March 2013 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Time is running out!
Register today for the RESNA
Catalyst Project’s Employment Summit and Two Project Director
Meetings in Bethesda, Maryland May 6-9, 2013
RESNA 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 RESNA 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. All three meetings are
open to all AT Act Entities!
Meeting Registration and or Hotel Booking. If
you have not already registered for the RESNA Meeting, or need the
registration form for any of the meetings, please contact Paul
to receive via email. Book
your hotel room before April 4, 2013,
to avoid additional charges
you in Bethesda next month!
and RESNA Catalyst Webinar Coupon Code
RESNA Catalyst Project continues to partner with the Assistive
Technology Industries Association (ATIA), to offer live and archived
webinars to all AT Act Entities. It’s easy to register online
with for Live Broadcasts or Archives using coupon code CATPR13.
There are 45+ recordings available in the Archives portfolio.
Additionally, individual states may purchase a subscription for
additional seats directly from ATIA.
For more details on the
program, including the new Catalyst Webinar Subscription option for
sister agencies not covered under the AT Act Entities access
criteria, go to: www.atia.org/catalystwebprogram,
or contact Joey Wallace, firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Employment Work Group Call, Thursday, April 18, 2013, 3-4:00 p.m.
AT for Employment Work Group call provides opportunities for
participants to get briefed on national updates related to AT for
Employment, as well as opportunities to share what is happening in
your state. To join this call, dial: 800-351-6810 Pass code:
Reminders and call agenda to follow as we get closer to
Now Open and Save the Date!
Three Upcoming RESNA Catalyst Project
webinar details and save the dates.
All webinars will have live
captioning, will be archived, are free,
and CEUs will be available for a $16 fee.
One-April 25, 2013, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern: Security
Screening and Traveling with Assistive Technology.
Catalyst Project is honored to sponsor this free webinar presented by
Jeremy Buzzell, formerly the Program Specialist responsible for AT
Act Programs at Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. the
Department of Education!
To register, visit:
Two-April 23, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m. Eastern:
Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology after High School:
Planning Strategies & Civil Rights.
register, visit www.adaconferences.org/RESNA.
Three-Save the date.
July 17, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m. Eastern:
Accessibility of Web
Information: Implications for how the Public and Private Sector
A Brain in the Palm of your Hand: Handhelds and Tablets as Cognitive
Aids for People with Brain Injury March 27, 2013
webinar was cosponsored by the
Veterans Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
the Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council, and the Nebraska
Assistive Technology Partnership.
An archive of this webinar will be
posted on the RESNA Catalyst Project website soon.
Act programs will be notified once an archive of the recording is
posted on the RESNA Catalyst Project Website.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
the Date: Statewide
AT Program New Directors Webinar/Call- May 23, 2013, 3-4:00p.m.
New Directors call takes place every other month. Under
the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act), as amended, statewide
AT programs must establish and maintain advisory councils to help
plan, implement, and evaluate activities. This upcoming
webinar/call will feature information on advisory councils, found in
the second module of the New Director’s Curriculum
This call will also allow time for new directors to discuss issues
they are currently facing.
new and veteran statewide AT directors are welcome to
your Webinar Seat Now at:
Assistive Technology Programs and State Vocational Rehabilitation
Agencies – Working Together for Success, March
Groenendaal and Brain Bard with RSA presented a webinar on state
vocational rehabilitation agency partnerships with RSA’s
assistive technology programs. The webinar featured case
studies describing how state vocational rehabilitation agencies have
partnered with statewide assistive technology programs.
recording of the webinar is available at
Forums Work Group – March 28th
Purchasing Forums Work Group met to discuss the purchasing forum and
continue to finalize access into the forum for all statewide AT
More information will continue to be disseminated though
the SGAT listserv as it becomes available.
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the Medicaid standing wheelchair case pending in Fifth Circuit Court
case involves Texas Medicaid’s policy of categorically denying
coverage of mobile standers (including standing wheelchairs), without
consideration of medical necessity.
The U.S. District court held
that this policy violates various federal Medicaid Act provisions and
is preempted by the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.
State’s appeal is now pending.
The following briefs are
available on our National AT Advocacy Project’s website at
of Texas Medicaid
Arc of the United States, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,
the National Disability Rights Network, the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive
Technology Society of North America, the Spina Bifida Association,
and the United Spinal Association) – Brief co-authored by
Diana Straube and Jim Sheldon through NY PAAT program; focuses on
the medical benefits of therapeutic standing as achieved through the
of Amicus Curiae (Constitutional Accountability Center) –
Brief focuses on the use of constitution’s Supremacy Clause as
a means of enforcing Medicaid Act provisions.
scheduled date for arguments at this time.
Training Offered at the National Disability Rights Network
Conference, June 3-6, 2013, San Antonio, Texas
more information or to register for conference, see
(referenced on page as NDRN Annual Meeting) Sessions provided:
or Updated Publications
of a Medicaid Assistive Technology Case: From Fair Hearing to State
Court Judicial Review
6/3/13 Institute) Presenters:
Diana M. Straube & James R.
Sheldon, National AT Advocacy Project; Marge Gustas, NY PAAT
Project; and Jennifer Giesen, Minnesota P&A; Project
the Legal Issues Presented by Medicaid Waivers and Medicaid Managed
June 5, 2013, 10:30 to noon) Presenters:
Diana M. Straube & Marge Gustas
Simulated Interview and Simulated Case Review
June 5, 2013, 3:30 to 5:00) – using AT-related case scenario
Diana M. Straube and James R. Sheldon, National AT
Advocacy Project; Marge Gustas, NY PAAT Project; Edward Myers,
Arizona Center for Disability Law; and Ron Hager, NDRN
AT to Promote Independent Living:
Brainstorming on How to Fund It
June 6, 1:30 to 3:00) Presenters:
Diana M. Straube and James R.
Sheldon, National AT Advocacy Project; Edward Myers, Arizona Center
for Disability Law
Work, Assistive Technology, and State
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies -- The VR Agency’s
Obligation to Fund AT to Support Employment Preparation
This 44-page publication fully updates and replaces a similar
publication done by Ron Hager in 1999 when he worked with
Neighborhood Legal Service (Ron continues to work with us through the
National Disability Rights Network with a focus on AT-related special
education and vocational rehabilitation issues).
This is part of
our Funding of AT manual series (see
FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
THE DATE! – AFP Director Meeting-
RESNA Catalyst Project is sponsoring a one day AFP Director Meeting
in Bethesda, MD.
This will be the day before the RESNA Catalyst
project Employment Summit for AT Act funded programs.
information under Project Wide News to register for this meeting.
Series Schedule for 2013
spoken – and we’ve listened!
Based on your needs
assessment and feedback you’ve given us at the RESNA Catalyst
Project, we have created a draft teleconference schedule for 2013.
Subject to change:
2pm – Preparing for RSA Review
2pm – Collaborating with other AT Act Programs
2pm – Needs Assessment for 2014
Teleconference for AFPs – April 16th
Sustainability has been an ongoing concern for all programs and
especially for AFPs and Access to Telework programs.
installment of our Loan Program Teleconference series, speakers will
talk about their own strategies to sustain programs in perpetuity.
To join this call please call 1-800-351-6810 with pass code
Literacy Part I - March 19th
This teleconference introduced loan program directors and staff
to financial literacy as an option for loan programs.
from Washington spoke about how financial literacy training has been
successfully incorporated into AFP and other loan programs, and how
this can strengthen the integrity and portfolio of a program.
call was recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website at
Work Group Call – March 12th
Data Work Group held its monthly meeting to discuss and develop
recommendations for changes to the MIS 662.
To join this work group
please contact Jason Luciano at email@example.com
to FY 2013 RFA AgrAbility and Youth Farm Safety
Funding Opportunity Page:
page includes links to the request for applications (RFA), the NIFA
Application Guide, the application package, and
abstracts of funded projects.
This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to
the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.
This page links to the application instructions and the application
Southwest Conference on Disability
2013 Southwest Conference on Disability Call for Papers is now
open! The conference, held October 8-11, 2013 during the
forty-first International Balloon Fiesta, is accepting proposals on
the following themes:
Rehabilitation Act at 40: Promises Kept, Promises Still to Keep
Technology: Opening the Door for People with Disabilities
Community, Business and Government Collaborate, People with
Health for Women with Disabilities
A Family Affair Across the Lifespan
more information on the conference themes or to submit a proposal,
visit the conference website at http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/.
AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
has launched an internet
broadcasts 24/7 and includes a wide variety of AT programs.
Programs include INDATA’s two podcasts as well as various AT
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.