TFL Team Meeting - 7/7/2020

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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)

  • Check In -
  • ADA Celebration - Ideas & Help!
  • HR Plan/Return to work - Questions?
  • TFL Advisory Council

TFL Research Updates (Ben S., Zerrin & Carolyn)

Assistive Technology Outcomes & Benefits (ATOB) Journal

  • Volume 15 submissions deadline extended to July 13th.
  • TFL (Vol 15) Article on DBHDD Project will be submitted by 13th,

What Users of AT Wish Developers Knew... complete

Work ACCESS Project (Decision Tree Project):

  • Liz & Carolyn - Working on Telework
  • Wrapping up first round of Tasks:
    • proofing, short descriptions, validation, tagging & mapping to decision tree, etc.)
    • functioning model due late summer/ early fall.
    • Annabel is helping with visual design for interface

Mastery of Assistive Technology (MoAT) Small Bets project kicked off July 1st.

  • In search of AT "power users" to serve as panelists

In the works: ePortfolios Project with AT Industry partner, Cognitopia

  • 5 year, National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Grant
  • Explore impact of digital portfolios upon student leadership of IEPs & transition outcomes
    • Thanks to those who have said they want to be part of the team on this one.

Other Decision Trees/Algorithm Projects:

  • Aging - Decision Tree Project (Washington State)

TFL State Leadership Activities - (Liz)

  • Data Reminder: Don't forget to include your presentations, trainings, public awareness, education, etc. in the database each month.
  • Updates
  • Tools for Life
    • TFL Policy and Procedures - Liz, Sam
    • Wiki PPT submissions - Tori
    • TFL Website Redo - Liz, Sam, CP
      • Everyone will have a piece in this project
    • PIOC website key pieces built into TFL
    • Wiki cleanup, possible transition to Zendesk
    • ATIA 2021 is virtual! Call for papers deadline is July 13
  • CDC
    • Accessible Materials and Culturally Relevant Messages for Individuals with Disabilities
    • Carolyn PI, Johan and Liz Co-PI
  • ATAP (AT3)
    • Finishing videos - Raminta
    • Finishing document remediation - Tori
    • Exploring 2021 contract and deliverables - CP & Liz
      • AT Reuse Activities (PIOC)
    • Social Isolation/Connectedness Coalition (ACL/n4a)
  • TechSAge 2 RERC - Training and Outreach
    • Carolyn and Liz
    • Design Competition - Carolyn & Danny lead, Liz support
    • Check out the RERC TechSAge website to learn more.
  • Webinars
    • Demonstration Tuesdays complete!
      • Do we want to continue this series?
      • Able to offer CRC's and CEUs
    • Wired Wednesday
    • More webinar offerings from TFL?
  • Wireless RERC - Training and TA
    • Carolyn, Liz, Sam, Raminta
    • Outreach & Public Awareness ongoing (Sam lead)
    • Submitting to the Technology and Disability Policy Highlights (TDPH)
  • Work ACCESS - Decision Tree/AT Software KnowledgeBase
    • Carolyn and Liz - Telework
      • 2 focus groups - today 7/7 at 3:00 PM, Thursday 7/9 at 10:30 AM

TFL K-12 Initiatives and Updates (Gina)

  • K-12
    • K-12 Contract – Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Assistive Technology Lending Library
  • Discovery Surveys
  • EdTrade, Georgia Assistive Technology School Swap Database
  • AEM 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
  • Georgia School for the Deaf Contract
  • Metro AT Consortia
  • AAC Camp

TFL Direct AT Services - AT Access Updates (Martha)

  • Device Demo 10/1-19 until present All Centers 266
  • Device Demos 10/1/19 - Present TFL 74
  • Device Loans 10/1/19- Present All Centers 171
  • Device Loans 10/1/19- Present TFL 80
  • Device Reutilization 2899

  • Wired Wednesdays are going great! Next on will be July 15th with Maria. She will be covering Math Apps. We need people to Sign up for August and September
  • Updating the TFL Equipment Database- Ciara
  • Waiting on the funds for DAS
  • Carolyn and I met with Dr. Lisa Adams and Rick Sigman with the University of West Ga. They would like our help training their faculty and staff on disability awareness and universal design. They have a new president Dr. Brendon Kelly who would like to increase Universal Design for campus and for faculty and staff.
  • Washington Access AT List has been completed
  • Display equipment for AAC lab has been submitted and approved, computer access equipment is being researched and compiled
  • Working on product and AAC information sheets for AAC lab
  • Work Access Communication tasks are being finalized

TFL AT Acquisition Updates (Danny)


Dollars and Sense

  1. Who wants to give it a look and help with content development


  1. After meeting with Matthew on EdTRADE, it should be pretty easy to relaunch gTRADE


  1. Processing some of the backlog of apps since March
  2. Discussions continue on relocating


  1. I will be on leave from 7/10-7/17 and will not be checking e-mail/voicemail

AccessGA Initiatives and Updates (Johan)

Action Items & Follow Up