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.

WVATS Advisory Council

WVATS Advisory Council Members are involved in providing advice and feedback to ensure that the WVATS program maintains a consumer-driven focus. They help fulfill the mission to support a statewide program of technology-related assistance for individuals of all ages and disabilities.

The Council is made up of a consumer majority with representation of agency appointed staff from DRS, DD Council, CIL, Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, WV Department of Education, and Workforce WV. Community and agency representatives use their AT experience to review and inform WVATS activities statewide.

The WVATS Council typically meets 3 times a year and has a list serv for continued interaction. There are no honorariums paid for being a member, however travel expenses for consumer members attending meetings are covered.

Interested in becoming a Council member? Contact WVATS at 800-841-8436 or fill out the Council Application Form.

Advisory Council Members

  • Lee Ann Brammer – Representative from Department of Education
  • Ron Brown – Consumer Representative
  • Christine Dougherty - Consumer Representative
  • Darla Ervin - Consumer Representative
  • Brenda Lamkin - Consumer Representative
  • Cynthia Lokey – Representative from Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Ed McDonald - Consumer Representative
  • Carol McGhee - Consumer Representative
  • George McIntire - Consumer Representative
  • Angie Richardson – Representative from WorkForce
  • Amee Shah - Consumer Representative
  • Kevin Smith - Consumer Representative
  • Al Wiggins - Consumer Representative
  • Dena Wildman – Representative from the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner