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May 2015 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Announcements

RESNA Catalyst Project and ATIA Webinars for 2015
The RESNA Catalyst Project continues its partnership with ATIA to offer live and archived webinars to all AT Act Entities!  A total of 650 seats will be available through September 2015.  The webinar subscription code is 15PDRESNA. This is referred to as the “Discount Code” in the online registration form and is the same for all registrations. The discount code must be used during the webinar and conference recording registration process to ensure the system does not charge any additional fees. Multiple attendees and multiple webinars can be registered during one registration transaction.  However, each person for each webinar and conference recording counts as one registration. To access the online registration process visit:www.atia.org/webinarregistration. Online directories of Live Broadcast and Archived Recording webinars are available at:www.atia.org/webinars. Each listing includes full details of the webinar and an option to register.

Upcoming Events

RESNA Annual Conference - June 10-14, 2015
The annual RESNA conference (not the SGAT or AFP/Re-Use conferences), June 10-14, 2015, in Denver, Colorado,  is a unique, multi-disciplinary gathering of assistive technology professionals from around the world.  No other assistive technology conference connects professionals from across so many different AT and professional specialties. Whether you specialize in seating and mobility, communication, computer access, universal design, or new technologies -RESNA is the place where connections are made and conversations happen!  To learn more and register, visit http://www.resna.org/news-events/conference-news/resna-2015-conference-will-feature-hot-trends-assistive-technology.

2015 ATAP Conference - July 13-15, 2015
This year’s SGAT program conference is being sponsored by ATAP, and will be atthe Hamilton Crowne Plaza, in Washington, DC.  For more information and to register, visit the ATAP Conference registration link is at http://www.ataporg.org/ConferenceRegistration.aspx.

2015 AFP and Reuse Conference - August 31, and September 1, 2015
The RESNA Catalyst Project is very pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Pass It On Center, will host an Alternative Financing and Reuse Programs Conference inWashington, DC, August 31 and September 1, 2015.  The Conference will be held at theLiaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, DC.  The Conference agenda is being finalized, and more information will be coming soon.  Registration is free, and can be accessed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-alternative-financing-and-re-use-conference-registration-16220135863.  Register today today and see you in August!   

Recent Events

Payment Management System Webinar, Monday, May 4, 2015
The Payment Management System (PMS) provides awarding HHS Agencies and Grant recipients the tools to manage grant payment requests and disbursement reporting activities.  This webinar featured information from Ms. Tonja Thomas of HHS who discussed the PMS application and navigating through the PMS system menus and processes.  An archive of this webinar and materials are available on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s Website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html.

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS


Announcements

Resources Available: Leveraging Funding with Vocational Rehabilitation
During the Statewide AT Directors Forum held on May 14, 2015, RESNA Catalyst Project Director Joey Wallace facilitated a discussion, which focused on service contracts, service provisions, and fee for services from Nebraska’s Assistive Technology Partnership and the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.  Resources from that call are now available on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s website at http://resnaprojects.org/documents/queries/getDocsByKeyword.php?org=statewide&keyword=Sustainability

New Jersey’s SGAT Director Offers Webinar for AccessGA
Curtis Edmonds, Managing Attorney with Disability Rights New Jersey, provided a webinar entitledCompeting Revolutions: How Technology Advancement and Disability Advocacy Can Coexist, for AccessGA on May 19, 2015.  During the webinar, Curtis provided a history of emerging trends in technology and accessibility to the present day, and how laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act have been applied to help make technology more accessible for everyone. For more information, visit http://accessit.gatech.edu/index.php.

AT Inventor Resource Guide
This listing of organizations for people inventing and developing Assistive Technology can now be found on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s Website at http://resnaprojects.org/documents/queries/getDocsByKeyword.php?org=statewide&keyword=%20of%20AT .

Upcoming Events

Statewide AT Program New Directors Webinar/Call - Quality Services and Indicators - Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern
Under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act), as amended, statewide AT Act programs must provide a variety of assistive technology services consistently and in a quality manner.  This upcoming webinar/ call will feature information on Quality Services and Indicators found in the fifth module of the New Director’s Curriculum (http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/mod5quality.html).  In addition, Amy Goldman, Co-Executive Director for Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology,will be on hand to share in her Program’s experiences using the Self-Assessment for Quality Indicators.  Finally, this call will allow time for New SGAT Directors to discuss issues they are currently facing. All New and Veteran Directors are welcome to join!  To join the webinar, you must first register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/752667752374900225Live Captioning will be provided.

Next Deaf Hard of Hearing Work Group
MOVED TO: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern

The RESNA Catalyst Project along with Laura Plummer, Project Director with Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech), will continue to hold the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Work Group on July 29, 2015. 
Everyone is using smartphones and tablets so what are the common apps used by consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing?  Speech to text? Video Relay? Alerting?  Assistive Listening? Captions? The next Deaf/HOH Work Group will include a brief presentation on the apps available. Please join us and be ready to also share what apps you have found useful for consumers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. To register visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3821767544821628417.  

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing 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 available to share information and resources. To participate in this LinkedIn Group, visit https://www.linkedin.com/groups/RESNA-Catalyst-Deaf-HOH-Workgroup-6746896/about.

Recent Events

Statewide AT Directors Forum - Thursday, May 14, 2015
This 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. During the last AT Director’s Forum, Leslie Novacek and Desirae Vallier with Nebraska’s Assistive Technology Partnership along with Tammy Koger from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program, discussed contracting with their state’s vocational rehabilitation programs and what makes their partnerships successful.  Look for details on the next Forum soon. 

PAAT PROGRAMS


Announcements

National AT Advocacy Project presents at New York’s Vision Institute, Sponsored by State Commission for the Blind
On May 21, 2015, James R. Sheldon, National AT Advocacy Project  presented “Funding of AT to Support Work and Independence: Looking at Non-Traditional Funding Sources and Funding Strategies to Obtain AT.”  The presentation was attended by 34 persons.  This scenario-based session looked at a range of AT devices needed to support the continued work of a self-employed writer and editor who is legally blind.  It then discussed a range of funding sources/strategies, other than that state vocational rehabilitation agency, to fund or partially fund the AT.

If attending the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Annual Meeting and Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 1-4, 2015, join us for one or more AT-related sessions!
As this goes out, some of our readers may be getting ready to travel to this event.  Please consider attending one or more of the following sessions:

  • Monday, June 1, 2015 (a full-day “Transition” institute) - will touch on transition requirements in IDEA and vocational rehabilitation law and regulations; some innovative approaches to use of AT in employment; focus on SSI work incentives for youth; and address how AT can be funded to support a work goal. 
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 8:30 to 10:00 - “Meeting the AT Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Very Young Children:  Looking to Medicaid and IDEA for Funding.”  Speakers:  Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal, National AT Advocacy Project; Ron Hager, NDRN.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 3:30 to 5:00 - “Medicaid Hearings and AT:  What’s In Your Toolkit?”  Speakers:  Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal and James R. Sheldon, Supervising Attorney, National AT Advocacy Project, Buffalo, NY
  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 - “Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No to AT Funding Requests:  Changing a No to a Yes.”  Speakers:  Marge Gustas, Staff Paralegal and James R. Sheldon, Supervising Attorney, National AT Advocacy Project.

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Announcements

Save the Date! Alternative Financing Programs and Reuse Conference, August 31-September 1, 2015
The RESNA Catalyst Project is very pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Pass It On Center, will host an Alternative Financing and Reuse Programs Conference in Washington, DC, August 31st to Sept 1, 2015.  The Conference will be held at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, DC.  The Conference agenda is being finalized, and more information will be coming soon.  Watch your inboxes for upcoming information on this exciting conference! 

Individual TA Calls with Loan Program Directors
The RESNA Catalyst Project, in conjunction with ACL, is continuing to set up individual calls for loan program directors to discuss program needs.  These are short, usually lasting approximately 30 minutes.  Keep an eye out for contact from Jason Luciano to schedule a time.

Revisions to the Quality Indicators Manual
The RESNA Catalyst Project will be convening a work group to work on updates and revisions to the 2012 Quality Indicators Manual.  If you are interested in joining this work group, please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org

Recent Events

Loan Directors Open Forum Call - May 19, 2015
RESNA Catalyst Project Director, Joey Wallace hosted an all Loan Program Directors Forum in May.  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.  Look for details on the next Loan Program Directors Program soon!

New Grantee Call - May 21, 2015
This monthly call bringing together new AFP grantees was held May 21, 2015, 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.

Upcoming Events

New Grantee Call - June 18, 2015, 4-5:00p.m. Eastern
The next monthly call bringing together the new AFP grantees will be June 18, 2015, 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.

Loan Directors Open Forum Call - June 16, 2015, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern
RESNA Catalyst Project Director, Joey Wallace will host an all Loan Program Directors Forum in May.  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#.

Credit Builders Alliance Webinar - June 25, 2015, 2:00p.m. Eastern
The RESNA Catalyst Project will be hosting a webinar in which the Credit Builder’s Alliance (CBA) will present on the benefits of partnering your Loan Program to best meet the needs of your applicants.  CBA representatives will be able to discuss the services offered and how they can work with you on bettering your program.  Please join us for this exciting and informative event.  Look for a webinar registration link soon! 

OTHER RESOURCES

AT&T's & RESNA's Connect Ability Challenge
AT&T has partnered with NYU and RESNA to design a technology contest titled “Connect Ability Challenge”.  AT&T will be awarding $100k in prizes to individual developers and small business that deliver software or apps to the Challenge review board before June 24, 2015.  The prize money will be given in honor of the ADA 25th Anniversary.  To learn more about the Challenge, visithttp://connectability.challengepost.com/ . 

Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities
Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities.  Google is committing USD 20 million in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.  Ideas will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit whenever you are ready.  Ideas will be accepted until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.  For more information visit the link: g.co/OpenCallDisabilities.

2015 Theme Announced for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month
"My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy announced the official theme for the October observance. NDEAM is a nationwide effort that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities.  For more information, visit: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20150853.htm.  

PEAT Archived Webinar Available: "Assessing the Accessibility of Your Workplace Technology-A TechCheck Walkthrough"
Last month PEAT offered a webinar titled "Assessing the Accessibility of Your Workplace Technology-A TechCheck Walkthrough." An archived copy of the webinar is now available on the PEATworks.org website at http://www.peatworks.org/webinars/2015/04/techcheck-walkthrough.  If you have not done so already and wish to receive PEAT updates, including announcements about future webinars, events and other activities, please join our distribution list at www.PEATworks.org/contact.

Older Americans Act 50th Anniversary Materials Now Available
The Administration for Community Living has published outreach materials to support communities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) this July. The observance theme, “Get into the Act: Aging Well Since 1965,” celebrates the evolution of the Act and honors the many achievements made possible by OAA programs.

The available materials include infographics, articles, web badges and banners, sample social media, and more. To join ACL in recognizing this important milestone, please visithttp://www.acl.gov/oaa50.

AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
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/on-air/.  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.

Follow the RESNA Catalyst Project on Twitter today!@ResnaCatalyst
The RESNA Catalyst Project now has a Twitter feed on the homepage at www.resnaprojects.org.  Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.

Follow what is happening with the RESNA Catalyst’s Online Calendar
The RESNA Catalyst Project’s event calendar is on the homepage at www.resnaprojects.org.  This interactive calendar allows individuals to access information on upcoming events as well as visit recent ones. Most events reported in these Highlights Newsletters will now be a simple click away to download, register, and share!

Product Disclaimer

AT product information contained above is distributed by the RESNA Catalyst Project for informational purposes only.  Endorsement or recommendation is neither intended nor implied, and the RESNA Catalyst Project, RESNA, RESNA employees, collaborators, and partners take no responsibility for individual decisions, and shall bear no liability for any loss or damages resulting from the use of this information.

The RESNA Catalyst Project provides technical assistance to Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing Programs & Access to Telework Programs, and Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Programs. RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.

This newsletter is produced by the RESNA Catalyst Project under a grant funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ACL/HHS) through the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.  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.

Contact Information:  RESNA Catalyst Project, 1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1540, Arlington, VA  22209-1903; (703) 524-6686 (voice), (866) 342-6572 (voice), (703) 524-6630 (FAX), (703) 524-6639 (TTY).  Email:  catalyst@resna.org; Website:  http://www.resnaprojects.org.