January 2012 Highlights - RESNA Catalyst Project

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January 2012 Highlights



Seeking Members for Work Group and Planning Committee
The Catalyst Project is currently seeking members for two groups:

  • Work Group to design an AT for Employers Web Portal.
  • Planning Committee to help plan an AT & Employment Summit (currently slated for spring 2013).

If interested in becoming a member of either of these groups, contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Upcoming Events

WebEd Webinar 2012 - SW ADA 01- Enhancing Student Services to Provide Accessibility in Post- Secondary Settings - Wednesday February 29, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:30p.m. Eastern
Institutions of higher education must comply with the Section 504 of the Rehab Act and the ADA to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids such as AT. The Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers will present information on their project to develop quality indicators on AT for post-secondary accessibility and report on the data collected from this effort. Presenters will also provide information on processes that disability services offices can institute to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations. Webinar Access information will be provided closer to the date of the webinar. This is a free webinar open to all. For a list of WebEd webinars planned for this year, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html

Recent Events

AT for Employment Work Group Call -January 19, 2012
The Work Group talked about ways that AT Act programs collaborate with their state Vocational Rehabilitation agency. Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal will be moderating a panel at the April meeting of CSAVR and would like to highlight some of these collaborations. MP3 and call notes from this call can be found on the Employment Hub at http://www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/index.html. If you have resources that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

AT Act Programs Exhibit at ATIA Conference in Orlando
RESNA Catalyst Project hosted a booth for all AT Act Entities at ATIA’s January Conference in Orlando. Thanks to the volunteers who staffed the booth: Shannon Cole, Jamie Prioli, and Sharon Alderman.


Upcoming Events

Statewide AT Program New Directors Call-Thursday, February 2, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
The New Directors call takes place every other month. This upcoming call will feature information about data collection and reporting, as well as allow new directors to discuss issues they are currently facing. Diane Cordry Golden, Project Coordinator with the Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA), will be joining the group to help answer data questions. To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076.

Recent Events

Developing State Plans Teleconference-Thursday, January 12, 2012
Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA discussed State Plan requirements and timelines. Project Directors Sachin Pavithran (UT) and Alan Knue (WA) talked about how each of their Projects approach developing the State Plan. The transcript, call recording and handouts are available at the following:
Transcript (word)    MP3    OSATP State Plan Template (word)

State AT Grant Programs Purchasing Work Group
The Statewide AT Program's Purchasing Work Group met via conference call on Monday, January 30th to discuss the structure of a the Purchasing web-based discussion forum. The forum will be devoted to sharing discounts and deals on AT devices.


Upcoming Event

Save the Date! 16th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference, October 23-25, 2012
The Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference will once again be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Austin, TX. As planning for the Conference begins, please share your thoughts on potential conference sessions. Contact either Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org).

Did You Know‌ Series

Seventeen postings are now available at http://www.nls.org/did%20you%20know.htm. Coming Soon: “Remembering EPSDT in the Wake of Medicaid Cuts”.

New Distance Learning Initiative for 2012
In an effort to maximize resources and bring quality training to the PAATs, P&A; Network, and Statewide AT Programs, there will be a series of four distance learning sessions. The plan is for each session to last a minimum of 90 minutes with 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits available. All sessions start at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first session is scheduled for March 8, 2012 on Funding AT through Special Education Programs presented by Ron Hager, National Disability Rights Network.


Upcoming Events

Teleconference Series
The Catalyst Project will be sponsoring a series of teleconferences in 2012. One of these will focus on Application Red Flags, and the other will focus on Asset Development for People with Disabilities. Teleconferences will begin in March, 2012. Keep an eye out for teleconference notifications!

Best Practices Teleconference Call
The Best Practices Work Group is proud to present a Quality Indicators document for AFP and Telework Loan programs. A conference call based on this document will be held in March, and will focus on how to best utilize this guide of Best Practices into your own program. Specific date and time information will be coming in the February Highlights.

Coming Soon

Two New Publications: AFP and Telework Data Reports
The RESNA Catalyst Project has developed two reports on loan program data from 2009 & 2010 data years. One report will focus on AFP data, the second report will highlight Telework data. These two reports will provide updated data reports and program profile information, and will be a great tool for programs to use to market their programs. The reports will be posted on the Catalyst website and print copies will be mailed to each AFP and Telework Program

New Publications: Quality Indicators for AFPs and Telework Loan Programs
The RESNA Catalyst project, with direction from the Best Practices Work Group, has created a Quality Indicators document for all AFPs and Telework Loan Programs. Upon receiving final comments and edits, this will be distributed to loan programs as well as posted on the Catalyst website (www.resnaprojects.org).


New AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has officially 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 trainings conducted. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/content.aspx‌pId=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 wwingler@eastersealscrossroads.org.

Webinar Series on iDevices
The Maryland Assistive Technology Network and Johns Hopkins University are jointly hosting a webinar series on iDevices: Supports for Individuals with and without Special Needs. The series includes iDevices- the newest technology on the block (Feb 23); Apps for This and That (March 15); and Sliding, Gliding, and Tapping (April 5). All of the webinars are at 3:00 -4:00 eastern time. For more information, go to http://matnonline.com.

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.

RESNA 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.

Contact 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: catalyst@resna.org; Website: http://www.resnaprojects.org.