[nfbwatlk] July: Assistive Technology Re-Use Summit, Only 11 Accounts Left & More Resurces!

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
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In this issue: Re-Use Summit, Only 11 Accounts Left, and July Resources.
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Access Fund News

July 2011



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Assistive Technology Re-Use and Recycling Summit<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868963/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/about_access_fund/newsletter_7-11.php%23reuse>

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]Join us in Seattle on August 10, 2011 for the AT Re-Use and Recycling Summit! Hosted by the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program ( WATAP<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868964/1404208/goto:http:/watap.org/>) and Bridge Disability Ministries<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868965/1404208/goto:http:/www.bridgemin.org/mobility/index.html> in collaboration with the Pass It On Center<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868966/1404208/goto:http:/www.passitoncenter.org/>, this exciting all day Summit will give participants an opportunity to explore strategies for effectively recycling assistive technologies to better serve Washington residents who need free and low-cost devices. The Summit represents the first step in organizing a statewide assistive technology reuse action and exchange network! A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

For more information, to register, and to request accommodations, contact Samantha Murphy at WATAP at smurphy3 at uw.edu<mailto:smurphy3 at uw.edu> or by phone at 1-800-214-8731.

Re-Use and Recycling: What's it all about? Assistive technology reuse and recycling programs are designed to get AT devices out of the closet and into the hands of people who need them - especially low -income individuals! Related goals include emergency preparedness (e.g., establishing a system to meet the needs of wheelchair and other AT users in the case of major disasters) and protecting the environment by keeping AT out of landfills.

There are several types of "re-use" programs:

 *   Online AT exchanges offer a virtual marketplace for buying, selling, trading and donating Assistive Devices. Examples include Washington's Evergreen AT Exchange<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868967/1404208/goto:https:/greenat.watap.org/> and AT School Share<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868968/1404208/goto:http:/atschoolshare.massmatch.org/>, an online inventory and AT device exchange program used by school districts in several states.
 *   Device recycling and refurbishing programs which accept donated items and give or loan them to individuals and families who need them. Some agencies (such as Bridge Ministries) also repair and/or refurbish the devices before passing them along. Check out the Access Fund's resource list on Medical Equipment Loan Closets<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868969/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/resources/medical_equipment_loan_closets.php>.
 *   Assistive Technology Lease/Loan Programs, such as the Access Fund's Closed Circuit TV Rental Program<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868970/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/cctv_rentals/cctv_rentals.php>, which provides affordable, long-term, low-cost access to CCTV magnifiers. This is a re-use program to the extent that rental units are sent out to other users upon return so that any particular unit benefits two, three or even more individuals during its lifetime.
 *   Device Disposal programs designed primarily to ensure that devices that are no longer usable are disposed of in an environmentally appropriate way.

There are some incredible models of AT re-use throughout the United States. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to learn about these models and to be a part of the conversation as we develop and expand such programs in Washington State.

Who should attend the Summit? Nonprofit, for-profit or government agencies (including school districts) interested in promoting assistive technology reuse and recycling in Washington State - whether it be wheelchairs, vision aids, hearing aids, computers or other types of assistive devices.


Only 11 accounts left for this year!!<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868971/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/about_access_fund/newsletter_7-11.php%23accounts>

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]Need help paying for laptops, e-readers, iPads, wheelchair copays, hearing aids or other assistive technologies (AT)? Have you heard about the Access Fund's Individual Development Account (IDA)? IDAs are matched savings accounts where participants can earn a grant by saving on a monthly basis. In our IDA program, individuals with disabilities can earn up to $4,000 (depending on how much they save) to help pay for AT. If they save the maximum amount, that means they'll have $8,000 to go towards AT.

Individuals ages 15 and up can start saving as well as parents of children with disabilities. This program is geared towards low-income households, to see if you qualify please visit our website's IDA page<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868972/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/ida_program/ida_program.php>. You can download the application<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868973/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/ida_program/application.php> on our website or give us a call and we'd be happy to put one in the mail for you.

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]Only 11 IDAs are left available for 2011! Accounts are provided on a first-come first-served basis, so please get your applications in as soon as possible. The application deadline is October 31st, 2011. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

Meet Access Fund IDA Participant, Tyler Eckel<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868974/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/meet_the_clients/eckel_tyler.php>!

The Access Fund also offers IDAs for business equipment for entrepreneurs with disabilities, please contact us for more information or visit us on the web<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868975/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/ida_program/ida_program.php>!


July Resources<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868976/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/about_access_fund/newsletter_7-11.php%23resources>

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]Disability Rights Galaxy: This new website and listserve (and much more) created by Disability Rights of Washington will help you keep up on disability issues including information about your rights and access to assistive technologies! Learn more at Disability Rights Galaxy<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868977/1404208/goto:http:/disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/> where, among other things, you will find information about how to file a claim for damages in Wells Fargo Bank's recent $16,000,000 settlement of U.S. Department of Justice's claims that it violated the ADA by failing to make its phone systems accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing plus a Petition to NetFlix asking them to provide closed captioning on streamed content.

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]July 13th-September 30th: Webinar series from the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868978/1404208/goto:http:/www.theinitiative.ws/> focusing on building employment and communication skills and options. You can take just one or the whole series. Check out W.i.S.e.'s Schedule of Upcoming Events<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868979/1404208/goto:http:/campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=6ajwdndab&v=001wGH4ADbzDTsjajcm7E2P8DOTPKLNW-o4M7Vir1v9RXqJZmzsV2R2NJnwHKAXrwL-trzHlC2FAYIpMahgzpcAUszQDONfhXKIfDRTtolQWUOpYuORd9Gr_bSeb52rhFJHgjD8osbBcRTbuR-PNO311BVyCrbBB-ZYWdm9syCyaRSbvuL8HxXn2LMflk9ejQ00h3GxSIu6RVvd9FJIKTqIwUQbqQ4gyIJrKIiGXoZFyvHbCsjbTQ5K-sxck7rjRUVsEAKzgnX-RzDb0xJOavxyxQ%3D%3D>.

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]August 13th from 8am-5pm: Hearing Loss Association Statewide Conference - hear from experts and exhibitors about the latest in assistive technology for hearing loss; basic causes of hearing loss, the psycho-social impact and legal rights to access technologies. The conference will be held at Bellevue Community College. Register at the Hearing Loss Association<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868980/1404208/goto:http:/www.hearingloss-wa.org/>.

[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]August 24th 1pm-5pm: Way Finding Workshop - WATAP<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868981/1404208/goto:http:/watap.org/> will review Way Finding options and how GPS can encourage more confident and independent travel within the blind community. Discuss whether handheld GPS is right for you. Explore the differences between mobile apps or a dedicated device in meeting your needs. Registered participants will be able to take part in a hands-on, outdoor demonstration with the Trekker Breeze presented by a HumanWare Product Specialist. To register, please call 800-214-8731 or email watap at uw.edu<mailto:watap at uw.edu>.


[cid:image006.jpg at 01CC4537.55685340]<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868982/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/index.php>Our mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington State. The Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Washington Access Fund provides: Assistive Technology Loans<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868983/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/loans/assistive_technology_loans.php>, Business Equipment Loans<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868984/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/loans/telework_loans.php>, CCTV Rentals<http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868985/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/cctv_rentals/cctv_rentals.php>, and Matched Savings IDAs <http://e2ma.net/go/7135154627/208617384/223868986/1404208/goto:http:/www.washingtonaccessfund.org/ida_program/ida_program.php>
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