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Highlights

August
2011 

In This Issue of Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
PAAT PROGRAMS
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
OTHER RESOURCES

 

 

PROJECT WIDE NEWS 

 

Upcoming Events

Transition to the Community Work Group Call- Wednesday, September 14, 2011-3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern

John E. V. Sorensen, from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will talk about the Money Follows the Person program and Medicaid as a resource for people who need AT while living in facilities and transitioning from them.  To connect to the call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076#.   Transcripts and MP3 files from previous calls are available at the Transition Wiki Site at: http://attransition.wikispaces.com/.

 

AT Transition Work Group Survey
The AT Transition Work Group Sub Committee is asking AT Transition Work Group Members to please take a moment to fill out a brief survey.  The information and feedback you provide about your interests regarding AT Transition will be valuable for future Work Group direction and planning.  

You can respond to this survey on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/transitionworkgroup.  Please respond by Wednesday, September 7, 2011.  Thank you for your input!

 

AT for Employment Work Group Call - Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

This call will highlight practices that AT Act Programs have found to be most effective to increase the use of AT in the workplace. If you have a model/strategy that is working in your state, be prepared to share it with the group on the 15th. The call in number is 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.

 

Check out the new "hub" web page devoted to AT and Employment at www.resnaprojects.org The hub has the MP3 recording of the July 21 call. If you have resources that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

 

Two Upcoming WEBED Webinars

WEBED-GMU04: Data Collection (Overview) - Thursday, September 15, 2011: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

WEBED-ATIA05: Data Collection - Products and Services from ATIA Members - Wednesday, September 28, 2011: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

For more information about these webinars, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html.

To register for either of these webinars - go to www.atia.org/webedregistration.

For any of the WEBED- Webinar archived events, go to

http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html.

 

Become an RSA Peer Reviewer

RSA would like to encourage you to submit your resume to become a peer reviewer for grant competitions.  To become a peer reviewer, all that is necessary is to send your resume to the following email address: OSERSPRS@ed.gov.  From there, your resume will be forwarded to the TRIM database where competition managers throughout OSERS search for reviewers. 

RSA is interested in increasing the pool of nonfederal peer reviewers for Statewide AT, AFP, and Telework program reviews.  The most critical component of this process is registering your DUNS number in the Central Contractor database.  Please consider becoming a nonfederal peer reviewer.  You can obtain a DUNS number at: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/companylookup.htm, then register it at: https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx.

 

Contact Brian Bard, brian.bard@ed.gov, 202-245-7345 if you need any assistance or further information.

 

 

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS

  

Announcement

Volunteers Needed for Catalyst Steering Committee - Statewide Programs Subgroup

Would you be interested in being a member of the RESNA Catalyst Project Steering Committee - the Statewide AT program Subgroup?  This group provides input and guidance on the technical assistance that the Catalyst Project offers.  With the new fiscal year, we have a vacancy on the Subgroup.  Members are chosen based on geographic location (east, west, north, south), size of the state (large, small), type (rural, urban, territory), experience of the director (new versus experienced), type of program structure, etc.  The time commitment will be approximately one hour per month for a year.  The Committee meets via conference call.  If you are interested in serving on this Committee, contact Nancy Meidenbauer at nmeidenbauer@resna.org, phone 703/524-6686 ext 304.

 

Upcoming Event 

Performance Based Contracts Teleconference- Thursday, September 22, 2011-3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern

Sonke Dornblut, Project Coordinator with Assistive Technology in New Hampshire, will discuss the Program's use of Performance Based Contracts (PBC). Sonke will talk about how to achieve statewideness through PBC, determining PBC project goals and data reporting, contractor professional development, and discuss what is funded through PBC. To connect to this call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076 #.  

 

Recent Event

How to Liquidate Formula Funds Teleconference - August 18, 2011

Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal discussed the new process for obligating and liquidating your formula grant funds. An archived MP3 of the conference call is available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/teleconferences.html.

 

 

PAAT PROGRAMS

 

Upcoming Event

15th Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference

November 1-3, 2011, Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, TX

This three-day conference will focus on AT funding and advocacy strategies.  Registration form available at www.nls.org/Conference%20Flyer%202011.pdfSign up by September 18th to avoid an additional increase in rates!

  • November 1st Preconference (full day):   "Medicaid, AT and Litigation" (focus on state and federal court) (Speakers: Jane Perkins, National Health Law Program, Jennifer Giesen, Minnesota P&A, Lew Golinker, AT Law  Center, Jim Sheldon and Diana Straube, National AT Advocacy Project).  Detailed agenda available at:  http://www.nls.org/preconf%202011.pdf. 
  • Two-Day Conference Highlights:  "Medicaid Challenges for 2012,"  "Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment:  Recent Case Law," "Mobility Equipment:  A Physical Therapist's Perspective,"  "Confronting Challenges of Dual Eligibility in Medicaid DME Cases," and "Enforcing the Fair Housing Act to Obtain AT."  Detailed agenda available at:  http://www.nls.org/2011%20conf%20agenda.pdf.
  • Continuing Legal Education Credits will be available, including 1.5 credits for ethics.

Publications

Did You Know? Series

These very short postings will not cover every possible issue on a topic; rather, the intent is to make the reader aware of key information to support your AT advocacy.

To date we have done 15 postings, all available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.   

Coming Soon: Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities & Funding AT through the Foster Care System

 

The "AT Advocate" Newsletter 

This longstanding publication of the National AT Advocacy Project is now published three times per year.  Our most recent newsletters and lead articles:

Fall 2010, "Consumer Rights in the Medicaid Process:  Understanding and Protecting those Rights Should Ensure More Access to Assistive Technology," available at http://www.nls.org/av/fall%2010.pdf.  

Spring-Summer 2010, "Practical Ethics for the Disability Attorney:  When Can You Interview the Employees of Your Adversary?" available at http://www.nls.org/av/summer%2010.pdf.  

Coming Up:  "Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities" (Spring-Summer 2011).

 

 

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS

  

Announcement!

Best Practices Work Group

The Best Practices Work Group is expanding!  Monthly conference calls are held with members of this group, with the focus on development of Loan Program Quality Indicators.  Come join us in the creation of these statements and shaping the future of loan programs!  If interested please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org.

  

New Addition to the Catalyst Website: AFP Information Center

The AFP website has its own data center as well!  Data for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 are available, as well as a listing of commonly-used loan program terms, and the most recent RSA Report to Congress.  It is located at http://resnaprojects.org/afp/infocenter/index.html.

 

Upcoming Events

Best Practices Institute

AFP/Telework Best Practice Institute - September 7-9, 2011

The Best Practice Institute for Financial Loan Programs will be conducted September 7-9, 2011 at the Ed Roberts Campus Building in Berkeley, California, co-hosted by the RESNA Catalyst Project and WID.  The first two days will be designed for all loan programs.  A Telework Workshop will be conducted September 9.  To see the meeting agenda, available handouts, and list of participants, go to 

http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.

 

New AFP Program Directors Conference Call Series - Fourth call - Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00pm Eastern
 
This conference call, continuing the series for new AFP directors and others interested in Lending Basics, will center on marketing strategies for loan programs.  A discussion of different program's marketing plans and approaches will be included.  To access the call, dial: 1-800-351-6810, pass code 80573760#.

 

Publication

New Publication: AFP and Telework Profiles

A self-submitted compilation snapshot of AFP and Telework programs will be available at the Best Practices Institute, and will also then be posted on the RESNA Catalyst website. This is an overview of the information that each program felt most important about it, and includes several success stories. 

 

 

OTHER RESOURCES

 

AT Podcasts in Indiana

INDATA has weekly AT podcasts. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit:http://www.eastersealstech.com/content.aspx?pId=492.

To learn more about INDATA's AT podcasts, contact Wade Wingler at wwingler@eastersealscrossroads.org.

 

The RESNA Catalyst Project is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.  The project is operated by RESNA. The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of RSA/ED or RESNA and no official endorsement of the materials should be inferred.

 

RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America whose purpose is to promote the health and well being of individuals with disabilities through the use of assistive technology.  RESNA is the grantee funded to provide technical assistance and training to those programs funded under the AT Act and to others.  

 

Contact Information:  RESNA Catalyst Project, 1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1540, Arlington, VA  22209-1903; (703) 524-6686 (voice), (866) 342-6572 (voice), (703) 524-6630 (FAX), (703) 524-6639 (TTY).  Email:  catalyst@resna.org; Website:  http://www.resnaprojects.org.