The West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS) is the designated lead agency that works to enhance the lives of all West Virginia residents with disabilities, including older West Virginians and the families of people with disabilities. By providing access to and help with the acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, WVATS can offer West Virginians with disabilities an opportunity for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.
WVATS strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all state residents with AT needs, through its programs and services. Assistive Technology (AT) is any device used to perform tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. These devices can be as complex as computers with screen reading software or as simple as Velcro used in place of buttons or shoe laces.
WVATS receives federal dollars to conduct AT activities and is overseen by a Consumer Advisory Council, comprised of individuals and agency staff who represent all ages, disabilities, and geographic regions of the state.
Funding for this project is made available through the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.