December 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Happy New Year and thank you for all you do!
we begin 2013, the RESNA Catalyst Project thanks all the AT Act Entities for
continuing to make the lives of people who use Assistive Technology a bit
brighter. Your work is so important and
valuable for all those you serve. We
want to take a moment to say how much we appreciate what you do. Thank you from Joey, Jason, and Paul, and
Save the Date!
RESNA Catalyst Project’s Employment Summit and Two Project Directors Meetings -
Bethesda, Maryland May 6-9, 2013
Three meetings are
planned for the spring of 2013 for AT Act Entities. The Catalyst Project will host an Employment Summit May 8-9, 2013 for all AT Act Entities at the
Bethesda, Maryland Hyatt Regency. Two
Project Director Meetings will be conducted in conjunction with the
Summit. ATAP and the Catalyst Project
will co-host a Statewide AT Program
Directors May 6-7, 2013. In
addition, there will be a Financial Loan
Best Practices Institute May 7, 2013 for AFP/Telework/Title 1 loan program
staff. The RESNA Catalyst Project will
continue to work with an Employment Summit Planning Committee, the Catalyst
Steering Committee Subgroup for Statewide AT Programs, and the Subgroup for
AFP/Telework Programs to plan the three meetings. Book your room today and mark your calendars now!
ATIA and RESNA
Catalyst Partnership Coupon Code
The RESNA Catalyst Project will continue its partnership with the
Assistive Technology Industries Association (ATIA), to offer live and archived
webinars to all AT Act Entities. It’s easy to register online with for Live Broadcasts or Archives using coupon code CATPR13.
There are 45+ recordings available in the Archives portfolio . A new 2013 schedule will be
posted in December. Additionally,
individual states may purchase a subscription for additional seats directly
from ATIA. For more details on the program, including
the new Catalyst Webinar Subscription option for sister agencies not covered
under the AT Act Entities access criteria, go to: www.atia.org/catalystwebprogram, or contact Joey Wallace, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit Volunteers Needed for 2013 ATIA Conference
If you are planning on attending
ATIA this year, please consider volunteering at the RESNA Catalyst Project’s
exhibit booth. Please contact Paul
Galonsky, email@example.com if you are available. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Registration Now Open! Webinar: Assistive Devices
for D/deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Populations -January 9, 2013 3:00 to
4:00p.m. Eastern Time
The RESNA Catalyst Project will host a webinar featuring Valeria
Stafford-Mallis, from Alternative Communication Services. Ms. Stafford-Mallis will provide training on hearing
impairment devices, costs, new innovations, and resources. This webinar will be of
interest to all Statewide AT and Financing Loan programs. Register online at
Registration Now Open! Webinar:
Introducing the Assistive
Technology for Employer and Business Web Portal - Tuesday, January 22, 2p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Sönke Dornblut and Anne Long with Assistive
Technology in New Hampshire along with RESNA Catalyst Project Staff Paul Galonsky will
provide a webinar tour of the
Assistive Technology for Employer and Business Web Portal. This webinar will formerly introduce attendees
to this new resource and show how to
take advantage of the information it contains.
Register online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/652945967.
Registration Now Open! Webinar:
Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations-January 23,
2013 2:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Catalyst Project, Southwest ADA Center, and ADA National Network will present a
webinar on how AT demonstrations, equipment loans, and support and technical
assistance from the ADA National Network may enhance an interactive employee
accommodation process. Register online
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Statewide AT Project Director’s
Meeting Planning Call- January 7, 2013 3:00p.m. Eastern Time
Planning Committee will continue to work through recent draft agendas
for the 2013 Statewide AT Project Directors Meeting. Committee Members may call 800-211-4163 and pass code 0521244#
the day of the meeting to join the call.
Statewide AT Program New Directors
Call-Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
the New Directors call will take place every other month. These calls will cycle through the New
Director’s Orientation Modules found on
the RENSA Catalyst Website: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html. In addition, each call will allow ample time
for New Director’s to share and discuss project highlights as well as ask advice on
project issues and challenges. To join
this call, dial 800-351-6810 Pass code: 46172076#.
All Directors new and old are welcome!
Archived AT and Transition Webinar Series-
Parts One, Two, and Three Now Available
The three part AT and
Transition Webinar Series is now complete and available in the RESNA Catalyst
Project Webinar Archives. According to
the Webinar evaluations, the series overall was very successful in achieving
the learning objectives set out for participants. As such, look for more of these types of webinars in 2013. You can view each AT and Transition Webinar
New National AT Project Website - Better Look, More
Functional, Some Sections Still Being Populated
this month, Neighborhood Legal Services went live with a newly-designed
website. This new website retains the
same general web address for the home page, www.nls.org. However, all other web addresses (URLs)
within the site have changed.
Importantly, the new URL for the National AT Advocacy Project is now www.nls.org/Disability/NationalAssistiveTechnologyProject.
The new site has created the
opportunity to reorganize and to delete items that are outdated. However, in this process, some key sections
of the National AT site have yet to be fully populated with the documents we
intend to retain. Here are new URLs to
some popular sections:
Advocate Newsletters (www.nls.org/Disability/NationalAssistiveTechnologyProject/ATAdvocateNewsletters)
Did You Know Series (www.nls.org/Disability/NationalAssistiveTechnologyProject/DidYouKnow)
AT Funding Manuals (www.nls.org/Disability/NationalAssistiveTechnologyProject/FundingofATManualSeries).
If there are items you were used
to seeing on the old site that you cannot find, contact either Jim Sheldon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diana
Medicaid-Funded Standing Wheelchairs
has been an initiative of both the National AT Project and the New York PAAT
Project housed within Neighborhood Legal Services. In addition, half of the recent Bridges to Better Advocacy
preconference was dedicated to this topic, as well as a PAAT newsletter:
New York’s State PAAT has several new Medicaid hearings involving standing
wheelchairs. New York’s State PAAT is also involved in supporting the work of
AT advocates throughout the country on Medicaid hearings and litigation
involving standing wheelchairs. (Our
State PAAT project is expecting to file an amicus
curiae or friend of the court brief, in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,
in the Koenning standing wheelchair
case in which Texas Medicaid has appealed the district court’s decision.)
In order to better support this
work, we are looking to upgrade our resource materials that relate to the
medical benefits that are connected to the use of standing wheelchairs. Please
send us any published articles or links to publications that report on the
medical benefits obtained through the use of standing wheelchairs. We do have the RESNA position paper on
standing wheelchairs published several years ago and a number of other
important resources, but would ask that you err in sending us information
even though we might already have it.
Please send articles to Jim Sheldon (email@example.com) or Diana
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND
TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
SAVE THE DATE! AFP Director Meeting- May
The RESNA Catalyst project is sponsoring a one day AFP Director meeting in
Bethesda, MD. This will be the day
before the RESNA Catalyst project Employment Summit for AT Act funded
programs. Be on the lookout for more
AFP Teleconference Series Schedule
spoken - and we have listened! Based on
your needs assessment and feedback you have given the RESNA Catalyst Project,
we have created a draft AFP teleconference schedule for 2013. Subject to change:
January 22, 2p.m. Eastern - Introducing the AT for Employer
and Business Portal
February 19, 2p.m. Eastern - New Project Staff Orientation
March 19, 2p.m. Eastern - Financial
Literacy Part I
April 16, 2p.m. Eastern - Sustainability
June 18 2p.m. Eastern - Preparing
for RSA Review
July 16, 2p.m. Eastern - Collaborating
with other AT Act Programs
August 20, 2p.m. Eastern - Needs
Assessment for 2014
Data Collection Work Group-
December 11, 2012
and improved Data Collection Work Group met to begin the discussions around
proposing changes to the RSA/MIS662.
The hope of this group is to have data elements from the RSA/MIS572 and
662 documents more closely align so that the true stories of the AT Act
sponsored programs can be told.
Teleconference Series - Telework
New Directors - December 11, 2012
The final call in the series for new directors of
Telework Loan Programs was held December 11.
This call wrapped up the series, and it will be replaced with the above
listed Teleconference Series for Loan Programs.
CATADA’S Self-paced Video Tutorials
The CATADA team recently recorded video tutorials that will help new users
learn to use the site and help existing users refresh their memory when needed.
Links to these videos will be added to www.catada.info in the near future. In addition, look for the CATADA team to
host a guided tour of the site in late winter/early spring, 2013.
Disability Statistics Compendium
Each year, the Disability
Statistics Compendium is released in November at an event held on Capitol Hill.
Presentation materials, including videos and transcripts from the event are
available at http://disabilitycompendium.org/event-live. You can also request a copy of the
Compendium or download it on this website.
ODEP’s Online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
has a website titled “Workplace Flexibility Toolkit: A Unique Collection of
Resources to Help Maintain a Strong Balance of Work and Life”. To learn more, visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/workplaceflexibility/.
New AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has 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 training sessions. To
view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/on-air/.
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.