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Telework Teleconferences

  • 2014
    • 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.
      Audio Recording (MP3)     PowerPoint (PPT)     New Board Member Orientation Checklist (RTF)
      Board Development Tips (RTF)     Board Self-Assessment Survey (RTF)
    • AT AFP Grant Competition Information Call - August 21, 2014
      The RESNA Catalyst project and Rob Groenendaal from RSA hosted a Q&A; call on the new AT AFP grant competition. The general guidelines were discussed and specific questions from interested parties were answered.
      MP3 Recording
    • Processes That Work: Loan Underwriting-February 28, 2014
      Tracy Beck, Director of Operations, and Susan Tachau, Executive Director from the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, presented in depth about the Pennsylvania Alternative Financing Program’s. Highlights included Pennsylvania’s successes with loan underwriting and present strategies for new directors to advance their own programs.
      Audio Recording (WMV)    PowerPoint (PPT)
  • 2013
    • Financial Literacy Part I - March 19, 2013
      This teleconference introduced loan program directors and staff to financial literacy as an option for loan programs. Kathy Gilman from Washington spoke about how financial literacy training has been successfully incorporated into AFP and other loan programs, and how this can strengthen the integrity and portfolio of a program.
  • 2012
    • Second AFP Grant Competition Information Call (29 August 2012) (MP3)
      Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal of RSA speak in a second conference call about the AFP Grant competition for 2012. They discuss grant application requirements and answer questions from participants.
    • 2012 AFP Grant Competition (15 August 2012) (MP3)
      Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA present information on and answer questions about the 2012 AFP grant competition.
    • Application Red Flags: Low Credit Scores and Other Credit Report Issues - May 9, 2012
      Cheryl Fatnassi from VT and Milissa Gofourth from OK talk about common red flags found in a loan applicant's credit report, and how programs can address them to help the applicant be successful. PowerPoint     MP3
    • Quality Indicators for Financial Loan Programs - March 27, 2012
      The RESNA Catalyst Project reviews and discusses the recently-developed Quality Indicators for Financial Loan Programs document.
      MP3     Quality Indicators for Alternative Financing and Telework Loan Programs document (word)
    • What's New in Asset Development - March 15, 2012
      Tom Foley, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability, presents on the current state of Asset Development and how to incorporate this into a financial loan program.
      MP3     Powerpoint
  • 2011

    General | New AFP Program Directors | New Telework Program Directors

    • New AFP Program Directors Conference Call Series:
      • The Application Review Process - June 22, 2011
        Continuing the series for new AFP directors, this conference call focuses on the Application Review Process. The discussion centers on tracing an application through a program's process, and the positives and "red flag" issues for which program personnel should watch.
      • Lending Basics Conference Call Series: Second call - May 25, 2011
        Continuing the series for new AFP directors, this conference call focused on customer service. The scope of "customer" was explored, as well the manner in which to provide excellent customer service. The recording of this call may be reviewed, and is available here in an MP3 format.
      • The History of the AT Act - March 22, 2011
        During this call of the New Directors of AFP series, Rob Groenendaal from RSA presents on the history of the federal legislation leading to the current AT Act. The several iterations of the legislation, the impact on states, and current trends are all discussed.
    • New Telework Program Directors Conference Call Series:
      • Findings of the Top Performers workgroup of the Telework Initiative in 2010 - May 24, 2011
        Wrapping up the series of conference calls for directors new to Telework Programs, the fourth scheduled call focused on the findings of the Top Performers workgroup of the Telework Initiative in 2010. The identified Keys to Success were reviewed in greater detail. The publication is listed in Word format, and the recording of this discussion is available for review in an MP3 format.
        MP3    Publication: Findings from Top Performers
      • Microdevelopment Organizations - April 5, 2011
        Kathy Gilman, from the Washington Access Fund, presents on microdevelopment and microenterprise organizations. The discussion includes how these groups can be utilized within a telework loan program.
        Handout   PowerPoint    MP3
      • The Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) - March 14, 2011
        During this installment of the Telework New Director Series, Rob Groenedaal from RSA and Kathy Gilman from the Washington Access Fund discuss the RSA Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) for Telework Programs. Questions and answers from the invited audience are included.
    • General Teleconferences
      • AFP/Telework Program Data Submission Teleconference - November 14, 2011
        This conference call provided information about submission requirements and timelines for FY 2011 data for AFP and Telework Loan Programs. Diane Golden explained the minor changes made to the data instrument and answered questions from participants.
        MP3     AFP Data Collection Instrument – SF 662 (word)     Telework Data Collection Instrument and Instructions – SF 687 (word)
      • Introducing the RESNA Catalyst Project New Website: Focus on AFP/Telework Resources - April 6, 2011
        The RESNA Catalyst Project rolls out its new Website ( via a series of two webinars. This Webinar highlights features of interest to financial loan programs. An external link goes to the archived webinar. Use CATWEB462011 as the recording ID, there is no Key required.
        Transcript    PowerPoint    Handout
      • Using Tax Benefits and Credits as a Catalyst for Economic Independence for People with Disabilities - Webinar Thursday February 17, 2011
        Johnette Hartnett, National Disability Institute; Don Dill, Internal Revenue Service; and Jackie Wilks-Weathers, Georgia Center for Financial Independence & Innovation discuss several tax services and initiatives that might benefit clients needing Assistive Technology.
        IRS PowerPoint    REI PowerPoint
  • 2010
    • Loan Closing and Servicing, Teleconference held January 12, 2010
      Cheryl Fatnassi of the Vermont AFP explains the processes that take place as a loan is closed, and serviced. She will explain key documents and steps including booking a loan, securing collateral and disbursing funds. Dealing with missed payments will also be addressed from the perspective of both a guarantor and direct lender.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6.4MB)    PowerPoint
  • 2009
    • Collections: The Bottom Line, Teleconference held December 8, 2009
      This was an opportunity to hear from a panel of AFP programs regarding collecting on defaulted loans. A representative of the collections industry, Chad Echols of Hamilton, Martens & Ballou of Rock Hill, South Carolina, provided an overview of the general process of collecting on past due account and the different approaches a lender or guarantor can take to pursuing collections, as well as some of the legal considerations to keep in mind. Milissa Gofourth of the Oklahoma AFP, and Kathy Gilman from Washington then explained the different processes they use to pursue debt, and advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (9MB)
      Collecting on Bad Debt: Lessons from AFP and Telework Programs - a resource document with links to useful information.
    • Demystifying Titles, Teleconference held November 20, 2009
      Todd Wysocki, president of Michigan Auto Title Services, joined us for this teleconference to discuss issues around titles to vehicles loan programs finance. Mr. Wysocki gave an overview of the process to secure a clean title to a vehicle. He also provided definitions to key terms around titles, and, during a lively question and answer, helped to several specific issues faced by programs.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (5 MB)
    • Loan Committees and the Approval Decision, Teleconference held October 14, 2009
      Christy Crowther of Virginia’s New Well Fund discussed the process of sending applications for review to the loan committee and how the loan review committee makes its decisions. She shared an application summary sheet as well as a guide to the underwriting standards used by the committee and explained how her program ensures that loan review committee members are able to render informed decisions about loan applications.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6.5 MB)
      1. Criteria Page (RTF)   2. Acceptable Example (PDF)   3. Unacceptable Example (PDF)   4. Borderline Example (PDF)

    • The Application Review Process, Teleconference held August 11, 2009
      Cheryl Fatnassi of the Vermont AFP covered the process of reviewing and confirming financial and personal data contained in loan applications. She guided participants through the basics of getting applications in ensuring their readiness for review.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (15MB)    Handout (RTF)

    • Strategic Planning Follow-Up Call, Teleconference held June 16, 2009
      This call allowed programs to regroup, recap, and discuss progress that they have made toward developing and implementing their strategic plans. Kathy Adams from Maine, and Basil Kessler from Kansas described steps had taken following the series. Joey Wallace will also review the NewWell Fund’s planning documents.
      Transcript (RTF Format)    MP3 (12 MB)
      Joey Wallace PPT    Kathy Adams PPT    ATLFA Strategic Plan Draft
      MPower Planning Questionnaire    MPower Worksheet
    • Customer Service is Our Goal, Teleconference held June 8, 2009
      The first in a series designed to enable new directors to quickly acclimate their positions. This session's focus is on leveraging outside sources of support for borrowers, and the role of AFPs in helping them develop financial stability. Several archetypes of borrowers, and possible solutions to their needs will be discussed.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (15MB)
    • The Language of Lending, Teleconference held February 24, 2009
      Cheryl Fatnassi of the Vermont AFP and Patti Lind of the Iowa AFP provide an overview of terms encountered through the life of a loan, from application, to underwriting, to servicing and collections.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (17 MB)
    • Developing the Strategic Plan, Teleconference held February 10, 2009
      The second in a three-part series on strategic planning focused on how to conduct an analysis, set direction, refine and eventually implement a strategic plan. PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (12 MB)
    • Preparing for Strategic Planning, Teleconference held January 13, 2009
      The first in a three-part series on strategic planning focused on the importance of planning, the potential benefits and concerns, as well as how to select a work group to engage in the process.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (13 MB)
  • 2008
    • AFP New Directors Quarterly Call: Overview of the AT Act, Teleconference held December 8, 2008
      NATTAP provides an overview of the AT Act, and the programs created under it. General discussion followed, covering among other things, fundraising efforts of AFPs.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (13 MB)
    • The Current Economic Environment- One Perspective, Teleconference held November 24, 2008
      Mark Pinsky from Opportunity Finance Network addresses the current economic climate and its impact on non-bank lenders, including AFPs and Telework Loan Programs. He discusses changes that likely will occur - such as increase risk of loss and tighter lending standards, and how these changes may affect the way loan programs operate.
      Transcript (RTF format) MP3 File (13 MB)
    • Credit Builders Alliance, Teleconference held April 23, 2008
      This teleconference features Vikki Franks and Emily Carpenter of the Credit Builders Alliance, an alternative credit reporting service, who discuss credit reports and credit scores. They share tools and strategies for building credit from CBA’s credit builder toolkit.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (21.8 MB)    Powerpoint
    • Marketing Borrower Support and Measuring Success, Teleconference held April 14, 2008
      This teleconference highlights how loan programs can market their services to their borrowers and potential applicants. Patti Lind facilitates group discussion to look at how to determine the impact of these services on your program.
      Transcript (RTF format) MP3 (14MB) Powerpoint
    • AFP Evaluation Study by Woodstock Institute, Teleconference held March 19, 2008
      Geoff Smith of the Woodstock Institute summarizes the independent evaluation report of the AFPs and discusses some of the findings in the study.
      PowerPoint    Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (15 MB)
    • Setting Up Borrower Support Services Internally, Teleconference held March 17, 2008
      Patti Lind facilitates the discussion around how a loan program can use in-house expertise to set up services for borrowers. Discussion includes looking for funding sources and staffing the services.
      Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 (13 MB)   Powerpoint
    • Setting Up Borrower Support Services with Partners, Teleconference held February 25, 2008
      Patti Lind facilitates the discussion around finding partners that offer support services and offers ways to partner with them. Participants describe some of the support services in their states and how borrowers could benefit from them.
      Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 (14 MB)   Powerpoint
    • Building Your Loan Program Board for the Future - Part Three: Building Partnerships and Planning for the Future, Teleconference held February 12, 2008
      Joey Wallace from the Virginia Loan Program offers suggestions for ways that loan program boards can draw on members' expertise to provide guidance and direction in key areas, including fund raising and marketing.
      PowerPoint Presentation   Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 File
    • What are Borrower Supports and Why are They Important?, Teleconference held January 28, 2008
      Loan programs often offer borrower supports, such as financial literacy training, credit counseling, and pre-loan qualifying to their customers. In this first call in the series, participants discuss the various supports that loan programs could offer and the benefits of these services to both the customers and the loan programs. Patti Lind from the Abilities Fund facilitates the discussion.
      PowerPoint Presentation   Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 File (14 MB)
    • Building Your Loan Program Board for the Future - Part Two: Organizational Structure of the Board, Teleconference held January 15, 2008
      Joey Wallace from the Virginia Loan Program provides information on orienting new board members, self assessment of board members and how to structure sub-committees and work groups to get loan program work conducted.
      PowerPoint Presentation (PPT format) Transcript (RTF format) MP3 File (13 MB)
  • 2007
    • Building Your Loan Program Board for the Future - Part One: Recruiting an Effective Board, Teleconference held December 11, 2007
      Joey Wallace from the Virginia Loan Program provides information on recruiting and orienting board members.
      PowerPoint Presentation (PPT format)   Transcript (RTF format)   MP3 File (14 MB)
    • Indirect Cost Rates, Teleconference held October 30, 2007
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (7.5 MB)
      RSA Questions & Answers (RTF format)
    • Marketing Toolkit for AT Loan Programs by Mary Virtue, August 2007 (RTF format)
      This toolkit summarizes information from the marketing series. It includes relevant worksheets and sample marketing plan.
    • Putting the Marketing Plan Together - July 18, 2007
      This session pulls all the elements together to assists loan programs develop a marketing plan. A sample plan is provided by the Pennsylvania AT Foundation. Mary Virtue walks through how to combine all the worksheets to develop the final marketing plan.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 (5.4 MB)
      Handouts (all RTF format)
    • Developing a Promotion Plan - June 5, 2007
      This session assists loan programs develop a promotion plan by looking at the various components of a plan. Mary Virtue provides worksheets to walk through the steps to determine strategies and activities.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6 MB)
      Handouts (all RTF format)
    • Identifying Target Markets and Analyzing Distribution Channels - May 14, 2007
      Mary Virtue from Cornerstone Consultants guides loan programs to help them identify their target markets and the appropriate distribution channels by which to reach their potential borrowers. Emphasis is place on the use of focus groups to gather information.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 (6 MB)
      Handouts (all RTF format)
    • Lessons Learned from Vehicle Loans - April 16, 2007
      This is a discussion by Jason Luciano from the Massachusetts AFP, Susan Tachau from the Pennsylvania AFP and Dave Matheis from the Kentucky AFP about the lessons they have learned about providing vehicle loans. The conversation, facilitated by Stan Provus, explores how a loan program decides to offer loans for the purchase of vehicles, what policies including those related to underwriting need to be in place, what special procedures should be followed for these types of loans and what to do if a loan has been written off and the vehicle repossessed.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 file
    • Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 007
      This teleconference provides an overview of the three research projects on telework and telecommuting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Researchers from each of the projects discuss their studies and findings to date. They also describe resources that they have produced that might be of interest to Telework loan programs.

      Presenters include: Richard Horne, ODEP and Jeremy Buzzell, RSA; Jane Anderson, Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education (MITE); Michael West, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Susan Kintner, The Workplace.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 file (9.5 MB)
    • Individual Development Accounts - Establishing an IDA - March 20, 2007
      Megan O'Neil from the World Institute on Disability (WID) and Abby Cooper with the Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation discuss the pros and cons of a loan program establishing its own IDA. They also address sources for match funds for the IDA and key organizational structures that need to be in place as well as critical partnerships that need to be fostered.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3     PowerPoint
    • Creating a Brand for Financial Loan Programs - March 6, 2007
      Mary Virtue from Cornerstone Consultants discusses how a brand can help build a market. She will go through steps to help brainstorm to create a brand and also explain how to protect a brand once developed.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 (6 MB)
      Agenda (RTF format)
      Process of Articulating a Brand Strategy (RTF format)

    • Individual Development Accounts - Partnering with Existing IDAs - February 20, 2007
      Megan O'Neil from the World Institute on Disability (WID) provides a thorough overview of individual development accounts (IDAs) - what they are, how they work, and what federal rules guide and limit IDAs. She gives guidance on how loan programs can partner with existing IDAs to blend funding sources so that people with disabilities can obtain the AT they need.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3    PowerPoint    Handout (RTF format)
    • Using the PASS for AT Loans - January 17, 2007
      Michael Dalto with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program and Jim Sheldon with Neighborhood Legal Services will provide an overview of SSI’s Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) program and how it works. This session will highlight how PASS funds can be used for monthly loan payments purchasing AT.
      Transcript (RTF format)    MP3 file (11 MB)    PowerPoint    Article (PDF format)
  • 2006
    • Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Loan Program - December 4, 2006
      Mary Virtue from Cornerstone Consultants focuses on what a marketing plan includes and how it helps loan programs increase the volume of loan applications.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 (7 MB)
      Pre-training questionnaire - Worksheets 1 (Marketing Goals) and Worksheet 2 (Key Influencers) (RTF format)
      Handout - Components of a Marketing Plan (RTF format)
    • Consumer Financial Literacy - Teleconference - November 14, 2006
      This presentation features curriculum and training materials developed by two state loan programs that assist consumers plan financially for purchasing assistive technology. Aimee Sterk, Leah March, and Adeline Metzler connected with the Michigan AFP present on “Building Your Financial Future,” a curriculum developed through a grant from the National Credit Union Foundation. Lisa Rouelle from Alpha One in Maine present on “Making Smart Choices,” a curriculum developed through a grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 File
      PowerPoint for Michigan   Handouts for Michigan (RTF format)   Handouts for Maine (RTF format)
    • Defining AT for Loan Programs, October 10, 2006
      This call provides an overview of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) dated September 7, 2006 that offers a framework for AFPs to help them determine if a particular device is assistive technology for the purposes of providing a financial loan. Jeremy Buzzell of RSA is the presenter.
      Transcript (RTF format)   MP3   Technical Assistance Circular (RTF format)
    • Elements of AFPs Policies and Procedures Manual - September 25, 2006
      Stan Provus analyzed the policies and procedures manual of many of the AFPs. During this conference call, Stan shares his findings with the loan programs. He identifies core elements for policy manuals and suggests some language for the policies. Manuals for two AFPs are featured. Tony Rice from the Maryland Loan program and Patti Lind from the Iowa Abilities Fund discuss their loan program policies. The accompanying publication, "Elements of Alternative Financing Programs Policies and Procedures Manuals" is available on the web.
      Transcript (RTF format)     MP3 file
    • Managing Your Loan Funds - August 3, 2006
      This call focuses on techniques to managing your funds including manual accounting and software based accounting. Patti Lind and Todd Weber of the Iowa Abilities Fund are the presenters.
      Transcript    MP3 file
    • Determining Financial Products - May 23, 2006
      This call focuses on helping loan programs evaluate their market, review traditional loan products, and look at some innovations in practice. Patti Lind of the Iowa Abilities Fund is the presenter.
    • Investment Policies Conference Call - May 18, 2006
      Stan Provus is the presenter for this conference call. He analyzed the investment policies of several AFPs and shares his findings with the loan programs. He identifies investment criteria and provided sample policy language. Jane Johnson from FAAST and Frances Pennell from WATF discussed the decisions that led to the development of their investment policies. The accompanying publication, "AFP Investment Policies," is available on the web.
    • Lender Agreements - February 14, 2006
      The conference call provided AFPs an opportunity to discuss major provisions that should be included in an agreement for a loan guarantee program. Presenter Stan Provus describes the various sections of an agreement and highlights some negotiating points and specific language that could be included in AFP lender agreements. The accompanying publication, "Alternative Financing Program Loan Agreements," is available on the web.