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TRL offers assistive devices for checkout

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Tania Nagy | Timberland Regional Library

Local residents looking to try out assistive devices look no further than the local Timberland Library.

Timberland Regional Library (TRL) offers a variety of aids for loan. Providing the device gives patrons a chance to try out the technology, said Andrea Heisel, his director of content and access at the Timberland Regional Library.

“Thanks to our collection of assistive devices, library patrons have the opportunity to try out the devices in their environment,” says Heisel. “This gives you a free option to test if an item fits your needs before making a financial investment.”

Assistive technology includes any device used to maintain or enhance the functional abilities of individuals with disabilities. Devices can be high-tech or low-tech, off-the-shelf or specially designed.

TRL is one of three Washington State partners that provide assistive technology through their participation in the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP). WATAP is housed at the Center for Technology and Disability Studies at the University of Washington. This program is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Living and other funding sources.

To find out more about TRL’s available assistive devices, patrons can:

  • Access TRL’s checkout aids web page Or type “WATAP” in the online search bar catalog.
  • opinion description and photo Online for each item.
  • To see a printed catalog of available items, please contact your local library’s information desk.

Patrons can then place a hold on the item of interest and, subject to availability, the item will be ready to pick up at the library of their choice within a few days.Devices can be checked out for up to 3 weeks

A valid TRL library card is required to check out ancillary equipment. Items must be returned in the TRL library. It cannot be returned by book drop.

WATAP provides resources and services to assist in the selection and use of assistive technology for people facing challenges related to disability and aging.

“As an organization, we appreciate the support of WATAP in funding the assistive devices we provide,” said Heisel.

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