RE: Texas AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

Dear Jeanne Schorsch,

Affirmative. Release
my spot.

 

Other AAC companies
have seen Xpress-It,  and their general reaction is much the same as the
rehab field. They have trouble imagining a use for an AAC solution that doesn’t
try to manage the entire user interaction. You may dimly recall my account of
encountering the Words+ rep at TATN ’07. She couldn’t believe
EZKeys miserably failed to meet Shell’s expectations. Her mantra seemed
to be “you just needed my training.” Only on the second day did the
rep admit that Words+ was working to address compatibility issues with non-AAC
software.

 

I’ll
contact Dave. Do you think an email of introduction would be appropriate? I can’t
get USAAC.ORG to even acknowledge my existence.

 

From: Angela Standridge
[mailto:amstand@esc4.net]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 10:55 AM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: Texas AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

 

Sorry to hear that.  Just to clarify- you are declining to
present and to exhibit?  There is quite a waiting list for the exhibit
hall, so I want to make sure before I give your spot away.

 

As for your product, have you thought of marketing to an existing
AAC company?  I worked for several years for Prentke Romich Company http://www.prentrom.com. I thin the current
CEO is Dave Moffat. There is also a company started by on or their engineers, Dave
Hershberger that is usually more open to new stuff http://www.saltillo.com .  It might be
a way to get the tool to people who need it.  You also might target ALS
clinics as there is a growing number of these patients.

 

 

Angela Standridge, M.A.,
CCC-SLP, ATP

Region 4 ESC

713-744-6831


From: Scott Royall
[mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 10:52 PM
To: Angela Standridge
Cc: djevans@ironkey.com; ‘Mark Zalatimo’
Subject: RE: Texas
AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

 

I appreciate
the timely reminder. Regretfully, it looks very unlikely that I will be
attending TATN ’08 in any capacity. The chief reason is frankly a lack of
caregiver talent capable of supporting me through a multi-day event. Even my
own mother wouldn’t credit all the minutiae involved in creating a
creditable presence. Showing up doesn’t really count as a start. The
image you project must both set you apart and render you eminently believable.
Let’s face reality, yours is a especially tough crowd because educational
resources are notoriously overstressed and overwhelmed. Following the path of
least resistance is apparently irresistible until it is no longer viable.
Challenging that thinking is tough enough without also worrying whether or not
my caregivers are being helpful.

 

There is a second
reason. IronKey still hasn’t delivered any samples of their product yet.
As you may recall, IronKey is potentially the system I’ll use to deliver
and secure Xpress-It. However, if keys arrived tomorrow, it is unlikely that I
have time to integrate their offering into Xpress-It, test, and perfect the
presentation too by June 23rd. While there is no law saying the two
are inseparable, it goes to delivery rather than more promises like those made
by other vendors. Credibility seems to really hold sway in the AT field.

 

I’m
starting to wonder if I’m the only one Xpress-It will ever have an
opportunity to help. I know it still has cost/benefit advantages, but that
doesn’t mean much if nobody in a position to cause purchases seriously
looks at the program. The situation is circular. Sales are what create most of
the resources necessary to do further development, which in turn supposedly
leads to more sales. There are a number of recent development in the PC world
that could be very helpful to disabled people, but I don’t know how much
longer I can keep Xpress-It relevant working as an one-man band. If no one
notices when someone takes a more strategic approach to enabling people, I
think that says something sad about when the Disabled can hope to really be welcomed
at the table of life. Meanwhile, all I can say is, “maybe next
year.”

 

From: Angela Standridge [mailto:amstand@esc4.net]
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 11:45 AM
To: ROYALL@CONCHBBS.COM
Subject: Texas
AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

 

 

 

Dear Scott Royall,

 

You are scheduled to present Walk the Walk and Talk
the Talk
at the conference.

 

If your session will have hard copy handouts, please
provide at least 50 copies
.  If additional participants request
handouts, it is left to the discretion of the presenter as to whether or not to
provide additional handouts. 

 

Electronic handouts can be posted to the conference website
for participants to print out before or after the conference. We will post
PDF only electronic format handouts to the conference website if they are
submitted by May 31, 2008 to amstand@esc4.net.

To enable participates to find your electronic handouts, please name your files
using the following protocol: primary presenter’s last
name.title.of.session.pdf, for example standridge.aac.for.all.pdf.

 

If you cannot convert to PDF, we will accept MS Office
files.  If you have Office ’07, please save to the ’03 format.

 

If you would like to ship your hard copy handouts,
please send them to my attention at the address in the signature line CLEARLY
LABELED
with your name and your session title.

 

If you have already submitted your handouts, Thank You!

 

The pre-program is up on the website http://www.texasatconference.net
to preview the other sessions.

 

See you in June!

 

Angela Standridge

Region 4 ESC

7145 West Tidwell

Houston,
TX 77092

713-744-6831

 

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