New USU Assistive Technology Lab Opens in Roosevelt

Americas, August 13 2016

Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Lab, which helps people with disabilities by providing tailor-made devices and technology, has expanded its footprint to one of the school’s regional campuses in Roosevelt.

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AT lab assistant Tom Boman (right) helps adjust a pediatric stander for two-year-old Jaele Bennett. Photo: USU

USU made the announcement in a news release this week, pointing to a nearly $74,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as an essential funding source that made the lab a reality.

Sachin Pavithran, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program, praised USU for establishing an AT Lab in Roosevelt.

The new AT Lab, led by Cameron Cressall, will be a resource for the professional community that works with people with disabilities and expanding the loan bank program, which allows people with disabilities to try out devices before purchase.

The AT Lab is part of the Utah Assistive Technology Program within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU.

Clay Christensen, the director of the AT Lab in Logan, said the lab and the UATP have been very successful helping people in multiple Utah counties and Idaho over the years and has long been looking to expand.

“We wanted to duplicate this lab because it works so well here,” Christensen said. “Those services (of the AT Lab) extend throughout Utah, but it’s hard when there’s just one location with limited funds.”

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