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: 10.2, January 2024

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we explore the often-overlooked aspect of transition planning: independent living.

Archived Webinars

A New Parent Training Resource: Helping Families See Possibilities in Employment

A RAISE Center Webinar in collaboration with REAL Transition Partners.

This “train the trainer” session will provide content information and delivery strategies related to using the materials effectively. Key topics include understanding the value of employment, examining families expectations, building work skills and addressing family concerns. If you are a parent trainer, or if you just want to have better conversations with families about employment, this session is for you.

Date: Monday, Nov 6th, 2023
Time: 3pm-4:30pm ET

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.

Getting on the Same Page: Helping Families and Youth to “Think College”

Join us for this free webinar to learn about the current picture of inclusive higher education in the US, and hear from college students with intellectual disability from around the country, along with educators and family members, to learn how we can “Think Higher. Think College.” together.

Date: Monday, March 18th, 2024
Time: 2pm ET