Assistive Technology Adaptation and Training (AT-AT) Laboratory


William E. Janes, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L
Faculty Office: 573-882-4183
802 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


To create an inclusive environment wherein people can achieve independence through the interdisciplinary creation, modification, and application of low-cost consumer technologies.

General Lab Description:

The AT-AT lab brings together rehabilitation professionals, engineers, students, and people living in the community to find solutions to everyday difficulties. We use primarily open-source maker technologies like 3D printing, microcontrollers, and toys to create customized assistive technologies for – and with – people who need them. When it comes to designing and selecting assistive technologies, we believe that the most valuable perspective is that of the end user. More than a makerspace, we are working to build the evidence that informs how devices are designed, delivered, and introduced to users. We are currently collaborating with investigators at the University of Missouri, Creighton University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Florida International University. The AT-AT Lab serves as the Mizzou chapter for two international organizations:

We also provide AT services for the University of Missouri Health amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Clinic, an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence.

Focus Areas:

Occupational Performance, Assistive Technology, Interprofessional Education

Current Projects:

Principal Investigator, University of Missouri Research Council. Patient-centered Delivery Model for Early Childhood Power Mobility.

Principal Investigator, School of Health Professions Catalyst Award. Reliability and Validity Testing of a Data Logging Device for Early Childhood Power Mobility.


Selected recent publications are listed below. For a full list, please see Dr. Janes’s Curriculum Vitae.

Janes WE, Smith P, Coffman JA, Gillis JW, Irwin V, Kluesner LC, Lin JL, Thiemet MD, Gillis KD (2018, July). Measuring Early-Childhood Power Mobility: Development Of A GoBabyGo Data Logging Device. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America Annual Conference, Arlington VA.

Schwartz JK, Fermin A, Fine K, Iglesias N, Pivarnik D, Struck S, Varela N, & Janes WE (2019). Methodology and feasibility of a 3D printed assistive technology intervention. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. doi: 10.1080/17483107.2018.1539877