WVATS

COVID-19 Update

For the time being, COVID-19 is affecting WVATS services. While we take great care with cleaning our devices, we need to keep each other safe and healthy. Additionally, like many organizations, we are being encouraged to work remotely. We cannot support walk-in clients at this time.

WVATS staff will remain available to you. You can email or call us. Please reach out if you have questions or needs.

Lending Library: WVATS will suspend device loans beginning March 18 until further notice. You can still request items and WVATS will put your request on a waitlist. We will process your request when loan activity resumes. If you have an active loan, you are welcome to keep it until the loan program resumes.

If you have a critical need for equipment, please contact us. We will handle these requests on a case-by-case basis. We want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.

Training & Presentations: WVATS has canceled all in-person trainings and presentations. WVATS can offer trainings from a distance using Zoom. Zoom is a remote video platform. If you would like to schedule a training, please contact us. Also, keep checking back as we schedule online training opportunities.

Demonstrations: WVATS is not offering onsite demonstrations at this time. We can provide them at a distance using Zoom when possible. Zoom is a remote video platform. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a demonstration.

Reuse: WVATS will suspend in-person reuse donations and deliveries. This might be a great time to look around for items that you would like to donate.

Remember: The WVATS staff is available to you. You can email or call us. Please reach out.

About Us

WVATS Key Staff

Jessi Wright - Principal Investigator

Jessi has played in the assistive technology toy box for more years that she cares to admit. She has worked with all ages and in a variety of environments. She finds fulfillment in helping people overcome obstacles, increasing independence and access. Jessi spends her free time traveling for concerts, hockey and outdoor adventures.

Nicole Britt - Program Manager

Nicole has spent 25 years working in the field of social services, I/DD services, as well as mental health and substance abuse. She has experience in residential, day program, employment and has a passion for advocating for inclusion. Nicole is the mother of one and enjoys the outdoors, reading, travelling and sharing time with her son.

Doug Cumpston - AT Specialist

Doug leads the WVATS team in providing trainings on creating accessible documents and presentations. His experience in agriculture also allows him to share his knowledge of assistive technology to help farmers remain active in their profession. Doug has experience working as an employment specialist, supporting people with disabilities in finding competitive employment. Doug is a father and husband that spends his free time raising livestock on the family farm.

Jennifer Ham - AT Specialist

Jennifer has a long history of experiences helping individuals of all ages gain independence through day habilitation programs, early intervention, supported employment, and as a behavior support professional. Jennifer gained valuable AT knowledge over the years and is always eager to learn more. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of animals. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and seeking out outdoor adventures.

Melanie Burge - Program Assistant

As the Program Assistant, Melanie is the front line for WVATS services. She provides daily administrative support as well as direct client support. Melanie is the go-to person for the WVATS device loan library.