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1 Transition Refurbish Project A Trip Well Never Forget! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

2 Dear Prospective Travelers, It took a small group of committed folks about three years to make the dream come true for HS/HT students. The collaborative effort of the Georgia Department of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation, Tools for Life, The Georgia State Rehabilitation Council, Tech-Able, Touch the Future and High School/High Tech made the dream a reality. But the solution was not as easy as one would think, nor did it happen magically and without delays. Georgias Recycled Computer Committee Drivers Note: Janie Worton Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

3 With each delay encountered, the Recycled Computer Committee (RCC) took a long hard look at the process and determined how to remove the barriers, how to move forward, and noted the lessons learned. It seemed that each time the group was at the threshold of actually refurbishing and distributing computers, another obstacle was placed in its path. This continued to be the pattern for nearly three years. Georgias Recycled Computer Committee Drivers Note: Janie Worton Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

4 Yet each barrier provided the opportunity to learn more -- on both the technical and bureaucratic level. By working through the process and over and around the barriers, the RCC developed application criteria and contracts, determined software needs for transition students, scrutinized cost efficiencies, and designed an effective selection and distribution process. In essence, the RCC created a standard for donated equipment that other individuals and organizations can replicate. Using lessons learned, the RCC put into place a system that can go beyond the boundaries of HS/HT. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the journey! Janie & the RCC Georgias Recycled Computer Committee Drivers Note: Janie Worton Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

5 The Journey Begins… Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

6 GPS Global Global Positioning Global Positioning System Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

7 Recycling GPS GATHER Your Resources PLAN STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

8 A Simple Plan Get Computers Into the Hands of the Students who need them! Helen Hill Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

9 Simple Path to Success Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

10 Road Map to Success Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

11 A Simple Journey… A Walk In the Park! – They Said Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

12 Add a Couple State Agencies… Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

13 Conflicting Fiscal Timelines… Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

14 Circumstance & Technical Difficulties… A Simple Journey… Becomes Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

15 Simple Becomes... Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

16 WARNING! We Have Been There! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

17 TALES from the ROAD… GROUP, GAS($) but No Map Started with Helen Hill of the SRC She attended Advisory meetings for HSHT Need to look at what the kids needed / Needed Laptops State surplus was an option Presented to the SRC and asked for funds Karen Royston – working for DL IT and knew when there would be a retool – and who to talk to. Talked to the Assistant Commissioner – got his support. Received year end money from SRC! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

18 TALES from the ROAD… GROUP, GAS($) but No Map June 30 the laptops available – but do not have process to get them recycled No plan to acquire the laptops No plan to recycle No plan to distribute the laptops Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

19 Rest & Regroup! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

20 TALES from the ROAD… GROUP, GAS($), Map Received Funding (Tools for Life & DOL/VR) Plan to acquire the laptops Plan to recycle Plan to distribute the laptops Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

21 TALES from the ROAD… DOAS Lockdown on Computer Distribution GROUP, GAS($), Map Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

22 HOLDING PATTERN Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

23 Recycling GPS GATHER Your Resources PLAN STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

24 Gather People Look at what you have…and be honest about what you arent good at and get people who can do that for you! Janie Worton What do you have? / What do you Need? Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

25 Gather People Facilitator Contracts Finances / Funding Technical Knowledge Students/Teachers Liaison Marketing & Promotions Non-Profit / Organization Connection (Support / Physical Address / Access to Non-Profit resources) Equipment Acquisition What do you have? / What do you Need? Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

26 Gather People Right People! Contracts and Finances – Mike Thomas Technical Knowledge – Jack Gilson Students and Teachers – Candice Dixon Marketing – Carolyn K. Non-Profit (mail and visit)/ Neutral Meeting Place and SRC connection – Cassandra Baker/Erika Ruffin-Mosely Pat Hanus / Eric Klausner Private Funding / Computer Acquiring – Karen Royston Ring Leader – Janie Worton Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

27 Gather THE RIGHT People Gather People with a Passion for the Mission of the Journey! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

28 Gather THE RIGHT People Gather People with a Passion for the Mission of the Journey! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

29 Gather THE RIGHT People Gather People with a Passion for the Mission of the Journey! Are we there yet? Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

30 Gather THE RIGHT People Pick people who have know how! Creative Energetic Knowledgeable No-Nonsense Pick people who share your passion! Pick people you feel comfortable with – people you would travel with! You are going to need people to look out for you and the project. Need Good Sense of Humor (You are going to need to laugh! A lot and Often!) Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

31 Gather EVEN MORE People Partners: What organizations have similar missions? Technology Recycling Assistive Technology Disabilities Be Creative – How COULD the project affect the recipient and/or their families. Having a computer in a home may increase skills for all family members. Who are your Recycling contacts? Pass it On Center: http://www.passitoncenter.org/http://www.passitoncenter.org/ Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

32 Gather People TOGETHER Meetings: Meet on same days – meet early in the day. Meet at the same place (Non-Profit mentioned above) Bring Food! (Social & Business) Meet only when its necessary and keep in touch via email! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

33 Recycling GPS GATHER Your Resources PLAN STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

34 PLAN Paperwork Plan: Process to distribute the computers: Application Determine what needs to be tracked Dates for Application Deadline Agreements (Students, Teachers, Parents) Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

35 PLAN Recycling Plan Who will do the actual work? Support?!? Where will you get the Equipment? Check with State Agencies that upgrade their Computer Systems Who Handles Surplus? Department of Labor / Vocational Rehabilitation /DOAS (Department of Administrative Service) What is the process for acquiring the equipment (from above places)? Who will pick up the equipment? Who will order the equipment? Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

36 PLAN Recycling Plan Where will you get Software and Hardware: TechSoup.org http://www.techsoup.org/http://www.techsoup.org/ MAR (Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher) http://www.techsoup.org/mar/http://www.techsoup.org/mar/ TechFoundation – http://www.techfoundation.orghttp://www.techfoundation.org Freeware: Screen Reading/Text-To-Speech Software (http://www.readplease.com)http://www.readplease.com Free Anti-Virus Software (AVG www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php)www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php Free Anti-Spyware Software (http://spywarebot.com/)http://spywarebot.com/ Typing Tutor Software (http://www.typefastertypingtutor.com/)http://www.typefastertypingtutor.com/ Screen Capture Software: Screen Flash: (http://unflash.com/)http://unflash.com/ Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

37 PLAN Funding Brainstorm: What groups have goals/objectives that include; technology, transition, students, etc. Check with your State Rehabilitation Council (transition) Vocational Rehabilitation School Systems Seek private funding Businesses Organizations Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

38 Recycling GPS GATHER Your Resources PLAN STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

39 STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

40 STICK IN THERE! No - only mean No right then. Keep in touch with committee and partners via email to give updates (dont be a pest – be regular and direct) Promote the project (Conferences and Meetings) Be open to creative solutions. Ask and share with the group – youd be surprised by an individuals ability to be creative! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

41 STICK IN THERE! Know your timeline – how quickly can you move. Things always take longer then you think! Be Nice – A Southern Thing Keep a list of all the people you talk to and share successes with them and THANK them for their support, advice, and cooperation, whatever! Be Diplomatic – Be tactful in your approach to supporters and find out what benefits they would need to participate. Build on Your Success! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

42 Recycling GPS GATHER Your Resources PLAN STICK IN THERE! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

43 GARCC Scrapbook From The Road! What to expect, when you Arrive! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

44 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! Maritza Rodriguez is it a student with orthopedic impairments…she uses a power chair and as we can find motor skills. She is unable to write legible a with pens or pencils and uses the computer at home to complete classroom work. She has lost her ability to speak and also uses the computer for communication. She was very excited to apply for a computer and made it clear that it would help her to communicate her needs at home and at school. Her mom said that now Maritza In clearly communicate her needs and it has shown them skills they didnt realize Maritza had! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

45 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! Thank you all for helping to provide our students with the tools they need to be successful! Your support is a blessing! Sonja Lewis & Lucinda Lumpkin Program for Exceptional Children Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

46 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! Rashad is a great young man and will be successful in life, Thanks for the good work and cooperation. Andrew Weaver High School/High Tech Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

47 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! …the computer has allowed me to work on my school projects at home! Thank You! Kelvin …I can keep up with my studies and I know Ill be able to succeed. It will really help me build my skills! Thank You! Melvin Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

48 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! I really appreciated the generous donation. I value the fact that I was accepted to receive a laptop computer. It brings me great joy knowing that I will have extra help in my transition from high school to college. This computer is a great investment in my future. I know I will be able to keep up in school and challenge myself to be the best. The laptop will good to good use. Thank You, Brandy Wright Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

49 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

50 GARCC Scrapbook What to expect when you Arrive! Michael Cox – Juvenile Arthritis – Hand Writing! Jeovani Ortega – Learn Challenges – Text-to-Speech/ Reading Maxwell Peart – Homework...and he will use it when he graduates and begins work in electrical wiring! Landis Lewis – Reading Challenges – Text-to-Speech/ Reading Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

51 80 computers have been distributed to rising junior and senior HS/HT students Augusta Albany Atlanta Columbus DeKalb and Jasper counties, and Hutchings Career Center in Macon. The third round of competition is now open for HS/HT students. Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee

52 We Wish YOU Happy Trails!! Georgias Refurbish Computer Committee


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