December 2011 Highlights
PROJECT WIDE NEWS
AT for Employment Work Group Call January
19, 2012 3:00 -
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Data Reporting and Technical Assistance Grantee
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.email@example.com Diane Golden
can be reached via phone at 816/616-7668 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATIA Conference in Orlando -
Exhibit Volunteers Needed
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 email@example.com
to volunteer for the booth or receive information about shipping materials for
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
Developing State Plans Teleconference-Thursday, January 12, at 3:00 p.m.
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
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.
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
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.
Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy”
Conference-November 1-3, 2011- Handouts Now Available
If you would like conference handouts, contact Diana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Jim (email@example.com).
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,
Training at the NCart Conference-November, 2012
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
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK
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!
Best Practices/Quality Indicators Workgroup –
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
New Publication: AFP and Telework Data Reports
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
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).
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
has weekly AT podcasts. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes,
To learn more about INDATA's AT
podcasts, contact Wade Wingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.