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.

Teacher Tech

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Incorporating Communication Into the Classroom

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Communication is vital to a student’s success in school. It gives a student the ability to let their wants and needs be known, but it also gives the student the opportunity to let others know how much of the school work they are comprehending. Through the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), students can increase their participation in class and experience an increase in the quantity and quality of social interactions. AAC users often see a decrease in problem behaviors because they can express their wants and needs, reducing stress and frustration.

  Continue reading the Fall 2019 Teacher Tech Newsletter.