TFL AMAC 11/2014 Meeting

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Financial Fitness: Georgia Tool for Life - FY15

  • Tools for Life AT Act under Continuing Resolution until December 11th. As a result, TFL was awarded $114,277 of the $579,172 in our first Grant Award Notice (GAN).
  • Tools for Life’s State Funds are $127,000
  • RESNA has increased our Pass It On Center Contract to $9,000
  • Division of Aging Services has contracted with TFL for $80,800
  • TechSage has increased our Training 1 (T1) budget to $10,000
  • Center for Financial Independence and Innovation (CFII) has contracted $50,000

TOTAL in Grants & Contracts (so far): $855,972

Tracking Data Trends: The Numbers - Georgia Tool for Life | AT Act Data Report | October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014

  • Direct Service:
    • Summary of Device Demonstrations
      • Number of AT Devices = 1,168
      • Number of Individuals = 3,484
    • Summary of Device Loans
      • Number of AT Devices = 1012
      • Number of Individuals = 1005
  • State Leadership:
    • Training
      • GATE Conference – 514 participants
      • IDEAS Conference with GDOE – 702 participants
      • Georgia Speech and Hearing Association Conference – 283 participants
      • 22 customized AT Webinars delivered to over 539 participants
      • 31 customized AT trainings delivered to 817 participants
      • 16 various expos, exhibits and resources fairs


TFL FY15 top three operational challenges, recommended solutions and resources required: Challenge 1. High Demand for Services and TA = Need for Increased Funding

  • Solutions:
    • Trying to increase funding for the Pass It On Center - Hopeful that our Federal Move to HHS will help!
    • State Funding Request and Effort
    • Exploring even more targeted Grants & Contracts

Challenge 2. TFL serve Georgians of All disAbilities and ages throughout the whole state = Expanding TFL services in rural areas

  • Solutions:
  • Expanding TFL Network through strategic partnerships - Independent Living Center (ILC) Network and Aging Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Network
  • More Collaborations with GA AMAC Members?
  • Providing services virtually?

Challenge 3. Increase Quality, Access and Efficiency of AT Services throughout Georgia

  • Solutions:
    • Integrate AT Evaluations, AT Training & AT Consulting within AMAC Orders (PASTA)
    • Integrate and Educate about Indicators of Quality (IQ) for AT Evaluations
    • Create an web-based Decision Making Tool that also produces reports for AT Professionals