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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)

Professional Learning Day: Using Data to Search for Instructional Opportunities — Part 1
How do your middle and high school teams use data to drive instructional decisions for students with disabilities?

Information: Come with your data and scheduling teams to learn how to navigate, analyze, and interpret Pearson SOL reports, and plan for Tier 2 and Tier 3 instructional opportunities and interventions for students with disabilities. Download PLD flyer for additional information.

Region 7: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm, Registration 9:00am
Registration: Register here for April 14, 2015

Region 6: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm, Registration 9:00am
Registration: Register Here for April 17, 2015

Sponsor: The Virginia Department of Education's T/TAC at Virginia Tech

Part 2 of this Professional Learning Day will be announced at the end of this session.

Spring Community of Learning in Autism (CoLA) Meeting for Regions 6 & 7

Information: The VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) in collaboration with the Training & Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Virginia Tech will be hosting the spring Community of Learning in Autism (CoLA) meetings for Regions 6 and 7.   You are invited to attend a CoLA meeting as a  leader in your division in services to students on the autism spectrum.  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 learn about what other divisions in the region are doing with programs and services for these students.  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. 


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

Upcoming Events

March 25–28, 2015

2015 Annual Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference (SHAV)

Description: Join us for the annual Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference, Turning Science Into Practice. Pre-conference on fluency disorders begins Wednesday, March 25 with Dr. J. Scott Yaruss from the University Pittsburgh. Other featured presenters include Dr. Lauren Swineford, who will present on ASD, and Dr. Nancy Swigert, who will present on dysphagia and health care issues. Don your collegiate gear for alumni night and attend Communication Disorders Foundation (CDF) silent and live auctions.

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April 13–14, 2015

The Pyramid Model Train the Coach

Description: Designed to increase the number of qualified Pyramid Model coaches who will become part of 5 regional cross-sector professional development teams in Virginia. Coaches will learn strategies to coach infant and toddler providers on broadening their knowledge base and skills to effectively use the CSEFEL materials and Pyramid framework to support young children’s healthy social-emotional development and address challenging behavior.

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April 15, 2015

Living With Autism

Description: Topics include Living with Autism, Full Inclusion: Educating My Nonverbal Son with Autism, Weathering Autism and Employment, Living with a Sibling with Autism, Unconditional Love, We Are No Longer Silent: A Heart-to-Heart Conversation on Autism and Sexual Abuse, Nine Things You Must Include in Sexuality Education for Individuals with ASD

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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.

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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


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