National AT Aging & Dementia Decision Tree Workshop -- ATIA 2018

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Thank you for agreeing to participate in the National AT Aging & Dementia Decision Tree Workshop, hosted by Tools for Life | Georgia Tech. We are looking forward to working with you!


Workshop Goal

The goal of this workshop is to smart-source our community of AT professionals to develop Decision Trees/Algorithms to expand knowledge of AT, AT strategies, resources and to identify obstacles and "red flags" to ensure appropriate referrals. Ultimately, we want to assist everyone in finding appropriate Assistive Technology strategies and solutions for individuals who are aging and individuals with dementia. We need Your Help!

We have researched several existing assessment tools and checklists that are currently available. If you have access to any additional assessments, checklists, flowcharts and/or decision-making tools that would be helpful for us to review, please share if you can. You can send your resources directly to Liz Persaud at

We are excited about this opportunity to create innovative solutions with you that help so many individuals we serve and have far reaching positive outcomes!


*When: Wednesday, January 31 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST (Registration, breakfast, and networking will begin at 8:30 AM.)

*Where: The ATIA 2018 Official Conference Site - Royal Caribe Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida

*Who: You, AT Act Program teams who provide direct service, other AT Professionals and subject matter experts (SMEs) from across the country in a variety of fields to help develop the AT & Dementia Decision Tool (Algorithms)

DRAFT Agenda

8:30 AM Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 AM Welcome, Introductions, Vision & Goals for the AT Decision Tree/Algorithms

  • Carolyn Phillips, Georgia Tech (GT) | College of Design | AMAC | Tools for Life (TFL)

9:30 AM Presentation: A Guided Discussion on AT and Dementia, Where Are We Now and Looking Forward

  • Carolyn Phillips, Tools for Life

10:30 AM Process for Developing the AT & Dementia Decision Tree – Moving through the Workbook

  • Carolyn Phillips, Liz Persaud and Rachel Wilson, Tools for Life

11:30 AM Group Activity: Begin with the End in Mind - Exploring AT and Dementia

  • What is currently available, and where are the gaps?

12:00 PM Break and Working Lunch (lunch will be provided)
2:00 PM Group Report Out of Concepts
3:00 PM Continue Discussion on AT and Dementia: Sharing Resources
4:00 PM Next Steps and Adjourn