2012 Conference in Baltimore - June 28 - July 3, 2012
us in Baltimore, Maryland for RESNA's annual conference.
Conference features several programs funded under the AT Act.
MassMATCH will feature its AT School Shares.
Oklahoma ABLETech will
present information on its fire safety initiatives.
discuss Farm Vehicle Mods. The Puerto Rico project will demonstrate a
technology enhanced job accommodation.
On July 3, there are two
instructional courses scheduled with instructors from the AT Act
Therese Willkomm (NH) will teach how to create tech
solutions in minutes.
Carolyn Phillips and Martha Rust (GA) will
teach about Apps, Widgets and Tablets.
To see the preliminary
program, go to
Issue of AT Program News on AAC
March 2012 issue of the AT Program News is out and available on the
Catalyst Project website.
This new issue features articles on iPads
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Webinar 2012: GMU01:
Practical uses for Mobile
Technologies in the Workplace-Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 1:00-2:30p.m.
year, Korey Singleton, with the George Mason University Assistive
Technology Initiative (ATI) highlighted the built-in accessibility
features of mobile technologies.
This year Korey builds on this
presentation by evaluating the practical applications of mobile
technology devices to support individuals with disabilities in the
workplace, in education, and at home. This session will
compare/contrast the usability of off-the-shelf mobile devices and
apps as well as examine the use of mobile devices in comparison to
other market-specific mobile tools that are designed for certain
populations of individuals with disabilities.
The session will
include brief demonstrations of mobile apps and product comparisons.
For more information on this webinar and to register for the
session, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html.
information on past WebEd Webinar's is available at
AT Program New Directors Call-Thursday, April 5, 2012, 3:00-4:00p.m.
New Directors call takes place every other month.
This upcoming call
will feature information about Quality Services and Indicators for
statewide AT programs. You don't need to be a new director to
To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code:
AT "Tips" for Your Program Marketing
you have some AT Tips that you would be willing to share with other
statewide AT programs
The Catalyst Project has had a request to
compile AT Tips that all programs could then disseminate regularly
(weekly, monthly) to their audiences.
To begin the collection, we
are seeking "tips" in three areas:
Childhood, and Aging.
Please send your AT tips to Paul Galonsky at
Once they are compiled, you will be able to download them from the
Grantees Only section of our website and use them in your marketing
to your audiences.
We are seeking text based tips; our hats are off
to INDATA for providing weekly video tips via its podcasts at:
on Quality Indicators for Device
Demonstration-Thursday, April 12, 2012, 3:00-4:00pm Eastern
teleconference will focus on providing quality
device demonstration services in your state.
Jamie Hayhurst (West
Virginia), Kevin R. Wright and Sarah Mak (Tennessee), will lead the
discussion and talk about how they work to ensure high quality
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for
Indicators for Device Loan Teleconference - March 15, 2012
teleconference discussed best practices and resources that can help
your program in providing device loan services in your state. Carol
Girt (Indiana) and Lynette Strode (Illinois) led the discussion and
The MP3 and PowerPoint can be found at
The Quality Indicators can be found at
Training: Funding of AT through Special Education Programs Thursday,
2:00 to 3:45 p.m. Eastern
Hager, with the National Disability Rights Network, will be
This session has been approved for 1.5 hours of
continuing legal education (CLE) credits through the State of
Louisiana (check your state rules for reciprocity).
registration fee per phone line (covers two CLE certificates; $10 per
CLE after that).
To register, visit
, or you can obtain the registration form through Lynn Urquhart at
Save the date for other Teleconferences/Training in this series:
Letters of Medical Justification
Turning a No to a Yes:
Overcoming Medicaid's Most Common
Reasons for Saying No
Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference, October
You Know Series
Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference will once
again be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin, TX.
begins for the Conference, please share your thoughts on potential
Contact either Diana (email@example.com)
or Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like handouts from the 2011 conference, contact either
or Jim (email@example.com).
postings are now available at
Coming soon: National AT Advocacy Project's Resources Can
Support Your AT Advocacy.
FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Work Group Forming – Data Collection for AFP and Telework Loan
RESNA Catalyst Project is in process of forming a new Work Group that
will focus on collecting additional data elements for AFP and
If you are interested in joining this group
please contact Jason Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Series – Application Red Flags:
Credit Scores and How to Address them in an Application–Wednesday,
2012, 2:00-3:00p.m. Eastern
Catalyst Project is pleased to sponsor this first in a series of
conference calls on Application Red Flags in Financial Loan Programs.
Milissa Gofourth from Oklahoma and Cheryl Fatnassi from Vermont will
discuss how their programs address the red flag issue of low credit
scores, and other credit report problems.
The call in number is
1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80573760#.
This call will be
recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for future
Series – Asset Development:
Literacy Curricula for your Loan Program–
Wednesday, May 30th
2012, 2:00-3:00p.m. Eastern
Kessler and Lorna Moore from Kansas and Ferol Smith from
Massachusetts will present this second call in the Asset Development
teleconference series, focusing on how each program incorporates
financial literacy curricula into their respective programs.
call in number is 1-800-351-6810, and the pass code is 80573760#.
This call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website
for future reference.
Series – What's New with Asset Development – March
Foley, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID)
discussed what his organization has been doing around the current
state of Asset Development for People with Disabilities.
was the first in a series of conference calls on Asset Development in
Financial Loan Programs.
When the recording is available, this call
will be posted on the RESNA Catalyst website for future reference.
Indicators for Loan Programs Conference Call – March 27th
Best Practices Work Group developed a publication on Quality
Indicators for AFP and Telework.
A conference call based on this
document focused on how to incorporate Best Practices into your own
The publication on Quality Indicators is available at
recording of this call will be made available on the RESNA Catalyst
Publication: AFP and Telework Data Reports
RESNA Catalyst Project has released two comprehensive data reports:
one for the Alternative Financing Programs, and another for the
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 these have
been sent to all programs, and more hard copies are available upon
Please contact Jason Luciano (email@example.com)
to ask for these.
These are also available on the RESNA Catalyst
Guide on Toll-Free Numbers for Video Relay Service (VRS) & IP
video in American Sign Language describes new Federal Communication
Commission (FCC) rules on the use of local telephone numbers for VRS
and IP Relay so people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing have access
to toll-free telephone numbers. For more information about the FCC's
ten-digit numbering requirements, read the consumer guides for
call handling procedures
Fund To Award $33 Million in Grants
March, the Daniels Fund awarded nonprofit organizations in Colorado,
New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming $7 million in grants for programs that
enhance educational opportunities for youth and those providing
services for the homeless and disadvantaged.
The Daniels Fund will
award a projected $33 million in grants to nonprofits in 2012.
Funding areas include Disabilities.
For more information, visit
AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
launched 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.