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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RAISE and the RSA-PCs have developed new resources—webinars, newsletters, and websites—to support transition into adulthood for students with disabilities in all US states and territories. Read more in this Special Year End Review edition of RAISE the Standard Newsletter. Learn what’s happening in your area and about available resources near you, and a few things to look forward to in 2024.

Archived Webinars

Tools and Strategies for Independent Living Advocates Mentoring Families of Children with Disabilities

A Webinar Collaboration of The National Council on Independent Living and The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center

Parent-led organizations and disability-led Centers for Independent Living have a shared objective of facilitating the transition of youth with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Join this webinar to hear from a panel with lived experience about how families and CILs can collaborate to support the self-determination, empowerment, and independent living goals of youth preparing for and experiencing transition.

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.

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