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 individuals with disabilities through the transition from secondary school and into competitive employment and independent living.
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.
What We Do for RSA-PTIs and OSEP Parent Centers
RAISE employs strategic use of face-to-face meetings, webinars, social media, and other web-based media, as well as one-to-one technical assistance strategies, to provide a variety of services to our Parent Center staff:
* This expertise also includes the provision of technical assistance on how to coordinate a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) with the individualized plan for employment so that the services provided to young adults with disabilities under both plans are more likely to lead to high-quality competitive employment in the integrated labor market.
What We Do for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families
Besides the RSA-PTIs, the RAISE audience includes youth/young adults with disabilities and their families. For them we provide a multitude of resources and information to help them:
RAISE also provides these individuals with
- Follow-up support for transition and employment programs;
- Support and expertise in obtaining information about rehabilitation and independent living programs, services, and appropriate resources;
- Support in the development of the individualized plan for employment.