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  • Topic Snapshot

    Topic Snapshot: Federal Legislation and Guidance (2011) -- Available formats: html
    Overview of resources available for this topic.

  • General

    CFED Powerpoint (2011) -- Available formats: ppt
    Powerpoint for Tom Foley's legislative update

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

    Expanding the Reach of People with Disabilities (2005) -- Available formats: other txt rtf
    Report on the Third Year of Operation of the Alternative Financing Program for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Reports

    FY 07 & 08 Annual Report to Congress (2013) -- Available formats: pdf word
    This is the RSA annual report to Congress on the activities and outcomes for the AT Act Entities. This document can also be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/rsa/atsg/2007-08/index.html

    Annual Report to Congress on the Assistive Technology Act, as Amended for Fiscal Year 2006 (2009) -- Available formats: pdf word
    This report contains information about the history of the AT Act, Section 4 on the Statewide AT programs, and Title 3 on the Alternative Financing Programs.

    Evaluation Study of Alternative Financing Program (2008) -- Available formats: txt rtf
    Independent evaluation of the 33 AFPs that focuses on factors that lead to success and sustainability.

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    Addressing the Assistive Technology Needs of Individuals with Disabilities Through Financial Loans (2006) -- Available formats: pdf rtf txt
    Report on the Fourth and Fifth Years of Operation of the Alternative Financing Program for Individuals with Disabilities

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for AFPs - September 7, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf
    Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan.

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

    Application Kit- 2005 AFP Grants (2005) -- Available formats: rtf
    From June 30, 2005 Federal Register

    Expanding the Reach of People with Disabilities (2005) -- Available formats: other txt rtf
    Report on the Third Year of Operation of the Alternative Financing Program for Individuals with Disabilities

    Application Package- AFP (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Application Package- Joint AFP and Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY03 (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice of Proposed Priority and changes to the application process- 2003 AFP Grants (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Alternative Financing Mechanisms Title III, Assistive Technology Act of 1998 First Annual Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Education (2002) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    First Annual Report to Congress on the Title III Alternative Loan Programs.

    Letter of Guidance from NIDRR August 1, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001

    Notice of Funding Priorities, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html pdf txt
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 13, 2001

    SSA Program Operating Manual for AFI and IDA Rules (2001) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the operating manual that SSA uses. It contanins the rules pertaining to AFI IDAs concerning income and benefits.

  • Toolkits

    Application Kit- 2005 AFP Grants (2005) -- Available formats: rtf
    From June 30, 2005 Federal Register

    Application Package- AFP (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Application Package- Joint AFP and Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY03 (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice of Proposed Priority and changes to the application process- 2003 AFP Grants (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice of Funding Priorities, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html pdf txt
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 13, 2001

  • Legislation

    FY 07 & 08 Annual Report to Congress (2013) -- Available formats: pdf word
    This is the RSA annual report to Congress on the activities and outcomes for the AT Act Entities. This document can also be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/rsa/atsg/2007-08/index.html

    2009 Telework Forum Follow-Up - July 14, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call provides a recap of major issues that were discussed at the 2009 Telework Forum in Arlington, VA. A presentation on the microenterprise development field was given by NATTAP. Rob Groenendaal, Brian Bard, and Jeremy Buzzell from RSA provided insight into the case-by-case evaluation standard established in the 2007 Telework Technical Assistance Circular.

    Annual Report to Congress on the Assistive Technology Act, as Amended for Fiscal Year 2006 (2009) -- Available formats: pdf word
    This report contains information about the history of the AT Act, Section 4 on the Statewide AT programs, and Title 3 on the Alternative Financing Programs.

    Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (2008) -- Available formats: pdf
    These are the regulations that all Department of Education grantees follow.

    Evaluation Study of Alternative Financing Program (2008) -- Available formats: txt rtf
    Independent evaluation of the 33 AFPs that focuses on factors that lead to success and sustainability.

    CBO Subject to Audit (2007) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    RSA Dear Colleague Letter- March 8, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    Regarding grant writing by AFP and Telework grantees

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    RSA: Directions for Home Based Employment and Self-Employment (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation spells out the key considerations for telework loan programs must decide when determining if the items requested for purchase with a telework loan are with the guidelines of the program.

    State Funds/Public Funds and Federal Funds (2007) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Addressing the Assistive Technology Needs of Individuals with Disabilities Through Financial Loans (2006) -- Available formats: pdf rtf txt
    Report on the Fourth and Fifth Years of Operation of the Alternative Financing Program for Individuals with Disabilities

    Consumer Counseling (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Defining AT for Loan Programs - Teleconference - October 10, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call provides an overview of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan. Jeremy Buzzell of RSA is the presenter.

    Grant Funds used for Resource Development - Fund Raising (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Grant Funds used for Resource Development - Grant Writing (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Insuring AFP Funds (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Investing in Stocks (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for AFPs - September 7, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf
    Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan.

    Separate Account for Each Grant (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

    Use of Grant Funds to Pay for Audit (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Application Kit- 2005 AFP Grants (2005) -- Available formats: rtf
    From June 30, 2005 Federal Register

    Device Leasing Program (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Expanding the Reach of People with Disabilities (2005) -- Available formats: other txt rtf
    Report on the Third Year of Operation of the Alternative Financing Program for Individuals with Disabilities

    Interest Income (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Investment of Funds (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Loans for Training, Repairs, Warranties (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Match Funds (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY05- AFP (2005) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    From the Federal Register June 30, 2005

    OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html
    Non-Profit Organizations follow: A-122 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 230 (362k) A-110 for administrative requirements A-133 for audit requirements

    OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html external
    This Circular establishes principles for determining costs applicable to grants, contracts, and other agreements with educational institutions. The principles deal with the subject of cost determination, and make no attempt to identify the circumstances or dictate the extent of agency and institutional participation in the financing of a particular project. Educational Institutions (even if part of a State or local government) follow: A-21 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 220 (384k) A-110 for administrative requirements, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 215 (280k) A-133 for audit requirements

    OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html
    States, local governments, and Indian Tribes follow: A-87 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 225 (362k) A-102 for administrative requirements A-133 for audit requirements

    Application Package- AFP (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Application Package- Joint AFP and Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY03 (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice of Proposed Priority and changes to the application process- 2003 AFP Grants (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003. (2003) -- Available formats: txt
    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003.

    Alternative Financing Mechanisms Title III, Assistive Technology Act of 1998 First Annual Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Education (2002) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    First Annual Report to Congress on the Title III Alternative Loan Programs.

    Letter of Guidance from NIDRR August 1, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001

    Notice of Funding Priorities, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html pdf txt
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 13, 2001

    Questions and Answers regarding the 2001 RFP for alternative loan program (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Questions and Answers related to the June 13, 2001 RFP

    SSA Program Operating Manual for AFI and IDA Rules (2001) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the operating manual that SSA uses. It contanins the rules pertaining to AFI IDAs concerning income and benefits.

    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2000 (2000) -- Available formats: pdf other
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 5, 2000

    Assistive Tecnology Act of 1998 (1999) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    Assistive Technology Act legislation - full statute

  • Essential Documents

    Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (2008) -- Available formats: pdf
    These are the regulations that all Department of Education grantees follow.

    RSA Dear Colleague Letter- March 8, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    Regarding grant writing by AFP and Telework grantees

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for AFPs - September 7, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf
    Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan.

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY05- AFP (2005) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    From the Federal Register June 30, 2005

    OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html
    Non-Profit Organizations follow: A-122 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 230 (362k) A-110 for administrative requirements A-133 for audit requirements

    OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html external
    This Circular establishes principles for determining costs applicable to grants, contracts, and other agreements with educational institutions. The principles deal with the subject of cost determination, and make no attempt to identify the circumstances or dictate the extent of agency and institutional participation in the financing of a particular project. Educational Institutions (even if part of a State or local government) follow: A-21 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 220 (384k) A-110 for administrative requirements, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 215 (280k) A-133 for audit requirements

    OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (05/10/2004) (2004) -- Available formats: pdf html
    States, local governments, and Indian Tribes follow: A-87 for cost principles, Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 225 (362k) A-102 for administrative requirements A-133 for audit requirements

    Application Package- AFP (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Application Package- Joint AFP and Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY03 (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Notice of Proposed Priority and changes to the application process- 2003 AFP Grants (2003) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Letter of Guidance from NIDRR August 1, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001

    Notice of Funding Priorities, 2001 (2001) -- Available formats: html pdf txt
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2001 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 13, 2001

    Questions and Answers regarding the 2001 RFP for alternative loan program (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Questions and Answers related to the June 13, 2001 RFP

    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2000 (2000) -- Available formats: pdf other
    US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice of Funding Priorities Federal Register June 5, 2000

    Assistive Tecnology Act of 1998 (1999) -- Available formats: pdf txt
    Assistive Technology Act legislation - full statute

  • Teleconferences

    AFP New Director Series: The History of the AT Act - March 22, 2011 (2011) -- Available formats: mp3
    During this call of the New Directors of AFP series, Rob Groenendaal from RSA presents on the history of the federal legislation leading to the current AT Act. The several iterations of the legislation, the impact on states, and current trends are all discussed.

    Telework New Directors Series: The Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) - March 14, 2011 (2011) -- Available formats: mp3
    During this installment of the Telework New Director Series, Rob Groenedaal from RSA and Kathy Gilman from the Washington Access Fund discuss the RSA Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) for Telework Programs. Questions and answers from the invited audience are included.

    2009 Telework Forum Follow-Up - July 14, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call provides a recap of major issues that were discussed at the 2009 Telework Forum in Arlington, VA. A presentation on the microenterprise development field was given by NATTAP. Rob Groenendaal, Brian Bard, and Jeremy Buzzell from RSA provided insight into the case-by-case evaluation standard established in the 2007 Telework Technical Assistance Circular.

    Defining AT for Loan Programs - Teleconference - October 10, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call provides an overview of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan. Jeremy Buzzell of RSA is the presenter.

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for AFPs - September 7, 2006 (2006) -- Available formats: rtf
    Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan.

    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003. (2003) -- Available formats: txt
    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003.

  • Meetings

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    RSA: Directions for Home Based Employment and Self-Employment (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation spells out the key considerations for telework loan programs must decide when determining if the items requested for purchase with a telework loan are with the guidelines of the program.