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November 2011 Highlights



PROJECT WIDE NEWS



Announcements

Transition to Community Work Group
The Catalyst Project is starting a Transition to Community Listserv so that anyone interested in discussing issues related to transition can use this listserv. To join, contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

AT for Employment Web Portal Design Work Group
The Catalyst Project is currently searching for members to assist in the design of an AT for Employer Portal. When completed, the Portal will provide information on AT (resources on training, tool kits, marketing AT). If interested in becoming a member of this design work group, contact Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org.

Recent Events

AT for Employment Work Group Call November 17
Work Group call notes and MP3 of the call will be available soon at http://www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/workgroup.html.
Check out the "hub" web page devoted to AT and Employment at www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/index.html. 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. The next call for the Work Group will be Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.


STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS

Upcoming Events

Statewide AT Act New Directors Call - Thursday, December 1, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
The New Directors call takes place every other month. This upcoming call will feature information about Fiscal and Contract Management issues, as well as allow new directors to discuss issues they are currently facing. To join the call, dial 800-351-6810, and use pass code: 46172076.


State AT Grantees Purchasing Work Group - Tuesday, December 6, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern
The second Purchasing Work Group call will involve a more specific discussion on possible approaches and topic issues for sharing information electronically.

Introducing the SF 425 – Financial Reporting Instrument - Teleconference – Thursday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern
The SF 425 form has replaced the SF 269. This call features Brian Bard and Rob Groenendaal from RSA, who will explain what is in the new form and answer any questions you may have. This is a good presentation to invite your fiscal people to attend with you. If you have questions that you would like to have answered, please submit them in advance (no later than Friday December 2) to Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org. To connect to the call dial: 1-800-351-6810, Pass code: 46172076 #.

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. If you have questions that you would like to have answered, please submit your questions in advance (no later than Monday, January 9, 2012) to Paul Galonsky at pgalonsky@resna.org. To join the call, dial call is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass code is 46172076 #.


Recent Event

Statewide AT Program Data Submission Conference Call - Monday, November 14
A conference call on Statewide AT Program data submission requirements and timelines for fiscal year 2011. An MP3 recording is now available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/statewide/teleconferences.html.

PAAT PROGRAMS


Recent Event

15th Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference
The Annual Advocacy Conference was held on November 1-3, 2011 (Tuesday - Thursday), Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, TX)
If you would like conference handouts contact either Diana (dstraube@nls.org) or Jim (jsheldon@nls.org). Refer to the agendas for session details: preconference (http://www.nls.org/preconf 2011.pdf), two-day conference (http://www.nls.org/2011 conf agenda.pdf). Selected handouts will soon appear on the project website with permission of the authors, www.nls.org.

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, there are 16 postings, all available at http://www.nls.org/did you know.htm. During the upcoming months, several postings related to AT and employment will be published.


ALTERNATIVE FINANCING AND TELEWORK LOAN PROGRAMS


Upcoming Events

Best Practices/Quality Indicators Work Group – December 6, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
The next Best Practices Work Group will meet to finalize the Quality Indicators document for AFP and Telework Loan programs. Once this document is finalized, it will be made available to the wider AFP/Telework community.

Recent Event

AFP/Telework Data Submission Conference Call - Monday, November 14, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
A conference call on AFP/Telework data submission requirements and timelines for fiscal year 2011. An MP3 recording as well as the new AFP and Telework data collection instruments are available at http://www.resnaprojects.org/afp/teleconf/index.html.

AFP Resources

List of Financial Education Curricula for High Schoolers
A list of 36 free comprehensive financial education curricula, primarily for high schoolers was compiled at a recent Jump$tart National Educators Conference. http://www.moneyhabitudes.com/exhibitors-and-free-financial-education-curricula/.

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.

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

OTHER RESOURCES

IRS Accessibility Survey
The IRS has developed a survey for deaf and hard of hearing citizens to assess their ability to access the IRS to resolve their federal tax concerns. The survey is available online at: https://www.research.net/s/DHOHaccessASL. The survey will be open until December 5, 2011.

New Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project (MAAP) Website
The new user-friendly MAAP website provides updated resources, a news section, more links, and frequently asked questions. Visit the site at www.mid-atlanticagrability.com.

Disability is Natural Website
http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/- This webpage is devoted to promoting Person First Language (PFL) and provides articles on PFL, resources, and an option to subscribe to an email newsletter.

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.