The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) is part of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Their mission is to put assistive technology into the hands of people who need it.
UATP recently added a new coordinator, Dan O’Crowley, who started as a volunteer in the AT Lab three years ago, then became a lab technician.
Now as a coordinator he is realizing a career goal:
“I have hoped to work in the field of persons with disabilities because just the idea of sitting down at a desk all day and drawing up sketches just doesn’t seem to make me real excited to go to work every day. I really like going in and working with people and doing that whole one-on-one thing to help them solve their problem and really make a difference.”
O’Crowley said assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or system that can increase, maintain or improve independence. It can be high-tech or low-tech.
UATP serves individuals with disabilities of all ages throughout the state of Utah, providing assistive technology devices and services, as well as training parents, children with disabilities, professional service providers, and university students about assistive technology. They coordinate services with community organizations and others who provide independence-related supports.