West Virginia Assistive Technology Blog

Para-Athletic Survey

The CAMC Foundation is partnering with the YMCA of Kanawha Valley to sponsor statewide sporting competitions for athletes of all ages with physical disabilities through its Para-Athletic program.  The Para-Athletic program is the  only organized, sanctioned sporting program for the physically challenged in West Virginia.  The program offers year round competitions in track and field, marksman, swimming, basketball, tennis, archery and golf.

To help improve the program, the partners are asking interested individuals to complete and return a short Paraathletic Survey.  The purpose of this survey is to determine what the interest is in different sports/events, and does not guarantee that all sports/events will be available.  However, it will give the partners an idea who where interest is and maybe areas where existing opportunities can be expanded.

The Para-Athletic competitions are open to both competitive athletes as well as individuals who might like to see what it’s like to participate in this type of recreation program. No previous experience is required.  Those who participate in sanctioned events has the opportunity to move on to regional and national competitions. Children and adults from all counties are welcome.

Please send completed surveys to:


Debra Bryant

100 YMCA Drive

Charleston, WV 25311

Email to:

For any questions or comments please contact Debra Bryant at 304-340-3527 ext. 1116


Posted in: Recreation

Para-Athletic Program Mid Atlantic Games Track and Field Event

The Para-Athletic Program Mid Atlantic Games Track and Field event will be Friday June 23 from 8a-2p at the UC field in Charleston.  Any athlete wishing to participate can get a registration packet by clicking CAMC Registration Packet,  stop by the YMCA of Kanawha Valley and pick up a registration form at the front desk, print out a form via CAMC’s website or contact Debra Bryant, Healthy Living Director at the YMCA via email at  Registration is due June 20.

Events include 60M,100M, 100M Power chair, 200 M, 400M, 800M, 1,500M (HANDCYCLE Only), 10,000M HANDCYCLE Only), Discus, Shot Put, Club, Javelin, Turbo Javelin (YOUTH Only), and Long Jump.

The Para-Athletic Program is a partnership between the CAMC Foundation and the YMCA of Kanawha Valley to sponsor statewide sporting competitions for athletes of all ages with physical disabilities.  The Para-Athletic program is the only organized, sanctioned sporting program for the physically challenged in West Virginia.  The program offers year round competitions in track and field, marksman, swimming, basketball, tennis, archery and golf.  Athletes who meet qualifying standards at these events have the opportunity to move on to national competitions.

Everyone is invited to attend and show their support for the athletes!  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Posted in: Recreation


The West Virginia Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America will be hosting an indoor adaptive archery clinic on July 7 beginning at 10 am at The Bow Shop located at 1 Northpointe Blvd., Clarksburg, WV.

“The Bow Shop was very happy to host an event for the PVA in May and we are excited to welcome them back in July,” stated a representative of The Bow Shop, a 23-year military veteran himself.

Archery July 7th 2Veterans are invited to come out for this event and learn how to shoot with James Cowie III, National Champion record holder for WASUSA and WV PVA.  The registration form can be found by clicking  archery registration.  Please complete the registration form by June 30  and mail to WV PVA 336 Campbells Creek Dr., Charleston, WV 25306 or email to Amanda at

Equipment will be available for new archers and lunch will be provided.

Contact the WVPVA office with any questions you may have or to register at 304-925-9352.

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Request for Public Comment

Disability Rights of West Virginia is asking for comments from the public on its Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct 2017-Sept 2018) Priorities and Objectives. The Public Comment period is open from May 8 through June. 19.

You may submit comments by:

  • Phone: 800-950-5250
  • Fax: 304-346-0867
  • Email: with a subject line of “FY2018 P&O Comments”
  • Mail: DRWV, 1207 Quarrier St., Suite 400, Charleston, WV 25301
  • Message us on Facebook @drofwv

A copy of the Priorities & Objectives can be found on the DRWV website CLICK HERE

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Fourth annual art contest and exhibition to showcase West Virginia artists with disabilities

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) invites West Virginia artists with disabilities to enter the 2017 West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition. This fourth annual event will feature original artwork created by people with disabilities.

To enter, you must be at least 18 years old, be a West Virginia resident and have a disability. There is no entry fee.

All entry materials and artwork may be submitted starting June 1 and must be received no later than June 30, 2017. Complete submission guidelines and an entry form are available at

A juried artist will select the winning entries based on criteria including originality, imagination, visual interest, presentation and skillful use of materials.

The awards include:
Grand Exhibitor – The winning artwork selected as the Grand Exhibitor will be incorporated into and prominently featured in a poster promoting National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually in October. The poster will be distributed to businesses throughout West Virginia and will include an image of the winning artwork, a biographical statement about the artist and his or her disability, a photograph of the artist and the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme established by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

DRS will also purchase the artwork selected as the Grand Exhibitor (at a maximum cost of $1,000).

Awards of Excellence – Up to three $100 awards. These are not purchase awards.

The 2017 exhibition will open Wednesday Sept. 6, at the Culture Center in Charleston and will remain on display through Nov. 3, 2017.

DRS proudly presents this contest and exhibition in partnership with the West Virginia Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

For more information on the Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition, including rules and entry guidelines, visit or call 1-800-642-8207.

Posted in: Recreation

Color Teller

This is an image of the Color Teller.The Color Teller can help people with low vision or blindness identify colors. In addition to identifying colors, this device will announce tints and shades, such as light blue, pink, and dark brown. The Color Teller can also tell users whether lights are on or not.

The Color Teller has three language options, which are English, French, and Spanish. Users can also select between three volume levels and two levels of color announcement details.

Contributor: Brittany Valdez, WVATS

Posted in: Blindness, Low Vision

C-Pen Reader Pen

This is an image of the C-Pen.The C-Pen Reader is a pen scanner that recognizes and announces words. It was designed for people who have difficulty reading, such as people with dyslexia, people with cognitive impairments, and people learning a new language.

The C-Pen can read in both English and Spanish and features a built-in Oxford dictionary. When users come across a new word, they can access the built-in dictionary to hear the definition.

Other features of the C-Pen include a headphone jack for privacy and a built-in voice recorder. The voice recorder can be used to take audio notes while reading. Audio notes can be uploaded to PC and Mac computers for storage.

For educators, there is another version of this device called the ExamReader. The ExamReader pen provides students who have problems with reading an accommodation during tests but does not have the dictionary feature. This helps to prevent students from cheating while also ensuring that they can accurately read exam questions.

The C-Pen is a new addition to the WVATS Loan Library. If you are interested in borrowing this device, please visit our Virtual Loan Library website or call 800-841-8436.

Contributor: Brittany Valdez, WVATS

Posted in: AT for Students

Open Captioned Moveis Now Available Monthly

Earnest Covington, Executive Director of the  West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ( WVCDHH) announced today that WVCDHH will start to provide open captioned monthly movies at the Nitro Regal Cinemas.

The first open captioned movie will be “Boss Baby” on April 15th at 1 pm. Open captioned movie means the captions will be projected onto the big screen without using any captioned devices.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact WVCDHH at  any of the following numbers:

VP: (304) 400-6959

V: (304) 558-1031

Toll-Free: (866) 461-3578



Call for Artists

“Different Voices and Common Experiences” is an exhibit featuring artists who have been affected by mental health issues. DVCE supports positive mental health awareness, community wellness, and inclusivity.

Artists will be chosen on a first-come basis until the gallery space is full. You must submit photographs of your art pieces (limit 3 per artist) with your completed application. One piece of artwork will be chosen as the “feature” to be used for the postcards, posters and the show program.

There will be a free public reception on Friday, August 5th, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Participating artists and the community are encouraged to attend to enjoy visual and performance arts. Refreshments will be available.

Call Tiffany Carr @ 304-636-0143 or 1-866-262-2875 or email: to request an application or more info.

Posted in: Recreation

Trout Stocking Underway!

Trout stocking is underway throughout West Virginia at many of the state’s lakes, streams and other waterways. WVATS reminds anglers with disabilities that there are 29 sites in West Virginia that meet many of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), thanks to ongoing development by the WV Division of Natural Resources and WV State Parks.

But not all individuals with disabilities need accessible features.  For a complete list of fishing sites, both ADA and other fishing holes, take a look at the WV Guide to Accessible Fishing. You can view this Guide here.

In addition, the WVATS Loan Library has a variety of assistive devices for your fishing experience. A Fact Sheet has been developed to provide information on AT, special licenses and other information for individuals with disabilities who want to go fish! You can view the Fact Sheet here.  Check out the WVATS Loan Library to see what devices are available for demonstration and loan.

For more information on recreation opportunities, visit the WVATS website at

Posted in: Recreation
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