Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS) | Virginia

ABOUT US

ABOUT CATS

WHO WE ARE

CHILDREN’S ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICE

Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) provides for the re-use of pediatric rehabilitation equipment and assistive technology devices in Virginia.  CATS serves as a no-cost resource for children with disabilities who need adaptive equipment and whose families have limited resources.

Children with adaptive equipment can:

  • play with their friends and siblings
  • participate in meals and bath times
  • explore their world, moving and learning
  • be more independent

WHO WE SERVE

C.A.T.S serves young people with disabilities, who reside or receive rehabilitative/medical services in Virginia, who need assistive technology to assist with mobility, positioning and communication. This includes, but is not limited to, neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions that cause impaired function.

OUR MISSION

C.A.T.S. helps children with physical and developmental disabilities that affect movement, behavior, or communication have better health outcomes; participate more fully in school; engage socially; and achieve greater independence.  We do this by refurbishing and redistributing donated assistive technology; educating pediatric clinicians, teachers, and caregivers; and advocating for responsive and responsible public health policy.

DELIVERING RESULTS

Assistive technology allows a child with disabilities to play with friends and siblings, to have more opportunities for learning, and to be more independent.  All of these can lead to a happier child and healthier families!  Want to know more?  View our current annual report!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CATS STAFF

GARDNER UMBARGER

Program Manager, Marion

CATHY WATKINS

Program Manager, Richmond

LINDA DEW

Program Manager, Hampton Roads

JOHN NAPLES

Program Manager, Roanoke