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2016 RESNA Catalyst Project Annual Conference for Statewide Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs and Alternative Financing Programs (AFP)

July 11-12, 2016
Arlington, VA

Monday, July 11, 2016

7:30 AM -  Registration Open
Resource table available for SGAT and AFP staff to share their materials.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM  Welcome and Opening Session:  Promoting Access to Assistive Technology
Presenters: Andrew Winnegar & Helen MacNabb, Co-Directors, RESNA Catalyst Project, John Wren, Deputy Administrator, Center for Integrated Programs, ACL/HHS (invited)
Summary: This opening welcome session lays the groundwork for the importance of access to assistive technology and services for people with disabilities. 
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee/Tea Break  
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM  The Role of Technology for Successful "Aging-in-Community"
Presenter: Stephanie K. Firestone, Director, Livable Communities, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and 2015-2016 Health and Aging Policy Fellow
Summary: Communities must not only adapt to the rapid growth of their older adult population, but also to the extended longevity this population will enjoy. All sectors of the community—city planners, businesses, faith-based organizations, economic development corporations, neighborhood and other civic organizations, education systems and community centers—must integrate the needs and contributions of people throughout their lifespan into their work as a matter of course, not as an afterthought. This presentation will share successful approaches from around the country that are enabling residents to remain in their homes or communities as they age, with a special emphasis on the role that technology plays in facilitating this objective. Examples of technology innovations from around the country will illustrate this connection and help participants to think about new contexts for the work that they do. 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMNo Wrong Door Program and Assistive Technology
Presenters: Joseph Lugo, Project Officer, ACL/HHS and Laura Plummer, Project Director, Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program
Summary: This session will address how the AT Act Programs work with their State Aging networks: Agencies on Aging, ADRCs and AARPs. The vision of No Wrong Door is to provide older adults and adults with disabilities with comprehensive information and streamlined access to available long term supports through collaborative partnerships and shared technology. No Wrong Door partners within each community contribute their unique expertise, collaborate and share client-level data, with consent, through a secure system in order to streamline access to supports and maximize efficiencies. This approach is positioning to support an increasing population of older adults and individuals with disabilities in the environment of their choice.
12:30 PM - 1:45 PMLunch working TBC         
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMAssistance Technology and Aging Decision Tree Meeting hosted by Georgia Tools for Life
Presenters: Liz Persaud, Training and O?utreach Coordinator, Tools for Life, GA AT Act Program, Rob Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program Manager, ACL/HHS, Ben Jacobs, Accommodations Specialist, Tools for Life
Summary: Aging is rarely easy and with it comes many questions and decisions surrounding life and medical transitions:  Where will they live? What situation, technology and facility best meets their needs?   How can one increase care and with whom?   How do we pay for it all?   Families are not always in agreement, and out of town children can view things differently than the family in town. Yet there are many potential and real conflict points in the aging process.  Topics of discussion at this presentation include the aging process, conflict areas, and how to avoid or resolve them.  The Decision Tree of Aging is a helpful, comprehensive tool to aid families plan through the aging process.  Time for questions will be included.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Coffee/Tea Break     
3:15 PM-5:00 PMHow Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE) Implementation will Impact both Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) and Special Needs Financial Planning
Presenters: Chris Rodriguez, Senior Public Policy Advisor, National Disability Institute; Susan Tachau, Director, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation; Thomas J. Nurse, Personal Financial Advisors for Families with Special Needs, Manning & Nurse and James R. Sheldon, Esq., AT Funding Specialist & Supervisor of Work Incentives Counseling Programs, Neighborhood Legal Services 
Summary: The presenters will discuss how the ABLE Act will impact the work of financial planners and work incentives counselors, particularly as it relates to helping individuals with disabilities create and/or sustain a funding source for AT.  Session presenters will look at the new potential for braiding of private and public funding sources for AT and other services.  Using one or more scenarios, presenters will show how the ABLE Act can be used as a planning tool as individuals with disabilities and their families plan for a future of independent living and maximum financial independence without fear of losing cash benefits or publicly funded health insurance if the individual works, sets aside money for the future, or gets assistance from family members to support their independence.
6:30 PM-Opening Reception with RESNA/NCART
Welcome reception and preview of the Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

7:30 AM -Continental Breakfast/Networking
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMAssistive Technology and Accommodations in Post-Secondary Education, Supporting Successful Transition
Presenter: Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP, CEO, Assistive Technology for Education and Access4Employment
Summary: Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student's life and educational career. This session will inform participants of strategies and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Learn about the different assistive technology & accommodation options for students in high school and college.  Free and low-cost/ high quality AT options, self-advocacy and awareness skills, and the difference between high school and post-secondary laws will be discussed. Knowledge on how to seek accommodations in college including: when to start; what to ask for, who to contact, and what documentation colleges require. Learn the process for registering with the Disabilities Services Office. Information regarding the acquisition of accessible versions of textbooks will also be shared (as this differs from the high school process).  Assistive technology options will be demonstrated including literacy support, note taking support, executive function support, and support for sensory and physical disabilities.            
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMCoffee/Tea Break
10:15 AM - 11:45 AMTalentWorks: Helping Employers Make their eRecruiting Tools Accessible
Presenters: Corinne Weible, Deputy Project Director, Josh Christianson, Project Director, Joiwind Ronen, Lead Strategic Consultant (invited), Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
Summary: The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is an initiative to help employers, IT companies and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible workplace technology, and how to go about doing so. PEAT is managed by RESNA and funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  This session will discuss PEAT's research on inaccessible online job applications, as well as the new online TalentWorks tool they have developed to help employers make their online hiring and recruiting processes more accessible.
11:45 AM - 1:00 PMLunch
Guest Speaker: Donna Valente, Director, Quality of Life Grants, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Summary: The inaugural High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grant Program was introduced on July 10, 2015 by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the RESNA Catalyst Project. Five grants to AT Act State programs totaling $342,485 were awarded in 2016 in memory of Joey Wallace, Ph.D., who was the Director of the RESNA Catalyst Project and served as Technical Expert for the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grants program.  The High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grants will continue with the next competition to be announced in early July 2016.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMStrategies for Accessible Social Media for All  
Presenters: Lori Markland, MFA, Director of Communications for the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program
Summary: What you say on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube matters. Equally important, how you say what you say through social media will ensure that everyone can hear that message. Including accessibility practices in your social media initiatives is not only a courtesy to consumers with disabilities, but is a solid practice to ensure your message and content is heard across all platforms. This session will cover the “whys,” “hows,” and “what we are waiting on” in the world of making social media usable and accessible for all. 
2:00 PM-3:15 PMState Assistive Technology and Alternative Financing Updates —Highlights and Challenges
Presenters: All AT Act Programs
Summary: Attendees will have the opportunity to share their programs’ highlights and discuss challenges with their colleagues.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PMGeneral Closing Session & Wrap Up
Presenters: Helen MacNabb & Andrew Winnegar, Co-Directors, RESNA Catalyst Project, and Rob Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program Manager, ACL/HHS
Summary: A Wrap up of the RESNA Catalyst Project Annual Conference for AT Act Programs, and attendees will receive a pass to enter the RESNA/NCART Exhibit Hall. 
3:30 PM - 6:30 PMRESNA/NCART Conference Exhibit Hall Open
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to explore the RESNA/NCART Conference. Exhibit Hall interactive exhibits with free public hours—an opportunity to see the latest assistive technologies and network with manufactures, ATPs and Rehabilitation Engineers. View List of Exhibitors.