October 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Important 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.
ATIA and RESNA
Catalyst Partnership Coupon Code
The RESNA Catalyst Project announced last month the continuation
of its partnership 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. A new 2013 schedule will be posted in December. 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, email@example.com.
2013 AT & Employment Summit Planning
Meeting- Monday November 5, 2012, 3:00p.m.
This next planning meeting will include discussion on the latest
draft agenda for the upcoming AT & Employment Summit. Summit Planning Meeting Members can call
800-211-4163 and Pass code: 0521244#.
If you are interested in participating in the planning of this Summit,
please contact Paul Galonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistive Technology and the
Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations-Save
the Date: January 23, 2013 2p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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. If your program would like to
share information on how you are assisting employers with learning about AT and
pursuing accommodations, we would like to include you in our webinar planning. Contact Paul Galonsky, email@example.com for more
Project’s Director Represents Catalyst and AT Act Entities at Two Conferences
RESNA Catalyst Project’s Director Joey Wallace
attended the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) National
Conference in October. Joey staffed a RESNA Catalyst Project exhibit booth at
USBLN along with Raj Pagadala, RESNA Member and Rehabilitation Engineer. Joey demonstrated the developing Employment
and Business Web Portal while Raj showed AT workplace accommodations to
also attended the National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project’s Bridges to
Better Advocacy Conference in Austin, meeting with
representatives from the Protection and Advocacy Centers around the
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Statewide AT Steering Committee
Conference Call-Friday November 2,
2012, 1:00p.m Eastern Time
This call will
focus on finalizing the 2013 Statewide AT Program RESNA Catalyst Project
Technical Assistance Plan, as well begin to plan for the Statewide AT Project
Directors Meeting, which is scheduled May 6-9, 2013, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Webinar on AT Transition Policy POSTPONED
due to Hurricane Sandy
The third webinar in this series, “AT Transition Policy” scheduled for
October 31st, has been
postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. A new
date and registration option will be available shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Work Group Call-Thursday, November 15, 2012, 3:00p.m. Eastern Time
This Work Group call will focus on AT Employment Summit, as well
as AT for Employer Web Portal updates.
All are welcome to join the call.
To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.
Archived AT and
Transition Webinar Series- Part One on State Transition Teams and Part Two on
to view archived AT and Transition webinars.
Program New Directors Call-Thursday, October 11, 2012
Directors call takes place every other month. This call allowed new Directors
to share and discuss project highlights as well as project issues and
challenges. A MP3 recording of the call
is available on the RESNA Catalyst Project Website at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html.
New PAATs Website
The National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project for
Assistive Technology will soon have a new and updated website.Jim Sheldon, Project Director with the Project,
expects the website to roll out in November.
More details to follow in the next few weeks.
“AT Advocate” to resume as Electronic-Only Newsletter
This newsletter has been published periodically
since 1996 with hard copies made available to P&A; programs and AT projects
among others. Our most recent issue was
published and distributed in late 2010/early 2011. A new version of “Medicaid, AT and the Courts” will be published
on our website during October. This and
future newsletters will be published in an electronic format only.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Congratulations to our Newest Loan Program
RSA and RESNA send huge congratulations to the
new grantees funded under the latest round of loan program grant awards! In a VERY competitive process, Montana
and Idaho were awarded funds to expand their current programs, and California
was awarded funds to start a new program!
Welcome aboard, and we look forward to working with you!
Data Collection Work Group
Collection for AFP Work Group continues to meet to plan the best manner to
collect the information that tells the loan program stories. This group would like to hear from you! Please contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to
participate in this group.
Data Submission Conference Call - Tuesday, November
13th 1:00pm Eastern
The RESNA Catalyst Project will host a
conference call concerning data collection and submission for FY12. Diane Golden from ATAP and Ken Schellenberg
from RSA will be on the call to answer any questions on data collection and
submission. To access this call, dial 1-800-351-6810,
pass code 461 72 076#. This call will
be recorded and posted to the RESNA Catalyst website. For more information please contact Jason at email@example.com
*Please note this call replaces the regularly-scheduled Telework New
Teleconference Series - New Directors of Telework
Loan Programs - October 9th 2012 1:00pm Eastern time.
The latest installment of the Telework New
Directors conference call series was held Tuesday, October 9th at
1:00pm. This call served as an “open
forum” and a chance for all participants to engage in peer-to-peer
Program News-AT and Employment Newsletter
The October/November Edition of AT Program News
focuses on diverse strategies for promoting AT in the
workplace. Read the Newsletter online.
General Self-Help Resource Guide, Tools for
Horizon Loan Program Director, Ms. Melanie Quinton, along with FAAST, Inc.,
through support from the Florida Department of Education, Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation, just completed a comprehensive 52-page general
self-help resource guide designed to provide basic tools to find sound
financial resource information nationwide.
To access this guide visit: http://www.faast.org/sites/default/files/FinancialGuide.pdf.
is a new comprehensive
college directory with many resources useful to prospective students and
parents interested in advancing their education. This website enables individuals to search for an institution by
a number of criteria including location, subject, size, admissions, and
Free Consumer Reports Guide "Health Reform: Seven Things
You Need To Know Now"
An online PDF or free bulk copies of Consumer Reports
easy-to-understand guide to the Affordable Care Act are now available at https://secure.consumersunion.org/site/SPageServerpagename=crh_order_guide.
New AT Radio & Podcasts in
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/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.