Access Services of Middle Tennessee
475 Metroplex Dr.
Suite 301
Nashville TN 37211
Mission Statement
Promote the independence and participation of individuals of all ages with disabilities or functional limitations in school, work, play, and other everyday activities through their use of assistive technology.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Mark Dillon
Board Chair Company Affiliation WZTV/WUXP/WNAB
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $372,482.00
Projected Annual Revenue $375,090.00 (2014)
Statements
Mission Promote the independence and participation of individuals of all ages with disabilities or functional limitations in school, work, play, and other everyday activities through their use of assistive technology.
Background

The Technology Access Center opened in August, 1989 as a program of United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, and has been operated by the non-profit corporation Access Services of Middle Tennessee since 1990. The Access Services of Middle Tennessee corporation is registered as “doing business as” (d/b/a) Technology Access Center. From its inception, the center has been one of 40 community resource centers in the country that meets specific standards centered on consumer-directed services required for membership in the Alliance for Technology Access, a national organization of centers, manufacturers, and individual and organizational affiliates, all focused on assistive technology.

The Technology Access Center has been one of five assistive technology centers for individuals with disabilities in Tennessee since 1991as a part of the federally funded and state administered Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP). Through this program, staff members develop and provide assistive technology services including device demonstrations, short term device loans, reutilization of previously used devices, training and technical assistance, and public awareness, information, and assistance. Since 1992 the Technology Access Center has also been one of five centers in the state contracted by the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services to provide assistive technology services for clients of Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Blind Services. The center also provides services for children in early intervention programs and schools, for clients of the Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and the Veterans Hospitals.

The Technology Access Center (TAC) provides technology resources and opportunities to redefine human potential by making technology a regular part of the lives of children and adults who have disabilities or functional limitations. They discover and choose technology solutions, find resources to acquire needed technology, and learn how to use it to meet their needs in daily life. Assistive technology helps individuals maintain, increase, and/or improve their functional capabilities. The focus areas at the Center are assistive technologies which help people to learn, communicate, carry out activities of daily living, control their environment, participate in recreation, and work.

Impact

1.  Outreach services accomplishments from the past year:

· 120 assistive technology devices were demonstrated to 86 individuals

· 490 total devices were loaned to 209 teachers, individuals or family members

·149 devices previously used devices currently valued at $13,474 were distributed to 111 individuals

·401individuals received information through public awareness events

·Technical assistance was provided to 13 educational professionals

·Over 650 addresses receive the monthly electronic newsletter

·Monthly news articles are disseminated to 1,145 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Vanderbilt Department of Special Education faculty, staff and
students

·There were 2,459 visits on the TAC website

·There were 176 responses provided to requests for information and/or referrals

·309 professionals and family members participated in training sessions
Individual services accomplishments from the past year:

·There were 120 new TAC referrals for individual services

·78 clients completed a formal assessment to
determine the best assistive technology solution to meet their needs

2. Four videos of the Center’s clients using their individual assistive technology solutions were completed, edited, and posted on YouTube. Another video provides an overview of the Technology Access Center assistive technology and services.

3. A Blue Ribbon Board Nominating Committee was established
to identify potential board members who can help on the most crucial, strategic work facing the Center right now, and develop financial resources.

Goals for the Current Year:

1. Obtain funding to develop and implement home based assistive technology services for people with ALS. Services are currently only
offered at monthly ALS Clinics at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

2. Further develop the Blue Ribbon Board Nominating Committee and secure new productive board members

3. Focus the board and staff member efforts on the Center’s critical path or sequence of decisions and actions that will lead to success.



Needs The needs include volunteers for the Board Fundraising Committee to enhance activities and revenue; donations of goods and services to reduce operational costs; donations of new and used computer hardware and software for reutilization by individuals with disabilities; donations of funds designated for state of the art assistive technology for use in demonstrations and trial use by persons with disabilities to find technology solutions; and technical help with program data base and web site maintenance.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Vocational Rehabilitation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Coffee
TN - Davidson
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Perry
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
40 Counties in middle Tennessee
CEO Statement
The Center is consumer driven in terms of governance, with a majority of the board, especially the board executive committee, being comprised of individuals with disabilities or their family members. Individual services are also responsive to consumer direction. Consumers determine their own needs for assistive and mainstream technology and also determine what technology solutions best meet their individual needs, based on information and hands-on trials with technology. Family members and community professionals who teach or provide therapies for the individuals are included and supported in this process of consumer directed choice.

In most instances, individuals who participate in the Individual Assistive Technology Services program are provided services in community settings where they will use the technology, i.e. home, school, employment settings. Effective use of technology is dependent on factors in the environment and context in which it will be used. Services are offered for individuals of any age beginning with children as young as 2 years of age who can benefit from adapted toys and communication tools to senior individuals who, for example, may benefit from devices to make print materials readable and aids for daily living activities. The focus is on equipping individuals with the technology tools they need for full participation in any aspect of their life – education, employment, recreation, and home and community life.

Programs
Description Children and adults who have disabilities or functional limitations discover and choose technology solutions, find resources to acquire needed technology, and learn how to use it to meet their needs in daily life.
Budget 258000
Category Human Services Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified, Adults,
Description ChildTech Discovery Programs include: ToyTech,a service providing switch assessments to determine an appropriate switch and switch site for a child with a disability to use to play with a toy, and assistance in selecting toys and switch software that are appropriate for the child’s developmental needs. A child’s own toys may be adapted to make them accessible, and training for parents and professionals about adapting toys for switch access and accessible interactive play activities is offered; TechLibrary provides adapted toys, switches, and  hardware and software for “try it before you buy it” opportunities for parents as well as for teachers and other professionals; SchoolTech,a consultative program designed to support teachers and assistive technology teams working within the schools; and TechAssessments, An individual technology service designed to assist children, their family members, and teachers to evaluate and choose assistive technology solutions.
Budget 16700
Category Human Services Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified, Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.),
Description These middle Tennessee services are aligned with services of 4 other assistive technology centers in the state. They are part of a coordinated statewide system of technology related services for individuals with disabilities including: assistive technology device demonstration, loan, & reutilization; training in assistive technology; and collaboration and public awareness activities to enhance assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities.
Budget 87000
Category
Population Served , ,
Description Businesses and individuals are assisted to make websites accessible to individuals with disabilities who use assistive technology with their computer.
Category Human Services Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified,
CEO Comments
The demand for services continues to increase with each year.  With no increases in federal/state funding in the last 10 years, it is very challenging to keep up with the demand.  The general public for the most part does not know about or understand assistive technology.  It is also very challenging to generate adequate funding from donors, because of this lack of general knowledge of the importance of assistive technology to the education, employment, and community life of children and adults with disabilities.     
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Dillon
Company Affiliation WZTV/WUXP/WNAB
Term June 2013 to July 2014
Email mdillon@sbgnet.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Patricia Beavers DHA, MBA/ACC, BBA, BAState of Tennessee, Department of HealthVoting
Mr. Jeffery A. Betzler Edmondson, Betzler & Montgomery, PLLCVoting
Mr. George Bozzell HCAVoting
Mr. Mark Dillon WZTV/WUXP/WNABVoting
Mr. Steve Kohl Cummins, Inc.Voting
Mr Kenyatta Lovett Vounteer State Community CollegeVoting
Mr. Jamie McCrary Tennessee Department of Human ServicesVoting
Mr. Kent Sandidge IVPathway LendingVoting
Mr. Jim Shannon Community VolunteereVoting
Mrs. Karen Shannon Community Volunteer & Consumer RepresentativeVoting
Ms. Barbara Talbert OTR/LSprocket Therapy Solutions, LLCVoting
Mr. JP Williams Major Bob MusicVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development
Communications / Public Relations
Development / Fund Raising
Executive
Finance
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments
The Center is one of 41 Assistive Technology Community Resource Center members of the national organization, Alliance for Technology Access, which also has Assistive Technology Vendor, Affiliate, and Associate members. Community Resource Center membership requires compliance with a set of national standards of excellence in consumer directed assistive technology services. The Corporation By-Laws require that the majority of the Board Executive Committee members must be individuals with disabilities. 
A process was initiated in the Spring of 2011 to develop a new 3 year strategic plan for the corporation. The plan was adopted in May 2011.
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Bob Kibler
Term Start Jan 1989
Email bobk@tacnashville.org
Experience Bob Kibler is a co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Center. He has worked for over 40 years in disability services, specializing in developmental disabilities, early intervention for children from birth through age 6, and assistive technology services. He has a master’s degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in cognitive disabilities. Bob previously served as a member and president of the board of directors for the Alliance for Technology Access, the national organization of which the Technology Access Center is a member. Locally, he previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for VSAarts TN. In 2003, he was recognized as Outstanding Professional by the Metro Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 83%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? June 2011
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1998
Alliance for Technology Access1989
Tennessee Disability Coalition2005
Nashville Technology Council1990
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Frist Foundation Award of Achievement, Team Building CategoryCenter for Nonprofit Management2007
Senior Staff
Title
Experience/Biography Bob Kibler is a co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Center. He has worked for over 35 years in disability services, specializing in developmental disabilities, early intervention for children from birth through age 6, and assistive technology services. He has a master’s degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in cognitive disabilities. Bob previously served as a member and president of the board of directors for the Alliance for Technology Access, the national organization of which the Technology Access Center is a member. Locally, he is a member of Association of Non-profit Executives, and serves a member of the Board of Directors for VSAarts TN. In 2003, he was recognized as Outstanding Professional by the Metro Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.
Title Director of Services
Experience/Biography Linda Judeich is the Director of Services with Technology Access Center. With over 30 years experience in the disability field, she has made numerous presentations at local, national, and international technology and educational conferences. Teaching experiences include public special education, undergraduate and graduate level assistive technology (AT) and special education courses, conducting AT workshops for consumers, parents, professionals, employers, and pre-service teachers, and coordinating several AT research projects. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education and 90+ Post Master’s graduate hours with emphasis in AT. She is credentialed by the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America as an Assistive Technology Practitioner.
Title Rehabilitation Engineer
Experience/Biography Kimberly Lilley is a Rehabilitation Engineer with the Technology Access Center with a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering with emphasis in Rehabilitation Engineering from Wright State University. She works as an assistive technology consultant and provides training as needed in its use. She is credentialed by the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. Much of her work involves alternative computer access and job accommodations for people with disabilities. Other areas of interest and experience are toy adaptation and adaptive recreation trail access.
CEO Comments The Center is one of 41 Assistive Technology Community Resource Center members of the national organization, Alliance for Technology Access, which also has Assistive Technology Vendor, Affiliate, and Associate members. Community Resource Center membership requires compliance with a set of national standards of excellence in consumer directed assistive technology services. The Corporation By-Laws require that the majority of the Board Executive Committee members must be individuals with disabilities.  A process was initiated in the Spring of 2011to develop a new 3 year strategic plan for the corporation. The plan was adopted in May 2011. 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $375,090.00
Projected Expenses $372,482.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$9,512$28,097$0
Government Contributions$316,800$316,801$367,396
Federal$0$0$0
State$316,800$316,801$367,396
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$14,420$7,912$15,323
$0$0$0
$32,839$28,447$25,500
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$3,665$10,011$1,985
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$332,269$340,170$388,656
Administration Expense$26,302$28,096$16,506
Fundraising Expense$14,171$13,274$5,805
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.031.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$128,783$106,780$104,788
Current Assets$128,783$106,780$104,788
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$58,465$40,956$48,692
Total Net Assets$70,318$65,824$56,096
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.202.612.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Contracts (State) $316,800State Government Contracts $316,801State Contracts $367,396
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $32,839Fees for Services $28,447Fees for Services $25,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Contributions $14,420Grants $28,097Contributions $15,323
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2014
Solicitations Permit
2014 Solicitations Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial data taken from audited financial statements.
Financials completed by John R. Poole CPA.
Comment provided by Laurel Fisher 11/6/13.
Nonprofit Access Services of Middle Tennessee
Address 475 Metroplex Dr.
Suite 301
Nashville, TN 37211
Primary Phone (615) 248-6733
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bob Kibler
Board Chair Mr. Mark Dillon
Board Chair Company Affiliation WZTV/WUXP/WNAB
Year of Incorporation 1990

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