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

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 53
March 17, 2000

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Distribution of Assistive Technology Funds for Students with Disabilities


 The Virginia Department of Education will distribute funds for assistive technology 
training and equipment.  All school divisions may apply for funds up to $1,500.  
These funds may be used for training in the area of assistive technology and/or the 
purchase of equipment and software to assist students with disabilities.  Funds may 
also be used to pay for assistive technology courses for staff providing services 
and support for students with disabilities.

All applicants are required to obtain approval prior to expenditures and make 
expenditures and/or complete training no later than September 30, 2000.  Final 
reimbursement requests must be submitted by November 1, 2000.

Technical assistance may be obtained from the Department of Education (DOE), 
Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC), Virginia Assistive Technology 
Systems (VATS), Virginia Department of the Visually Handicapped (VDVH), Virginia 
Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), or the Department of Rehabilitative 
Services (DRS).

Attached are an application form and examples of equipment, software, and training 
opportunities.  These examples are not restrictive and do not limit school divisions'
abilities to use these funds to address identified needs in the area of assistive 
technology.  Questions regarding application should be directed to Mrs. Sharon E. 
Siler, Educational Specialist at (804) 225-2711 or ssiler@mail.vak12ed.edu.

Please submit all applications no later than April 30, 2000, to Mrs. Kim Shackelford,
program support technician, Office of Special Education and Student Services, P. O. 
Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218 or by FAX at (804) 371-8796.

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