June 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Thank you to Nancy Meidenbauer for her Service
After seventeen years with RESNA, Nancy Meidenbauer will retire on
July 6, 2012. On behalf of the entire RESNA network, a big thank you goes
out to Nancy for her dedicated service as Project Director for the RESNA
Catalyst Project. Since 1995, Nancy has worked for RESNA providing
technical assistance to the Statewide AT Act Programs, Alternative
Financing Programs, and Telework Programs. Nancy’s commitment to these AT
Act entities are gratefully appreciated by RESNA, and her knowledge and
leadership will be missed. Congratulations on your retirement
New Project Director for RESNA Catalyst Project Announced
The Catalyst Project is pleased to announce that Joey Wallace will be the new
Project Director of the RESNA Catalyst Project, starting the week of July
9. Joey has a lot of experience and
history with the AT Act programs, both statewide and alternative financing
programs having worked on the Virginia Assistive Technology Program (VATS) and
serving as Executive Director of the Virginia Alternative Financing
Program. You may contact Joey via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org and via phone 703-524-6686
ext 304, starting July 9, 2012.
the Date - Employment Summit and Two Project Directors Meetings - Bethesda,
Maryland, May 6-9, 2013
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.
Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.
ATIA Archive Webinar Seats Still Available
There are still plenty of seats available for ATIA archived
webinars. The Catalyst Project purchased a combination of live and
archived seats of ATIA’s public for-fee online education programs so that AT
Act Entity program staff and regional partners could attend the webinars free.
There are no more live sears available. However, we still have plenty of
seats available for Archived ATIA webinars. Anyone wishing to attend one
of the ATIA webinars free needs to have a special code. The code and more
details on the free program are available in the grantees only section of the
Catalyst website at http://resnaprojects.org/grantees/stategrantees/index.html.
AT for Employment Work Group Call July 12, 2012
3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
This Work Group call will focus on
reviewing the beta version on the new AT for Employer Web Portal. All are welcome to join the call to share
ideas and suggestions for Portal improvement.
To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.
Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No to Durable Medical
Equipment Requests: Turning a No Into a
August 16, 2012- 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Diana Straube and Jim Sheldon of the National AT
Advocacy Project will be presenting this session on Medicaid funding. To connect to the call, dial 1-800-351-6810,
pass code: 98615663 #. A similar session was provided to the
P&As; in June. This training does
not carry any CLE credits.
Archived WebEd Webinars Available
all of the FY 2012 WebEd webinars are available on the website. Please note there was a technical glitch
with the most recent GMU webinar on providing distance AT services. The full webinar was not recorded. However, there is a transcript of the
training and the power points are posted.
Go to archives at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
of the Statewide AT Program New Directors Call-June 14, 2012
The new directors call
takes place every other month. The June
call allowed new directors to discuss issues they are currently facing, as well
as suggestions for upcoming calls. To
listen to the archive of this call, visit the RESNA Catalyst Projects’ New
Directors Corner at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html. The next new director’s call is scheduled
for Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:00p.m.
Eastern. All Statewide projects
directors, new or old are welcome to participate.
Purchasing Work Group - June 20, 2012
Participants of the Volume Purchasing and Discount
Planning Work Group met to discuss the final beta version of the web-based
information forum. The operational
version of the website will be available in the near future. If your program has not registered to participate
on the new on-line forum, please contact Jason Luciano, at email@example.com. The website and forum should be live in
July. An announcement will be sent out
when it is public and operating.
Handouts Now Available from National Disability Rights Network
The following conference handouts are now available: “Looking to Medicaid to
Fund Cutting Edge and Specialty Equipment”, “Funding AT to Achieve Integrated
Employment”, and “Expanding Your PAAT Practice: Thinking Beyond the Traditional AT Devices and AT Funding
Sources”. For copies of handouts,
contact Diana Straube, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jim Sheldon email@example.com.
Soon: “Practical Ethics: When Can You Withdraw From Hearing or Court Case When Can You Settle for Less Than Prayer for
Relief” (Teleconference training) - July 26th, 2:00 to 3:45 Eastern
Did You Know Series
Diana Straube of the National AT Advocacy Project
and Ron Hager of the National Disability Rights Network will be
presenting. An application is pending
for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits through the State of
Louisiana (check your state rules for reciprocity). NOTE: $35 registration
fee per phone line (covers two CLE certificates; $10 per CLE after that).
A flyer and registration form will soon be posted on the usual list
servs; including the National AT list serv or you can obtain a registration
form through Lynn Urquhart, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Now Open!
16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference - October 23-25,
The Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference
will once again be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin, TX. This year’s conference will include a one
day preconference focusing on Medicaid
and Complex Mobility Equipment, and two-day conference with workshop topics
including “The Journey of Shelby Nurse:
Getting the Right AT During the Transition Years and Meeting the
Challenge of Funding It,” “Structured Negotiations: An Alternative to Litigation to Achieve Systemic Changes Related
to AT,” and “Medicaid and Private Insurance:
Keeping Up with and Meeting the Challenges.
Conference flyers/registration forms are available through Lynn
Urquhart, email@example.com, and will
soon appear on www.nls.org. Sign up by July 13th for Super
Early Bird rates!
22 postings are now available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.
Coming soon: Coming soon: National AT Advocacy Project’s
Resources Can Support Your AT Advocacy.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Teleconference Series - New Directors of Telework
Loan Programs-July 10, 2012, 1:00p.m. Eastern.
A new series of teleconferences will be started for New Directors of Telework
programs. The calls will focus on some
of the unique needs of the Telework Loan Programs. To connect to the call, dial 1-800351-6810, pass code 80573760 #.
Teleconference with United States Business
Leadership Network (USBLN)-to be scheduled summer, 2012.
Pat Richards, the USBLN
Director of the Disability Supplier Diversity Program, will provide information
to Telework Loan Programs, their borrowers who are self employed and other
interested parties about the USBLN Supplier Diversity Certification program for
owners of businesses who have disabilities.
More details and information will be announced in upcoming Highlights.
Data Collection Work Group
Collection for AFP Work Group will have another meeting in July, and would like
to hear from you! Please contact Jason
Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you
want to participate in this group. The
Work Group will identify ways to best gather the data that tells the story of
the work that AFP programs all do.
Series-Asset Development: Financial Literacy Curricula for your Loan
Basil Kesslar and Lorna Moore from Kansas and
Ferol Smith from Massachusetts presented this second call in the Asset
Development teleconference series. This
teleconference focused on how Kansas and Massachusetts incorporate financial
literacy curricula into their respective programs. The call was recorded and is archived on the RESNA Catalyst website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/teleconf/index.html.
The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and
Technology recently published a self-help resource guide, designed to
assist students with disabilities who are not in special education. The guide
provides students and their families, guardians, advocates and professionals
with general information on services that are available pursuant to Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADA
and ADAAA). This guide can be found at http://realeconomicimpact.tumblr.com/post/22715598101/general-self-help-resource-guide-for-students-who-are.
National Home and Community Based Services Conference,
September 10-13, 2012, Hyatt Regency
Crystal City, Arlington, VA
The National Home and Community Based
Services Conference will showcase innovative national, federal, state and local
delivery, and policy developments vital for assuring Americans of all ages and
abilities receive the highest quality community living supports, care, and
services possible. To learn more and
now available from the Statistics State of the Science Conference
State-of-the-Science Conference was hosted by the Rehabilitation Research and
Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) on April
23, 2012. The conference brought
together scientists, administrators, and staff from disability programs, and
leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of
disability statistics and how to advance the field. All conference presentations and materials are now available at http://www.researchondisability.org/statsrrtc/events/sos-conference.
New AT Radio & Podcasts in
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/content.aspxpId=492.
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 email@example.com.