TFL Team Meeting - 1/21/2020

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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)

TFL Research Updates (Ben S. & Carolyn)

Assistive Technology Outcomes & Benefits (ATOB) Journal:

  • Volume 13 has been released. Thank you, again, Tori for all your hard work on this volume! Here’s a link to the Volume 13 web page:
  • Volume 14 theme will be "Literacy". The paper we submitted, "Does Mastery of AT in High school Impact Post Secondary Performance?" has been accepted for that issue. Release will be mid-2020.

Upcoming Presentations:

  • ATIA (Jan 30) - Ignite! ("Smack-down" for research nerds) Ben is currently slated to be Moderator
  • ATIA (Jan 30) - DBHDD Project Poster Presentation
  • ATIA (Feb 1) - Mastery of AT presentation
  • GSHA (Feb 13-15) DBHDD Project full presentation

DBHDD Contract:

  • Project closed last month. Final billing went out right after Christmas.
  • Ben is still participating in the Employment First "Callaway Work Group".
  • Ron Wakefield (DBHDD Dir.) wants to set up a meeting after the first of the new year.

What Users of AT Wish Developers Knew About Their Literacy Experiences Project

  • Transcription of sessions is now complete.
  • Started thematic analysis.
  • Next step: working with college students from GA Tech.

Work ACCESS Project (Decision Tree Project)

  • Working on a pre-conference event at ATIA, as well as special mini-sessions during conference, to tap experts for expert panels and for validation of Work Access project findings to date.
  • Thanks to Liz and her team for coordinating registration, publicity, etc. for these events.
  • Initial demo of Work ACCESS tool to be presented at ATIA. Requirements document for design & programming of Work ACCESS tool has been circulated.

Research proposal submissions in progress:

  • FIP (NIDILRR) Dementia proposal being reworked (Karen and Carolyn, Jan 27, 3 yr @) $200K)
  • FIP (NIDILRR) Mastery of AT & impact on employment for PWD (Ben and Karen, Jan.27, 3 yr @) $200K)
  • Possible SBIR - with Jack Smith: Spoken Word Recognition for Individuals Who Are Speech Impaired

Other Decision Trees/Algorithum Projects:

  • Aging Decision Tree Project (Washington)
  • We have reached out to Jeffrey Thompson Director Planning List Systems about collaboration on decision tree for DONR in GA.

TFL State Leadership Activities - (Liz)

  • Data Reminder: Don't forget to include your presentations, trainings, public awareness, education, etc. in the database each month.
  • What Happened & What's Upcoming
    • ATIA planning is underway!- Carolyn & Tori lead
      • Who's going? - Carolyn, Danny, Ben, Tori, DeeDee, Ciara
      • Responsibilities at ATIA - TFL cohosting 2 workshops, focus groups, booth
    • CIDI Open House and Symposium, May 6-7 - Liz & Sam co-leads for the planning team
      • More information coming soon
    • TechSAge Design Competition - Carolyn & Danny lead, Liz support
      • TFL activity - save the date!
    • Amazon Contract & Video Project
      • Working on scope of work and budget with Patrick
      • Developing scripts/storyboards for videos
      • TFL team members involved: CP, Liz, Sam, Danny, Rachel, DeeDee
    • TFL policy and procedures - Liz, Sam
    • UD Videos - On track and will be completed by mid January!
    • Wiki PPT submissions - Tori
    • Please include the training team on professional development activities - presentations, trainings, events, tours, demos, visiting other sites, etc.
  • Ongoing Projects
  • ATAP (AT3)
    • 2020 contract is in place - webinars, etext remediation
      • social media accessibility webinar, videos, accessible docs (Danny and Tori)
  • AT Reuse Activities
    • Carolyn, Liz, Danny, others as needed
    • Still continue to provide Reuse TA.
    • Disaster Relief Efforts: PIDS - Danny lead, Portal requests - Danny/Ciara/Tori
  • GTPE UD Video Project
    • Liz, Sam, Tori, Raminta
    • Writing scripts, Editing videos - almost done!
  • Work ACCESS - Decision Tree/AT Software KnowledgeBase
    • Carolyn, Liz, Sarah, Ben S., Tori
    • Focus groups - we need participants and would like your input on possible candidates
  • TechSAge 2 - Training and Outreach
    • Carolyn, Liz
    • Have you listened to the podcast yet?
    • Continue to provide public awareness and education, Planning continues for competition. (Danny, Carolyn)
    • Check out the RERC TechSAge website to learn more.
  • GT Wireless RERC - Training and TA
    • Carolyn, Liz, Sam, Raminta
    • Outreach & Public Awareness ongoing (Sam lead)
    • Wireless RERC SoT - 5/21-22 - Save the Dates!

TFL K-12 Initiatives and Updates (Gina)

  • K-12
    • K-12 Contract – Statement of Work (SOW)
      • Waiting on Contract from GaDOE - To GaTech
      • Timelines are January 2020 – December 2020
      • Components of this contract include:
        • Customized, mini AT Training Videos (3-7 minutes each) – 5 videos
        • Assistive Technology (AT Consultation Services) – portal to log services and track time
        • Assistive Technology Webinar Series – supporting a series that has already been scheduled and marketed
        • AT/UDL Software Pilot Program – software for reading, writing & math, possibly accommodation assessment
        • Assistive Technology Lending Library
        • Discovery Surveys
        • EdTrade, Georgia Assistive Technology School Swap Database
        • Strategic Roadmaps for future development and operation of
        • Expanded UDL/AT Software package
        • E-Text delivery program
        • District membership for CIDI/TFL services
    • K-12 Referrals
      • Slow and steady scheduling referrals we have and writing reports
      • Regularly getting requests for new evaluations; moving towards demonstrations
  • Georgia School for the Deaf Contract
      • AAC Assessment Complete
      • Two Trainings
  • AAC Camp – continued discussions, two day camp, location TBD, time TBD, cost TBD

TFL Direct AT Services - AT Access Updates (Martha)

  • Device Demos All Centers 10/1/19- Present: 72
  • Device Demo TFL 10/1/19- Present: 34
  • Device Loan All Centers 10/1/19-Present: 100
  • Device Loan TFL 10/1/18- Present: 63
  • Device Reutilization 10/1/18- Present: 840
  • Thank you to those who participated with Capti and LoganTech demos
  • Finishing up demos and assessments for the year

TFL AT Acquisition Updates (Danny)


Credit-Able Getting ready to work on a grant application.

  1. New focus!
  2. Telework loans!