Utah Autism Give

Benefits available through Utah Autism Give range from $500 to $2,000 per recipient.  Currently, recipients may only qualify for a one-time benefit.  Benefits are currently offered for various treatment costs, or an Apple iPad device with special communication application.  Any/all benefits provided will be paid directly to the professional provider of services.  Apple iPads will be paid for and shipped by Utah Autism Give.

Autism Give logo

To apply for benefits, please print and complete the application below and be sure to include the listed items in your application package. You will not receive a response from UAG unless your application is accepted. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

UAG Family Benefits Application Form

In addition to the completed and signed application, please include the following:

  • Proof of diagnosis (evaluation from qualified clinician)
  • Previous year’s IRS tax return
  • 2 most recent pay stubs for all employed household members
  • Information on professional service provider(s) you intend to use or are using
  • Statement of the program/services/benefits being sought and how being a recipient will help your child

Please mail entire package to:
Utah Autism Give
PO Box 1165
American Fork, UT 84003


Scan and email it to: UtahAutismGive@gmail.com

CReATE highlighted on Utah Public Radio

Nonprofits in Utah were highlighted today on Utah Public Radio, including CReATE, the wheelchair re-utilization program of UATP located in Salt Lake. 

CReATE inventory of wheelchairs.

Tom Boman, CReATE coordinator, gave an overview of the program and talked about how community members can participate and benefit from the program. Hear the story on UPR http://upr.org/post/doing-good-our-communities-wednesdays-access-utah, with Tom's interview starting at 39:45 minutes. 

If you are interested in donating wheelchairs and scooters to CReATE, call 80-887-9398. For monetary donations, learn more on our website http://www.uatpat.org/donate/

Learn about volunteering at CReATE. 

UATP director talks Assistive Technology on Utah Public Radio

UATP director Sachin Pavithran
UATP director Sachin Pavithran
Today on Utah Public Radio, UATP director and U.S. Access Board chair Sachin Pavithran talked with host Tom Williams about assistive technology and why it is important to dream big about the future. Listen to the interview, starting at 32:30, at UPR http://upr.org/post/robotics-assitive-technology-education-tuesdays-access-utah

Cardboard and PVC pipe put together with love

Tri-wall cardboard and PVC pipe can give many commercial assistive technology devices a run for the money.

Certainly that was the case when the Utah Assistive Technology Lab built a specialized chair in partnership with the Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT) for four-year-old Emma.

Emma needed a device that would support her posture while sitting so she can work on developmental activities. UCAT's super handyman Ed Whiting sent Emma's measurements to Clay Christensen at the AT Lab.

Using tri-wall cardboard, Clay built a reclined v-back floor sitter made specifically for her height and size. Also built was a tray using cardboard and PVC pipe to fit the size of the chair, providing Emma a platform to eat and play on.

In the rough: a v-back tri-wall chair built by the AT Lab.
In the rough: a v-back tri-wall chair built by the AT Lab.
The chair was then sent to UCAT for phase two, where the chair and tray were painted and a harness was added. 

UCAT finished the chair and tray table.
UCAT finished the chair and tray table.

 Then it was try time. The device fit Emma perfectly, and best of all, the device is lightweight making it easier to travel with than a heavy wood or plastic model. 

4-year-old Emma in her new chair.
4-year-old Emma in her new chair.

A few hours on each organizations part, and $10 to $20 of materials provided a much-needed device. Similar products bought commercially range from $300 to $500.

Resource guide for assistive technology inventors

Have you got an assistive technology invention you think could help others? The RESNA Catalyst Project has developed a resource guide just for that purpose. You can view the guide below, or access it from our website.

USU students create 'following' wheelchair

By Zach Waxler and Storee Powell

Old technology met the 21st century when three Utah State University students developed a specialized wheelchair designed to better assist persons with disabilities.

The students created a 'following' wheelchair - essentially the device allows a person unable to control their wheelchair themselves to follow a caretaker without any assistance. 

Jeanne Munk, Clint Fernelius and Tyler Travis are engineering students working on their senior project for electrical and computer engineering. 
The following wheelchair developed by USU students.
Munk said, “We make both of them more independent. The person can walk along side of it and talk and have a conversation with the person in the chair.” 

The students went to the Utah Assistive Technology Lab's Clay Christensen for assistance on the disability aspect as well as to learn about the mechanics of the power wheelchair. 

"We talked about what types of disabilities this chair could benefit, like Multiple sclerosis or ALS," Christensen said. 

He helped the students with the mechanical aspect of the chair to create an ideal foundation.

"I used an Invacare wheelchair and took the motors off, and put on Pride motors. It was a very custom job," Christensen said.  

The students took it from there to do the electrical work. Munk said the most challenging aspect of the project is the technology used in the chair. 

We are basing the following technology on image processing,” Munk said. “How it works is we have a leader badge and there is a camera that determines the distance from that badge.” 

In layman terms, the chair uses sonar sensors to ping its location. For example, if the chair gets too close to a wall, the sensors move the chair the other direction. 

While some experimental prototypes of this kind of device exist, there really isn't anything on the current market like it, Christensen said. 

Munk said the new chair has capabilities of improving the lives of both individuals involved. The team believes that this project is a great building block for the next generation of wheelchairs. 

The Utah AT Lab plans to do just that - Christensen wants the chair to go through a second-phase design. 

"This time around, we want input from community members with disabilities that could benefit from such a device," he said. "Their opinion of the performance of the device is the one that matters most."

Free Webinar: Technology for Varying Types of Hearing Loss

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, “Technology for Varying Types of Hearing Loss,” on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MST.

NOTE: This webinar will be live captioned.

We are living in a time of great technological advancements. With these advancements, individuals with hearing loss have much to gain when it comes to communication and connecting with their peers. Those without hearing loss have no justification not to try! In this presentation, we will share the types of technology available for different levels of hearing loss and how everyday devices can be used to help hearing individuals to communicate with hearing aid and Sign Language users.
Ear and ear drum.

Webinar will cover:
1) Demographics
2) Different types of listening devices
3) Alert devices
4) Communication technology for Deaf/HH
5) Communication strategies

This webinar will be presented by Mitch Moyers of the Utah Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mitch is an outreach and assistive technology program director. He was born deaf, and grew up in California. Mitch attended Brigham Young University. He is fluent in American Sign Language.

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed Internet access.

RSVP: If you are interested in joining please RSVP by Tuesday, May 6th. Contact Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user, or need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training, please contact UATP Program Director Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu, no later than Monday, May 4th to make arrangements to participate via phone. Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.