RE: Texas AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

RE: Texas AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder

Angela, that’s
a very kind offer. When do you need my decision? You’re right, an hour slot
is easier to manage in terms of logistics, and I think I do have some relevant
things to say. I would be more credible, though, if I had a copy of Xpress-It
to give away. Anyone can criticize the status quo, but it’s much better
to have a real alternative in hand.


The real reason
why I hesitate is because I haven’t written the presentation yet. I have
a pretty good idea of what needs to be said, but it’s in my head. The Ironkeys
did arrive today, and I’d love to have one ready. There just isn’t time
with the other stuff I’d need to complete. If I am going to still present,
that preparation would have to get the highest priority. (I haven’t done
a presentation in eight years so I know I’m rusty.)


From: Angela Standridge
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 9:01 AM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: Texas AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder


Scott- I gave your vendor space away already.  However- I have
not given your presentation slot away yet.  That might be easier to manage
attendant wise anyway.  I will comp your registration.  Let me know.


Angela Standridge, M.A.,

Region 4 ESC


From: Scott Royall
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 4:34 PM
To: ‘Dave Jevans’; Angela Standridge
Cc: ‘Mark Zalatimo’
Subject: RE: Texas
AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder


Thank you.
Maybe I’ll be ready for TATN ’09.


From: Dave Jevans
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 4:21 PM
To: Scott Royall; ‘Angela Standridge’
Cc: ‘Mark Zalatimo’
Subject: RE: Texas
AT Regional Conference- Handout Reminder




Keys have been shipped and should arrive tomorrow.



At 10:52 PM -0500 5/16/08, Scott Royall wrote:

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
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 11:45 AM
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
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
with your name and your session title.


If you have already submitted your handouts, Thank You!


The pre-program is up on the website
to preview the other sessions.


See you in June!


Angela Standridge

Region 4 ESC

7145 West Tidwell

TX 77092





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