August 2012 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
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
Survey link for Statewide AT Programs: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGAT2013NEEDSASSESSMENT
New AFP Funding Opportunity
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 https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/08/08/2012-19477/applications-for-new-awards-assistive-technology-alternative-financing-program. Good luck to all
Save the Date
- Employment Summit and Two Project Directors Meetings - Bethesda, Maryland May
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!
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 http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
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.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
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 http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
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.
One: State Transition Teams - September
12, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
Presenters: Janice Carson (ID) and Susy Wood (IL). Register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/494722639.
Two: Youth Leadership - October 17, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
Hammond (UT), Ann Shor (MA), and Kathleen Laurin (MT). Register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/846399975.
Three: AT Transition Policy - October 31st 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern
Presenters: Linda Jaco (OK) and Kathy Hayfield (VA). Register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/933915487.
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#.
AT Program New Directors Call-Thursday, August 9, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time
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: http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html.
Now Open! 16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference -
October 23-25, 2012- Sign up by September 14th for Super Early bird
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
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, email@example.com. More information will soon appear on www.nls.org.
Did You Know Series
22 postings are now available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm.
Coming soon: Coming soon: National AT Advocacy
Project’s Resources Can Support Your AT Advocacy.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
Data Collection Work Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to
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
Teleconference on AFP Grant
Competition - August 15
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 http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
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 http://www.resnaprojects.org/news/index.html.
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: http://www.resnaprojects.org/documents/AFPprintDocInfo.phpID=329). Findings of the Telework Top Performers
Group in 2011is located at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/documents/AFPprintDocInfo.phpID=501). If you would like more information, please
contact Jason Luciano at email@example.com.
Resources from Florida’s FAAST Program
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. . .
http://www.faast.org/news/faast-access. 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 http://www.faast.org/sites/default/files/General%20Self%20Help%20Resource%20Guide.pdf.
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.
“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 https://twitter.com/Iowa_ICATER on Twitter, or “friend” ICATER
on Facebook. You can also pull monthly
posts as they appear at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/centers/icater/default.aspx. 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: www.wheelmate.us
New AT Radio & Podcasts in
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/content.aspxpId=492.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.