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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.

Royce Jacomen:

Improving access for students with disabilities through the use of assistive technology.



Selina Flores:

Working to promote a successful start for young children.


Selina and child

Whitney Miller:

Focused on literacy instruction for students with disabilities using the Strategic Instruction Model.


Whitney Miller

Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

As we prepare for our spring Communities of Learning in Autism Meetings (CoLA), we are reminded that April is National Autism Awareness Month!

National Autism Awareness Month represents an opportunity to raise autism awareness, educate the community, and promote autism acceptance and inclusion in our schools and communities. Join the Autism Society in celebrating 50 years of support by becoming a partner in the movement toward acceptance and appreciation. Help increase student understanding of autism by downloading this free Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit from Autism Speaks. Visit the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) to explore their many resources, including webcasts by individuals with autism on the topics of  transition self-determination  and using person centered planning.

The VCU ACE in collaboration with the T/TAC at Virginia Tech would also like to invite autism leaders from divisions across regions 6 and 7 to attend our spring CoLA meeting. The CoLA is a forum designed to enhance the skills of division leaders, to keep you updated with the latest resources and training opportunities available in our area, and to provide an opportunity to network with other divisions in terms of programs and services for students with autism. There are two events for your convenience. Participants may register for either event.

Region 7: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Southwest Higher Ed. Center, Abingdon, VA
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Registration: Register here for April 23, 2015

The password to access registration is "autism"

Region 6: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Roanoke Higher Ed. Center, Roanoke, VA
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Registration: Register here for April 24, 2015

The password to access registration is "autism"

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 6 & 7


CoTeachingTeam2 Davene Wyatt & Julia Watts, Algebra 1 Co-Teaching Team, East Side High 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. 

Upcoming Events

April 2015

Month of the Military Child

Description: The month of April has been designated by Governor Terry McAuliffe through Proclamation as the Month of the Military Child, a special time to “pay tribute to military children for their commitment, patience, courage and unconditional support of their parents.”
Show your support on April 15 by participating in
Purple Up! by wearing purple in recognition of military kids, families and friends.

Click here for more information

Techknowledgy 2015 Webinar Series

April 20, 2015

AAC Update:  Current Findings and Tools for Educators and Specialists

Presented by Marie Ireland, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, Virginia Department of Education's Educational Specialist for Speech Language Pathology
Click here for more information

April 22, 2015

echnology Tools to Support Executive Functioning Skills

Presented by Cheryl Temple, PhD, Program Manager and Lisa Givens, M.Ed., Educational Specialist, Assistive Technology Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Click here for more information

May 4, 2015

Removing Barriers: Supporting Your African-American Students with Disabilities in the Classroom

Description: This free one0day interactive workshop is for Virginia Educators and Administrators and will focus on removing barriers and increasing graduation rates among African-American males.

Click here for more information

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


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