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June 2016 Highlights

PROJECT WIDE NEWS


Announcements

FINAL CALL! RESNA Catalyst Project Annual Conference for AT Act Programs July 11-12, 2016
Please join the RESNA Catalyst Project for this year’s annual Conference for AT Act Programs on July 11-12, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Conference registration is free, but you must register at https://2016resnacatalystprojectconference.eventbrite.com.

In addition to exciting sessions lined up, conferees will take part in the kick off for the Reeve High Impact Grant Program for all AT Act Programs during the Annual All States Meeting on July 12th 2016!
For a detailed agenda, please visit RESNA Catalyst Project’s homepage at www.resnaprojects.org. We look forward to seeing you soon!

RESNA Catalyst Project and ATIA-Take Advantage of Free ATIA Webinars in 2016!
ATIA and the RESNA Catalyst Project offers live and archived webinars to all AT Act Entities. With RESNA Catalyst Project support, ALL AT Act Entities receive complimentary UNLIMITED access to ATIA webinars! Use access code CATUNL16. To learn more and sign up for all ATIA live and archived webinars, visit: www.atia.org/catalyst.

Save the Date! RESNA Catalyst Project/ADA Centers’ Webinar: ADA Web Accessibility & the Public Inclusive Infrastructure Grant - August 31, 2016, 3p.m. EST
The Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew the notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II and Title III it issued in 2010. DOJ has requested a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) soliciting additional public comment on various website accessibility issues and asking for related cost information for preparing a regulatory impact analysis. Comments on the SANPRM must be submitted by August 8, 2016. This webinar will provide participants with the current status of the ADA website accessibility proposed regulations with an overview of the process and public comments presented by Lex Frieden, Director of the ILRU and Principal Investigator with the Southwest ADA Center. In addition, Greg Vanderheiden, Director of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), will provide an update on the Raising the Floor Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) grant. The GPII grant was awarded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety. The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure is a cloud-based personalized interface system that could change the landscape of assistive technologies.

This webinar will begin at 3p.m. EST, run for 90 minutes in length, will provide CART service, and offer CEUs. Look for information on how to register soon. In the meantime, save the dates today!

STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS

Announcements

New Director Joins Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP)
Anna-Margaret Goldman recently joined the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities as the Director of MonTECH. She is excited to bring her background in developing educational programs and trainings, partnering with community organizations, and grant writing/management to the Assistive Technology community in Montana. Anna-Margaret graduated from Miami University of Ohio in Organizational Communication. Following college, Anna-Margaret served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and continued her work as a Youth Development Coordinator for The Flagship Program in Missoula, Montana. Anna-Margaret received her Master’s degree and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Alabama. She enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and spending time with her husband and dog in her free time. On behalf of the RESNA Catalyst Project and all SGATs, welcome Anna-Margaret!

Edmonds to Resign from Disability Rights New Jersey
Curtis Edmonds, Managing Attorney and Project Director with Disability Rights New Jersey, will resign his position on July 14, 2016. Curtis has enrolled full time in the Masters in Human Resource Management Program at Rutgers University and will be starting there in the fall. If you would like to reach out to Curtis, email him at curtisedmonds@gmail.com. From all of us with the RESNA Catalyst Project, thank you for your support throughout the years and best to you as you head to grad school!

Recent Events

MD Department of Disabilities, Technology Assistance Program Offers “Accessible for All” Webinar to State Network
On June 9, Lori Markland, MFA, Director of Communications for MD Department of Disabilities, Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP), conducted a webinar session entitled Accessible for All, designed for MDTAP’s statewide network representatives from Maryland schools and vocational rehabilitation. The event was quite successful with over 50 people attending the live event. The RESNA Catalyst Project worked with MDTAP to provide the webinar platform and live captioning. If your project would like technical guidance or support in offering webinars to your network, please contact Paul Galonsky, pgalonsky@resna.org to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Register Today! Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community of Practice - July 27, 2016, 3p.m. EST
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1554819768266607363
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Work Group has been spending the past few meetings learning about various technology solutions and resources. The upcoming Deaf/Hard of Hearing Work Group is scheduled for July 27, and we are pleased to be continuing this trend by learning about cochlear implants during the July 27th meeting. Heidi Lervik, with Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP), will be the featured speaker and will cover the basics about cochlear implants. Heidi is currently an AT Specialist with AzTAP and her background includes working as the Territory Outreach Specialist and Surgical Representative at Cochlear Americas for seven years.

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Work Group is designed to share in, and address, technical issues and solutions current to technologies for individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. In addition, a LinkedIn page is available to share information and resources. To participate in this LinkedIn Group, visit https://www.linkedin.com/groups/RESNA-Catalyst-Deaf-HOH-Workgroup-6746896/about.

PAAT PROGRAMS

Announcements

National AT Project and New York TRAID Project Collaboration on AT Funding Toolkits: Toolkit Published on Funding of Pediatric Power Wheelchair
This collaboration, between the National AT Advocacy Project and New York’s State AT Project, has a few goals: to make sure that equipment suppliers, healthcare professionals, and individuals pursue Medicaid requests for a range of AT; to improve the quality of information contained in prior approval packets (e.g., by showcasing sample letters of medical justification); and to provide links to a range of supporting materials (e.g., funding newsletters, RESNA position papers) that can be used as part of the prior approval packet. The two toolkits to date are found at https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/services-supports/assistive-technology-traid/at-toolkits. The first one was on standing wheelchairs and the one just published is on pediatric power wheelchairs. As always, if you want to follow up on these issues contact Marge Gustas (mgustas@nls.org) or Jim Sheldon (jsheldon@nls.org).


Handouts, Resource Materials Available from 2016 National Disability Rights Network Conference

The National AT Advocacy Project delivered or co-presented several sessions at NDRN’s annual conference. For each session, we offered a range of power points and/or handouts as well as resource materials (the latter only available on the conference flash drive). If you would like electronic copies of the materials that supported any of the sessions below, contact Jim Sheldon (jsheldon@nls.org):

  • “Due Process Institute” institute – focus on administrative hearing preparation on a hypothetical AT case through Medicaid, special education and vocational rehabilitation.

  • “Expanding your PAAT Practice” – focus on definitions of AT devices and services, available AT funding sources, and examples of AT cases in range of areas to illustrate how PAAT programs can go beyond what they are currently doing.

  • “AT & Letters of Medical Justification” - Although you will lose the interactive flavor, materials help you understand principles behind a good letter with examples of what a good letter of justification might look like when seeking Medicaid funding of AT.

  • “Using Non-IDEA Funds to Meet AT Needs of Kids” – focus is a a range of potential AT funding sources, outside the special education system, including Medicaid, Medicaid waivers, private insurance plans, vocational rehabilitation agencies, IRS sanctioned flexible spending accounts, ADA/section 504 enforcement, and even SSI work incentives.

ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Announcements

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation’s (PATF), Cents and Sensibility New Website
PATF is proud to announce their new Cents and Sensibility website at www.centsandsensibility.us. This website is designed for people living with disability to understand how to manage money and was created through a partnership with Vanguard to make financial information accessible to more people. Website topics including: how to develop your own money map; how you can save money wisely; why building good credit is important; how to protect yourself against identity theft; how to build a personal financial file; and how to look for additional financial resources. Check out PATF’s new web resource today!

Recent Events

Loan Directors Open Forum Call – June 21, 2016, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern
The RESNA Catalyst Project hosted an all Loan Program Directors Forum on June 21, 2016, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern. This call focuses on issues of concern and interest for all loan programs, and everyone benefits from the active participation programs bring to the discussion. These calls are held monthly. Please join the call by dialing in at 1-800-211-4163, with pass code 57 48 484#.

New Grantee Call – June 23, 2016, 4-5:00p.m. Eastern
The monthly call bringing together the new AFP Grantees was held June 23, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Eastern. These calls are for those programs receiving funding under the recent competitions to discuss unique opportunities and challenges presented to new AFP Grantees.

Upcoming Events

Loan Directors Open Forum Call – July 19, 2016, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern
The RESNA Catalyst Project will host an all Loan Program Directors Forum on July 19, 2016, 3-4:00p.m. Eastern. This call focuses on issues of concern and interest for all loan programs, and everyone benefits from the active participation programs bring to the discussion. These calls are held monthly. Please join the call by dialing in at 1-800-211-4163, with pass code 57 48 484#.

New Grantee Call – July 21, 2016, 4-5:00p.m. Eastern
The next monthly call bringing together the new AFP Grantees will be held July 21, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Eastern. These calls are for those programs receiving funding under the recent competitions to discuss unique opportunities and challenges presented to new AFP Grantees.

Final Webinar in Becoming a CDFI – Date TBD
Thanks to the feedback and suggestions of the participants in the last two webinars, the Catalyst Project will again host Lisa Wagner on a third and final session on how to best pursue CDFI funding. Stay tuned for more information!

OTHER RESOURCES

The New England Pediatric Device Consortium and Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology-Grant Opportunity
The New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) and the Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT), in partnership with the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the Foundation for Physical Therapy, invite grant proposals for the development of novel technologies and improvements to existing technologies with clear potential for commercialization that can be used for pediatric rehabilitation. Through this program, TREAT will be offering up to $150,000 in total funding and 200 hours of in-kind service to each awardee (maximum $75,000 for any single project). For more information visit http://bit.ly/NEPDC-Target.

ALS Assistive Technology Challenge
The ALS Assistive Technology Challenge is a program focused around accelerating the development of communication technologies for ALS patients with development funds of over $500,000. The Prize Phase of the challenge is now open for registration. Final deadline for submission of the letter of intent is July 29, 2016. The ALS Assistive Technology Challenge, a joint initiative by The ALS Association and Prize4Life, is offering a $400,000 prize for the development of flexible, accessible technology to help people with ALS communicate with ease. The challenge is open to academics, industry, young start-ups and anyone that believes they can make a difference for people living with ALS. TO learn more, visit: http://www.alsa.org/research/als-assistive-technology-challenge-2.html.

23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference- September 13-15, 2016
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center invites you to its Mid-Atlantic ADA Update this September. To access the agenda and register, visit: http://www.adainfo.org/Content/ADA-Update.

National Council on Disability Issues Brochure on Prescription Drug Labeling
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has issued a brochure on best practices for making prescription drug container labels accessible to people with vision impairments or who are elderly. The new brochure, which is based on recommendations from a U.S. Access Board stakeholder panel, outlines voluntary methods that pharmacists can use to provide access to drug label information for their customers. These include braille and large print, as well as newer technologies such as digital voice or text-to-speech recorders, radio frequency identification tags, and smart devices and computers. The brochure also provides best practices to follow with these formats, such as maintaining patient privacy in preparing labels and selecting containers that best support the type of accessible label provided. This guidance is advisory only and is not mandatory. To access the brochure, visit: http://www.ncd.gov/sites/default/files/ADLP_508.pdf.

Launch of the First WHO Priority Assistive Products List
On 24 May 2016, during the 69 World Health Assembly, along with other distinguished delegates, H.E. Saira Afzal Tarar and H.E. Margarita Guevara, Health Ministers from Pakistan and Ecuador respectively, launched the WHO Priority Assistive Products List, which is the first step of WHO’s GATE initiative towards improving global access to assistive products for everyone, everywhere. APL is available in all six UN languages. For more details please visit http://www.who.int/phi/implementation/assistive_technology/en/.

WIOA Final Regulations Regional Meetings
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Labor (DOL) will publish final regulations to implement changes made by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA final regulations will be issued in July and regional meetings will be conducted in August about these final regulations. TO learn more, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-meetings-on-final-regs.html.

AT Radio & Podcasts in Indiana
INDATA has 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 training sessions. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: http://www.eastersealstech.com/on-air/. 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.

Follow the RESNA Catalyst Project on Twitter today! @ResnaCatalyst
The RESNA Catalyst Project now has a Twitter feed on the homepage at www.resnaprojects.org.  Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.

Follow what is happening with the RESNA Catalyst’s Online Calendar
The RESNA Catalyst Project’s event calendar is on the homepage at www.resnaprojects.org.  This interactive calendar allows individuals to access information on upcoming events as well as visit recent ones. Most events reported in these Highlights Newsletters will now be a simple click away to download, register, and share!

Product Disclaimer

AT product information contained above is distributed by the RESNA Catalyst Project for informational purposes only.  Endorsement or recommendation is neither intended nor implied, and the RESNA Catalyst Project, RESNA, RESNA employees, collaborators, and partners take no responsibility for individual decisions, and shall bear no liability for any loss or damages resulting from the use of this information.

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.

This newsletter is produced by the RESNA Catalyst Project under a grant funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ACL/HHS) 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.

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.