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The RESNA Catalyst Project (Catalyst)

A sponsored program of the Rehabilitation, Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

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The RESNA Catalyst Project is a federally-funded initiative that provides assistance to the State Grant for Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing Programs, and the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Programs.These organizations all work to provide resources and assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families.

The mission of the RESNA Catalyst Project is to help each of these unique programs provide the best services possible. The Project provides technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

The goal of the RESNA Catalyst Project is to improve the effectiveness of the Assistive Technology Act Entities. This is done through a many different approaches:

  • Web-based trainings
  • Referral to legal assistance
  • Education on the Assistive Technology Act and other available resources
  • Peer-to-Peer mentoring and assistance
  • Technical guidance to support compliance with federal and state regulations
  • Annual conference

Central to the RESNA Catalyst Project mission is the provision of ATresource information to its partners as well as the general public. This is done primarily through a comprehensive website: www.resnaprojects.org. Archived on this site is content rich information specific to the Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing Programs, and Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Programs, as well as information of interest to people with disabilities and the general public.

Within these ATEntities sections on the website are:

  • Program Directories searchable by state and territory with comprehensive contact information (e.g., address, phone and email contact, web links)
  • Project Libraries that list out specific topic areas that are relevant to the spectrum of AT(e.g., accommodations, legislation, and financial education).
  • Previously held and recorded teleconferences and webinars on a broad range of AT issues.
  • Links to AT organizations that provide useful information about device acquisition, funding, and re-use.

For more information, please contact the RESNA Catalyst Project at (703) 524-6686 or email at Catalyst@resna.org.

Produced by the RESNA Catalyst Project, 2014