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August 2012 Highlights



2013 Needs Assessment for AT Act Programs
The FY 2013 Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Surveys for AT Act Programs is now available. Please take a few moments to take this brief survey, and help us help you!

Survey link for Alternative Financing Programs:

Survey link for Statewide AT Programs:

New AFP Funding Opportunity
The application for new funding awards for Alternative Financing Programs was published in the Federal Register on August 8th. Applications are being accepted until 4:30p.m. Eastern Time on September 7, 2012. To learn more and to download the application, visit Good luck to all applicants!

Upcoming Event

Save the Date - Employment Summit and Two Project Directors Meetings - Bethesda, Maryland May 6-9, 2013
Three meetings are planned for the spring of 2013 for AT Act Entities. The Catalyst Project will host an Employment Summit May 8-9, 2013 for all AT Act Entities at the Bethesda, Maryland Hyatt Regency. Two Project Director Meetings will be conducted in conjunction with the Summit.

ATAP and the Catalyst Project will co-host a Statewide AT Program Directors May 6-7, 2013. In addition, there will be a Financial Loan Best Practices Institute May 7, 2013 for AFP/Telework/Title 1 loan program staff. The RESNA Catalyst Project will continue to work with an Employment Summit Planning Committee, the Catalyst Steering Committee Subgroup for Statewide AT Programs and the Subgroup for AFP/Telework Programs to plan the three meetings. Mark your calendars now!

Recent Events

Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No to Durable Medical Equipment Requests: Turning a No Into a Yes - August 16
Diana Straube and Jim Sheldon of the National AT Advocacy Project presented on Medicaid funding, and how to avoid common causes for denial. This call was well received by participants. It was recorded, and the recording and an MSWord Transcript are posted on the RESNA Catalyst Website at

RESNA Catalyst Project Director Presentation
Catalyst Project Director, Joey Wallace participated in a panel presentation on the RESNA Catalyst Project at the 15th Annual RSA Project Directors Conference on August 27th. He described the technical assistance and collaborative activities provided to the State Technology, AFP, and Protection and Advocacy Programs.


New Publication

Small Investment-Big Savings: A look at how vocational rehabilitation agencies save money by partnering with their statewide AT program
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies are finding that working with their statewide AT Act programs can save them funds. This new publication describes how Vocational Rehabilitation agencies have realized big savings by partnering with four statewide AT programs. To read this publication as well as additional publication resources, visit the RESNA Catalyst Project Website at

Upcoming Events

Three Part Webinar Series on Transition
Statewide AT programs must spend 5% of its state leadership funds on transition activities. Transition activities must relate to students with disabilities transitioning under IDEA and activities related to individuals with disabilities maintaining or transitioning to community.
This three part webinar series will focus on Transition activities related to Youth Leadership, Policy, and State Teams. Each one hour Webinar will highlight activities from several statewide AT programs. All webinars are free, and will begin at 3:00p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Webinar One: State Transition Teams - September 12, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
    Presenters: Janice Carson (ID) and Susy Wood (IL). Register at:
  • Webinar Two: Youth Leadership - October 17, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
    Presenters: Marylyn Hammond (UT), Ann Shor (MA), and Kathleen Laurin (MT). Register at:
  • Webinar Three: AT Transition Policy - October 31st 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
    Presenters: Linda Jaco (OK) and Kathy Hayfield (VA). Register at:

AT for Employment Work Group Call September 13, 2012 3:00- 4:00p.m. Eastern Time
This Work Group call will focus on reviewing the final version of the new AT for Employer Web Portal. All are welcome to join the call. To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.

Recent Event

Statewide AT Program New Directors Call-Thursday, August 9, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
The New Directors call takes place every other month. This call allowed new Directors to share and discuss project highlights as well as project issues and challenges. A MP3 recording of the call is available on the RESNA Catalyst Project Website at:


Upcoming Events

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference - October 23-25, 2012- Sign up by September 14th for Super Early bird rates!
The Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference will once again be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin, TX. This year’s conference will include a one day preconference focusing on Medicaid and Complex Mobility Equipment. New Session Added to Two-Day Agenda: “Two AT-Related Medicare Initiatives: The Power Mobility Prior Authorization Demonstration Project and Proposed HR 4378” - presented by Donald E. Clayback, Executive Director, National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART).

This year’s preconference, “Medicaid and Complex Mobility Equipment: Getting to Know the Equipment, Legal Requirements to Obtain Medicaid Funding”, will focus on two pieces of equipment: the standing wheelchair and a pediatric wheelchair with seat elevator. A co-sponsorship by Permobil will allow us to offer a number of free registrations to the Preconference (a $105 savings) if you pay to attend the other two days!

To inquire about information for the Preconference and Conference, including scholarships registration forms, contact Lynn Urquhart, More information will soon appear on

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Upcoming Events

Data Collection Work Group
The Data Collection for AFP Work Group continues to meet to plan the best manner to collect information that best tells the loan program stories. This Work Group would like to hear from you! Please contact Jason at if you want to participate.

Teleconference with United States Business Leadership Network- to be scheduled in 2012
Pat Richards, the USBLN Director of Disability Supplier Diversity Program, will be presenting to the Telework Loan Programs, and other interested parties, about the USBLN Certification program and how Telework and other groups may participate. More information will be announced as it is scheduled.

Recent Events

Teleconference on AFP Grant Competition - August 15
Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA presented information on and answered questions about the 2012 AFP grant competition. This call was recorded and is posted on the RESNA Catalyst Website at

Second Teleconference on AFP Grant Competition Information Call - August 28
Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal of RSA spoke in a second conference call about the AFP Grant competition for 2012. They discussed grant application requirements and answered questions from participants. This call was recorded and is on the RESNA Catalyst Website at

Teleconference Series - New Directors of Telework Loan Programs - August 14
To follow up on the New Directors of Financial Loan Programs series the RESNA Catalyst Project hosted last year, this series focuses on some of the unique needs of Telework Loan Programs. This call focused on the Technical Assistance Circular found at:‌ID=329). Findings of the Telework Top Performers Group in 2011is located at:‌ID=501). If you would like more information, please contact Jason Luciano at


New Resources from Florida’s FAAST Program
FAAST, Inc.’s 6th edition of the free online FAAST Access Magazine with a focus on employment provides you with up to date information on FAAST programs and services; current information on available assistive technologies in the state and regional device loan programs; links to apps, software and online tools for job seekers; multiple hyperlinks to helpful federal and state employment resources; Credit Smarts by Mel; state and federal current events; and much more. . .

Click: To sign up for this free online FAAST Access Magazine e-newsletter, type your email address in the section ‘Newsletter Sign up’ of FAAST’s homepage, click CONTINUE and you are signed up!

FAAST's Guide on Equal Access to Rental Cars, and Lodging
FAAST, Inc., through support from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, completed development of a comprehensive 16-page general self-help resource guide, which can be found online at This guide helps with equal access to rental cars, other vehicles, and lodging accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities under the ADA and ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

ICATER’s “AT Tip of the Day”
The Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) at the University of Iowa has offered to share its “AT tip of the Day” with AT Act Projects. Interested individuals from AT Act Projects can receive a daily Tweet or Facebook AT tip. These tips are quick ideas, devices, apps, or resources that keep AT in front of educators.
Sign up for ICATER’s AT Tip of the Day by following on Twitter, or “friend” ICATER on Facebook. You can also pull monthly posts as they appear at Feel free to use these tips as your own, but please make sure to credit ICATER. New tips will be posted soon for the upcoming school year.

New App from Coloplast
New and free app from Coloplast for locating accessible parking and restrooms:

New AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has launched an internet radio station. 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:‌pId=492.

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

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.

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