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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.

Dana McCaleb:

Improving instruction for all students using the Strategic Instruction Model.


Dana McCaleb

Patty Bickley:

Encouraging ongoing, embedded professional learning opportunities for all educators.


Patty Bickley

Royce Jacomen:

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



Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

Specialized Instruction: Our Theme for 2015-2016

Each school year, the T/TAC at Virginia Tech chooses a theme to guide our work.  Last year we focused on co-teaching, and we observed co-teaching teams making great strides in their practices and outcomes.  Logically, the next step is to enhance the use of specialized instruction in the co-taught classroom or resource room to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  

Many of you attended our professional learning days focused on scheduling, co-teaching, and data analysis.  You participated in rich discussions around specialized instruction, interventions, remediation and the multi-tiered system of supports.  Our goal this year is to expand on those conversations by assisting educators in implementing targeted, specialized instruction and interventions which will result in successful outcomes for students with disabilities.  

Toward that goal we have planned several professional learning days throughout the fall with the focus of specialized instruction.  The professional learning opportunities will target early childhood, low-incidence populations, and the K-12 general education curriculum.  We will use these opportunities to springboard our follow-up activities throughout the year.   

Needless to say, we are excited to begin a new year and as always, look forward to our work together!  

Using Data to Search for Instructional Opportunities-Part 2
September 9, 2015 and September 10, 2015

Conversations about Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood
September 16, 2015 and September 18, 2015 

Specially Designed Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom
October 14, 2015 

Linda Hodgdon Presents: Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies
November 18, 2015 and November 19, 2015

Exploring Social Emotional Development: Practices to Meet the Diverse Needs of All Young Children
April 4-5, 2016

Assistive Technology Works, Inc. and T/TAC at Virginia Tech Present:

Basic Programming for PRC Devices
Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:00am-12:00pm

Introduction to Unity
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00pm-4:00pm

Description: Hands-on practice of PRC devices and features of Unity for parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, assistive technology specialists, or anyone interested in providing support to a user of a Prentke Romich Company communication device.  All participants will receive 0.3 ASHA CEUs per session.

Click here to learn more or to register.  

Concussions and Student Athletes

Fall is near with football season just around the corner. Concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury, is a common consequence of collisions, falls and other forms of contact in sports. Coaches and teachers are on the front line when this type of injury occurs and need to be acutely aware of the dangers of this particular traumatic brain injury. The Virginia Board of Education has developed and amended guidelines for school divisions that will be distributed by July 1, 2015. The full text can be found here: Virginia Board of Education Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes.

T/TAC at Virginia Tech Welcomes Three New Coordinators


Three New Coordinators L to R: Wendy Phillips, Lynn Everett, and Jocelyn Washburn

Three coordinators joined the T/TAC staff this year, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise.  Wendy Phillips is a reading and literacy specialist and has a special interest and knowledge base in utilizing instructional technology for student success.  Lynn Everett has worked in all areas of special education and has many years of experience in supporting students in inclusive settings.  Jocelyn Washburn is a SIM Professional Developer, certified in both Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies, and has supported adolescent literacy and math in middle and high schools.  Aside from their many talents, Wendy, Lynn, and Jocelyn are wonderfully collaborative colleagues who enjoy working shoulder-to-shoulder with school teams on behalf of students with disabilities.  Please join us in welcoming them to Regions 6 & 7!

Upcoming Events

September 9, and September 10, 2015

Using Data to Search for Instructional Opportunities−Part 2

Dates and Locations: Region 7: September 9, 2015 in Abingdon, VA  (SWVA Higher Ed Center) or Region 6: September 10, 2015 in Roanoke (The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center)

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September 17, 2015

Basic Programming for PRC 9:00am-12:00pm

Introduction to Unity1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: T/TAC at Virginia Tech

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September 16, and September 18, 2015

Conversations about Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood

Dates and Locations: September 16, 2015 in Abingdon or September 18, 2015 in Roanoke

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September 25, 2015

4th Annual VTCAR Autism Conference

September 25, 2015, 8:00am-2:00pm

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October 14, 2015

Specially Designed Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom

Date and Location: October 14, 2015 Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA

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November 18, 2015

Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies: Meeting the Communication, Behavior & Social Challenges of Students with Special Learning Needs

Dates and Locations: November 18, 2015 in Roanoke or November 19, 2015 in Abingdon

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December 4, 2015

Spotlight on Dyslexia: Learning Ally's 2nd Annual Virtual Conference for Parents

Location: Virtual

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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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