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



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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.

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New Resources and Quick Access

Transition Alphabet Soup!  Find out what these acronyms mean?→

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: 9.8, September 2023

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we look at person-centered planning and how it can improve the transition process.

The STANDARD: 9.6, June 2023

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we will explore the challenges within our nation’s disability benefits system, unpack several of the benefits programs offered for people with disabilities, and share ways to maximize them for independence and self-direction.

Sign up for The Standard Newsletter and other useful RAISE resources and information.

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.

Tools and Strategies for Independent Living Advocates Mentoring Families of Children with Disabilities

A Webinar Collaboration of The National Council on Independent Living and The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center

Parent-led organizations and disability-led Centers for Independent Living have a shared objective of facilitating the transition of youth with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Join this webinar to hear from a panel with lived experience about how families and CILs can collaborate to support the self-determination, empowerment, and independent living goals of youth preparing for and experiencing transition.

· The role of parent-led organizations in educating families about how to support self-determination, empowerment, and independent living goals.
· The role of Centers for Independent Living in communicating to families the independent living philosophy and how to support their transitioning youth’s self-determination and empowerment.
· How disability-led CILs can work with parent-led organizations to facilitate the self-determination, empowerment, and independent living goals of youth preparing for and experiencing transition.
· Strategies for assisting youth to maintain self-determination when their families work against their goals.

Date: Monday, September 25th, 2023
Time: 3pm-4:30pm ET

Wednesday Jones, Employment and Financial Literacy Specialist, Able SC Center for Independent Living

Dawn Monaco, Program Director for Youth Engagement, Project Director for REAL Transition Partners at the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, National Advisory Board Member for the Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice.

Mary-Kate Wells, Program Director at the National Council on Independent Living.

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

Society says “ADULT”, we say “they are still our children”: The challenges for transition age youth with mental illness and their families – August 21

The point in time when a youth reaches the legal age of consent begins a period known as “Transition Age Youth” – frequently referred to as a “black hole” in terms of services. This presentation will provide an overview of the most common challenges family members and other caregivers face when the child with mental illness in their care reaches the age that they can legally make treatment and other decisions for themselves – including the decision to leave the caregiver out of the process entirely. There will be tools and other resources shared that can be helpful to those currently navigating the process as well as those who are preparing to navigate the journey.

Date: Monday, August 21st, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

El momento en que un joven alcanza la edad de consentimiento legal comienza un período conocido como “Joven en edad de transición”, a menudo asociado al término “agujero negro” en términos de servicios. Esta presentación brindará una descripción general de los desafíos más comunes que enfrentan los miembros de la familia y otros cuidadores cuando el joven con enfermedad mental bajo su cuidado alcanza la edad en la que legalmente puede tomar decisiones acerca de administrar su propio tratamiento y decisiones de otro tipo, incluida la decisión de dejar al cuidador fuera del proceso por completo. Se compartirán herramientas y otros recursos que pueden ser útiles para aquellos que actualmente navegan por el proceso, así como para los que se están preparando para entrar en esta nueva fase.

Fecha: lunes 21 de agosto de 2023
Hora: 2pm ET

Presentado por:
Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)