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T/TAC Information for Families

For questions regarding T/TAC services, please do not hesitate to call our office and speak to any of our staff or send us an e-mail. We look forward to working together!

Toll free: 1-800-848-2714
Locally: 1-540-231-5167
TDD: 1-540-231-3315


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). The mission is two-fold; first, to increase the capacity of schools, school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities, and second, to foster the state improvement goals for personnel development, which address improving the performance of children and youth with disabilities by enhancing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and performance of all personnel who work with them.

T/TAC provides high-quality personnel development and technical assistance, using research-based, evidence-based, effective, and/or promising practices designed to build capacity in schools and school divisions. T/TAC aims to foster students with disabilities’ access to the general curriculum, achievement in the least restrictive environment, and knowledge and skills to make progress toward graduation.

Anyone in Superintendents’ Regions 6 & 7 (34 school divisions in southwest and southside Virginia) working to support students with disabilities may request our services. If a team is requesting on-site assistance, we will provide them with a request packet. The packet will need to be completed by the educational team and returned to us. If you are outside our regions, we can help you connect with other T/TACs throughout the state. We can also assist in a referral to other agencies to meet your needs.

T/TAC services are generally free of charge (there is sometimes a registration fee for regional conferences).

The T/TAC has an extensive lending library. It includes books, videos, computer software, assistive technology, and augmentative communication devices that are available for loan. Individuals can visit our website ( to browse the library and check out items or call (800) 848-2714 if they need assistance to determine which library items may best meet their needs. Requesters may have up to five items mailed directly to them for a loan period of three weeks. Borrowers are provided a postage paid label to return items free of charge. We also welcome visitors to the library located in our Blacksburg office.

  • Our library is open to the public. If you would like to look at specific technology or would like assistance searching our library, please call to make an appointment at 540-231-5167 or toll free, 1-800-848-2714.
  • For directions and information about visiting our office, click Visiting T/TAC on our contact page.

Professional learning events address varied topics based on state, regional, and school divisions’ needs and interests. For information on current professional learning activities, please visit our events page.

T/TAC staff work closely with the VDOE and other statewide agencies on several projects, including autism, instruction for students with intellectual disabilities, assistive technology, early childhood, literacy, math, multi-tiered system of supports, co-teaching, strategic instruction, and others. These collaborative efforts produce targeted materials and professional development opportunities for educators throughout the Commonwealth. T/TAC also works directly with the VDOE Special Education Office of Program Improvement in providing assistance to schools needing an improvement plan.

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The VDOE has developed five web-based "Critical Decision Point" training modules for parents, professionals, and stakeholders that work with families whom have a child with a disability.

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The Virginia Department of Education's "For Families" webpage is the VDOE's resource hub for family information and engagement with their student's education.

I'm Determined Project

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The I’m Determined project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. As family members, you are an important part of your student’s success no matter their age. Explore resources and events on the I'm Determined Project Families Page that will help you support your child along their journey.

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