Often, those working in the area of assistive technology end up working independently without many opportunities to network and problem solve without a team of other assistive technology specialists. Thankfully, in Wisconsin, a group of specialists have came together to create a network for everyone in working in the area of assistive technology.
The Wisconsin Area Regional Network (WATRN) meets at six locations throughout the state to provide locations that are accessible to as many Wisconsin AT/AAC specialists as possible. Each meeting is made up of discussion, new AT information, and a presentation by a vendor who provides devices or materials to demo during the meeting. These meetings are free and open to any person who works in or has interested in the field of assistive technology.
The mission of WATRN is to provide a platform where professionals around the state of Wisconsin who are passionate about Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) are able to meet in regional groups. The WATRN seeks to provide educators of Wisconsin support, share knowledge, discuss/learn best practices and raise awareness around current issues facing school based AT/AAC professionals.
If you work with AT in the state of Wisconsin, contact me at email@example.com to be added to our mailing list about upcoming meeting dates and locations.