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June 2012 Highlights



Thank you to Nancy Meidenbauer for her Service with RESNA!
After seventeen years with RESNA, Nancy Meidenbauer will retire on July 6, 2012. On behalf of the entire RESNA network, a big thank you goes out to Nancy for her dedicated service as Project Director for the RESNA Catalyst Project. Since 1995, Nancy has worked for RESNA providing technical assistance to the Statewide AT Act Programs, Alternative Financing Programs, and Telework Programs. Nancy’s commitment to these AT Act entities are gratefully appreciated by RESNA, and her knowledge and leadership will be missed. Congratulations on your retirement Nancy!

New Project Director for RESNA Catalyst Project Announced
The Catalyst Project is pleased to announce that Joey Wallace will be the new Project Director of the RESNA Catalyst Project, starting the week of July 9. Joey has a lot of experience and history with the AT Act programs, both statewide and alternative financing programs having worked on the Virginia Assistive Technology Program (VATS) and serving as Executive Director of the Virginia Alternative Financing Program. You may contact Joey via email at and via phone 703-524-6686 ext 304, starting July 9, 2012.

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 and stay tuned for details.

ATIA Archive Webinar Seats Still Available
There are still plenty of seats available for ATIA archived webinars. The Catalyst Project purchased a combination of live and archived seats of ATIA’s public for-fee online education programs so that AT Act Entity program staff and regional partners could attend the webinars free. There are no more live sears available. However, we still have plenty of seats available for Archived ATIA webinars. Anyone wishing to attend one of the ATIA webinars free needs to have a special code. The code and more details on the free program are available in the grantees only section of the Catalyst website at

Upcoming Events

AT for Employment Work Group Call July 12, 2012 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
This Work Group call will focus on reviewing the beta version on the new AT for Employer Web Portal. All are welcome to join the call to share ideas and suggestions for Portal improvement. To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.

Teleconference: Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No to Durable Medical Equipment Requests: Turning a No Into a Yes - August 16, 2012- 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Diana Straube and Jim Sheldon of the National AT Advocacy Project will be presenting this session on Medicaid funding. To connect to the call, dial 1-800-351-6810, pass code: 98615663 #. A similar session was provided to the P&As; in June. This training does not carry any CLE credits.

Recent Event

Archived WebEd Webinars Available
Archives of all of the FY 2012 WebEd webinars are available on the website. Please note there was a technical glitch with the most recent GMU webinar on providing distance AT services. The full webinar was not recorded. However, there is a transcript of the training and the power points are posted. Go to archives at


Recent Events

MP3 available of the Statewide AT Program New Directors Call-June 14, 2012
The new directors call takes place every other month. The June call allowed new directors to discuss issues they are currently facing, as well as suggestions for upcoming calls. To listen to the archive of this call, visit the RESNA Catalyst Projects’ New Directors Corner at: The next new director’s call is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:00p.m. Eastern. All Statewide projects directors, new or old are welcome to participate.

Purchasing Work Group - June 20, 2012
Participants of the Volume Purchasing and Discount Planning Work Group met to discuss the final beta version of the web-based information forum. The operational version of the website will be available in the near future. If your program has not registered to participate on the new on-line forum, please contact Jason Luciano, at The website and forum should be live in July. An announcement will be sent out when it is public and operating.



Handouts Now Available from National Disability Rights Network Conference
The following conference handouts are now available: “Looking to Medicaid to Fund Cutting Edge and Specialty Equipment”, “Funding AT to Achieve Integrated Employment”, and “Expanding Your PAAT Practice: Thinking Beyond the Traditional AT Devices and AT Funding Sources”. For copies of handouts, contact Diana Straube,, or Jim Sheldon

Upcoming Events

Coming Soon: “Practical Ethics: When Can You Withdraw From Hearing or Court Case‌ When Can You Settle for Less Than Prayer for Relief‌” (Teleconference training) - July 26th, 2:00 to 3:45 Eastern Daylight Time
Diana Straube of the National AT Advocacy Project and Ron Hager of the National Disability Rights Network will be presenting. An application is pending for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits through the State of Louisiana (check your state rules for reciprocity). NOTE: $35 registration fee per phone line (covers two CLE certificates; $10 per CLE after that).

A flyer and registration form will soon be posted on the usual list servs; including the National AT list serv or you can obtain a registration form through Lynn Urquhart,

Registration Now Open! 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. This year’s conference will include a one day preconference focusing on Medicaid and Complex Mobility Equipment, and two-day conference with workshop topics including “The Journey of Shelby Nurse: Getting the Right AT During the Transition Years and Meeting the Challenge of Funding It,” “Structured Negotiations: An Alternative to Litigation to Achieve Systemic Changes Related to AT,” and “Medicaid and Private Insurance: Keeping Up with and Meeting the Challenges.

Conference flyers/registration forms are available through Lynn Urquhart,, and will soon appear on Sign up by July 13th for Super Early Bird rates!

Did You Know‌ Series

22 postings are now available at Coming soon: Coming soon: National AT Advocacy Project’s Resources Can Support Your AT Advocacy.


Upcoming Events

Teleconference Series - New Directors of Telework Loan Programs-July 10, 2012, 1:00p.m. Eastern.
A new series of teleconferences will be started for New Directors of Telework programs. The calls will focus on some of the unique needs of the Telework Loan Programs. To connect to the call, dial 1-800351-6810, pass code 80573760 #.

Teleconference with United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN)-to be scheduled summer, 2012.
Pat Richards, the USBLN Director of the Disability Supplier Diversity Program, will provide information to Telework Loan Programs, their borrowers who are self employed and other interested parties about the USBLN Supplier Diversity Certification program for owners of businesses who have disabilities. More details and information will be announced in upcoming Highlights.

Data Collection Work Group
The Data Collection for AFP Work Group will have another meeting in July, and would like to hear from you! Please contact Jason Luciano at, if you want to participate in this group. The Work Group will identify ways to best gather the data that tells the story of the work that AFP programs all do.

Recent Event

Teleconference Series-Asset Development: Financial Literacy Curricula for your Loan Program-May 30, 2012
Basil Kesslar and Lorna Moore from Kansas and Ferol Smith from Massachusetts presented this second call in the Asset Development teleconference series. This teleconference focused on how Kansas and Massachusetts incorporate financial literacy curricula into their respective programs. The call was recorded and is archived on the RESNA Catalyst website at


The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology recently published a self-help resource guide, designed to assist students with disabilities who are not in special education. The guide provides students and their families, guardians, advocates and professionals with general information on services that are available pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADA and ADAAA). This guide can be found at

National Home and Community Based Services Conference, September 10-13, 2012, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA
The National Home and Community Based Services Conference will showcase innovative national, federal, state and local delivery, and policy developments vital for assuring Americans of all ages and abilities receive the highest quality community living supports, care, and services possible. To learn more and register, visit:

Resources now available from the Statistics State of the Science Conference
A State-of-the-Science Conference was hosted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) on April 23, 2012. The conference brought together scientists, administrators, and staff from disability programs, and leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of disability statistics and how to advance the field. All conference presentations and materials are now available at

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.

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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