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: 9.6, 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.

The STANDARD: 9.5, April 2023

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we take a deep dive into how and why to use summertime to advance transition skills.

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.

Introducing PATF’s Family Guide: Big ideas for Teaching Financial Education – June 26

Please join us for a webinar on June 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. where we will introduce PATF’s new Family Guide. Money is never easy to talk about but introducing money concepts to our children can be intimidating. At what age do you start? Allowance or not? Need or want?

We will cover how the Family Guide provides easy-to-digest and relatable financial education strategies and tips from parents and families of children with disabilities to parents and families of children with disabilities. The webinar will focus on the big ideas for introducing financial education, anecdotes on what worked (and what didn’t), and provide resources for families.

Date: Monday, June 26th, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

Presentamos la guía de PATF para familias: grandes ideas para enseñar educación financiera

Acompáñenos en un seminario web el lunes 26 de junio de 2023 a las 2:00 p.m. donde presentaremos la nueva Guía de PATF para Familias. Nunca es fácil hablar de dinero; y presentar conceptos de dinero a nuestros hijos puede ser difícil. ¿A qué edad se empieza? ¿Se les da mesada o no? ¿Necesidad o capricho?

Cubriremos cómo la guía para familias proporciona estrategias y consejos de educación financiera prácticos y fáciles de comprender de parte de padres y familias de niños con discapacidades para padres y familias de niños con discapacidades. El seminario web se centrará en las ideas importantes para introducir la educación financiera, ejemplos prácticos sobre lo que funciona (y lo que no funciona ) y brindará recursos para las familias.

Fecha: lunes 26 de junio de 2023
Hora: 2pm ET

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

9th Annual RAISE Summit- May 16th- Charlotte, NC- PAYCHECKS not PITY!

The National RAISE Center will be hosting its 9th Summit in Charlotte, NC. It will be a time for leadership development, networking and team building.

Location: Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC.
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 at 9am – 1pm ET

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

– A Young Adult Showcase
– MPACT Presentation “Walking the Walk: Recommendations for Experience-Focused Transition Programming”
– RSA Parent Centers spotlight

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