Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS) | Virginia



Get Ready! RVGives Day is Coming!

2020 brought many unique challenges for families and children with disAbilities.  With schools and therapy clinics shutting down and many appointments moving to telehealth, there were many new obstacles for these families to navigate.   Through it all, with tremendous support from our donors, CATS was able to weather the storm and continue to provide children in Virginia with the adaptive equipment they need.

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C.A.T.S. receives a $100,000 donation

Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) was honored to receive a $100,000 donation made possible by Lynn and Foster Friess in honor of Isabella Maria Santorum.  Foster Friess is an investment manager and philanthropist from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.   

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C.A.T.S. appoints interim Executive Director

As the founder of C.A.T.S., Cathie Cummins volunteered to serve in the role of executive director, but in it’s 7th year, the time has come for C.A.T.S. to have a professional CEO. After working tirelessly to create and grow the organization, Cathie is ready to retire. C.A.T.S. is therefore pleased to announce that John Naples, senior program manager, will take over as interim executive director as of January 1, 2021.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: December 2020

For several reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic, C.A.T.S. will be limiting acceptance of equipment donations at all of our locations during the months of December and January. 

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C.A.T.S. Receives Grants

Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) is honored to receive grants to assist in our mission to provide refurbished adaptive equipment and assistive technology to children that need it at no cost.   Recently, grants were received from the Al Stroobants Foundation, CE Richardson Benevolent Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, Langley for Families Foundation, the EC Wareheim Foundation and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

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Hallowheels: The Results are in and………….

Congratulations and Thank you to all our Hallowheels Participants who caught the attention of people as far away as California, Oregon and even Australia!  The first place winner was Woody from Toy Story; second place goes to Space X Astronaut; and the sweet tooth battle for third was won in the end by Topsy Turvy Birthday Cake! 

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RUC Students Help C.A.T.S. through Research

Radford University Carilion DPT students have completed literature review regarding the efficacy of assistive technology in improving participation of children with disabilities.  This research helps support CATS grant writing team.  CATS also gratefully accepts stories from individuals about their use of assistive technology.

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PT Day of Service

The University of Lynchburg DPT program  supported C.A.T.S. on the PT Day of Service, on Oct 10th, coming out to clean equipment as well as selling tee shirts for operational cost support.  We thank all our college student volunteers who help make C.A.T.S. mission successful! 

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