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April 2012 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Announcements

Evaluation of the RESNA Catalyst Project
The RESNA Catalyst Project has once again contracted with a third party evaluator to help it assess the Project's technical assistance services. During the first week of May, program directors and key program staff of AT Act Entity Programs will receive an online evaluation survey from Deborah Levy of SuccessLinks, LLC. We would greatly appreciate it if you can take the time to fill out the survey and provide your feedback on the Project’s work and services over the last year. Some of you may be approached to participate in brief telephone interviews with that also will be geared towards gathering feedback on the Catalyst Project’s services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deborah Levy at debklevy@successlinks.biz.

Upcoming Event

WebEd Webinar 2012: GMU02: Accessibility in Distance Education Training-Thursday May 10, 2012, 1:00-2:30p.m. Eastern
This free webinar will provide an overview of accessibility issues related to distance education training and learning environments. The session will feature commonly used Distance Education tools to highlight accessibility issues as well as to provide a framework for matching tools based on user needs and preferences. The presenters are Marci Kinas Jerome, Assistant Professor in Special Education and Assistive Technology at George Mason University and Kara Zirkle, who has worked at George Mason University as the IT Accessibility Coordinator for over four years. To register and more information, go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webed.html
Archive information on past WebEd Webinar’s is available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/webedarchive.html.

Recent Event

Employment Summit Planning Committee
The Employment Summit Planning conference call was held Monday, April 2nd. Consisting of representatives from Statewide AT, AFP, and Telework loan programs, this group is setting out to begin to plan the Employment Summit, scheduled for spring 2013.

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS


Announcement

Seeking Information for Inclusion in New AT & Employer Web Portal
Scheduled to be unveiled this October, the Employer Portal will be a resource for Employers and provide information about the use of AT in the workplace. If you have resources or information that you would like to share and have included in the Portal, please send them to pgalonsky@resna.org.

Recent Events

Quality Indicators for Device Demonstration Teleconference - April 12, 2012
This teleconference discussed best practices and resources that can help your program in providing device demonstration services in your state. Jamie Hayhurst (West Virginia), Kevin R. Wright and Sarah Mak (Tennessee) led the discussion and answered questions.
MP3    PowerPoint    Transcript (word)

Purchasing Work Group Conference Call –April 10, 2012
The Work Group has been working diligently on creating a usable and user-friendly forum for sharing AT purchasing information. It is anticipated that a website forum will be available in the beginning of June to share device discount and deal information. We will be sending out a brief form for each program to fill out, which we will use to create log-in information for this secure forum. If you have questions about this process, place contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org

New Statewide AT Directors Conference Call - April 5, 2012
Resources from the last New Directors Call, which includes an MP3 recording of the call, can be found on the RESNA Catalyst Website’s New Directors Corner at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/newdirectors/index.html. The next New Statewide AT Directors call is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern.

PAAT PROGRAMS


Announcement

“Letters of Justification: Meeting Medicaid’s Criteria to Fund Medicaid Equipment” (teleconference training) – May 24th, 2:00p.m. - 3:45p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Marge Gustas, New York’s PAAT program, will present. This session has been approved 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). To register for this teleconference, visit http://www.nls.org/may2012%20teleconf.pdf, or you can obtain a registration form through Lynn Urquhart (lurqhart@nls.org) after May 2nd. In addition, registration will also be posted on the usual list serves, including the National AT lists serve.
The next two sessions in this series (all sessions start at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time) are “Turning a No to a Yes: Overcoming Medicaid’s Most Common Reasons for Saying No,” June 28th, and “Practical Ethics,” July 26th. More details to follow.

Upcoming Events

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 begins for the Conference, please share your thoughts on potential conference sessions. Contact either Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org). If you would like handouts from the 2011 conference, contact either Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@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


Announcement

Data collection Work Group for AFP and Telework Loan Programs
The RESNA Catalyst Project has formed a Work Group focusing on data collection issues and data elements that are most beneficial to financial loan programs. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Jason Luciano at jluciano@resna.org.

Upcoming Events

Teleconference Series – Application Red Flags: Low Credit scores and how to address them in an application – May 9th 2012, 2:00-3:00p.m. Eastern
The Catalyst Project will host the first in a series of conference calls on Application Red Flags in Financial Loan Programs. Milissa Gofourth from Oklahoma and Cheryl Fatnassi from Vermont will discuss how their programs address the red flag issues of low credit scores and other credit report problems. The call in number is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80573760#. This call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for future reference.

Teleconference Series – Asset Development: Financial Literacy Curricula your Loan Program – May 30th 2012, 2:00- 3:00p.m. Eastern
Basil Kesslar and Lorna Moore from Kansas and Ferol Smith from Massachusetts will present this second call in the Asset Development teleconference series, focusing on how each program incorporates financial literacy curricula into their respective programs. The call in number is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 80573760#. This call will be recorded and archived on the RESNA Catalyst website for future reference.

Recent Event

Quality Indicators for Loan Programs Conference Call – March 27th 2012
The Best Practices Work Group developed the publication "Quality Indicators for AFP and Telework" this past winter. A conference call based on this document was held on March 27th, 2012 and focused on how to best use this guide in your own program. The recording of this call is available at: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/teleconf/index.html.
The Quality Indicators publication can be accessed at
http://resnaprojects.org/documents/uploads/Quality%20Indicators%20February%20R.doc

Updated Publications Available

Revised Publications: AFP and Telework Data Reports
Revised versions of the two data reports one on Alternative Financing Programs and another for The Access to Telework Loan Programs are now available on the Project Website. These reports include data from Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 and are revised as of April 2012. Printed copies of these reports have been sent to all programs, and additional hard copies are available upon request. Please contact Jason Luciano (jluciano@resna.org) to ask for these. The reports are also available on the RESNA Catalyst website (AFP: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/infocenter/index.html and Telework: http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/telework/loans/index.html).

OTHER RESOURCES

2012 National Transition Conference May 30th to June 1st, Washington, D.C.
This conference will feature over 90 breakout sessions and keynote speakers on transition to college and careers for young people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.transition2012.org.

RESNA 2012 Conference in Baltimore - June 28 - July 3, 2012
Join us in Baltimore, Maryland for RESNA's annual conference. Sessions include presentations by several AT Act Programs. To see the preliminary program, go to http://web.resna.org/conference/2012-conference-documents/RESNAprelimprogram.PDF.

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.


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.

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