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 Parent Centers.

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The STANDARD: 10.6, June 2024

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we will explore what it takes to help youth with disabilities manage differences of viewpoint in the workplace and find the resources and practices to maximize their career potential.

Archived Webinars

Transition Discoveries: Your Voice. Your Story. Your Future

Learn how to use Transition Discoveries cards to build authentic connections. Explore the pivotal role of strong relationships in empowering families to support their youth through transition with confidence and resilience. 

Date: Monday, April 15th, 2024
Time: 2pm ET

ASL and English-Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Upcoming 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.

The challenges for transition age youth with mental illness and their families – Part 2 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Part 2 will involve walking participants through how to use the tools shared on our Part 1 webinar. Additionally, new resources will be shared with participants that have been developed by NAMI’s Youth and Young Adults team to help provide additional support and information for families.

Date: Monday, July 15th, 2024
Time: 2pm ET

ASL and English-Spanish interpretation will be provided.

10th Annual RAISE Summit- July 25th, 2024 St. Louis, Missouri  “Let’s do nothing about us without us”

The National RAISE Center will be hosting its 10th Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be a time for leadership development, networking and team building.

Location: Crowne Plaza, St. Louis Airport (11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, MO, 63044)

Date: Thursday, July 25th
Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Crowne P
This summit will focus on developing and strengthening relationships with key partners to improve transition outcomes. The sessions will include:

A Young Adult Showcase
RSA Parent Centers spotlight

Travel and hotel is at your own expense. We are only covering lunch at the summit.