November 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
RESNA Catalyst Project 2013 Technical Assistance
RESNA Catalyst Project’s Statewide AT Act Program and Alternative Financing
Program technical assistance plans for 2013 are now available online for your
review at http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html. The RESNA Catalyst Project thanks all the
members of the Statewide and AFP Steering Committees for their assistance and
support in developing each plan. Thank
RESNA Catalyst Project Staff to Present at Two
effort to create greater awareness of the AT and employment outreach that all
the AT Act Entities do, Paul Galonsky will present at the 2012 National
Employment Conference (December 5-7) and at ATIA (January 30 - February 2,
2013). At the National Employment
Conference, the RESNA Catalyst Project along with RSA will present on the
publication entitled SMALL INVESTMENTS - BIG SAVINGS: A look at
how vocational rehabilitation agencies
save money by partnering with their statewide AT program. In addition, a presentation to discuss the RESNA Catalyst Project’s AT for
Employment initiative is scheduled at ATIA.
We are pleased to have Arlene Lugo from the Connecticut AT Act Program
as well as RESNA Member Rajesh Pagadala co- present at ATIA. Please come see us if you plan to attend
Exhibit Volunteers Needed for ATIA
If you are planning on attending ATIA this year, please consider
volunteering at the RESNA Catalyst Project’s exhibit booth. Please contact Paul Galonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
available. Your support is greatly
AT Program News Call for Content
edition of ATPN will highlight brainstorming AT for memory and
organization. Please send ideas or
submissions to email@example.com
by December 12th, 2012.
RESNA 2013 Conference Call for Presentations
conference is separate from the Project Directors Meetings and Employment
Summit scheduled for May 2013.
AT and AFP Programs are encouraged to submit presentation proposals to the
RESNA 2013 Conference. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the workshop and
instructional course proposal deadline for RESNA 2013 has been extended to
December 17, 2012.
The Conference is seeking proposals covering all areas of Assistive Technology,
including AAC, Job Accommodations, Seating & Mobility, Computer
Applications and Technology, Technology for Cognitive and Sensory Impairment,
Public Policy and Advocacy, and Outcomes Measurement. The RESNA 2013 general conference is June
22-24 in Bellevue, WA, on Seattle’s Eastside.
For more information, visit
RSA Deadlines for 2012
Below are important RSA deadlines for obligating and liquidating funds, as well
as approval to extend financial and data reporting submission dates:
September 30, 2012: Deadline for
obligation of FY11 funds
September 30, 2013: Deadline for
obligation of FY12 grant award
December 31, 2012: Deadline for
liquidation of FY11 funds (depending on how the end of the year falls)
December 31, 2013: Deadline for
liquidation of FY12 funds
December 15, 2012 or sooner: Deadline
for programs to send requests to RSA for approval to extend submission dates
for FY 2011 SF-425 financial reporting form and FY 2012 RSA-572 annual data
collection for SGAT. This also applies to RSA-662 and Telework
RSA-664 due date sometime in February
contact Rob Groenendaal, Robert.Groenendaal@ed.gov
or Brian Bard,
from RSA if you have specific concerns or questions.
The RESNA Catalyst Project is working with the Burton Blatt Institute at
Syracuse University on developing a survey for Statewide AT Programs and
identifying potential case studies from AFP Programs. The purpose is to measure program activities and successful
employment outcomes for people with disabilities. More details to follow in the next few months. To learn more, contact Joey Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date! Webinar: Assistive Devices
for D/deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Populations -January 9, 2013 3:00 to
4:00p.m. Eastern Time
The RESNA Catalyst Project will
host a webinar featuring Valeria Stafford-Mallis, from Alternative Communication Services. Ms. Stafford-Mallis will provide training on hearing
impairment devices, costs, new innovations, and resources. This webinar will be of
interest to all Statewide AT and Financing Loan programs. Look
for registration details to follow soon, and mark your calendars now!
Now Open! Webinar: Assistive
Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations-January 23,
2013 2:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The RESNA Catalyst Project, Southwest ADA Center, and ADA National
Network will present a webinar on how AT demonstrations, equipment loans, and
support and technical assistance from the ADA National Network may enhance an
interactive employee accommodation process.
To register, visit www.adaconferences.org/RESNA.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
AT and Transition Webinar Series- Part
Three on State AT Transition Policy December 13, 2012 3p.m. Eastern Time
This Webinar will focus
on activities related to policies on AT and Transition. Linda Jaco, Director with Oklahoma ABLE
Tech, and Kathy Hayfield, Director with Virginia Assistive Technology System
will present on their state AT and Transition Policies. Register online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/489643855.
Archived AT and Transition
Webinar Series- Part One on State Transition Teams and Part Two on Youth
to view archived AT and Transition webinars.
Work Group Call-Thursday, November 15, 2012
This Work Group call focused on national AT for Employment
updates, as well as updates from Work Group members. Work Group notes are available for your review at the RESNA
Catalyst Project’s website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/workgroup.html.
New Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., (NLS) Website
NLS’s new and updated website is now available. Please visit www.nls.org and
check out all the wonderful improvements and resources!
Success at the 16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy”
Conference October 23-25, 2012 in Austin, Texas
The preconference, focusing on standing wheelchairs
and pediatric wheelchairs, was attended by 35 persons with 45 attending our
traditional two-day conference. If you
would like copies of handouts from any of the sessions contact either Jim
Sheldon (email@example.com) or Diana
Straube (firstname.lastname@example.org). Selected handouts should appear on our
website in the near future.
Teleconference Training Series Draws National Attendance
New York’s Protection and Advocacy for Assistive
Technology (PAAT) Program is, along with the National AT Advocacy Project (a
RESNA Catalyst Project partner), housed at Neighborhood Legal Services in
Buffalo, NY with overlapping staff.
During November and stretching into early December, our PAAT and
National AT Advocacy Projects are delivering a four-part teleconference series
focused on Medicaid funding of AT and specialty equipment. In the past, 140 individuals registered for
at least one session, with 86 phone lines for our first session and 68 phone
lines for our second session. Counting
New York, we have had attendance from equipment suppliers in 17 states spread
throughout the continental U.S. If you
would like to learn more about these training sessions, contact either Jim
Sheldon (email@example.com) or Diana
State of Texas appeals Koenning v.
Suehs to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Appeals court expected to rule on whether Texas Medicaid program can bar
funding for standing wheelchairs.
In September we reported that the US District Court
for the Southern District of Texas, in Koenning
v. Suehs, held that the state’s Medicaid policy of categorically denying
coverage of mobile standers (including standing wheelchairs) , without
consideration of medical necessity, violates various federal Medicaid Act
provisions, including federal Medicaid policy, and is preempted by the U.S.
Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. In
late October, the Texas Medicaid program appealed the lower court decision and
it will now be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New
Orleans. Plaintiffs will continue to be
represented by Maureen O’Connell from the Southern Disability Law Center (a
former attorney with the Texas P&A; program, Disability Rights Texas). Anyone wishing to obtain copies of the
decision or the plaintiffs’ brief can contact Diana Straube (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND
TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
SAVE THE DATE! May 7th 2013 AFP Director’s Meeting
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. Be on the lookout for more information!
Final Call-Data Collection Work Group
Collection Work Group will be meeting to work on proposing changes for the next
revision of the MIS 662 instrument.
This group would like to hear from you!
Please contact Jason Luciano at email@example.com
if you want to participate in this group.
Teleconference Series-New Directors of Telework
Loan Programs - December 11th 2012 1:00p.m. Eastern Time
The last installment of
the Telework New Directors conference call series is scheduled for Tuesday,
December 9th at 1:00pm. This call will
summarize and wrap up the series and answer any questions from the Directors.
Data Collection Work Group - TBD
The Data Collection Work Group will be held
mid December, and we want to hear from you!
If you would like to join this group please contact Jason Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be on the lookout for a meeting
announcement on the AFP listserv.
Data Submission Conference Call - Tuesday, November
13th 1:00p.m. Eastern Time
The RESNA Catalyst Project hosted a conference
call concerning data collection and submission for FY12. Diane Golden from ATAP and Ken Schellenberg
from RSA were also on the call to answer any questions on data collection and
submission. This call was recorded and
posted on the RESNA Catalyst website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
AFP Steering Committee
Meeting - November 26th 2012 12:00p.m. Eastern Time
The AFP Steering
Committee met again and began working on the agenda for the AFP Directors
meeting, which will be held on May 7th 2013 in Bethesda, MD. The focus of this one-day event will be on
moving loan programs from good to great, and incorporating best practices into
every day operations. This agenda, when
finalized, will be sent out to all programs and posted on the RESNA Catalyst
Rights Guide for Veterans
The Southeast ADA Center and its Kentucky Affiliate, MLM Associates, have
created an employment rights guide for veterans with disabilities. The guide
includes practical information to help veterans with disabilities understand
their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You can access
the guide online at www.adasoutheast.org/publications/ada/Employment_Rights_Under_ADA_Vets.pdf. For more information about the Southeast ADA
Center and/or the ADA, contact the Southeast ADA Center at 404-541-9001
(voice/tty), the ADA National Network toll free at 1-800-949-4232 (voice/tty),
send an email with your request to email@example.com or visit www.ADAsoutheast.org.
"All about AIM" Resources
http://aim.cast.org/learn/accessiblemedia/allaboutaim is the AIM Center’s
link for their redesigned web site, which
features a new "All about AIM"
section for anyone who is new to accessible instructional materials.
New AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.