[Athen] Accessible desk storage

Wink Harner foreigntype at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 12:01:57 PDT 2018

Hi back everyone

Here’s a good article explaining the different types of GPS tracker tags. This will help you narrow down which one might work best for you all in your situation. Keep in mind that some are designed ONLY for finding lost things inside your house (phone, keys, wallet), while others may have a short transmit range (ca. 100’ or less –not effective for what we’d need it for to track furniture I think). Some vendors charge a monthly fee for their tags. Some do not. I share this so you can make a more informed decision.


If you want to, you could also attach bar-code labels to the furniture/equipment and check it out using a DB such as AIM. It can be “checked out” to a specific room for a specified period of time, and you could narrow down location by starting with the LKL (Last Known Location). Partnering with maintenance might also help since their crews are largely responsible for taking care of seating & room layout(s).


Wink Harner

Adaptive Technology Consulting & Training

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of S A. Marositz
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:27 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Accessible desk storage

Hi Wink and All

I’ve had an idea to do something like this. We have a difficult time keeping track of tables and chairs here. If any of you have a good locater tag in mind, can you recommend it to me?


Stephen Alexander Marositz JD, CPACC
Assistive Technology Specialist, Pasadena City College
Phone: (626) 585-7242

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Wink Harner
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:22 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Accessible desk storage

Hi Bryon et al ATHEN-ites

It would not be terribly expensive to purchase a pack of GPS locator tags and attach to the furniture which you could then track via Wi-Fi with cell phone or computer app. Some have a greater range than others.

Just a thought.

Wink Harner, Foreigntype * Adaptive Technology consulting & training. Alternative Text conversion * Portland OR

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 6:22 AM Robert Spangler <rspangler1 at udayton.edu> wrote:

It's tough. When I started working, I attempted to add all of our tables to our DS management database as equipment. When a student needs one, I ask our student workers to move it to the classroom where it is needed. I then check it out to the student and make notes in the DS database. We have not lost a table since I started, so this is working. That being said, it's probably just one table per semester that we are loaning out. Additionally, you'll want to put a label or some sort of indicator on the table itself.

That being said, there could be some tables around campus still that I am not aware of!


On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 8:24 PM, Kluesner, Bryon <Bryon-Kluesner at utc.edu> wrote:

Hi All,

Each semester, I try to provide accessible desks in classrooms, as requested. I tend to lose something each semester. If you provide an accommodation of accessible desks for a student in a wheelchair or other disability related concern, how do you maintain your inventory? It seems like my accessible items "disappear" on occasion. How do you maintain your inventory?



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Adaptive Technology Coordinator

Disability Resource Center

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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