TFL Team Meeting - 01/15/2019

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TFL Mission

  • Increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services so Georgians of all ages and disabilities can live, learn, work and play independently in communities of their choice.

Team Meeting Expectations

1. All TFL team meetings are no/light device meetings. This means using your device professionally, minimally, as an accommodation, or for emergencies.

2. Be mindful of the time you are given for your updates.

3. Provide thoughtful and comprehensive updates to the team. This time is the opportunity for everyone to learn about TFL projects and activities.


TFL Director Updates (Carolyn) - 20 mins

TFL Research Updates (Ben S. & Carolyn) - 10 mins.


  1. Volume 12 has been released and is now available at the ATIA.ORG/Research site.
  2. Volume 13 submissions have been peer reviewed in and in editing stage.

TextHelp (Literacy and AT) Project - Troup County (LaGrange, GA)

  1. Troup classrooms and teachers have been identified. Teacher consent forms are signed.
  2. Parental consent and student assent forms are going out this week.
  3. Training for students and teachers will be scheduled shortly
  4. Amendment had to be filed because district selected 7th grade classrooms instead of 6th grade.

On DBHDD Contract

  1. Collected data is being updated in SRI Database
  2. 8 individuals are complete, 21 more are in the last stage (have AT and need final follow up)
  3. Budget for end of year and for next round of project are in the works

Work ACCESS Project

  • Team is examining the structure of the current work access decision tree and updating the solutions.

Other Decision Trees/Algorithum Projects:

  • Paroles & Pardons Project
  • Aging Decision Tree Project (multi-state interest)

Other Projects:

  • Exploring other possible Grant opportunities:
  • HIIAT (High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology) Grants
  • FIP (Field Initiated Proposals) NIDILRR Proposals
  • GVRA Contract
  • Establishing a UX Accessibility Lab (John)
  • Establishing a Consortium for Accessibility Research

TFL State Leadership Activities - Program, Outreach & Training Updates (Liz) - 10 mins.

FY 17-18: 10/01/2017 - 09/30/2018
Activity Tools for Life All Centers
Public Awareness 35,671 5,298,930
Information and Assistance 11,461 11,461
Group Trainings 591 1757
Technical Assistance 0 35
FY 18-19: 10/1/2018 - Present
Activity Tools for Life All Centers
Public Awareness 3083 34,803
Information and Assistance 483 483
Group Trainings 171 201
Technical Assistance 0 0
  • What Happened - Completed
    • Wed 11/7 - RAC DSP Fall Meeting
    • Fri 11/9 & Sat 11/10 - Deaf Blind Technology Symposium
    • Sun 11/26 to Wed 11/28 - GVRA Leadership Summit
    • Thur 11/15 - DBHDD Trainings
    • Thur 11/29 - Hosted GARD Meeting
  • What's Coming Up - Important Reminders
    • AT3 Call on Disasters - Tomorrow Wednesday 12/5 at 3:00pm EST (Carolyn and Danny)
    • ATAP Membership Call - Tomorrow Wednesday 12/5 at 4:00 PM EST
    • GATE - this Friday 12/7 at the GT Student Center (Sam lead)
    • Host GA Alliance for Health Literacy - next Tuesday 12/11 (Tori lead)
    • 2018 Tech and Aging Summit - next Wednesday 12/12 (Carolyn, Liz, Rachel, Ben J. and Tori support)
    • TFL Advisory Council - next Thursday 12/13 - this is your reminder to send updates to Liz by COB Monday 12/10 (Liz, Sam lead and Tori support)
    • AT/DME/Supplies National Call - No longer hosting
    • TFL Graphic Design - What are your needs? - Annabel lead
    • Wiki PPT Submission
  • GVRA
    • New Hire Orientation - Friday December 6 - N/A
    • GVRA Employment First Council Meeting - rescheduled TBD
  • ATOB Journal v12 - Submitted! (Carolyn & Tori)
  • GT Wireless RERC - Training and TA
    • 2018 Tech and Aging Summit - December 12 (Liz, Tori and Rachel lead)
    • Video series: Active! (Sam lead, Raminta support)
    • Outreach & Public Awareness ongoing (Sam lead)
  • AT and DME Reuse Activities
    • Still continue to provide Reuse TA.
    • Working with AT3 on TA protocol, etc.
    • Disaster Relief Efforts:
      • Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (PIDS) National Call - Every Tuesday at 3:00 PM (Danny)
      • Portal requests and submissions - Ciara/Tori lead (Liz/Danny support)
  • ATAP (AT3) - New contract development
    • Upcoming membership calls: Tomorrow Wednesday December 5 at 4:00 PM
    • Currently writing scripts - Sam and Tori
    • Raminta working on videos. Completed "rough cut" of 3 videos.
  • GT CATEA Work ACCESS - AT Software KnowledgeBase
    • Funded!
    • Input
  • GT CATEA TechSAge 2 - Training and Outreach
    • TechSAge 2 - Funded for 5 years!
    • Be sure to check out the RERC TechSAge website to learn more about what we do!

TFL Direct AT Services - AT Access Updates (Martha) - 10 mins.

TFL AT Acquisition Updates (Danny) - 10 mins.

Projects: TFL - Activities: Credit-Able, G-Trade, Dollars & Sense, AT Depot Co-Op

Credit-Able Updates

  1. 11/1/18-12/31/18- 10 submissions (7 approved, 2 denied, 1 withdrawn)
  2. 122 active loans with principle totaling $366,409
  3. 5 applications in process
  4. Working with a consumer to avoid losing his vehicle (and CFII being responsible for reselling it)

Disability Connections Equipment

  1. A truckload of equipment showed up
  2. Thanks to everyone that helped with sorting, labeling, changing the service center and discarding of obsolete equipment
  3. Several boxes in CP's 2nd floor office. We need to determine where these items are going
  4. One box of equipment is being sent to disABILITY LINK this week along with a theremini
  5. Shower chairs and bedside commode need to be marked obsolete and taken to FODAC (I reached out to Ben J regarding transport)
  6. Hoyer lift and personal transport item still need a determination (Carolyn, can we send this to FODAC)


  1. DBHDD Equipment, the large order from December came in. A couple of items were missing, working on resolving that
  2. Hosted the NFB Atlanta Metro Chapter last week, people enjoyed the space
  3. CHOA visitors came by last week and had a quick tour and opportunity to ask questions to myself. DeeDee and Martha

Special Projects and Access Lab Updates (Ben J.) - 20 mins.

  1. Launchpad Dec 6th-13th
    1. Kevin Shankwiler, School of Industrial Design
    2. Reception Thursday
  2. BEP Update
    1. 13 currency readers were distributed to members of the NFB of GA's Atlanta chapter. We plan on being present at meetings for the GCB and other NFB chapters in the future as well as organizing events at GLASS and disABILITY LINK
    2. Accessible Forms
  3. AT Lab Updates
    1. zHalo Tracking Platform -
    2. Bidet
    3. Adding Inventory
  4. ATIA Webinars February, May
    1. Smart Home and Gaming Accessibility