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In This Issue of Highlights




Upcoming Events

Dialog Meeting with USBLN - October 19, 2011

Representatives from AT Act Entities from six states will meet with a small group of US Business Leadership Network members and other stakeholders at the USBLN Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this October. The meeting will facilitate a dialog on ways group members can work together to increase the use of AT for employment. A summary and recommendations will be shared with the AT and Employment Work Group at its November meeting. For more information, contact Paul Galonsky at


Recent Events 

Transition to the Community Work Group Call September 14, 2011

John E. V. Sorensen from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services talked about the Money Follows the Person program and Medicaid as a resource for people who need AT while living in facilities and transitioning from them.  Notes, transcripts, and MP3 file from this call are available at the Transition Wiki Site at:

The next Work Group call will be November 9th from 3:00- 4:00 Eastern.


AT for Employment Work Group Call September 15, 2011

The Work Group discussed activities that they have conducted to increase awareness, provide information via publications, and train specific audiences, all related to increasing the use of AT in the workplace.  To access the call notes and MP3 file, visit the RESNA Catalyst Project AT for Employment Hub at .  The next Work Group Call will be November 17, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern.

If you have resources that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at


Archived WEBED Webinars
Data Collection (Overview) - Thursday, September 15, 2011 WEBED-ATIA05: Data Collection - Products and Services from ATIA Members - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 
The final two WebEd webinars for FY 2011 were conducted in September. For archives of these webinars, or any of the WEBED- Webinars, go to




Upcoming Event 

Statewide AT Act New Directors Call-Thursday, October 6, 3-4:00 PM Eastern

The New Directors call takes place every other month. This upcoming call will feature information about Program Management issues as well as other updates. To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076.


Recent Event

Performance Based Contracts Teleconference - September 22, 2011 

Sonke Dornblut, Project Coordinator with Assistive Technology in New Hampshire, described how his program uses Performance Based Contracts (PBC) to set project goals with its contractors and ensures that contractors perform as expected.  The PowerPoint and MP3 file for this call are available at



The RESNA Catalyst Project would like to welcome two new statewide AT Act Directors; Anne Blackfield with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program and Veronica A. De Leon-Dowd with the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program. To reach Anne: 410/554-9245 or, and to reach Veronica: 505/ 954-8589 or Welcome Anne and Veronica!





Time is Running out to Register for the 5th Annual "Bridges to Better Advocacy" Conference!

November 1-3, 2011, Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, TX

This three-day conference will focus on AT funding and advocacy strategies.  Registration form available at Flyer 2011.pdf.

November 1st Preconference (full day):   "Medicaid, AT and Litigation" (focus on state and federal court) (Speakers: Jane Perkins, National Health Law Program, Jennifer Giesen, Minnesota P&A, Lew Golinker, AT Law  Center, Jim Sheldon and Diana Straube, National AT Advocacy Project).  Detailed agenda available at: 2011.pdf

Two-Day Conference Highlights:  "Medicaid Challenges for 2012,"  "Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment:  Recent Case Law," "Mobility Equipment:  A Physical Therapist's Perspective,"  "Confronting Challenges of Dual Eligibility in Medicaid DME Cases," and "Enforcing the Fair Housing Act to Obtain AT."  Detailed agenda available at: conf agenda.pdf.

Continuing Legal Education Credits will be available, including 1.5 credits for ethics.


Did You Know? Series

These very short postings will not cover every possible issue on a topic; rather, the intent is make the reader aware of key information to support your AT advocacy.

To date we have done 16 postings, all available at you know.htm

Coming Soon:"Home and Community Based Waivers and AT".



The "AT Advocate" Newsletter
This longstanding publication of the National AT Advocacy Project is now published three times per year. Our most recent newsletters and lead articles:

Fall 2010, "Consumer Rights in the Medicaid Process: Understanding and Protecting those Rights Should Ensure More Access to Assistive Technology," available at 10.pdf.

Coming Up: "Special Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Persons with Disabilities" (Spring-Summer 2011); "Funding of AT Through the Adoption and Foster Care Systems" (Fall 2011). 



A New Distance Learning Initiative for 2012                                      

In an effort to maximize our resources and bring quality training to the PAATs, P&A network, and State AT Projects, we will commence this series in early 2012. Planning will soon start to identify topics, speakers, and determine if modest registration fees will be required to support the cost of what we expect to be a teleconference format with continuing legal education credits and possible other credits available.






Best Practices Workgroup

The Best Practices Workgroup is continuing to expand! Monthly conference calls are held with members of this group, with the focus on development of Loan Program Quality Indicators. Come join us in the creation of these statements and shaping the future of loan programs! If interested please contact Jason Luciano at


Upcoming Events

Telework New Director's Recap - to be scheduled

The Telework New Director series will have a "recap" session for those directors unable to participate in the series, or for those who have started since that series was held through the spring and summer of 2011. All are welcome to participate, and scheduling information will be available on the RESNA Catalyst website soon.


Recent Events  

AFP/Telework Best Practice Institute - September 7-9, 2011

The Best Practice Institute for Financial Loan Programs was conducted September 7-9, 2011 at the Ed Roberts Campus Building in Berkeley, California, hosted by the RESNA Catalyst Project.  The first two days were designed for all loan programs.  A Telework Workshop was conducted September 9.  To see the meeting agenda, available handouts, and list of participants, go to


New AFP Program Directors Conference Call Series - Fourth call - September 28, 2011

This conference call, continuing the series for new AFP directors and others interested in Lending Basics, centered on marketing strategies for loan programs. A discussion of different program's marketing plans and approaches were included. A recording of the call will be available on the RESNA Catalyst website soon.



Grant Competition Webinar - October 7th 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Innovations for Poverty Action and the US Household Finance Initiative

(USHFI) will be hosting a grant application webinar on October 7, 2011 for financial institutions and other organizations interested in submitting a proposal for the Financial Products Innovation Fund. This webinar will include an overview of the US Household Finance Initiative and the research priorities of this grant competition, as well as a Q&A session with USHFI Director Dr. Jonathan Zinman.

Please register in advance by going to . The full RFP and supporting documents can be found here: Proposals are due October 31, 2011.


New Publication: AFP and Telework Profiles

A self-submitted compilation snapshot of AFP and Telework programs was made available at the Best Practices Institute, and will be posted on the RESNA Catalyst website in the near future.




AT Podcasts in Indiana

INDATA has weekly AT podcasts. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit:

To learn more about INDATA's AT podcasts, contact Wade Wingler at


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:; Website: