The WVATS team has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to submit a AEM-funded grant proposal. This proposal was awarded and will provide much needed training and AT services at the Romney School of the Blind. The WVATS team will be an integral part of the implementation team providing specialized trainings to faculty on that campus, contributing to material development, and providing a connection to devices through the loan library and demonstration services. Additionally, this partnership focuses on the special education classrooms throughout the state. The WVATS team provides similar support services to the Department of Education.
Working together with the Department of Education was an extraordinary opportunity to build collaborative practices from grassroots. It has also been an opportunity for providing services to a new area and specific group of students with the state. Our teams have shared expertise in different areas and discussed interdisciplinary models of training and service as we move forward. Funding from the AEM initiative has been available to WVATS team members for training. Material costs are covered by this grant. This grant will be awarded for the next three years.