Providing technical assistance to support youth and young adults with disabilities and their Families during Transition

 

 

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About RAISE

In 2014, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a parent-led and family-centered non-profit parent training and information center (PTI), was funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide support to Parent Training and Information Centers in helping individuals with disabilities transition into adulthood.

RAISE was funded by a national grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to provide technical assistance and support to eight (8) RSA PTIs.

Disabled husband with his wife posing for a picture in a park.

New Resources from RAISE

Plain Language Made It Easy

RAISE and PEATC collaborated to develop this resource guide and video in English and Spanish to assist people in making their documents accessible to everyone.

Readable Print

These resource provide information on how to make printed text the most visually accessible.

  • Creating Readable Print Materials  explains the rules that will make text readable for everyone, including people with reading, language, or visual disabilities and their families.*

Stay Up To Date with RAISE

 The Standard Newsletter is the official publication from RAISE.

The STANDARD: 8.1, November 2021

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we explore the intersection of public benefits, earned income and personal finance, and the complex balance needed to achieve and preserve financial wellness.

The STANDARD: 7.8, October 2021

This issue of RAISE The Standard focuses is focused on real employment. Get ready to learn more about competitive jobs, integrated settings, and real wages. It’s the “gold standard” of transition outcomes for students with disabilities.

The STANDARD: 7.7, August 2021

This issue of RAISE The Standard focuses on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities at home, at work, and at school.

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Webinars and Events

RAISE hosts a number of engaging and informative webinars and events through out the year. We invite you to join us for professional development, virtual learning, networking and more.

Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life – Nov 15, 2021

Aligning advocacy activities with an often-changing transition landscape can be a challenge for parent training professionals. Providing effective supports to families requires moving away from traditional compliance-based strategies and moving towards an approach that treats transition as a very human, lifespan activity. This webinar will highlight various ways parent advocacy professionals can adjust and improve their transition supports to families, including examining the pitfalls of systems-based thinking, weaving transition into a continuum of advocacy services, and using a lifespan approach to help families embrace transition sooner.

Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life

Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life

Nov 15, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time

Aligning advocacy activities with an often-changing transition landscape can be a challenge for parent training professionals. Providing effective supports to families requires moving away from traditional compliance-based strategies and moving towards an approach that treats transition as a very human, lifespan activity. This webinar will highlight various ways parent advocacy professionals can adjust and improve their transition supports to families, including examining the pitfalls of systems-based thinking, weaving transition into a continuum of advocacy services, and using a lifespan approach to help families embrace transition sooner.

Presenters:

Sean Roy is the Chief Innovation and Training Officer for TransCen Inc.

Dr. Ann Deschamps is Vice President of TransCen Inc.

Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently the President of TransCen, Inc. (TCI).

The RAISE Blog

From an “insider’s” perspective, our blogs feature articles from Director, Josie Badger and occasional guest bloggers on transition-related issues.

Getting to know assistive tech! By Ren Koloni

Getting to know assistive tech! By Ren Koloni

  When I first heard the words “assistive technology,” all I could imagine was something out of science fiction, like a helpful hologram or a robotic backpack. But I’ve since realized that I’ve used assistive technology every day for my whole life, and it doesn’t...

My journey to a Job I Love, By: Rachel Shandler

My journey to a Job I Love, By: Rachel Shandler

Work Hard, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself And Amazing things will Happen   Graduating from college, the next step in many people’s lives is finding a job. For most people that is not always easy. It includes steps like building a resume, where to look for job, and...

Homecare is self-care, by Anomie Fatale 

Homecare is self-care, by Anomie Fatale 

As a physically disabled person who can’t independently do all their ADL’s (acts of daily living), people seem surprised when they ask me “Who takes care of you?” and I respond take care of myself.” I’ve had many caregivers since becoming disabled. Before I had...