Aids for Better Living: Tools to help with vision, hearing, mobility, and communication

You can now borrow assistive devices through your local Timberland library. The purpose of this small collection of assistive devices is to provide you the opportunity to try out a device you may be considering for yourself or another and to encourage thinking about how assistive devices may promote greater independence.

Assistive Technology includes any device that is used to maintain or improve functional abilities of an individual with a disability.  A device can be high or low tech, off the shelf or specially designed.

  • Search the TRL Library Catalog under WATAP to see the assistive tools available for checkout.  You may place a hold on an item that interests you and it will be available at the library of your choice within a few days (unless it’s already checked out to someone else!) 
  • View a description and photo of each item. 
  • Ask at your local library’s information desk to see a printed catalog of available items.

Try these products at your home, school or work for up to three weeks.  They may not be renewed, since the purpose of the service is to let you try them out to see if the device suits your needs. 

“Borrowing Assistive Technology gives you the
opportunity to try products in the environment where it
will be used and to make the best choice
before making a financial investment.”

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

Get started at TRL.WATAP.ORG  or check the printed catalog available at your local Timberland library

Please Note:

  • You need your library card to place a hold in the TRL Library Catalog to reserve the assistive device.
  • The device must be picked up in the library of your choice – no mail outs.
  • Please fill out the feedback card included with checkout – postage paid.
  • Checkout is for three weeks only – no renewals.
  • Items must be returned inside any TRL library - do not return in bookdrop.

After you’ve tried it out:

  • WATAP partners with the Washington Access Fund to offer affordable alternatives for financing Assistive Technology (AT) for education, work, and independent living.
  • Sell, trade, or exchange assistive technology that you no longer use.
  • Buy reutilized products at a lower cost than new.

WATAP administers an online, consumer-driven
Assistive Technology Exchange site:

Evergreen Assistive Technology Exchange

WATAP is a federally funded program offering low cost and free Assistive Technology Services.
WATAP is part of
University of Washington
Center for Technology & Disability Studies