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February 2011 

In This Issue of Highlights





New Publication

Personnel Directory 2011 - Now Posted

The new edition of the Personnel Directory is now available on the website in the Grantees Only section.  There are separate tabs for each of the three AT Act Entities as well as a separate tab for RSA and the TA providers.  To access the Directory, go to


The ID for the Grantees Only Section is grantee and the password is assist (both lower case).  You can download the entire directory or each tab separately.  The Catalyst Project welcomes edits to the pages.


Upcoming Events

Transition to the Community Work Group Call - March 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern

The Transition Work Group will meet again on Wednesday March 16.  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:


Web Ed - First Webinar New Products from ATIA - March 23 at 2:00- 3:30 Eastern

ATIA and George Mason University will be producing nine webinars this year, specially designed for AT Act Programs. The first in the series will be on New Products from ATIA scheduled for Wednesday, March 23.  It will be a "what's new" webinar to discuss new products and trends in the field, based on the ATIA conference held in January.  Instructions on how to access the webinar will be available closer to the event.  Details of all the webinars will be posted soon on the Catalyst website.  Each of these webinars will be free and open to all!  CEUs will be provided for a small fee via RESNA.


Recent Event

Full Steering Committee Meets - February 17, 2011

The Catalyst Full Steering Committee met to discuss the goals of the Employment Summit that will be hosted in FY 2012.  This discussion provided some direction as to the focus and goals of the Summit.  An Employment Summit Planning Work Group will be formed that includes AT Act Entities as well as representatives from other interested agencies and organizations.  More details to follow throughout the year.




New Publication

Program Review Lessons Learned Publication Now Available

A new Catalyst publication provides an overview of the RSA Program Review process for both Statewide AT Programs and AFP/Telework Programs and summarizes the lessons learned during the first review cycle.  This publication is now available at


Upcoming Events

Draft Agenda Available for Statewide AT Program Leaders Symposium - May 16-18, 2011

A draft agenda for the Symposium has been developed and is available on the website at  A registration form is also posted on the site.  Please make your hotel reservations by April 16, via the online form at . You may also call the hotel directly to book your room at 301/657-1234 or toll free at (800) 233-1234.


Statewide AT Program Steering Committee Meeting - March 2, 2011

The Statewide AT Program Steering Committee will meet on March 2 to discuss the technical assistance plan for the year. It will also continue its discussion of the goals of the Employment Summit.  


New Statewide AT Directors Call - March 8, 2011 at 3pm Eastern

The New Statewide AT Program directors will meet with the Instructional Team for the Orientation Workshop to discuss the structure and content of the Workshop.  Instructors include Willie Gunther (Illinois) and Marty Exline (Missouri) and Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA.  The workshop will be held May 16, prior to the Symposium.  To connect to the call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076 #



Transcripts and Handouts from Marketing Teleconference Series Parts 3 and 4 Available

Transcripts, MP3 files, and handouts from all the Marketing calls are available on the website at




 Save the Date

 "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference - November 1-3, 2011

The 15th Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference will be held November 1-3, 2011 (Tuesday through Thursday) at the Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, Texas (same site used since 2001).  It will be a three-day conference (first day, optional preconference) focusing on AT funding and advocacy strategies. Planning has just started.  Early bird registration should be available some time in June.


Upcoming Event

Upcoming Training on Funding

Diana Straube will be presenting at the pre-conference of the 8th Annual Assistive Technology Expo, to be held in Fargo, North Dakota on April 27 and April 28, 2011.  Organizers of the Expo include IPAT (Interagency Program of Assistive Technology), ND Protection and Advocacy, Connections of Moorhead, Inc., and Fraser, Ltd.   The all-day pre-conference will focus on Funding of AT through the Ages.



Did You Know?  - New Series

This is a new information series of the National AT Advocacy Project, started January 2011.  The intention is to provide important information in small chunks.  Because these are designed to be very short, the postings may not cover every possible issue; rather, the intention is make the reader aware/remind the reader of key information to support your AT advocacy.


The first four postings:


Coming Soon:

  • "PAAT Programs Can Provide a Significant Range of Services Advocating for AT Devices and AT Services"
  • "Individuals Receiving Medicaid Through a Managed Care Organization are Entitled to the Same Services They Would be Entitled to Under Traditional Medicaid"


 AT Advocate Issue on Consumer Rights

The "AT Advocate" Newsletter is a longstanding publication of the National AT Advocacy Project is published a minimum of three times per year.  The 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
  • Spring-Summer 2010, "Practical Ethics for the Disability Attorney:  When Can You Interview the Employees of Your Adversary?"; available at


Recent Technical Assistance Delivered

The national AT Advocacy Project is providing technical support to a private attorney whose granddaughter was denied Medicaid waiver funding of a medically necessary platform lift after the hearing officer found the lift was excluded from coverage as an elevator.  An additional issue is whether the item meets the definition of durable medical equipment under the state's traditional Medicaid program. 





New Publication

Program Review Lessons Learned Publication Now Available

A new Catalyst publication provides an overview of the RSA Program Review process for both Statewide AT Programs and AFP/Telework Programs and summarizes the lessons learned during the first review cycle.  This publication is now available at


Save the Date  

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

Save the date for the Best Practice Institute for Financial Loan Programs September 7-9, 2011 at the Ed Roberts Campus Building in Berkeley, California, hosted by the RESNA Catalyst Project.  The first two days will be designed for all loan programs.  A Telework Workshop will be conducted September 9.  Details will follow.


National Telework Webinar - Exploring Entrepreneurship - April 27, 2:00 - 4:00pm Eastern

Kathy Gilman of the Washington Access Fund will be presenting a national webinar April 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 eastern for budding entrepreneurs from around the country so that they can learn about entrepreneurship and the basics of business planning.  Telework programs are encouraged to market this to their clients to begin the process of becoming loan-ready consumers. Contact Jason Luciano ( ) if your program wants to participate.

Upcoming Events

New Telework Program Directors Conference Call Series:

-Second Call - Monday, March 14 at 3:00pm Eastern

Directors new to Telework Loan Programs will meet in March to discuss the Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) that RSA issued that provides guidance to the Telework Loan program.  Discussion will center on how the program's focus has broaden as a result of the TAC and recent interpretations.  To access the call, dial:  1-800-351-6810, pass code 80573760#. 


-Third Call - Tuesday, April 5 at 2:00pm Eastern

Continuing the series of conference calls for directors new to Telework Programs, the third scheduled call will be held April 5th at 2:00pm EST.  Kathy Gilman, of the Washington Access Fund, will present on Microdevelopment Organizations and discuss how these may be a beneficial aspect to Telework Loan Programs.  To access the call, dial:  1-800-351-6810, pass code 80573760#.


New AFP Program Directors Conference Call - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 2:00pm Eastern 

This call begins the series of Lending Basics for new directors. 
iscussion will center on the AT Act requirements for AFPs - how the loan programs are structured and what partners the programs have to help people with disabilities obtain needed AT.  While the calls are intended for new directors, all are invited.   To access the call, dial:  1-800-351-6810, pass code 80573760#.


Recent Event  

Using Tax Benefits and Credits as a Catalyst for Economic Independence for People with Disabilities - Webinar Thursday, February 17    

The archive of the webinar featuring Johnette Hartnett, National Disability Institute; Don Dill, Internal Revenue Service; and Jackie Wilks-Weathers, Georgia Center for Financial Independence & Innovation is available at: The Recording ID is CATALYSTWEB01.  There is no key required to access the recording.  The archive is available in two formats: Microsoft Office Live Meeting Replay format Microsoft Office Live Meeting High-Fidelity Presentation format.  It is advisable to use the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Replay format as it is smaller and therefore easier to view online or download.

You may also access the transcript and power point presentations at .


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 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:; Website: