February 2013 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
Submission FY 2013 State Plan for AT Due
Groenendaal and Brian Bard with RSA announced that
FY 2013 State
Plans for AT (RSA-664) are due to be completed and submitted in the
C.O.B. Friday, March
If you did not receive information and instructions on submitting
the RSA-664 in the MIS, please contact Brian Bard
Rob Groenendaal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RESNA Catalyst Project along with the Southwest ADA Center and the
ADA Network is presenting a webinar this April entitled Negotiating
Access to Assistive Technology after High School: Planning Strategies
& Civil Rights.
We are looking for AT Act programs to co present that have offered
strong support to students with disabilities leaving high school.
particular, we are seeking examples of work with post-secondary
disabilities and adult service providers on selecting AT
necessary for continued education, employment, and independent
If you are interested in co-presenting during this
webinar, please contact Andy Winnegar directly at email@example.com,
or call 505-466-6563.
2013 Conference Debrief
Catalyst Project Staff Member Paul Galonsky along with Connecticut
Assistive Technology Act Program Director Arlene Lugo, and RESNA
Member Raj Pagadala presented on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s
Assistive Technology for Employment Initiative at this year ATIA
conference in Orlando, FL.
Over 25 conferees attended the
presentation including AT Act Program Staff and RENSA Board Members.
Arlene, Raj, and Paul presented information about the initiative,
which focuses on promoting greater understanding of Assistive
Technology, Access Technology, and Universal Design to employers for
Special thank you to Arlene and Raj for their
information and support of the RESNA Catalyst Project at ATIA!
Act Contacts Updated for 2013
RESNA Catalyst Project has completed updating all Statewide AT and
Alternative Financing Program contacts on the RESNA Catalyst Project
In addition, the RESNA Catalyst Project has updated several word
documents with in depth program contact information.
Please take a
look at your contact online and let us know if any changes need to be
In addition, you can always update to your contact information
directly on the RESNA Catalyst Project Website.
For directions on
how to make updates online or to request updated contact documents,
contact Paul Galonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Open and Save the Dates!
Three Upcoming RESNA Catalyst Project
The RESNA Catalyst Project is teaming up with the Southwest ADA
Center, Great Lakes ADA Center, the Nebraska
Veterans Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
the Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council, and the Nebraska
Assistive Technology Partnership to
cosponsor three upcoming webinars.
Below are webinar details and
save the dates.
All webinars will have live captioning, will be
archived, are free,
and CEUs will be available for a $16 fee.
One cosponsored by the
Veterans Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
the Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council, and the Nebraska
Assistive Technology Partnership:
27, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m. Eastern:
A Brain in the Palm of your Hand: Handhelds and Tablets as Cognitive
Aids for People with Brain Injury
the date for webinars two and three cosponsored by the Southwest and
Great Lakes ADA Centers:
23, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m. Eastern:
Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology after High School:
Planning Strategies & Civil Rights
17, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m. Eastern:
of Web Information: Implications for how the Public and Private
Sector Conducts Business
your calendars today!
Teleconference, February, 27th
Groenendaal and Brain Bard with RSA conducted a teleconference
for Statewide AT Act Programs to discuss common questions often
asked about in the SF 425 and State Plan.
In addition, the
teleconference served as an open forum, to ask Rob and Brain
This teleconference was recorded.
AT Act programs will
be notified once an archive of the recording is posted on the RESNA
Catalyst Project Website.
for Employment Work Group Call, February 21st
AT for Employment Work Group call provides opportunities for
participants to get briefed on national updates related to AT for
Employment, as well as opportunities to share what is happening in
your state. Listen to an archive of this call at the RESNA
Catalyst Project’s AT for Employment Work Group Webpage at
Next Work Group call: April 18, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m.
AT Program New Directors Webinar/Call-Thursday, March 14, 3:00 p.m.
New Directors call takes place every other month.
webinar/ call will feature information on the
Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as Amended in 2004, found
in the first module of the New Director’s Curriculum
call will also allow time for new
directors to discuss issues they are currently facing.
month’s call will be held via webinar to ensure that all
participants can follow along simultaneously.
new and veteran directors are welcome to join!
To join the webinar,
you must first register at
the day of the webinar, you
may use the webinar platform’s voice
over Internet Protocol, or you may call
800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076.
Assistive Technology Programs and State Vocational Rehabilitation
Agencies – Working Together for Success
March 21, 2013,
2:00 p.m. Eastern
invites you to a webinar on state vocational rehabilitation agency
partnerships with RSA’s Assistive Technology Programs.
This webinar will feature case studies describing how state
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies have partnered with statewide
Assistive Technology Programs. Statewide Assistive Technology
Program services are designed to supplement, not supplant Vocational
To participate in this webinar, visit
Please carefully review information provided on the webinar page to
ensure your participation the day of the webinar. RSA will also
post handouts, slides, and the accessible version of the slides at
this site prior to the scheduled webinar broadcast date. A
complete recording of the webinar will be available at this site the
day following the webinar. If you have any questions regarding
access to the webinar, please contact Terry Martin at (202) 245-7275
Forums Work Group, March
28, 2013, 12:00p.m. Eastern
Purchasing Forums Work Group will meet towards the end of March to
finalize the layout and operations of the Discount Purchasing forums
for statewide AT programs.
Once completed, these forums will be made
available to all statewide AT programs to share vendor discount and
volume purchase discount information.
Publication: Work, Assistive Technology, and State Vocational
Rehabilitation Agencies: The VR Agency’s Obligation to Fund AT
to Support Employment Preparation
Hager of the National Disability Rights Network fully updated a
similar publication he wrote back in 1999 when he worked with
Neighborhood Legal Service (Ron continues to work with NLS through
the National Disability Rights Network with a focus on AT-related
special education and vocational rehabilitation issues).
access this 44-page publication at the NLS website:
This new publication is part of NLS Funding of the AT Manual Series
continues in Koenning
the Medicaid standing wheelchair case pending in Fifth Circuit Court
At issues is whether Texas Medicaid program can bar
funding for standing wheelchairs.
NLS reported that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of Texas, in Koenning
held that the state’s Medicaid policy of categorically denying
coverage of mobile standers (including standing wheelchairs), without
consideration of medical necessity, violates various federal Medicaid
Act provisions and is preempted by the U.S. Constitution’s
The Texas Medicaid program appealed, and the case
is now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in
New Orleans (now pending as Koenning
The state filed its brief in later January and plaintiffs’
brief is due on March 13, 2013.
Plaintiffs are represented by
Maureen O’Connell from the Southern Disability Law Center, Mary
Ann Overrath (formerly of SDLC), Lew Golinker of the AT Law Center,
and Sarah Summers and Jane Perkins of the National Health Law
will be filed by Diana Straube and Jim Sheldon, through New York’s
The brief will be filed on behalf of seven national
organizations and will focus on the medical benefits of the standing
Diana and Jim also work for the National AT Advocacy
Project as a Catalyst Project partner.
This case will
be the latest large-scale effort to address the challenges associated
with funding of standing wheelchairs.
Through Neighborhood Legal
Services’ National AT Project and state PAAT project we have
briefs from the three reported cases (including
on standing wheelchairs; favorable fair hearing decisions on more
than a dozen cases; and numerous published studies and journal
articles on the medical benefits of standing and standing
These can all be obtained by contacting Diana Straube
FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS
THE DATE! May 7th
RESNA Catalyst project is sponsoring a one day AFP Director Meeting
in Bethesda, MD.
This will be the day before the RESNA Catalyst
Project Employment Summit for AT Act funded programs.
Be on the
lookout for more information!
Series Schedule for 2013
spoken – and we’ve listened!
Based on your needs
assessment and feedback you’ve given us at the RESNA Catalyst
Project, we have created a draft teleconference schedule for 2013.
Subject to change:
2pm – Sustainability for AFPs
2pm – Preparing for RSA Review
2pm – Collaborating with other AT Act Programs
2pm – Needs Assessment for 2014
Literacy Part I, March 19th
This teleconference will introduce loan program directors and
staff to financial literacy as an option for loan programs.
will talk 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.
To join this
call please call 1-800-351-6810 with pass code 80573760#.
Work Group Call–To Be Determined
Data Work Group will hold another call to further discuss and develop
recommendations for changes to the MIS 662.
To join this Work Group
please contact Jason Luciano at email@example.com.
Series: New Project Staff Orientation, February 19th
Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA, and Joey Wallace and Jason
Luciano from RESNA presented on the history of the AT Act funded
projects, and the roles each of them have in the interplay of
providing continuity of services.
This teleconference was intended
to assist new staff persons in understanding the interconnectedness
and collaborations amongst various AT Act funded activities.
Work Group Call, February 4th
Loan Program Data Collection Work Group had a conference call on
The members continue to develop recommendations for
the next changes to the MIS 662, with the hope that it will closely
align with other data collection instruments.
The progress of this
Work Group will be reported on during the Director’s meeting in
for Comments from the Department of Education/National Institute on
Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Rehabilitation Research and
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
proposes four priorities for the Rehabilitation Research and Training
Center (RRTC) Program administered by the National Institute on
Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this
notice proposes a priority for an RRTC on Community Living and
Participation for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (priority
1), RRTC on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities
(priority 2), RRTC on Health and Function of Individuals with
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (priority 3), and RRTC on
Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Intellectual
and Developmental Disabilities (priority 4). The Assistant Secretary
may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal
year (FY) 2013 and later years. We take this action to focus research
attention on areas of national need. We intend the priorities to
contribute to improved outcomes in these areas for
individuals with disabilities.
Comments must be received on or before March 14, 2013.
Technology Applications of All Kinds and in One
Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP from Bucks County Pennsylvania, has
developed a website on Pinterest with hundreds of AT apps.
apps are categorized by topic/interest such as “Text
to Speech/Text Reader Apps & Tools” and “Apps/Programs
for Digital Storytelling/Narrative Language Development”.
This site is a must for
all who want to find apps that assist People with Disability all in
2013 Webinar Schedule
Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER)
offers free 10-15 minute
webinars that highlight AT Applications for iPad.
live webinar classes are archived and accessible through the ICATER
website. Classes and videos are also closed-captioned.
View the 2013
schedule and register at
2013 Fellowship and Research Opportunities Disability and Research
Dissemination Center (DRDC)
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(NCBDDD) at the CDC is pleased to announce the availability of
fellowship and research opportunities for 2013.
the fellowship and research opportunities are available on the newly
created Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRC) website at
fellowship and research submissions are on-line submissions handled
exclusively through the DRDC website.
AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
has launched an internet
broadcasts 24/7 and includes a wide variety of AT programs.
Programs include INDATA’s two podcasts as well as various AT
and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit:
will include audio content from other AT projects.
submit radio content or to learn more about INDATA's AT radio and
podcasts contact Wade Wingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.