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 from RAISE

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: 8.7, June 2022

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we look at health, well-being, and how adults can help to empower youth to take charge of their bodies and minds.

The STANDARD: 8.6, June 2022

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we unpack some of the issues and complexities of a transition to higher education.

The STANDARD: 8.5, May 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so RAISE is taking this opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and related issues, including mental-health-friendly workplaces.

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.

Creating Content: How to Engage Youth and Families Webinar- Sept 19

During this fun and engaging session, Katy Albert will train you on the best practices of social media engagement and creating social media content that will captivate and activate youth and families. The session will include a Q&A with Erin Thomson, Youth Advocate for Change committee member and Communications Consultant.

The webinar has the following objectives:
1. Educate attendees on best practices for social media content.
2. Showcase how social media content can be created to engage with, educate, and activate followers.
3. Empower attendees to get the most out of their efforts on social media.

Presenters: Katy Albert, VP, Blender Inc. and Erin Thomson, Youth Advocate for Change committee member and Communications Consultant

Date: Monday, Sept 19, 2022
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

8th Annual RAISE Summit Building new relationships in our new reality

The National RAISE will be hosting its first in-person Summit since 2019 on June 24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Join us as we explore new research on important relationships for successful outcomes regarding youth engagement, RSA parent center efforts, and more.

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 9am-3pm
Lunch will be provided

This summit will focus on developing and strengthening relationships with key partners to improve transition outcomes.

The RAISE Blog

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

An Advocating Momma, by Domonique Howell 

An Advocating Momma, by Domonique Howell 

  My name is Domonique Howell, a mother and a disability and family advocate from Philadelphia PA. My passion for advocacy truly began when I conceived my daughter. Unfortunately, during my pregnancy I experienced subpar prenatal care, medical disparities, and...