COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 41
March 30, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
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 $1,000. 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 members providing services and support for students with disabilities. Technical assistance may be obtained from sources listed on Attachment A.

Applicants are required to obtain approval prior to spending the assistive technology funds. Funds must be spent and training completed by September 30, 2001. Final reimbursement requests must be submitted by November 1, 2001.

Attached are an application form and examples of equipment, software, and training opportunities (Attachment B). These examples are not restrictive and do not limit school divisionsí ability to use technology funds. Questions regarding this application should be directed to Mrs. Sharon E. Siler, education specialist at (804) 225-2711 or mailto:ssiler@mail.vak12ed.edu.

Please submit all applications no later than April 30, 2001, to Mrs. Kim Shackelford, program support technician, Office of Special and Student Services, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218, or by FAX at (804) 371-8796.

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