TFL Team Meeting - 8/3/2021

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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)

  • ‘’’HR’’’
    • Critical Hire Process: AT Manager Position
    • Critical Hire Process: Training Position
  • Allocations
    • Make sure these are correct - any changes by 5pm today.
  • Projects:
  • GaDOE FY20 Co-PI Gina & FY 21 - Ben will be increasing his role to help Gina and me!
  • GVRA Contract FY 21 - Moving Forward - PI Ben & Co-PI's Martha and Zerrin
  • CDC Contract - NCE through Sept. 30, 2022.
  • HHS DRRP - Aging Well ACCESS - 5 Yr. $2.5 Million
    • ISO & ICF!
  • AT3 - $50K - (May-August 31)
  • Georgia Division of Aging (DAS) - CARES Act - (April 2021 - End Sept. 30, 2021!)
  • 3 Yr HHS DRRP - AT Database - $1.5 Million - Meeting with partners from all over US.
  • Wireless RERC - $35K
  • Proposals:
    • GVRA Transition Website
    • GaDOE Year 3: Early Development
  • TFL Strategic Planning - Focused Sessions
  • Upcoming:
    • Direct Services - Martha
    • AAC Lab - DeeDee
    • AT Considerations - Gina
    • Leadership & Training - Liz
    • TFL Research - Ben
    • TFL into CIDI S&E Research - Zerrin
    • Wrap Up & Action Items - CP

Almost Complete!! CDC/F Trainings & Activities (Category 3) (Carolyn)

  • COVID-19 Simplified Text 2-Minute Videos
    • Format: 5 Simplified Text Scripts for 2-minute videos
  • New CDCF Contract!
  • Vaccine Webinar #1
  • Vaccine Webinar #2

TFL AT Acquisition Updates


  1. Credit-Able - to FODAC!!
  2. Physical files will still remain in Danny's office


  1. Credit-Able applications are on hold

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

Assistive Technology Outcomes & Benefits (ATOB) Journal

  • ATOB Vol. 16(1) - AT Services During & After the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • ATOB Vol. 16(2) - Public Health: feature our work on CDC Project
    • Calls closed in June, Peer Review is in process

Mastery of Assistive Technology (MoAT)

  • MoAT Small Bets project:
    • Created a web based working model of the AT Mastery Continuum tool
    • Thanks to John Rempel for providing an accessibility overview of our web based tool
    • Submitted a SMART TECH Report - paper documenting the Mastery of AT project and findings
    • Awaiting word on seed grant opportunity to continue work in K-12 area.
    • MoAT presentation proposal accepted at GA EdTech Conference (ATL, Nov 3-5)


  • Team has completed 2 focus groups on Mental Health Accommodations
    • Planning a third focus group this Thursday (8/5)to complete data collection
  • Resuming work on Workstations decision tree
  • Launching Validation Surveys for completed decision trees

AT Network

  • Beginning the process of mapping categories of AT from the AbleData database to the ISO 9999 classifications
  • Team has been exploring how to leverage evaluations done by TFL to help "seed" database
    • Dee Dee & Ben have proposed a template with levels at which eval data might be accessed.
    • Also looking for PowerPoint presentations and papers to include in the database.

Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP)

  • Instruction and Mentorship components have started
  • Contacting startups for externship

Assistive Technology Outcomes & Benefits (ATOB) Journal

  • Two articles proposed
  • Working with John, Guy, and Maureen


  • Working with them as a Steering Committee member
  • Tactile Learning Materials in Science Education
  • Will be teaching UDL and designing 3D printed learning media


  • Working with RACDSP group to add a section to the survey
    • Survey has been comleted
  • Will conduct focus group with the DSPs
  • Survey for the 2020-2021 will be disseminated after this meeting

On the horizon

  • DAS-NWD Vaccine Project
  • GVRA

TFL State Leadership Activities - (Liz)

  • Tools for Life
    • Data Reminder: Don't forget to enter in your public awareness and I & A data. Include your presentations, trainings, public awareness, education, etc. in the database each month.
    • TFL Policy and Procedures - Keep going! Follow up in late October.
    • Webinar archives - Are any of yours missing? - Tori continues to update and organize and will be reaching out
    • TFL Website, wiki - Liz, Kayla, Tori and Shaina - Soon!
    • Training plan - host more virtually - we're doing it!
  • GCDD Accessibility Grant - Universal Design for Learning and Plain Language - Awarded!
    • June to September 2021 - $13,000
    • Liz, Norah, Tori (Carolyn and Trish support)
      • Met with GCDD team to start plan for trainings and creating the plain language guide
  • Credits - Training Team
    • CEU's - Continuing Education Units approved and distributed by the AAC Institute
    • CRC's - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Credits approved and distributed by the Commissioner Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or CRCC
      • All applications must be submitted no later than 30 days before the live event.
  • CDC/CDC Foundation - Carolyn-PI, Liz-Co-PI, Norah - Content Creator and Manager, Trish-Project Support
    • COVID-19 Accessible Materials for Individuals with Disabilities
    • Issue Briefs on 1. Planning Accessible Meetings, 2. Creating Accessible Text Docs, and 3. Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
      • Planning for upcoming CDC trainings
        • Training 1: Enhancing Awareness of Disability and Accessible Communication - Tuesday, August 10 at 2:00 PM, prep at 1:30PM
        • Training 2: Communicating with People  who are Blind or have Vision Related Disabilities - Tuesday August 17 at 3:00PM, prep at 2:30PM
        • Training 3: Communicating with People  who are Deaf or have Hearing Related Disabilities - Tuesday August 31 at 3:00PM, prep at 2:30PM
        • Training 4: Communicating with People with Extreme Low Literacy Including People with Cognitive or Intellectual Disabilities - Tuesday, September 14 at 3:00PM, prep at 2:30PM
  • Social Media - Send articles, webinars, videos, general information, etc. for posting to Tori
  • Graphic Design Projects - Kayla
  • ATAP (AT3) - AT Reuse Activities, AT Database - Carolyn, Liz, Trish(support)
    • Webinar - Story Time: Pandemic Impact on AT Reuse Programs - Thursday July 22 at 3:00 PM - Completed!
    • Webinar - Revenue Models for AT Reuse – Wednesday August 11 – 3:00 PM
  • TechSAge 2 RERC - Training and Outreach Check out the RERC TechSAge website to learn more. - Carolyn and Liz
  • Webinars - WORK ACCESS series; Wired Wednesdays
  • Wireless RERC - Training and TA - Outreach & Public Awareness - Carolyn, Liz
    • Submitted July report!
  • Work ACCESS - Decision Tree/AT Software KnowledgeBase - Focus groups, trainings, webinars - Carolyn, Liz, Tori, Rachel, Sarah, Ben

TFL K-12 Initiatives and Updates (Gina)

K-12 Updates

  • Composing Year 3 Statement of Work for GaDOE
  • Actively supporting current K-12 deliverables
    • Current focus EdTrade soft launch & feedback
    • GaDOE Video Series – Year 2 – finishing touches
    • school year start up  increase in requests
  • August 10, 2021 @ Direct Services Team Meeting – GaDOE refresh
    • AT Portal registration, links, AT Portal Guides
    • SRI Database & locating & searching for GaDOE information
    • Email examples/responses
  • Presentations
    • Core Vocabulary, September 14, 2021 3:00 -3:30 (DeeDee) – 3 / 3 in GaDOE Webinar Series for Year 2
    • DeKalb County School Psychologist, September 15, 2021 (Gina) – TFL & GaDOE Partnership
    • Texthelp – request training rooms November 9 or 16, 2021 – Texthelp Talks – in person
    • Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Consortia, January 21, 2022 – TFL, GVRA & GaDOE Partnership presentation
    • Emory Autism Center – AT / AAC for the Neurodiversity Class (result of the Georgia College Transition Partnership Grant), date TBD
  • TFL AT Demos - virtual and face-to-face (we have a couple of upcoming face-to-face demos scheduled)

TFL Direct AT Services - AT Access Updates (Martha)

  • Device Demo 10/1/ 20- Present All Centers 104
  • Device Demos 10/1/20- Present TFL 14
  • Device Loans 10/1/20- Present All Centers 133
  • Device Loans 10/1/20- Present TFL 43
  • Device Reutilization 2431

  • Wired Wednesdays- July Naomi did an excellent review of built-in Microsoft OneNote and Accessibility features. Maria will be covering August Ciara is assisting with lining up someone for September and October.
  • Next DAS July 22nd, 1pm-2pm with Ciara and Martha with special guest Danny presenting on Funding, August 19th, 1pm-2pm will cover connectivity
  • Sal and Martha mailed out the 2nd shipment of AT for DAS. Referrals are slow and Sal is going to begin to cold call the regions. We have gotten great feedback from individuals who have received equipment.
  • Gina and Martha have scheduled some face-to-face demos in the office in August.
  • Network partners continue to reach out for AT guidance and/or setting up virtual meetings with their clients for AT solutions with TFL
  • Rachel, Sal, and Martha have turned in pre-recorded presentation for GGS Presentation on August 9th.

AccessGA Initiatives and Updates (Johan)

2021-07-22 TFL

AccessGA Initiatives and Updates (Johan)

  • AccessGA
    • FY22 AccessGA Contract
    • Georgia Public Library Service
    • Dept. of Driver Services – technical assistance follow-up
      • technical assistance
    • Governor’s Mansion
      • Accessibility of 6-8 videos (working with captioning dept)
  • CDC Trainings
  • USG Initiatives
    • USG-HR employment application submitted
      • follow-up technical assistance underway
    • USG UDOIT initiative with Brightspace LMS
      • application accessibility evaluation
      • Technical assistance
  • VPAT for Koha 21.05 completed for the Equinox Open Library Initiative
  • ICT Summer Semester Course completed

AAC Labs (DeeDee)

  • Setting up AAC Lab laptop
  • Display equipment has been received
  • Planning an office day to begin setting up displays and plan posters

Display materials planned:

  • Device information
  • Posters/handouts on elements of AAC and Access (i.e., types of AAC devices, core words, switches, scanning access, etc.)
  • Handouts on implementation strategies, product information
  • Information on access from Pittsburg AAC Language Seminar - Karen Kangas
  • Model as a MASTER PAL

TFL & ADA 30th Celebration

  • Hashtags:
  1. ThanksToTheADA
  2. WhatCanYouDo #ChooseToInclude #Disability #ADA
  • November
    • Veterans
      • "Honor all who served - In times of war - In times of peace"
    • Publications & Fact Sheets
  • Veterans - ADA Fact Sheets & Publications from the ADA National Network
  • Veterans Resources from the Southeast ADA Center
  • Veterans & Families Resource List from ADA Live!
  • ADA Live! Episodes by Topic - veterans
    • Social Media
  1. HONORINGVETS – Show your Support on Twitter
    • VAntage Point Blog from U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    • Greenlight a Vet Program and help show that every Veteran has a story
  • December
    • Shaping a Universal Future
      • National ADA Symposium - Save the Date! Registration opens in January.
  • Resources: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
  • United Nations (UN)– International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
    • Sharing ADA Stories
  • StoryCorps & Disability Visibility Project
  • StoryCorps MobileBooth Tour
    • ADA Legacy Project - Preserve. Celebrate. Educate.

Open Enrollment begins October 21st!

  • Open Enrollment for 2021 Benefits selection begins tomorrow October 21st and ends November 6th. This is an active enrollment - meaning you must log into the system and confirm your benefits even if no changes are being made. Additionally, you will need to certify you and your dependent(s) (age 18 and older) tobacco use status. Tobacco users will be charged $100 per month, per person for using tobacco products and system automatically defaults to tobacco user.

Action Items & Follow Up

  1. Complete your Open Enrollment for 2021 - 11/6
  2. Complete Your GT Compliance - 11/17!
  3. TH - Create and Share your Social Media posting plan for TFL's 30th & ADA's 30th.
  • S&E and Policy Synergies with Research Presentation Set up: CP
    • Action: Calendar invite: CP
    • Action: Send out PDF: CP
    • Action: TFL Team review & give Feedback
  • ACCESS for Aging Well Overview Set up: CP
    • Action: Calendar invite: CP
  • AT Network Overview Set up: CP
    • Action: Calendar invite: CP
  • AT Lending Library Issue
    • Action: Annabel will set up to Discuss & Resolve with Rachel
  • CDC/F Category 3
    • Action: Send out Announcements Nationally & Reminders - Tori
  • TFL Report to HHS | ACL & to Congress
    • Action: GaDOE Co-Op - Need $$ Data from TextHelp
    • Action: CIDI S&E - Need $$ Data from TextHelp
  • Ga DAS - Start Date/Nov. 19th Training
    • Action: CP will get info Jeni