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Virginia Tech President, Dr. Timothy Sands,

gets a lesson from T/TAC on using a head control device for computer access.


President Sands and Royce Jacomen Virginia Tech President, gets a lesson from T/TAC on using a head control device for computer access.

Holly Nester:

Supporting evidence-based practices and communication needs of students with autism.


Holly Nester

Diann Eaton:

Making connections for parents and families in southwest and southside Virginia.


Diann Eaton

Helen Barrier:

Supporting inclusive practices through effective co-teaching.


Helen and Group

Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

Holiday Hacking
    Hokie Bird Toy

It's that time of the year when many stores are filling shelves with the newest and coolest toys, but for many children with physical disabilities, playing with off-the-shelf toys may not be possible. With some simple modifications, families can easily convert old or newly purchased battery-operated toys into functioning, switch accessible toys.  

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 6 & 7


Co-teaching team Melissa Honaker & Virginia Justus, Math 7 co-teaching team, Richlands Middle School

The Virginia Department of Education has identified model demonstration sites that showcase general and special education teachers sharing responsibility for the achievement of all students in the general education setting. These sites provide an opportunity for visiting educational teams to see "hands-on" co-teaching, collaboration, and implementation of inclusive and research-based practices.

Contact the VT or RU T/TAC (information below) to determine which sites are open for visitation. Priority will be given to schools that did not meet their Annual Measurable Objectives for students with disabilities. T/TAC staff, in collaboration with the requesting school's building level administration, will determine the professional development needs and service options available. If a site visit is determined to be an appropriate professional development activity for an individual school, the site visit will be coordinated and pre-scheduled by T/TAC. 

VT T/TAC Sites:
RU T/TAC Sites:
Franklin County
- Ben Franklin Middle School – English 7
Carroll County
- Carroll County High School – Algebra 1 Pt. 1 and 2
Roanoke County
- Hidden Valley Middle School –
Math 8
- Hidden Valley Middle School – English 6
Roanoke County
- Hidden Valley High School – English 9 and 11
- Northside Middle School – Math 6
Tazewell County
- Richlands Middle School – Math 7
Galax City
- Galax Middle School – English 7
Wise County
- East Side High School – Algebra 1
Montgomery County
- Christiansburg Middle School – Math 7

T/TAC Has a New Resource in the Library. Check It Out!

    Leveled Library

What is a leveled book library?

A leveled book library is a large set of books organized in levels of difficulty. This includes easy books that an emergent reader might select, to the longer complex books that advanced readers would select. A leveled book library supports a comprehensive reading program.

The purpose of leveled book libraries is to encourage student readers to read at their level: a level not so hard that it will frustrate and not so easy that it will not challenge. Independent reading with leveled books enables students to see themselves as successful readers, which in turn accelerates learning and advances readers into more challenging reading levels. 

To read FAQs about utilizing a leveled library, click here.

Upcoming Events

January 15–16, 2015

Roanoke County Public Schools Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), TSA-CDC Partnership

January 15th:
3:30pm–5:30pm, Training for Educators: Tourette Syndrome in the School and Classroom
6:00pm–7:30pm, Calling All Parents: Understanding Tourette Syndrome, Education, and Family Issues

January 16th: 
8:30am–10:00am, School Psychologists: Techniques for Assisting Students with Tourette Syndrome in the School Setting
10:00am–11:30am, Region VI Special Education Directors: Supporting Students with Tourette Syndrome in Our School Districts

Click here for flyer.

June 17–19, 2015

I'm Determined Youth Summit

Description: The Virginia Department of Education's I'm Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 9th Annual I'm Determined Youth Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: July 9–10, 2015 (Pre-conference July 8, 2015)

Creating Connections to Shining Stars Early Childhood Conference

Description: The statewide conference will focus on evidence-based, quality, early childhood practices (birth through five). Sessions will include hot topics in the field of early intervention, care, and early childhood/early childhood special education.

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T/TAC Mission

The mission of the Training & Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth–22 years). This mission is two-fold; first, to increase the... Read More

Job Opportunity: Technical Assistance Coordinator


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Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)
250 South Main Street
Suite 326 (0254)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PH: 1-800-848-2714 or 1-540-231-5167
TTY: 1-540-231-3315
FAX: 1-540-231-5672


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