This Issue of Highlights…
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Transition to the
Community Work Group Call November 9, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
The Work Group will discuss results from the AT Transition Work
Group survey and determine how best to proceed as a group in 2012. There is
still time to respond to the survey if you have not done so already! You can
respond to this survey on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/transitionworkgroup.
To connect to the call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076#. Transcripts
and MP3 files from previous calls are available at the Transition Wiki Site at:
AT for Employment Work Group Call November 17, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
Group will be briefed on the recent USBLN Dialog Meeting and the Disability
Employment Initiative Training webinar. To join the call, dial 800/351-6810,
pass code 46172076#.
Check out the new "hub" web page devoted to AT and Employment at www.resnaprojects.org. The hub has the MP3
recording of previous calls. If you have resources that you wish to share on
this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at email@example.com.
Meeting with USBLN- October 19-20, 2011
from AT Act Entities from six states met with a small group of US Business
Leadership Network members and other stakeholders at the USBLN Annual
Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on October 19. The meeting began a
discussion on ways group members can work together to increase the use of AT
Project & ATIA Continued Partnership in 2012
Catalyst Project and ATIA will provide free access to the ATIA public for-fee
online education programs(to
project staff and regional partners only) of AT Act Entities
again in 2012. These online education programs include live webinars and
archived versions by national experts on a variety of AT topics across the spectrum. CEUs are available for
completion of these programs. More details available, including access
instructions, at: www.atia.org/catalystwebinars.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Statewide AT Program Data Submission
Monday, November 14, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
RSA, RESNA Catalyst and NISAT will host a conference call on Statewide
AT Program data submission requirements and timelines for fiscal year 2011.
Diane Golden will provide information about updates in the MIS, as well as
significant changes in the Statewide AT Act entities program data elements that
must be submitted by the end of the year. This will be a very interactive
session, allowing plenty of time for questions and answers. If you have
questions that you would like to have answered, please submit your questions in
advance (no later than Friday, November 11th) to Jason Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The call in information for the call is
1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 46 17 2076 #.
Statewide AT Act New Directors
Call-Thursday, December 1, 2011 3-4:00 PM Eastern
The New Directors call takes place every other month. This
upcoming call will feature information about Fiscal and Contract Management
issues as well as allow new directors to discuss issues they are currently
facing. To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076.
State AT Grant Programs Purchasing Work
The first meeting
for the statewide AT Act purchasing Work Group was held Monday, October 24th.
This Work Group will develop a forum for programs to share information about
the best prices and deals for AT devices and other purchases. These meetings
will be held approximately monthly. For more information please contact Jason
Luciano at email@example.com or at 508/615-7313.
for Revised State
The Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request was published in the
Federal Register on Monday,
October 17, 2011 for the
State Plan for Assistive Technology. Interested persons are invited to submit
comments on or before November
Bridges to Better Advocacy
Conference - November
1-3, 2011 Austin, Texas
This three-day conference will focus on AT funding and advocacy strategies. The
Preconference (Nov 1) will focus on Medicaid AT and Litigation. Highlights of
the two day conference (Nov 2 - 3) include: "Medicaid Challenges for
2012," "Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment: Recent Case
Law," "Mobility Equipment: A Physical Therapist's Perspective,"
"Confronting Challenges of Dual Eligibility in Medicaid DME Cases,"
and "Enforcing the Fair Housing Act to Obtain AT." Detailed agenda
available at: http://www.nls.org/2011%20conf%20agenda.pdf.
Continuing Legal Education
Credits will be available, including 1.5 credits for ethics.
Did You Know Series
These very short postings make
the reader aware of key information to support your AT advocacy. See http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.
Coming Soon: a series related to
AT and employment.
A New Distance Learning Initiative for 2012
In an effort to maximize our
resources and bring quality training to the PAATs, P&A; network, and State
AT Projects, we will commence this series in early 2012. Planning will soon
start to identify topics, speakers, and determine if modest registration fees
will be required to support the cost of what we expect to be a teleconference
format with continuing legal education credits and possible other credits
FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
AFP/Telework Data Submission Conference Call
Monday, November 14, 2011 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Eastern
Catalyst and NISAT will host a conference call on AFP/Telework data submission
requirements and timelines for fiscal year 2011. Diane Golden will provide
information about updates in the MIS, as well as minor changes in the AFP and
Telework program data elements that must be submitted by the end of the year.
This will be a very interactive session, allowing plenty of time for questions
and answers. If you have questions that you would like to have answered, please
submit your questions in advance (no later than Friday, November 11th)
to Jason Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org. The call-in information for
the call is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80573760#.
Directors/Lending Basics - Merged with Nov 14 Data Call
The AFP New
Directors Lending Basics scheduled conference call was postponed from October,
and will instead be rolled into the Data Submission call scheduled for November 14th at 1:00 pm Eastern.
Practices/Quality Indicators Work Group - October 27th
Practices Work Group completed the development of draft Quality Indicators for
AFPs and Telework Loan Programs. This document will be reviewed one more time
by the Work Group and then it will be shared with the AFP/Telework program
community as a whole for comments and suggestions. Keep an eye out for this important
New Publications: AFP and
Telework Data Reports
RESNA Catalyst is
compiling two reports on loan program data from FY 2010. One report will be on
AFP data and the other report will be on Telework data. These reports will
provide updated data and program profile information. More information will be
AT Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has weekly AT podcasts. To
view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/content.aspx?pId=492.
To learn more about INDATA's AT
podcasts, contact Wade Wingler at email@example.com.