The mission of the statewide network of training and technical assistance centers is two fold:
- To increase the capacity of school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities; and,
- To foster the state improvement goals for personnel development, which address improving the performance of children and youth with disabilities, by enhancing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and performance of all personnel who work with students with disabilities.
Assistance is provided directly to teachers and other school personnel who serve individuals with disabilities and services are generally free of charge. Services include professional development workshops and strategically planned training events, consultative services that utilize a collaborative problem-solving process designed to contribute to student success, an electronic newsletter, T-TAC Network News, which is published quarterly, information services on current research topics and recommended educational practices as well as TACtics and a lending library. Parents who are interested in borrowing T-TAC library materials may make requests directly to T-TAC ODU or may submit an email request from this site. Workshop registration forms may also be accessed directly from this site.
Please note: college and university students are only eligible for T-TAC library services. However, electronic requests are not accepted. Students must come to the T-TAC library to pick up and return materials.
In addition to regional services, T-TAC staff participates on statewide projects that are focused on accomplishing the state improvement goals. The guiding principles that drive the T-TAC system are to: develop products based on research; disseminate effective practices; consult with target schools undergoing Academic Review; build capacity at the local level and conduct strategically planned training.
T-TAC Old Dominion University responds to requests for services with an emphasis on collaboration in planning and providing services to teams. These teams might include general and special educators, administrators, related services personnel, students, family members, paraeducators, and community members.