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September 2014 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Announcements

Important RSA Deadlines for 2014
Below are important RSA deadlines for obligating and liquidating funds, as well as approval to extend financial and data reporting submission dates:

  • December 15, 2014 or sooner: Deadline for programs to send requests to RSA for approval to extend FY 2013 liquidation
  • December 15, 2014 or sooner: Deadline for programs to send requests to RSA for approval to extend submission dates for FY 2013 SF-425 financial reporting form
  • December 15, 2014 or sooner: Deadline for programs to send requests to RSA for approval to extend FY 2014 RSA-572 annual data collection for SGAT. This also applies to RSA-662 and Telework ICs.
  • December 31, 2014: Deadline for liquidation of FY12 funds (depending on how the end of the year falls) <
  • December 31, 2014: Deadline to mark FY 2013 SF-425 as final
  • December 31, 2014: Deadline to mark FY 2014 SF-425 as annual
If you have concerns or questions, please contact Robert Groenendaal with RSA at Robert.Groenendaal@ed.gov.

Upcoming Events

Two Continued Webinar Series for AT Act Programs: AT & Employment and AT & Education
The RESNA Catalyst Project continues to bring two separate webinar series to all AT Act Programs in the coming months. Below are descriptions for each series.

  • AT & Employment Series:
    This six part series presented by Ron Hager, National Disabilities Rights Network (NDRN), and Jim Sheldon, NLS, will offer 75 minute webinars on a host of AT and Employment related topics:
    • Webinar One: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Obtaining or Retaining Medicaid While Working: The Section 1619(b) and Medicaid Buy-In for Working People Programs- Archive at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html
    • Webinar Two: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Funding Work-Related Assistive Technology for the Transition-Aged Special Education Student- Archive at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html
    • Webinar Three: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: Using VR Agency to Fund Assistive Technology to Support a Work Goal- Archive at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html
    • Webinar Four: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, SSI’s Plan for Achieving Self Support: Using the PASS to Fund Assistive Technology to Support a Work Goal- Register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/277905543
    • Webinar Five: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, A Review of Lesser Known Funding Sources and Funding Strategies for Work-Related Assistive Technology- Register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/633795007
    • Webinar Six: (Recently added!) Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Funding of Work-Related Assistive Technology through Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers-Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/914991055

    Note: Each AT & Employment Webinar will start at 2p.m. Eastern Time and will run for 75 minutes. In addition, the RESNA Catalyst Project will provide live captioning. RESNA CEUs will be available for this series for a $16 fee.

  • AT & Education Series: This two part series presented by Janice Carson, Idaho Statewide AT Program, Ron Hager, NDRN, and Dave Edyburn, Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will offer two 60 minute webinars on assessments, AT, and education.
    • Webinar One: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, A Historical Background of Scholastic Assessments and the use of Assistive Technology in the United States
      Presenters: Janice Carson, Idaho Statewide AT Program, Ron Hager, National Disability Rights Network
      Archive at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html
    • Webinar Two: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Assistive Technology, Accessibility, and High-Stakes Assessments
      Presenter: Dave Edyburn, Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
      Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/345295727

    Note: Each AT & Education Webinar will start at 3p.m. Eastern Time and run for 60 minutes. In addition, the RESNA Catalyst Project will provide live captioning.

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS


Announcements

2015 Technical Assistance Needs Assessment
Thank you to all who were able to take a few moments to complete the RESNA Catalyst Project’s 2015 Statewide AT Program Technical Assistance Needs Assessment. We are in the process of gathering the results and developing a technical assistance plan to better serve you in 2015. Thanks again!

Center on Effective Rehabilitation Technology (CERT)-Round Two Survey
In 2010, the RESNA Catalyst Project began working with CERT to develop a survey for statewide AT programs designed to identify, document, and analyze models of rehabilitation and Assistive Technology service delivery shown to be effective in promoting successful employment outcomes. In the coming weeks, CERT will be conducting a second round of this survey to track any changes that occurred over time. An email with the survey link will go out on the SGAT listserv at that time. Please take a moment to complete this survey. If you have any questions regarding CERT or the survey, please contact Joey Wallace at jwallace@resna.org.

Upcoming Events

Deaf Hard of Hearing Work Group Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 3p.m. Eastern Time
This 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 now up and running to share information and resources. To participate in this LinkedIn Group, visit https://www.linkedin.com/groups/RESNA-Catalyst-Deaf-HOH-Workgroup-6746896/about. During the next call, a short “Telecoils 101” presentation will take place followed by group discussion. To participate in October, please dial 800-211-4163, and pass code 0521244#. If you have accessibility requests or have any questions, please contact Paul Galonsky, pgalonsky@resna.org.

Statewide AT Program New Directors Webinar/Call-Thursday, October 30th, 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act), as amended, statewide AT programs are responsible for planning, administering, overseeing, and carrying out responsibilities of the statewide AT program grant. This upcoming webinar/ call will feature information found in the third module of the New Director’s Curriculum (http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/mod3progmgt.html). In addition, Alan J. Knue, Program Director for the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program, will be on hand to share in his Program’s experiences developing the state plan. Finally, this call will allow time for new 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://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/573001863. If you have accessibility requests, please contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Recent Events

Device Demo and Loan Forum/Webinar-September 16, 2014
This forum/webinar featured John Effinger (MO) and Lynette Strode (IL), who presented on what is trending in the world of AT, new device demonstration and discussion, and tablet and app update and discussion. Look for more information soon on the next Forum/Webinar date and time.

PAAT PROGRAMS


Announcements

Neighborhood Legal Service (NLS) National AT Advocacy Project Update: Meeting Your Technical Assistance Needs; How You Can Help NLS

When to contact NLS for technical assistance:

  • For legal analysis and input as you sort out the merits of a case, prepare for a hearing, or work on/consider litigation.
  • For help putting together a justification for why a particular piece of equipment is medically necessary (or, for other funders, educationally or vocationally necessary).
  • In many cases, NLS can make available from our resource libraries: relevant hearing decisions; relevant briefs from other cases; medical/technology resources to support your case.
  • NLS’s staff with primary areas of expertise: Diana Straube, dstraube@nls.org (Medicaid, Medicare, insurance), Marge Gustas, mgustas@nls.org (Medicaid, Medicare, insurance), Ron Hager, ron.hager@ndrn.org (special education/section 504 for education, vocational rehabilitation), Jim Sheldon, jsheldon@nls.org (Medicaid, Medicare, insurance, and some of the lesser known AT funding sources, like the Social Security/SSI work incentives).
  • The most common interaction with the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) and other networks continues to be on Medicaid issues. For this reason, NLS has many more Medicaid-related resources than with any other topic.

How you can help NLS:

  • Send NLS your hearing decisions. Send NLS your briefs/pleadings from AT cases. NLS continues to have a resource library of primarily Medicaid documents from all over the country.
  • Send NLS any medical/technology articles that have proved helpful in your AT cases.
  • Send any of these documents to dstraube@nls.org.

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Announcements

Individual TA Calls with Loan Program Directors
The RESNA Catalyst Project, in conjunction with RSA, is setting 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.

Sustainability Plans Wanted!
The RESNA Catalyst Project is interested in seeing your sustainability plans! A request was brought forward from some new Loan Program directors, suggesting that sharing this information across programs would be very beneficial. If you have developed a sustainability plan, and are interested in sharing this resource with other programs, please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org. The RESNA Catalyst Project will be using these as references for an upcoming call/webinar on this topic.

Recent Events

Loan Directors New Directors Series – September 25, 2014
The final in the series of Loan Program New Directors series was held on September 25, 2014. The discussion focused on Board of Director Development and Working with a board. This call was recorded and the materials and recording are located on the RESNA Catalyst Website at http://resnaprojects.org/documents/queries/AFPgetDocsByKeyword.php‌keyword=Boards.

Upcoming Events

New AFP Grantee Call – October 16, 2014, 4:00p.m. Eastern
The next monthly call bringing together the new AFP grantees will be held October 16th at 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 – October 28, 2014, 3:00p.m. Eastern
RESNA Catalyst Project Director, Joey Wallace, will again host an all Loan Program Directors to the Loan Program Directors Forum on October 28th. Much like the successful forums for statewide program directors, 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 in at 1-800-351-6810 with pass code 46172076#.

OTHER RESOURCES


Product Spotlight: Evermind
According to their website, Evermind provides peace of mind to those who live alone, or who need extra support, and the people who care about them by detecting when electrical appliances are switched on and off. Evermind includes three sensors, which gives one the ability to monitor up to
three appliances. The connection to the Evermind network is established through built-in wireless Internet. Read the entire article and video at:
http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/community/evermind.html.

Product Spotlight: eSSENTIAL Accessibility™
eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ is an innovative way of providing people with disabilities the tools they need to connect via the Web. People who cannot browse the web using conventional methods, due to conditions such as paralysis or cerebral palsy, can use the app to navigate completely hands free using tools like motion technology and voice-activated navigation. Download the app today at http://www.essentialaccessibility.com/.

Countdown to NDEAM 2014
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to raise awareness about employing people with disabilities and to celebrate their many and varied contributions to America's workforce. The campaign's theme this year was developed with suggestions from the public through an online dialogue. "I'm so pleased with the result," writes Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez in her blog (Work in Progress), "because those three words--expect, employ, empower--clearly convey that advancing disability employment is about more than any singular thing. Rather, it’s about creating a cycle of inclusion." Click here for NDEAM resources and tools, including NDEAM posters in English and Spanish. For more information and employer resources, visit www.AskEARN.org.

Access Board's Animations Available for Download
The U.S. Access Board's new animations illustrating how wheelchair users navigate the built environment are now available for download. Save your own copy of "Wheelchair Maneuvering," "Maneuvering at Doors," "Accessible Toilet Rooms," or "Accessible Bathing Facilities" with or without captions. Visit the website at http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standards/animations.
Source: Mid Atlantic ADA Center

EnableMart’s fall 2014 Special Education Catalog
EnableMart’s fall 2014 Special Education Catalog is now available with the latest in speech, learning, and assistive technology products. To view the Catalog, visit https://www.enablemart.com/catalog-request/‌utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm;_medium=email&utm;_campaign=EM%202014%20Special%20Ed%20Catalog%20(1)&utm;_content=&spMailingID;=21499366&spUserID;=ODE1OTY3MzI4MDAS1&spJobID;=401520033&spReportId;=NDAxNTIwMDMzS0.

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 Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), U.S. Department of Education (RSA/ED) 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.