PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Transition to the Community Work Group Call- Wednesday, September 14, 2011-3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
E. V. Sorensen, from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will
talk 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. To connect to the call, dial
1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076#. Transcripts and MP3
files from previous calls are available at the Transition Wiki Site at: http://attransition.wikispaces.com/.
AT Transition Work Group Survey
The AT Transition Work Group Sub Committee is asking AT Transition Work Group Members to please take a moment to fill out a brief survey. The
information and feedback you provide about your interests regarding AT
Transition will be valuable for future Work Group direction and
You can respond to this survey on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/transitionworkgroup. Please respond by Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Thank you for your input!
AT for Employment Work Group Call - Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
will highlight practices that AT Act Programs have found to be most
effective to increase the use of AT in the workplace. If you have a
model/strategy that is working in your state, be prepared to share it
with the group on the 15th. The call in number is 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.
Check out the new "hub" web page devoted to AT and Employment at www.resnaprojects.org The
hub has the MP3 recording of the July 21 call. If you have resources
that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky
Two Upcoming WEBED Webinars
WEBED-GMU04: Data Collection (Overview) - Thursday, September 15, 2011: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
WEBED-ATIA05: Data Collection - Products and Services from ATIA Members - Wednesday, September 28, 2011: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
For more information about these webinars, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html.
To register for either of these webinars - go to www.atia.org/webedregistration.
For any of the WEBED- Webinar archived events, go to
Become an RSA Peer Reviewer
would like to encourage you to submit your resume to become a peer
reviewer for grant competitions. To become a peer reviewer, all
that is necessary is to send your resume to the following email address:
From there, your resume will be forwarded to the TRIM database where
competition managers throughout OSERS search for reviewers.
is interested in increasing the pool of nonfederal peer reviewers for
Statewide AT, AFP, and Telework program reviews. The most critical
component of this process is registering your DUNS number in the
Central Contractor database. Please consider becoming a nonfederal
peer reviewer. You can obtain a DUNS number at: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/companylookup.htm, then register it at: https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx.
Contact Brian Bard, email@example.com, 202-245-7345 if you need any assistance or further information.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Volunteers Needed for Catalyst Steering Committee - Statewide Programs Subgroup
you be interested in being a member of the RESNA Catalyst Project
Steering Committee - the Statewide AT program Subgroup? This group
provides input and guidance on the technical assistance that the
Catalyst Project offers. With the new fiscal year, we have a
vacancy on the Subgroup. Members are chosen based on geographic
location (east, west, north, south), size of the state (large, small),
type (rural, urban, territory), experience of the director (new versus
experienced), type of program structure, etc. The time commitment
will be approximately one hour per month for a year. The Committee
meets via conference call. If you are interested in serving on
this Committee, contact Nancy Meidenbauer at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 703/524-6686 ext 304.
Performance Based Contracts Teleconference- Thursday, September 22, 2011-3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
Dornblut, Project Coordinator with Assistive Technology in New
Hampshire, will discuss the Program's use of Performance Based Contracts
(PBC). Sonke will talk about how to achieve statewideness through PBC,
determining PBC project goals and data reporting, contractor
professional development, and discuss what is funded through PBC. To connect to this call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code 46172076 #.
How to Liquidate Formula Funds Teleconference - August 18, 2011
Bard and Rob Groenendaal discussed the new process for obligating and
liquidating your formula grant funds. An archived MP3 of the
conference call is available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/teleconferences.html.
15th 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%20Flyer%202011.pdf. Sign up by September 18th to avoid an additional increase in rates!
- 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%202011.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%20conf%20agenda.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 to make the reader aware of key information to
support your AT advocacy.
To date we have done 15 postings, all available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.
Coming Soon: Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities & Funding AT through the Foster Care System
The "AT Advocate" Newsletter
This longstanding publication of the National AT Advocacy Project is now published three times per year. Our most recent newsletters and lead articles:
Fall 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%2010.pdf.
Spring-Summer 2010, "Practical Ethics for the Disability Attorney: When Can You Interview the Employees of Your Adversary?" available at http://www.nls.org/av/summer%2010.pdf.
Coming Up: "Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities" (Spring-Summer 2011).
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Best Practices Work Group
The Best Practices Work Group is expanding! 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 email@example.com.
New Addition to the Catalyst Website: AFP Information Center
The AFP website has its own data center as well! Data
for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 are available, as well as a listing of
commonly-used loan program terms, and the most recent RSA Report to
Congress. It is located at http://resnaprojects.org/afp/infocenter/index.html.
Best Practices Institute
AFP/Telework Best Practice Institute - September 7-9, 2011
Best Practice Institute for Financial Loan Programs will be conducted
September 7-9, 2011 at the Ed Roberts Campus Building in Berkeley,
California, co-hosted by the RESNA Catalyst Project and WID. The
first two days will be designed for all loan programs. A Telework
Workshop will be conducted September 9. To see the meeting agenda,
available handouts, and list of participants, go to
New AFP Program Directors Conference Call Series - Fourth call - Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00pm Eastern
conference call, continuing the series for new AFP directors and others
interested in Lending Basics, will center on marketing strategies for
loan programs. A discussion of different program's marketing plans and approaches will be included. To access the call, dial: 1-800-351-6810, pass code 80573760#.
New Publication: AFP and Telework Profiles
self-submitted compilation snapshot of AFP and Telework programs will
be available at the Best Practices Institute, and will also then be
posted on the RESNA Catalyst website. This is an overview of the
information that each program felt most important about it, and includes
several success stories.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RESNA Catalyst Project is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration
under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. The
project is operated by RESNA. 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.
is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of
North America whose purpose is to promote the health and well being of
individuals with disabilities through the use of assistive technology. RESNA
is the grantee funded to provide technical assistance and training to
those programs funded under the AT Act and to others.
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: email@example.com; Website: http://www.resnaprojects.org.