PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Dialog Meeting with USBLN - October 19, 2011
from AT Act Entities from six states will meet with a small group of US
Business Leadership Network members and other stakeholders at the USBLN
Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this October. The meeting
will facilitate a dialog on ways group members can work together to
increase the use of AT for employment. A summary and recommendations
will be shared with the AT and Employment Work Group at its November
meeting. For more information, contact Paul Galonsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition to the Community Work Group Call September 14, 2011
E. V. Sorensen from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
talked about the Money Follows the Person program and Medicaid as a
resource for people who need AT while living in facilities and
transitioning from them. Notes, transcripts, and MP3 file
from this call are available at the Transition Wiki Site at: http://attransition.wikispaces.com/.
The next Work Group call will be November 9th from 3:00- 4:00 Eastern.
AT for Employment Work Group Call September 15, 2011
Work Group discussed activities that they have conducted to increase
awareness, provide information via publications, and train specific
audiences, all related to increasing the use of AT in the
workplace. To access the call notes and MP3 file, visit the
RESNA Catalyst Project AT for Employment Hub at http://www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/index.html . The next Work Group Call will be November 17, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern.
If you have resources that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at email@example.com.
Archived WEBED Webinars
WEBED-GMU04: Data Collection (Overview) - Thursday, September 15, 2011 WEBED-ATIA05: Data Collection - Products and Services from ATIA Members - Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The final two WebEd webinars for FY 2011 were conducted in September. For archives of these webinars, or any of the WEBED- Webinars, go to
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Statewide AT Act New Directors Call-Thursday, October 6, 3-4:00 PM Eastern
New Directors call takes place every other month. This upcoming call
will feature information about Program Management issues as well as
other updates. To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code:
Performance Based Contracts Teleconference - September 22, 2011
Dornblut, Project Coordinator with Assistive Technology in New
Hampshire, described how his program uses Performance Based
Contracts (PBC) to set project goals with its contractors and ensures
that contractors perform as expected. The PowerPoint and MP3 file
for this call are available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/teleconferences.html.
The RESNA Catalyst Project would like to welcome two new statewide AT Act Directors; Anne Blackfield with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program and Veronica A. De Leon-Dowd with the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program. To reach Anne: 410/554-9245 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and to reach Veronica: 505/ 954-8589 or email@example.com. Welcome Anne and Veronica!
Time is Running out to Register for the 5th Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference!
November 1-3, 2011, Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, TX
This three-day conference will focus on AT funding and advocacy strategies. Registration form available at www.nls.org/Conference Flyer 2011.pdf.
November 1st Preconference (full day): "Medicaid, AT and Litigation"
(focus on state and federal court) (Speakers: Jane Perkins, National
Health Law Program, Jennifer Giesen, Minnesota P&A, Lew Golinker, AT
Law Center, Jim Sheldon and Diana Straube, National AT Advocacy
Project). Detailed agenda available at: http://www.nls.org/preconf 2011.pdf.
Two-Day Conference Highlights: "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 conf agenda.pdf.
Continuing Legal Education Credits will be available, including 1.5 credits for ethics.
Did You Know? Series
very short postings will not cover every possible issue on a topic;
rather, the intent is make the reader aware of key information to
support your AT advocacy.
To date we have done 16 postings, all available at http://www.nls.org/did you know.htm.
Coming Soon:"Home and Community Based Waivers and AT".
The "AT Advocate" Newsletter
longstanding publication of the National AT Advocacy Project is now
published three times per year. Our most recent newsletters and lead
2010, "Consumer Rights in the Medicaid Process: Understanding and
Protecting those Rights Should Ensure More Access to Assistive
Technology," available at http://www.nls.org/av/fall 10.pdf.
Up: "Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities"
(Spring-Summer 2011); "Funding of AT Through the Adoption and Foster
Care Systems" (Fall 2011).
New Distance Learning Initiative for
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 available.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Best Practices Workgroup
Best Practices Workgroup is continuing to expand! Monthly conference
calls are held with members of this group, with the focus on development
of Loan Program Quality Indicators. Come join us in the creation of
these statements and shaping the future of loan programs! If interested
please contact Jason Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telework New Director's Recap - to be scheduled
Telework New Director series will have a "recap" session for those
directors unable to participate in the series, or for those who have
started since that series was held through the spring and summer of
2011. All are welcome to participate, and scheduling information will be
available on the RESNA Catalyst website soon.
AFP/Telework Best Practice Institute - September 7-9, 2011
Best Practice Institute for Financial Loan Programs was conducted
September 7-9, 2011 at the Ed Roberts Campus Building in Berkeley,
California, hosted by the RESNA Catalyst Project. The first two
days were designed for all loan programs. A Telework Workshop was
conducted September 9. To see the meeting agenda, available
handouts, and list of participants, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
New AFP Program Directors Conference Call Series - Fourth call - September 28, 2011
conference call, continuing the series for new AFP directors and others
interested in Lending Basics, centered on marketing strategies for loan
programs. A discussion of different program's marketing plans and
approaches were included. A recording of the call will be available on the RESNA Catalyst website soon.
Grant Competition Webinar - October 7th 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Innovations for Poverty Action and the US Household Finance Initiative
will be hosting a grant application webinar on October 7, 2011 for
financial institutions and other organizations interested in submitting a
proposal for the Financial Products Innovation Fund. This webinar will
include an overview of the US Household Finance Initiative and the
research priorities of this grant competition, as well as a Q&A
session with USHFI Director Dr. Jonathan Zinman.
Please register in advance by going to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/495755046 . The full RFP and supporting documents can be found here: http://www.poverty-action.org/ushouseholdfinance/RFP. Proposals are due October 31, 2011.
New Publication: AFP and Telework Profiles
self-submitted compilation snapshot of AFP and Telework programs was
made available at the Best Practices Institute, and will be posted on
the RESNA Catalyst website in the near future.
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.
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under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. The
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