement Outcomes

Overview of Coordination/Collaboration Activities

Coordination/Collaboration activities are not required. You may report up to two MAJOR coordination/collaboration activities for this reporting period. How many will you be reporting? 1

A. Coordination/Collaboration

1. As concisely as possible, describe the partnership initiative. What activities/services were provided? Who are the major collaborating organizations and what is their role? Who is served/benefited? What funding was used to implement the initiative?

The Child Development Center of Natrona County and Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources are collaborating to customize ride-on-cars to meet the specific needs of a child and provide the car at no cost for a family. Go Baby Go Wyo is a program that modifies off-the-shelf ride-on toy cars for kids with disabilities. This program services children birth-5 years old who have mobility impairments. Ride-on-cars can be a great tool to help children with disabilities increase independent movement while encouraging play, exploration, and socialization. Go Baby Go is committed to increasing movement for children with disabilities, by providing them with adapted ride-on-cars that empower them to explore their environment on their own terms. Go Baby Go is sponsored by the Child Development Center of Natrona Count with additional funding from the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Family to Family Health Information Center.

2. As concisely as possible, describe the measurable results of the initiative and any lessons learned. How did access to AT change as a result of the coordination/collaboration/partnership? How did awareness of AT change as a result of the partnership? How did the reach of the state AT program change as a result of the partnership? What made the partnership successful? What would you change or wish you had done differently? Provided funding/resources are available, will the initiative continue or is this a one-time event? What advice would you give for replication of the initiative? Please include URL for initiative if available.

To date, the program has provided 4 ride-on cars for 4 children with disabilities and their families. This partnership increased access to AT as families reported that they would not have been able to afford the ride-on cars. In addition, families reported that they would not have been able to adapt the cars for independent mobility for their children. The partnership has been successful due to a shared vision and mission. Our vision is a Wyoming where every child explores and participates in their surroundings on their own terms. As always, sustaining a project is always a goal, but when the one-time funding is extinguished, we may see commitments wane with no funding. For replication, Dr. Cole Galloway, Professor at University of Delaware, is the founder of GoBabyGo and a wealth of knowledge to help others start their own chapter, which is all open-sourced.

3. What focus areas(s) were addressed by the initiative?

Other: Early Intervention;

4. What AT Act authorized activity(s) were addressed?

State Financing;

Overview of State Improvement Activities

State improvement outcomes are not required. You may report up to two MAJOR state improvement outcomes for this reporting period. How many will you be reporting? 01

B. State Improvements

1. In one or two sentences, describe the outcome. Be as specific as possible about exactly what changed during this reporting period as a result of the AT program's initiative.

WATR’s initiative has been to build capacity for AT Teams in schools statewide. Through our AEM contract with Wyoming Department of Education, we conduct a 2-day workshop and an online, asynchronous AT Team development course, which has led school districts to implement high quality AT services.


2. In one or two sentences, describe the written policies, practices, and procedures that have been developed and implemented as a result of the AT program's initiative. Include information about how to obtain the full documents, such as a Web site address or e-mail address of a contact person, but do not include the full documents here. (If there are no written polices, practices and procedures, explain why.)

WATR guides school district AT teams in crafting policies, practices, and procedures tailored to effectively address the needs of their students through the AT Teams development workshop and course. For additional details, please reach out to WATR at watr@uwo.edu.


3. What was the primary area of impact for this state improvement outcome?

Education


Additional And Leveraged Funds

Did you have Additional and Leveraged Funding to Report? Yes

A. Leveraged Funding for State Plan Activities

Fund Source Amount Use of Funds Data Reported
Public/State Agency$9,800DemonstrationTrue
Public/State Agency$101,718Technical AssistanceTrue
Public/State Agency$18,691DemonstrationTrue
Amount: $130,209

For any leveraged funding reported above for which data could not be reported, please describe the extenuating circumstances that precluded data from being reported and efforts to remediate the situation in future reporting periods.


C. Describe any unique issues with your data in this section (e.g., the reason why you were unable to report the number of individuals served with additional or leveraged funds).

None


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This FY23 State AT Program Annual Progress Report was exported from the National Assistive Technology Act Data System (NATADS). NATADS was developed with partial support from the Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance.