November 2011 Highlights
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment Web Portal Design Work Group
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The next call for the Work Group will be
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
STATEWIDE AT PROGRAMS
Statewide AT Act New Directors Call - Thursday, December 1, at 3:00 p.m.
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
Introducing the SF 425 – Financial
Reporting Instrument - Teleconference – Thursday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m.
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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To join the call, dial call is 1-800-351-6810 and the pass
code is 46172076 #.
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.
Annual “Bridges to Better Advocacy” Conference
Did You Know? Series
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 (email@example.com) or Jim (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Indicators Work Group – December 6, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
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 Data Submission Conference Call -
Monday, November 14, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
user-friendly MAAP website provides updated resources, a news section, more
links, and frequently asked questions.
Visit the site at
Disability is Natural Website
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 email@example.com.