April 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Evaluation of the RESNA Catalyst Project
RESNA Catalyst Project has once again contracted with a third party evaluator
to help it assess the Project's technical assistance services. During the first week of May, program
directors and key program staff of AT Act Entity Programs will receive an
online evaluation survey from Deborah Levy of SuccessLinks, LLC. We would greatly appreciate it if you can
take the time to fill out the survey and provide your feedback on the Project’s
work and services over the last year.
Some of you may be approached to participate in brief telephone
interviews with that also will be geared towards gathering feedback on the Catalyst
Project’s services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Deborah Levy at email@example.com.
WebEd Webinar 2012: GMU02:
Accessibility in Distance Education Training-Thursday May 10,
2012, 1:00-2:30p.m. Eastern
webinar will provide an overview of accessibility
issues related to distance education training and learning environments. The session will feature commonly used Distance
Education tools to highlight accessibility issues as
well as to provide a framework for matching tools based on user needs and
preferences. The presenters are Marci Kinas Jerome,
in Special Education
and Assistive Technology
at George Mason University and Kara Zirkle, who has worked at George Mason University as the IT Accessibility
Coordinator for over four years. To
register and more information, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html
information on past WebEd Webinar’s is available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html.
Employment Summit Planning Committee
The Employment Summit Planning conference call was
held Monday, April 2nd.
Consisting of representatives from Statewide AT, AFP, and Telework loan
programs, this group is setting out to begin to plan the Employment Summit,
scheduled for spring 2013.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Seeking Information for Inclusion in New AT & Employer Web
to be unveiled this October, the Employer Portal will be a resource for
Employers and provide information about the use of AT in the workplace. If you have resources or information that
you would like to share and have included in the Portal, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quality Indicators for Device Demonstration
Teleconference - April 12, 2012
This teleconference discussed best practices and resources that can help your
program in providing device demonstration services in your state. Jamie
Hayhurst (West Virginia), Kevin R. Wright and Sarah Mak (Tennessee) led the
discussion and answered questions.
MP3 PowerPoint Transcript (word)
Purchasing Work Group Conference Call
-April 10, 2012
The Work Group has been working diligently on
creating a usable and user-friendly forum for sharing AT purchasing
information. It is anticipated that a
website forum will be available in the beginning of June to share device
discount and deal information. We will
be sending out a brief form for each program to fill out, which we will use to
create log-in information for this secure forum. If you have questions about this process, place contact Jason
Luciano at email@example.com
AT Directors Conference Call - April 5, 2012
Resources from the last New Directors Call, which includes an MP3 recording of
the call, can be found on the RESNA Catalyst Website’s New Directors Corner at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html. The
next New Statewide AT Directors call is scheduled for Thursday, June 14,
“Letters of Justification: Meeting
Medicaid’s Criteria to Fund Medicaid Equipment” (teleconference training) - May
24th, 2:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time
Marge Gustas, New York’s PAAT program, will
present. This session has been approved
for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits through the State of
Louisiana (check your state rules for reciprocity). NOTE: $35 registration
fee per phone line (covers two CLE certificates; $10 per CLE after that). To register for this teleconference, visit http://www.nls.org/may2012%20teleconf.pdf,
or you can obtain a registration form through Lynn
Urquhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) after May
2nd. In addition, registration will also
be posted on the usual list serves, including the National AT lists serve.
The next two sessions in this series (all sessions start at 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time) are “Turning a No to a Yes:
Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No,” June 28th,
and “Practical Ethics,” July 26th.
More details to follow.
the Date! 16th Annual
“Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference, October 23-25, 2012 Did You Know Series
The Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference
will once again be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin, TX. As planning begins for the Conference,
please share your thoughts on potential conference sessions. Contact either Diana (email@example.com) or Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like
handouts from the 2011 conference, contact either Diana (email@example.com) or Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
22 postings are now available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.
Coming soon: Coming soon: National AT Advocacy
Project’s Resources Can Support Your AT Advocacy.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Data collection Work Group for AFP and Telework
The RESNA Catalyst Project has formed a Work
Group focusing on data collection issues and data elements that are most
beneficial to financial loan programs.
If you are interested in joining this group please contact Jason Luciano
Teleconference Series - Application Red Flags: Low Credit scores and how to
address them in an application - May 9th 2012, 2:00-3:00p.m. Eastern
The Catalyst Project will host the first in a
series of conference calls on Application Red Flags in Financial Loan
Programs. Milissa Gofourth from
Oklahoma and Cheryl Fatnassi from Vermont will discuss how their programs
address the red flag issues of low credit scores and other credit report
problems. The call in number is
1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80573760#.
This call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website
for future reference.
Series - Asset Development: Financial
Literacy Curricula your Loan Program - May 30th 2012, 2:00- 3:00p.m. Eastern
Basil Kesslar and Lorna Moore from Kansas and
Ferol Smith from Massachusetts will present this second call in the Asset Development
teleconference series, focusing on how each program incorporates financial
literacy curricula into their respective programs. The call in number is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is
80573760#. This call will be recorded
and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for future reference.
Indicators for Loan Programs Conference Call - March 27th 2012
Updated Publications Available
The Best Practices
Work Group developed the publication "Quality Indicators for AFP and
Telework" this past winter. A
conference call based on this document was held on March 27th, 2012
and focused on how to best use this guide in your own program. The recording of this call is available at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/teleconf/index.html.
Indicators publication can be accessed at
Publications: AFP and Telework Data Reports
Revised versions of the two data reports one on
Alternative Financing Programs and another for The Access to Telework Loan
Programs are now available on the Project Website. These reports include data from Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 and
are revised as of April 2012. Printed
copies of these reports have been sent to all programs, and additional hard
copies are available upon request.
Please contact Jason Luciano (email@example.com)
to ask for these. The reports are also
available on the RESNA Catalyst website (AFP: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/infocenter/index.html
and Telework: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/telework/loans/index.html).
National Transition Conference May 30th to June 1st, Washington, D.C.
This conference will feature over
90 breakout sessions and keynote speakers on transition to college and careers
for young people with disabilities. For
more information, visit www.transition2012.org.
2012 Conference in Baltimore - June 28 - July 3, 2012
Join us in Baltimore,
Maryland for RESNA's annual conference.
Sessions include presentations by several AT Act Programs. To see the preliminary program, go to http://web.resna.org/conference/2012-conference-documents/RESNAprelimprogram.PDF.
New AT Radio & Podcasts in
INDATA has officially
launched an internet radio station. AssistiveTechnologyRadio.com
broadcasts 24/7 and includes a wide variety of AT programs. Programs
include INDATA’s two podcasts as well as various AT trainings conducted. To
view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/content.aspxpId=492.
will include audio content from other AT projects. To
submit radio content or to learn more about INDATA's AT radio and podcasts
contact Wade Wingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.