The RESNA Catalyst Project (Catalyst)
The RESNA Catalyst Project is a federally-funded initiative that provides national technical 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 support the delivery of assistive technology related resources and assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families in the areas of evaluation, device identification, device loan and demonstration, funding and advocacy. The acquisition of assistive technology can enhance the employment, educational, social, and community living opportunities of people with disabilities.
Catalyst delivers technical assistance activities through a variety of specific initiatives, which include:
- 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
An in depth website is available for searchable information on assistive technology resources at www.resnaprojects.org. These resources include national contact information for all Assistive Technology Partners mentioned above, an extensive library of specific information by topic areas, and archived teleconferences and webinars on assistive technology related issues. Catalyst is a sponsored project of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, and is a grant program funded under the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Organizations and individuals should contact Catalyst when seeking AT information in their state or territory about device identification, where to get an assistive technology evaluation, funding possibilities for a device, or device demonstration opportunities, and more.
Catalyst can be reached Monday-Friday 9am-6pm ET by:
- Phone - (703) 524-6686 ext 304
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Catalyst's Web and On-line Services 24 hours 7 days a week:
- Website - http://www.resnaprojects.org
- Follow Catalyst on Twitter - @ResnaCatalyst