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December 2011 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Upcoming Event

AT for Employment Work Group Call January 19, 2012 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern
The Work Group will share practices/strategies that have been found to increase the use of AT in the workplace. The group will get an update on the progress on the employer web portal design and discuss plans for an Employment Summit. To join the call, dial 800/351-6810, pass code 46172076#.
- Seeking Members for Work Group and Planning Committee. The Catalyst Project is currently seeking members to assist in the Employer Web Portal Work Group to help design a web site. Also, RESNA is just beginning to form a Planning Committee for the AT and 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.
- Employment "Hub." Check out the "hub" web page devoted to AT and Employment at www.resnaprojects.org. The hub has the MP3 recording of previous calls. If you have resources that you wish to share on this page, please send them to Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Announcements

New Data Reporting and Technical Assistance Grantee
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) are partnering to serve as the AT data reporting and technical assistance center for the next 5 years. The data project is funded under the national technical assistance activities of the AT Act. The project will go by the name of Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA). Daria Domin is the Project Coordinator, with Frank Smith and John Butterworth as the Co-Principal Investigators. Diane Cordry Golden is the Project Coordinator of the ATAP Subcontract. You can reach Daria via phone at 617/287-4277, and via email at Daria.domin@umb.edu Diane Golden can be reached via phone at 816/616-7668 and via email at dianegolden@sbcglobal.net.

ATIA Conference in Orlando - Exhibit Volunteers Needed
RESNA will be hosting a booth for all AT Act Entities at ATIA’s conference in Orlando from January 25-28, 2011. If you will be attending the ATIA conference and would like to volunteer some time staffing the booth, let us know. If no one from your state is going to the ATIA conference, you are welcome to send your materials to RESNA ahead of time and we will make sure they are shipped to Orlando and are displayed at the booth. Contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org to volunteer for the booth or receive information about shipping materials for the booth.
Also, please feel free to use the RESNA Catalyst Discount code to receive a $25 reduction on the ATIA Orlando Conference Registration. The code is PANX3.

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS


Upcoming Events

Developing State Plans Teleconference-Thursday, January 12, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Rob Groenendaal and Brian Bard from RSA will discuss State Plan requirements and timelines, and Project Directors Sachin Pavithran (UT), Alan Knue (WA), and Laurie Brooks (OR) will talk about how each of their Projects approaches developing the State Plan. This teleconference will be interactive, allowing time for questions and answers. To join the call, dial 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 46172076 #. To access streaming text for this event visit: http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=RESNA.

WebEd Webinar 2012-01– 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. Access information will be provided closer to the date of the webinar.


Recent Event

State AT Grant Programs Purchasing Workgroup
The second workgroup meeting for the State AT Grantees purchasing group was held Tuesday, December 6th. This call focused on possible approaches and topic issues. The next call will be scheduled in January.

Introducing the SF 425 – Financial Reporting Instrument - Teleconference December 8, 2011
The SF 425 form replaced the SF 269. This call featured Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal from RSA, who explained what is in the new form and answered questions from participants. You can find the transcript, MP3, and SF425 PDF at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/teleconferences.html#2011.

PAAT PROGRAMS


Recent Event

Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference-November 1-3, 2011- Handouts Now Available
If you would like conference handouts, contact Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org). Refer to the agendas for session details: preconference (http://www.nls.org/preconf%202011.pdf), two-day conference (http://www.nls.org/2011%20conf%20agenda.pdf). Selected handouts will appear on the NLS website with permission of the authors, www.nls.org in January, 2012.

Upcoming Events

Training at the NCart Conference-November, 2012
PAAT representative Marge Gustas will deliver two trainings/presentations at the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCart) “National Medicaid Summit” on November 30, 2012. Look for more details and registration information in future Highlights.

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

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Upcoming Event

Teleconference Series
The Catalyst Project will sponsor a series of Teleconferences this New Year. One series will focus on Application Red Flags, and the other series will focus on Asset Development for People with Disabilities. Keep an eye out for notifications on these!


Recent Event

Best Practices/Quality Indicators Workgroup – December 6th
The Best Practices workgroup met to go through a final draft of the Quality Indicators document for AFP and Telework Loan programs. Once this document is finalized, it will be made available to all interested parties for input.

Coming Soon

New Publication: AFP and Telework Data Reports
RESNA Catalyst is compiling an AFP and Telework report for the 2009 & 2010 data years. These will provide updated data reports and program profile information. The reports will be posted on the website; print copies will also be available.

New Publications: Quality Indicators for AFPs and Telework Loan Programs
The RESNA Catalyst Project, with direction from the Best Practices workgroup, 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).

OTHER RESOURCES

AIM Report on Disparities in Postsecondary Learning Materials for Students with Disabilities
This new report from the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) provides recommendations for improving the ability of postsecondary students with disabilities to obtain accessible instructional materials in a timely and cost-effective manner. Read the Report on the RESNA Catalyst Project’s website at http://www.resnaprojects.org/documents/queries/getDocsByKeyword.php?keyword=Post+Secondary.

Taking Accessibility Mainstream - Making the Case for an International Society of Accessibility Professionals - February 28, 2012 in San Diego
ATIA is hosting a forum to discuss the idea of forming a professional organization for accessibility professionals. The Forum will be held during the CSUN Conference on February 28, 2012 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. For additional details, go to www.atia.org/accessibilityforum.

AT Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has weekly AT podcasts. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/content.aspx?pId=492.
To learn more about INDATA's AT podcasts, contact Wade Wingler at wwingler@eastersealscrossroads.org.




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.