Assistive Technology Partners has been a recipient of several federal grants through the U.S. Department of Education to provide advanced training in assistive technology. From 2005 through 2010, a personnel preparation grant focused on graduate-level training to address the shortage of personnel trained to provide assistive technology services to children with low-incidence disabilities. In those 5 years 60 graduate-level students from the fields of education, speech therapy, and occupational and physical therapy were trained to function in their service setting as an Assistive Technology Specialist and are now employed to serve that function.
Student feedback on the coursework has been very positive. One student noted, “ATP lined up a top-notch set of instructors who present the most current trends, equipment, and resources in the field of assistive technology. The pace was fast and intense. Class work included lectures, hands-on work with equipment, observations of practitioners with clients, interaction with AT developers, direction from state-level leaders, literature reviews, and research training and projects.”
ATP continues to compete for funding to increase the number of well trained AT specialists in the state of Colorado. Moreover, we are developing Masters and Doctoral level curricula specific to assistive technology with the intent of launching a new degree granting program at University of Colorado Denver. As additional opportunities are developed, information will be posted here.