COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 70
April 25, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Distribution of Funds for Assistive Technology


  The Virginia Department of Education will distribute funds for
  assistive technology equipment.  All local school divisions
  may apply for funds, up to $1,500.00, for the purchase of
  equipment or software to assist students with disabilities.

  Important note for all applicants:  without exception, all
  equipment and software must be purchased no later than
  September 30, 1997.

  Technical assistance may be obtained from the Department of
  Education (DOE), the Training and Technical Assistance Centers
  (T/TAC), the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS), the
  Virginia Department of Visually Handicapped (VDVH), the
  Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), or
  the Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB).  For
  further information about receiving assistance, please call
  the T/TAC, VATS, VDVH, VDDHH, or VSDB contact person in your
  region, or contact Mr. David Aldrich at (804) 225-2711 (VA PEN
  address daldrich@pen.k12.va.us) or Ms. Joyce Faye White at
  (804) 225-2958 (VA PEN address jfwhite@pen.k12.va.us).

  Attached, please find an application form and a list of
  examples of equipment and software from which to select items. 
  Please submit all applications no later than May 30, 1997, to
  Mr. Aldrich by mail or via VA PEN address.

  RTL/da

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.