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February 2012 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Upcoming Events

WebEd Webinar: SWADA02 - Olmstead Planning: Litigation, Collaboration, and Improving Community Services - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern
C. Talley Wells of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. will describe how the Olmstead ruling provided important clarification as to how states should comply with Title II of the ADA.  Wells will describe the various components of an Olmstead plan, the barriers that exist in the community to providing community integration as part of the plan, and the role that assistive technology can play in providing quality community supports.  For more information, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html  Archive information on the earlier SWADA 01 Webinar on Post Secondary Accessibility is also available.

AT for Employment Work Group Call March 22, 2012 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
The Work Group will share practices/strategies that have been found to increase the use of AT in the workplace. The group will get an update on the progress on the employer web portal design and discuss plans for an Employment Summit. To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.  The Catalyst Project is currently seeking additional work group members to assist in the design of the Employer Web Portal.   If interested, contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Recent Events

AT and Employment Summit Planning Committee
The AT and Employment Summit Planning group met for the first time on February 22nd.  The group consists of representatives from Statewide AT, AFP, and Telework loan programs, this Work Group is setting out to plan the AT and Employment Summit, scheduled for spring, 2013, in conjunction with the Statewide AT Programs Director’s meeting.  Monthly calls will continue and details will be shared as they are developed.  The Catalyst Project is currently seeking additional Summit Planning Committee members.  If interested in becoming a member, contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS


Announcements

AT and Employment Program Services Survey
The RESNA Catalyst Project is in the process of identifying the services and expertise each statewide AT programs offers to employers in their states.  Please take a few moments to complete a brief seven question survey about your AT and Employment program services at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ATSERVICES by March 8, 2012.  This  state specific information will be part of the resources listed in the Employer Web Portal.  Thank you for your participation!

Updated Statewide AT Program Directory Available
The 2012 Statewide AT Program Directory is now available on the RESNA Catalyst Website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/grantees/index.html in the Grantees Only section.  If you have trouble accessing the Grantees Only Section, please contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Upcoming Events

Two Teleconferences on Quality Services Scheduled:

  • Quality Indicators for Device Loan Teleconference - March 15, 2012 3:00-4:00pm Eastern
    This teleconference will discuss best practices and resources that can help your program in providing device loan services in your state.   Carol Girt (Indiana) and Lynette Strode (Illinois) will lead the discussion and help to answer questions.  To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076 #.  If you have questions about Device Loan services that you would like addressed during this call, email your questions to pgalonsky@resna.org
  • Quality Indicators for Device Demonstration Teleconference - April 12, 2012 3:00-4:00pm Eastern
    This teleconference will focus in providing quality device demonstration services in your state.  Jamie Hayhurst (West Virginia) and Kevin R. Wright (Tennessee) will lead the discussion and talk about how they work to ensure high quality demonstration services.  To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076 #.  Send questions that you would like to see addressed during the call to pgalonsky@resna.org

PAAT PROGRAMS


Upcoming Event

Save the Date!  16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference, October 23-25, 2012
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 (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org). If you would like handouts from the 2011 conference, contact either Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org).  

Did You Know? Series

17 postings are now available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm. Coming soon: “SSI’s Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS):  A PASS Can Fund AT to Support a Work Goal”

AT & Courts

New York Court awards Medicaid funding for Bantam Sit-to-Stand stander
In all states, when Medicaid denies funding for equipment, an individual can appeal that case into state court through a judicial review statute.  (Alternatively, the matter can often be pursued in federal court.) In the case of Godfrey ex rel. Godfrey v. Shah, 91 AD 3d (NYAD 4 Dept 2012), New York’s Appellate Division in Rochester heard this appeal from an unfavorable fair hearing decision and ruled in favor of the individual.  If you would like a copy of the court’s decision or the briefs filed by Diana Straube or by Medicaid’s attorney in this case, contact Diana at dstraube@nls.org.

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Announcement

New Work Group Forming – Data Collection for AFP and Telework Loan Programs
The RESNA Catalyst Project is in process of forming a new Work Group that will focus on collecting additional data elements for AFP and Telework programs.  If you are interested in joining this group please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org.

Upcoming Events

Teleconference Series – What’s New with Asset Development – March 15th 2012 1:00-2:00pm Eastern
The RESNA Catalyst Project is pleased to sponsor this first in a series of conference calls on Asset Development in Financial Loan Programs.  During this call, Tom Foley, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), will discuss what his organization has been doing in regard to the current state of Asset Development for People with Disabilities.  The call in number is 800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80 57 3760 #.  This call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for future reference.

Teleconference Call - Quality Indicators for Loan Programs – March 27th 2012 3:00-4:00pm Eastern
The Best Practices Work Group is proud to present the publication entitled Quality Indicators for AFP and Telework.  A conference call based on this document will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 3:00pm Eastern.  This call will focus on how to best utilize this guide of Best Practices into your own program.  The call in number is 800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80 57 3760 #

New Publications Available

New Publications:  Quality Indicators for AFPs and Telework Loan Programs
The RESNA Catalyst Project, with direction from the Best Practices Work Group, has created a Quality Indicators document for all AFPs and Telework Loan Programs.  This document can be used to measure your own loan program and determine where it falls along the continuum of services.  This document is available on the RESNA Catalyst website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/index.html

New Publication: AFP and Telework Data Reports
The RESNA Catalyst Project is pleased to provide two comprehensive and accurate data reports; one for Alternative Financing Programs and another for Access to Telework Loan Programs.  Including all data from Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010, these publications show the benefit of these programs to People with Disabilities.  Printed copies of the Reports have been sent to all programs, and additional hard copies are available upon request.  Please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resns.org to ask for these.  Reports are also available on the RESNA Catalyst website:  http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/infocenter/index.html and Telework: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/telework/loans/index.html.

OTHER RESOURCES

Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism Virginia
Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention, is offering an online course on concepts related to autism and transition to work.  To learn more, visit http://www.worksupport.com/training/webcourses/autism.cfm.

Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers Webinars on Accessible Technology
The Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers 2012 Accessible Technology Webinar Series schedule is now available.  The 2012 webinar series will explore some of the latest technological trends and their accessibility to people with disabilities.  All sessions are free and scheduled from 1:00-2:30PM.  Registration is available at http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/.

New AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
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.aspx?pId=492.

INDATA 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 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.

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