Aids for Better Living: Tools to help with vision, hearing, mobility, and communication
You can now borrow assistive devices through our library. The purpose of this collection of assistive devices is to provide you the opportunity to try out a device you may be considering for yourself or another and to encourage thinking about how assistive devices may promote greater independence.
Assistive Technology includes any device that is used to maintain or improve functional abilities of an individual with a disability. A device can be high or low tech, off the shelf or specially designed.
- Search the library catalog under WATAP to see the assistive tools available for checkout. You may place a hold on an item that interests you and it will be available at the library of your choice within a few days (unless it’s already checked out to someone else!)
- Ask at the information desk to see a printed catalog of available items.
Try these products at your home, school or work for up to three weeks.
- You need your library card to place a hold in the library catalog to reserve the assistive device.
- The device must be picked up in the Library – no mail outs.
- Please fill out the feedback card included with checkout – postage paid.
- Checkout is for three weeks.
- Items must be returned inside the Library – do not use the bookdrop.
After you’ve tried it out:
- WATAP partners with the Northwest Access Fund to offer affordable alternatives for financing Assistive Technology (AT) for education, work, and independent living.
- Find organizations that distribute gently used assistive and medical equipment through the Evergreen Reuse Coalition.
- WATAP administers an online, consumer-driven Assistive Technology Classifieds site.
The following vendors have these devices available for purchase. This list does not endorse specific vendors and is by no means comprehensive:
WATAP is a federally funded program offering low cost and free Assistive Technology Services.
WATAP is part of
University of Washington
Center for Technology & Disability Studies