RESNA Catalyst Project extends a Happy New Year to all AT Act
Programs, and wish you the best of success in 2015.
This year will
mark the retirement of Roberta
Program Director with Rhode
Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP).
has been with Rhode
Island's Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation
11 years, and has served ATAP as their Director since 2010.
In addition, we would like to congratulate
and the entire Illinois
Assistive Technology Program
staff for celebrating 25 years in operation!
goes out to Beth
Director of the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) and Delaware
Assistive Technology Initiative
who marked her sixth year with as Director with CDS!
Congratulations, and here is to you and your SGAT’s
of Grant Funds from ED/RSA to HHS/ACL
in January, Rob Groenendaal emailed AT Act Programs notifying of the
transfer of grant funds from ED/RSA to HHS/ACL, which will begin on
February 24, 2015.
Based on current projections from HHS, the
transfer will end on or before May 8, 2015.
During this time period,
drawing down of grant funds will be placed on hold.
The purpose of
this hold period is to freeze the funds, which will enable ED to
accurately determine the balances that should be transferred to HHS.
AT Act Programs are permitted to draw down funding prior to the hold
period in accordance with grant terms to pay for grant-related
expenses expected to incur during the hold period. The last date to
draw down funds prior to the hold period is February 18, 2015.
you have questions, please contact Rob Groenendaal at Robert.Groenendaal@ed.gov.
2015 AT Act
RESNA Catalyst Project has updated the Statewide Assistive Technology
Directory, a three column condensed version of the Statewide
Directory, the Alternative Financing Program Directory, as well as
contact updates on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s website
The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Program
Directory is in the process of being updated for 2015, and will be
available in the near future.
If you would like a copy of any of
these directories, please contact Paul Galonsky,
Series for AT Act Programs: AT & Employment
first five sessions in this series, “Obtaining or Retaining
Medicaid While Working:
The Section 1619(b) and Medicaid Buy-In for
Working People Programs,”
Assistive Technology for the Transition-Aged Special Education
Student,” “State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies:
Using VR Agency to Fund Assistive Technology to Support a Work Goal,”
“SSI’s Plan for Achieving Self Support:
Using the PASS
to Fund Assistive Technology to Support a Work Goal, ” and “A
Review of Lesser Known Funding Sources and Funding Strategies for
Work-Related Assistive Technology,” were delivered in June,
July, September, October, and November.
Approximately 250 separate
online attendees combined participated in these webinars!
in this series is scheduled for February
18, 2015, 2p.m. Eastern Time.
Final Webinar in this series: Funding of Work-Related Assistive
Technology through Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers-To register, visit
an archive of the previous five webinars, visit
Catalyst Project/ADA Centers’ Webinar: Assistive
Technology and Aging: Inclusive Solutions and the Americans with
RESNA Catalyst Project along with the Great Lakes and Southwest ADA
Centers provided the first of three webinars January 21, 2015. Aimee
Sterk, MSW, with the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
was the featured presenter.
An archive of this webinar is now
available at www.adaconferences.org/RESNA.
State Plan Due
due date for the renewed, three-year OMB-approved State Plan for AT
(1820-0664), is C.O.B. Friday,
February 27, 2015.
Please review the FY 2014 AT data that you submitted in the MIS
for the 1820-0572 Annual State AT Program Progress Report.
addition, please let Rob Groenendaal know via email of any updates or
changes to your state plan.
Rob’s email is
Hard of Hearing Work Group to continue in 2015
RESNA Catalyst Project along with Laura Plummer, Project Director
with Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech), will continue
to schedule and hold the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Work Group FY 2015.
This Work Group is designed to share in, and address, technical
issues and solutions current to technologies for individuals who are
Deaf/Hard of Hearing.
In addition, a LinkedIn page is now up and
running to share information and resources.
To participate in this
LinkedIn Group, visit
next call/webinar is schedule for Wednesday,
February 25, 2015, 3p.m. Eastern Time,
and will feature a presentation from Jimmy
the Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network
their Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program (SHARP).
Register for this presentation today at
Demo and Loan Forum/Teleconference-Tuesday, January 13, 2015
forum featured John Effinger (MO) and Lynette Strode (IL), who
facilitated a discussion on what is trending in the world of AT, new
device discussion, and tablet and app update discussion.
Demo and Loan Forum is for all Statewide AT Programs and is developed
by CATADA, ATAP, and the RESNA Catalyst Project.
Look for more
detials soon on the next Forum date and time.
Statewide AT Directors Forum – Tuesday, February 17, 2015,
Catalyst Project Director Joey Wallace invites all Statewide AT
Directors to the next Statewide AT Directors Forum.
The Forum is
designed for SGAT Directors to talk informally about AT Act topics
and programmatic issues that they may be currently facing, as well as
technical guidance adhering to federal and state regulations.
this call, Joey will facilitate a discussion, which will focus on
disposition and reuse of AT devices purchased by Statewide AT
In addition, Nebraska’s
AT4ALL Program Coordinator, Lauren Rock,
will discuss Nebraska’s ReRUN
To participate on this call, dial 800-351-6810 Passcode: 46172076#.
If you have accessibility requests or have any questions, please
contact Paul Galonsky, email@example.com.
AT Program Directors Webinar/Call: Fiscal Management and the Transfer
of the AT Act-Wednesday,
March 4, 2015 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern
the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (AT Act), statewide
AT programs are responsible for the fiscal and contract management of
the statewide AT program grant.
This upcoming webinar/call will
feature information found in the fourth module of the New Director’s
In addition, Robert Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program
Manager, will present information on the transfer of the AT Act from
the Rehabilitation Services Administration to the Administration on
Finally, this call will allow time for SGAT
Directors to discuss issues they are currently facing.
SGAT Directors are encouraged to join!
To join the webinar you must first register at
If you have accessibility requests, please contact Paul Galonsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT Advocacy Project to Collaborate with National Association of
Benefits and Work Incentives Specialists (NABWIS) to Deliver Session
on Using Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to Fund a Range of
Services, including AT, to Support a Work Goal-Session scheduled for
3:00 to 4:30 EST
register, go to http://nabwis.org/
and click on “events list” and register online.
NABWIS ($40 for individual membership, $160 for organizational
members, up to 6 members) go to http://nabwis.org/
and click on membership link.
ATTEND ALL WEBINARS FOR FREE!
a membership association, focuses on the use of work incentives
counseling to help Social Security and SSI disability beneficiaries
achieve their self-supporting employment goals.
Jim Sheldon, Project
Director of the National AT Advocacy Project at Neighborhood Legal
Services (NLS), also oversees various work incentives counseling
projects at NLS including the Social Security-funded Work Incentives
Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project.
Jim Sheldon and Ron Hager of
the National Disability Rights Network have agreed to present a
webinar to the NABWIS membership, “State Vocational
How the VR Agency Can Fund Services and
Equipment to Support a Work Goal.”
They will tweak the power
point used in the AT and Employment series to better meet the needs
of individuals involved in WIPA and other work incentives counseling
This is part of a 3-part webinar series and is free to
NABWIS members or $75 to non-members (covers all 3 webinars and
provides free NABWIS membership for one year) (just joining NABWIS
should be a better deal).
The other two webinars will cover Railroad
Retirement and Disability Benefits (February 26th)
and The Transition from Disability to Retirement Benefits (April
with both offered from 3:00 to 4:30 EST.
This series may be
particularly beneficial if you split time between the PAAT grant and
an employment-related project like WIPA or Protection and Advocacy
for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS).
THE DATES – June 1-4, 2015 for the National Disability Rights
Network Annual Meeting and Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (details
understands that a detailed agenda and online registration will soon
be available at
The National AT Advocacy Project will have a significant presence at
the conference, presenting/co-presenting at a full-day institute and
three 90-minute sessions.
As such, NLS is confirmed in the lineup of
AT-related sessions for the NDRN conference, with tentative times,
and confirmed speakers in most cases:
Monday, June 1,
2015 (a full-day “Transition” institute) –
expected to touch on transition requirements in IDEA and vocational
rehabilitation law and regulations; some innovative approaches to
use of AT in employment; and address how AT can be funded to support
a work goal
2, 2015 - “Medicaid Hearings and AT:
What’s In Your
Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal and James
R. Sheldon, Supervising Attorney, National AT Advocacy Project,
3, 2015 - “Meeting the AT Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Very
Looking to Medicaid and IDEA for Funding.”
Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal, National AT Advocacy
Project; Ron Hager, NDRN.
4, 2015 - “Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for
Saying No to AT Funding Requests:
Changing a No to a Yes.”
Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal and James R. Sheldon,
Supervising Attorney, National AT Advocacy Project, Buffalo, NY.
NLS and other presenters prepare for these sessions we would love to
hear from you concerning: any issues you are struggling with; any
successes you have had (hearing decisions, court decisions always a
welcome addition for our Resource Libraries); any state-specific
policies that address the issues; and any materials you have found
helpful that we might not have. Feel free to contact Ron
or Jim (email@example.com)
if you have questions.
FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
submissions for MIS662 is now due!
forget to get your data into your respective reporting system
Data was due on December 31, 2014.
contact the RESNA Catalyst Project with any questions or challenges
with this requirement.
TA Calls with Loan Program Directors
RESNA Catalyst Project, in conjunction with RSA, is setting up
individual calls for loan program directors to discuss program needs.
These are short, usually lasting approximately 30 minutes.
eye out for contact from Jason Luciano to schedule a time.
AFP Conference Information Coming Soon!
your inboxes for upcoming information for the 2015 AFP Conference!
This conference will be held separately from the Statewide AT Program
Conference in 2015.
The steering committee will be establishing
dates and an agenda soon, so stay tuned!
Grantee Call – January 22, 2014
next monthly call bringing together the new AFP grantees was in
These calls are for those programs receiving funding
under the recent competitions to discuss unique opportunities and
challenges presented to new AFP grantees.
Program Directors Open Forum Call – January 20, 2014
RESNA Catalyst hosted an all Loan Program Directors Forum. This
forum is designed for Directors to talk informally about programmatic
issues that they may be currently facing, as well as technical
guidance adhering to federal and state regulations. In
addition, this forum is intended to provide for open discussion and
sharing across programs. These calls are held every two months.
Grantee Call – February 19, 2015, 4:00-5:00p.m. Eastern
next monthly call bringing together the new AFP grantees is scheduled
for February 19th, at 4:00p.m. Eastern.
These calls are for those
programs receiving funding under the recent competitions to discuss
unique opportunities and challenges presented to new AFP grantees.
Please join us by calling 1-800-211-4163 with pass code 57 48 484#.
Directors Open Forum Call – March 17, 2015, 3:00-4:00p.m.
Catalyst Project Director, Joey Wallace will host an all Loan Program
Directors Forum in March. This forum is designed for Directors
to talk informally about programmatic issues that they may be
currently facing, as well as technical guidance adhering to federal
and state regulations. In addition, this forum is intended to
provide for open discussion and sharing across programs. Please
join us by calling 1-800-211-4163 with pass code 57 48 484#.
International Special Interest Group (SIG) Do-It-Yourself
is April 1, 2015
with experience working or living in developing countries know that
the assistive device needed is often not commercially available or
affordable. As a step toward remedying this problem, the RESNA
International SIG is sponsoring an assistive technology DIY (Do It
Yourself!) contest. We are looking for innovative low-cost DIY
assistive technology that could be replicated around the world.
Whirlwind Wheelchair's generous donation will allow us to offer cash
prizes including $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50
for third place!
To learn more, visit
Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
an internet radio station.
broadcasts 24/7 and includes a wide variety of AT programs.
Programs include INDATA’s two podcasts as well as various AT
view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit:
will include audio content from other AT projects.
submit radio content or to learn more about INDATA's AT radio and
podcasts contact Wade Wingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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recent ones. Most events reported in these Highlights Newsletters will now be a simple click away to download, register, and share!
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