Kellar Institute Hosts Conference on Assistive Technology

Posted: May 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Assistive Technology System’s (VATS) 2000 conference, “Assistive Technology, Advocacy, and Employment: Preparing the People, Preparing the Workplace,” is held in the Johnson Center today and tomorrow. VATS is a federally funded assistive technology initiative with four regional sites, one of which is located in the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities.

The mission of the conference is to give Virginians with disabilities information and resources related to assistive technology. It includes presentations, exhibits, and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to learn about tools, strategies, and resources that allow individuals with disabilities to live and work more independently. Lt. Gov. John Hager speaks briefly tomorrow morning as part of the conference.

The Kellar Institute is videoconferencing the keynote address and one of the concurrent sessions today to three regional sites: the Sheraton Hotel in Norfolk, the Hotel Roanoke, and Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. An additional 250 attendees are expected in those locations.

The grand opening of the VATS exhibit hall is held tonight at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room. This event includes product demonstrations from more than 25 exhibitors of assistive technology products, as well as live entertainment by comedian Ken Glickman, who is performing as “Prof. Glick teaching DEAFology 101 and 102.” Admission to this event is $5 per person.

The conference is open to the university community. Those interested in attending can register at the door from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 25 and 26. Registration is $50 for each day. For more information, contact the Kellar Institute at x33670.

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