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Educational Publications

  • Accessibility and Distance Learning Resource Guide (2002)
    Included in this guide are links to accessibility and distance learning resources and guidelines; assistive technology courses; ADA, accessible IT, and employment courses; web accessibility courses; conferences; and a bibliography.

  • CPT Codes & Assistive Technology (January 2001)
    Medical and related service personnel use Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes to determine reimbursement. It is important that assistive technology (AT) professionals understand CPT (Common Procedural Terminology) Codes and how they impact reimbursement for AT in both the public and private insurance systems. This document provides an overview of CPT codes to AT professionals, including AT service providers and those involved in policy related to AT. It is also designed to be helpful to the 56 AT Act Projects funded through the Assistive Technology Act of 1998.

  • Resources for Re-Use Programs/Recycling (2000)
  • Assistive Technology Financial Loan Programs Study (2000)
    This pilot study identifies the reasons that individuals with disabilities use the assistive technology loan programs offered by state assistive technology projects. The study identifies the types of devices that were purchased through the loan programs and the effects of these devices on the lives of the study respondents. Respondents from three states—Connecticut, Ohio, and Utah—were interviewed by telephone.

  • Private Insurance and Assistive Technology (2000)
    A resource guide on issues, strategies, and links to private insurance.

  • Universal Design Strategies and Resources (2001)
    This resource guide includes the definition of Universal Design, resources, and a bibliography.

  • Making Homes Accessible: Assistive Technology and Home Modifications (1999)
    This guide provides information about assistive technology and home modifications. The guide covers definitions; laws and guidelines; initiatives from the Assistive Technology Act grantees; advocacy, financing, modification, and research resources; accreditations; online courses; and a bibliography.

  • Physician Training in Assistive Technology (1996)
    In the mid-1990s, the Tech Act projects collaborated with the American Medical Association on physician training in assistive technology. This partnership resulted in physicians being trained in seven states to date. This report describes the training and its impact on physicians, lessons learned and steps other Tech Act projects can take to institute the training in their states.

Conferences and Meetings


  • 2010
    • Developing A Comprehensive Marketing Plan - Teleconference Series
      • Part 1 Value of a Marketing Plan and Creating a Brand - December 14, 2010
        Mary Virtue of Cornerstone Consultants sets the stage for preparing a marketing plan. It touches on the importance of a plan and the components. Discussion also touches on the question of branding one service versus branding all the program services.
        Transcript (RTF)    MP3     Agenda    Worksheets 1 and 2 (RTF)

    • Q&A; With RSA: SF269, State Plans, and Other Items - Teleconference - December 9, 2010
      Rob Groenendaal, Brian Bard, and Ken Schellenberg from RSA discuss the SF269 form, and its newer version the 425. They explain the importance of these forms. In addition, they answer questions on State Plan amendments and performance measures.
      Transcript (RTF)

    • Introducing the New Technical Assistance Grant – November 4, 2010
      Nancy Meidenbauer and Jason Luciano unveil the new RESNA Catalyst Project. They present the vision, major themes, and activities under the new technical assistance grant for the AT Act Programs that are planned for the next five years.
      Transcript (RTF)    PowerPoint    MP3

    • A Year in Review: FY 2009 Data for Statewide AT Programs and AFPs - October 4, 2010
      Rob Groenendaal from RSA and Diane Golden from NISAT discuss the national data generated by statewide AT programs and AFPs this past year. They look at trends from FY 2007 to the FY 2009 data.
      Transcript (RTF)    MP3    PowerPoint

    • Social Networking Basics – Tuesday, September 21, 2010
      Wade Wingler and Sara Croft from the Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project (INDATA) provide an overview of key social networking tools (Facebook, twitter, YouTube, Blogs) and how they use them to market their statewide AT program activities and services. The presentation looks at why these tools are important and what outcomes have resulted from using these tools. It will also look at each of these tools and describe the audiences and activities for which each of these tools is best suited.
      Transcript (RTF)    PowerPoint    MP3

    • Early Intervention Initiatives in Assistive Technology - July 15, 2010
      Brian Burne and Maureen Melonis of Assistive Technology Partners, University of Colorado shared information on the network of early intervention (EI) providers who have gone through training with AT Partners in order to serve as a resource for their local EI community. Beth Heyd of the Westchester Institute for Human Development with New York State TRAID Center also provided information on the long term collaboration with the counties in their region to provide an early intervention device demonstration and loan program.
      Transcript (RTF)    PowerPoint    Returns Pie Chart 2010 (XLSX)

    • Meeting the AT Needs of Preschool Students Under the IDEA – June 17, 2010
      Ron Hager from the National Disability Rights Network presented information on the variety of funding sources available to preschool students needing AT. One of the most important is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of the IDEA, the early intervention program for infants and toddlers, covers children with disabilities from birth through age two. The school-age provisions of the IDEA, Part B, cover students beginning at age three.
      Transcript (RTF)   PowerPoint   MP3   Advocate Newsletter (PDF)

    • EPSDT & AT - May 13, 2010
      Diana Straube from Neighborhood Legal Services presented information on the special requirements of the Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program (EPSDT) and how they can be used to meet unique AT-related needs for children under the age of 21.
      Transcript    PowerPoint    MP3

    • Collaborations with Money Follows the Persons Program - March 25, 2010
      Laurie Brooks from the Oregon Statewide AT Act Program, Arlene Lugo from the Connecticut Statewide AT Act Project, Bil Roby from Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care and Lauren Rock from the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership shared information on collaborations their programs have created with Money Follows the Person initiatives throughout their state.

    • Training to Keep Seniors in their Homes – Thursday, January 21, 2010
      Aimee Sterk from the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Jane Gay from the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, Sandra Root-Elledge from the WIND Assistive Technology Resources, and Deb Fleming from the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center will share information on how their program has provided specialized training to consumers about assistive technology and the importance of the role can play in helping seniors to independently remain in their communities. Handouts will be provided prior to the call.
      Transcript     View Handouts

  • 2009
    • Reporting Financial Status Using the SF-269 – December 10, 2009
      Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal from RSA shared information on how to annually report your program’s financial status using the SF269 form via RSA’s MIS system.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (4.6 MB)

    • Fee for Service Teleconference - October 29, 2009
      This teleconference focused on how to start fee-for-service activities. During this call, Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA discussed EDGAR regulations and how to report generated program income. Tammy Koger from the North Carolina AT Act Program, Heather Young and Alma Burgess from the Utah Assistive Technology Program shared information on how their programs have implemented fee-for-service to serve more people with disabilities.
      Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 (23 MB)   PowerPoint    PPT text version (RTF format)   Excerpts from EDGAR 74.24 (RTF format)    CReATE Service Fee Form (RTF format)

    • Webinar - Review of FY 2008 Data from Statewide AT Programs and AFPs - September 10, 2009
      FY 2008 marked the first year in which we had comprehensive data about the performance of many programs under the AT Act. These data, along with information from the state plans of statewide AT programs, will be featured in the next report to Congress and provide a rich picture of the impact of AT Act programs. Jeremy Buzzell from RSA and Diane Golden from NISAT discussed the national data generated by Statewide AT Programs and AFPs in FY 2008. The link to the archived webinar is: (The slides for the presentation appear 8 minutes into the presentation.)
      Transcript (RTF format)    PowerPoint

    • How to Conduct Ad Hoc MIS Data Queries - August 21, 2009
      Ken Schellenberg, Rob Groenendaal, and Brian Bard from RSA discussed how to search the RSA MIS data system to find annual report and state plan data for AT Act programs. NATTAP has also compiled a chartbook of standard searches of the FY 2009 state plans.
      Transcript (RTF format)    PowerPoint (7MB)    MP3 (87 MB)

    • Building Sustainable Business Partnerships – Part 2 of 2 - August 27, 2009
      Joan Kester from the George Washington University discussed the importance of building partnerships with employers and identify ways to refine your approach when contacting employers. In today’s climate, it is essential to view employers as customers and to paint a clear picture of what AT professionals offer business partners. During the webinar/teleconference, participants had the opportunity to discuss strategies to build sustainable partnerships, customize your approach, and work smarter—not harder by connecting with other organizations.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (7MB)    PowerPoint

    • AT @ Work: What is YOUR Value to Business? Part 1 of 2 - July 16, 2009
      Joan Kester from the George Washington University conducted a presentation that provided information on the landscape of employment affecting people with disabilities and how to analyze the needs of employers in your area. During the webinar, participants had an opportunity to discuss strategies to expand their employer base and define their value to business.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (12 MB)    PowerPoint

    • AT, Work and Transition Aged Youth – June 18, 2009
      Jim Sheldon from Neighborhood Legal Services led a discussion on how students with disabilities and their families can fund a range of assistive technology (AT) needed as they finish their last years of high school, move into higher education, and plan to enter the workforce. Using a case scenario, Jim facilitated a discussion about how a young person can access several funding sources, including special education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, vocational rehabilitation programs, and SSI Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) that can be used to acquire a range of AT.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 (26 MB)
      PPT Presentation
      Case Study (RTF format)
      Work and AT Booklet (WORD format)

    • Pennsylvania AT @ Work Training Materials, May 14, 2009
      Amy Goldman and Ann Dolloff from Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), and Jennifer Garman of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania presented information on their collaborative approach within the employment network that they developed to promote assistive technology in the workplace through outreach, training, and technical assistance. This call was a follow up from the 2009 AT Act Annual Conference session on the AT Collaborative where more detailed information on the employment collaborative with a focus on the “AT@Work” training package that is used during the Train-the-Trainer trainings throughout their state was shared.
      MP3 (12 MB)    Transcript (RTF format)

    • Providing Services to Veterans and Wounded Service Members, teleconference held February 19, 2009
      Tammy Koger from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Project hosted a conference call to discuss their collaboration with Enable America as well as share information on how they reach out to provide services to veterans and active duty service members.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (12.8 MB)

    • Rural Statewideness Teleconference – January 15, 2009
      NATTAP hosted the second affinity call for programs to discuss their outreach to Rural populations on the set up of portable and mobile demonstration centers. Roger Levy, of the Texas Technology Access Program and Kevin Wright, of the Tennessee Technology Access Program, presented information on how their programs established these demonstration centers and share strategies for Statewide programs to consider in the development of a mobile/portable demonstration in their state as well as the challenges associated with the maintenance of a mobile/portable demonstration center.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (9.87 MB)

  • 2008
  • Rural Statewideness Teleconference – November 13, 2008
    NATTAP hosted an affinity group call on outreach to rural and frontier populations. Kathy Laurin from the Montana AT Program and Dorothy Young from Mississippi’s Project START discussed common issues they experience in achieving rural statewideness as well as strategies for addressing those challenges.
    Transcript (RTF Format) MP3 (15 MB)

  • Workgroup – New Program Directors
    • Statewide New Directors’ Quarterly Call - December 1, 2009
      During this quarterly call for new directors, the group continued the discussion on fee-for-service activities. Helen Baker, from the Alabama’s Assistive Technology Resource Program presented information on how she prepared for her first advisory board meeting as a new director.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6.3 MB)

    • Statewide AT Directors Call - September 2, 2009
      During the quarterly call for new directors the group discussed fiscal management, specifically obligating funds before the end of the fiscal year.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (8 MB)

  • Workgroup – Veterans Outreach
    • Providing Services to Veterans and Wounded Service Members Work Group Call Wednesday, December 9, 2009
      Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L from the South Carolina branch of Touch the Future, shared information on her experience with working with various groups (some of which include: PVA, National Guard, and VFW), in her outreach efforts to provide services to veterans.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6 MB)


    • TAP Bulletins (1994-2000 publication dates)

    • AT Quarterlies
      The A.T. Quarterly was a newsletter published by the RESNA Technical Assistance Project from 1990 through 1994. Selected articles are archived.

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  • The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and RESNA. The grant (Grant #H224B050003; CFDA 84.224B) is funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended and administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education.

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