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 - How are You?
    • USG COVID-19; HR Plan/Return to work - Questions?
  • TFL Advisory Council Development
  • TFL 30th Anniversary
  • TFL Website - New! Need Everyone's help. Accessibility!
  • Credit-Able Discussions & Path for long-term Sustainability
  • ADA Celebration - Plan & Help!
    • Disability 101
    • Disability Awareness for Researchers
  • Funding:
    • GaDOE FY20 & FY 21 - Co-PI Gina
    • GVRA Contract FY 21 - In Discussions with GT Leadership - Co-PI Martha &
    • Georgia Division of Aging Services (DAS) -
    • CDC Contract (9 Mths) - Co-PIs Liz & Johan
    • MENTAL COVID-19 Grant - Co-PI Maureen Linden

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)

  • PIT-UN Challenge
    • we are proposing to develop “Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship Fellowship”
    • collaborators: CACP & CREATE-X
  • Spencer Foundation
    • we submitted a proposal titled: Inclusion, Equity, and Access in a Time of Crisis: Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
  • CDC
    • working with John
      • UX methodology
      • IRB
  • USG BOR Survey
    • we are proposing to
      • revise the questions
      • change the survey platform
      • develop a data dashboard

TFL State Leadership Activities - (Liz)

Data Reminder: Don't forget to include your presentations, trainings, public awareness, education, etc. in the database each month.


  • Tools for Life
    • TFL Policy and Procedures - Liz, Sam
      • How's it going?
    • Wiki PPT submissions - Tori
    • TFL Website Redo - Liz, Sam, Shaina, 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
    • Diversity Symposium on September 9 - Liz, Danny
  • CDC
    • Accessible Materials and Culturally Relevant Messages for Individuals with Disabilities
    • Carolyn PI, Johan and Liz Co-PI
  • Social Media
    • Facebook
      • Reach in June - 883
      • Total Reach in 2020 - 7,870
    • Twitter
      • Reach in June - 2,658
      • Total Reach in 2020 - 23,078
  • 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 FY 20 Updates (just completed 2nd Quarter)
    • Portal
      • 192 users registered representing:
        • 126 districts
        • 8 Charter Schools
        • 3 State Schools
        • 1 Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS)
    • Software
      • 82 districts signed and operational
      • 236,205 licenses (Read & Write, EquatIO, & WriQ)
    • Deliverables In Process and/or On-going
      • 5 mini videos (Speech-to-Text, Text-to-Speech, Graphic Organizers, Captioning, & Visual Supports)
      • Consultations – Portal open for consultations
      • Loans – prepared to begin loans for 2020-21 school; loan to districts requesting
      • supporting webinars with Texthelp & GaDOE (contract to do 3 webinars, we’ve done 1) to continue to support software support and implementation
      • EdTrade – development in process; materials development for roll-out
      • Discovery Surveys – beginning stages
  • K-12 Contract FY21 Update
    • New Statement of Deliverables & Budget to GaDOE end of July (go through committees and ready for State Board of Education (SBOE) September meeting for approval (no SBOE Oct. mtg), go through contract process and be ready for Jan. 2021 implementation)
  • Accessible Educational Materials Cohort Application
    • collaboratively worked on this with GaDOE with active roles from TFL and CIDI
    • waiting on the 2020-2024 AEM Cohort to be announced (don’t have an announcement date) – five states will be selected
    • intensive AEM technical assistance
  • Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) Contract
    • new administration at GSD; administration that spearheaded the contract left
    • former administration supported moving the current contract training format from 2 – 4 hour sessions to 4 -2 hour sessions virtual format. Working with the new administration.
  • AAC State Strategic Plan
  • Revising GPAT AT Resource Guide

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