AWT Assistive Work Technology
The GVRA’s Vocational Rehabilitation program includes a unique assistive work technology (AWT) team assigned to our Tri-Regional and Regional units.
Each Tri-Region has a Rehabilitation Engineer, an Occupational Therapist, and a Rehabilitation Technician; each Region has a Rehabilitation Technologist.
The AWT team begins working with a client when they receive a referral from a VR counselor.
The team’s Rehab Technologist initiates a comprehensive cost-free assessment of the client’s abilities to determine what sort of technology would be of greatest assistance to them in meeting the goals set in the client’s Work Plan.
The technologist calls on the expertise of other team members as needed.
After completion of the assessment, the team will identify the best AWT device with cost and provider options and will address any special design or installation requirements.
The team’s recommendations may involve not only using AWT devices but also education or training designed to develop vocational skills.