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This module will assist teams in using the WATI assessment process to assess a student's need for assistive technology (AT) to participate in recreation and leisure activities. The WATI assessment process systematically progresses through information gathering, decision-making, and implementation planning. The WATI Assistive Technology Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s) and tasks. This module is Part I of two parts. Part II, Recreation & Leisure - WATI - Part II, further explores a range of low- to high-tech solutions for students participating in recreation and leisure activities.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 30 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Define the terms "leisure" and "recreation."
  2. Explain why participation in leisure and recreation is important for students with disabilities.
  3. Describe how physical, sensory, cognitive and environmental barriers can affect a student's ability to access leisure and recreation activities.
  4. Describe the multiple variables that affect identification of appropriate leisure and recreation activities.
  5. Apply the Student, Environment and Tasks components of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide to address a student's need for assistive technology to participate in recreation and leisure activities.

Module Authors

Patti Drescher, M.Ed., OTR, ATP

Patti Drescher received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004 she received her Master's Degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University where she also coordinated the GMU LIFE Program and served as adjunct faculty. A RESNA certified ATP since 1998, Patti has worked in numerous settings including the public schools, in-patient rehabilitation, higher education, and vocational rehabilitation. She has presented at many state and national conferences, and co-authored WATI's ASNAT (Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology) manual. Patti joined Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as an OT/Assistive Technology Specialist in 2010.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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