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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 The Standard Newsletter is the official publication from RAISE.

The STANDARD: 7.5, July 2021

This issue of RAISE The Standard focuses on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities at home, at work, and at school.

The STANDARD: 7.4, June 2021

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we focus on youth empowerment. When youth are empowered, they have the skills, critical awareness, and opportunities to positively impact their own lives and their communities.

The STANDARD: 7.3, May 2021

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, as the second COVID-19 school year comes to an end, many parents and school leaders are asking whether students have met the goals and objectives in their Individual Education Program (IEP).

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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 Framework for Collective Youth Empowerment- May 17, 2021

Professionals and organizations are continuing to make strides in working with youth instead of around them. In support of this movement, RAISE has developed a second series of toolkits meant to provide Parent Center professionals with a framework for how to approach programming centered in youth empowerment.

RAISE Center Accessibility 101 Webinars

The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is currently at the forefront of the corporate world today yet frequently excludes accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space. There are over 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, and it is crucial that the technology used within industry is not only accessible but also usable by this population.

In this 2-part webinar, the American Foundation for the Blind will discuss some of the basics of accessibility and usability, and we will provide some demonstrations with some powerful assistive technology used by people with disabilities, including what they are carrying around in their own pockets.

Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 2pm

Date: Monday, Sept. 27
Time: 2pm

The RAISE Blog

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

“Covid and Transition to Adulthood”, by Jessica Keogh, M. Ed

“Covid and Transition to Adulthood”, by Jessica Keogh, M. Ed

The Covid -19 pandemic has proven to be challenging for all, but for people with disabilities the struggles were intensified. As an adult living and working with a physical disability, I can attest to the challenges posed by Covid. Because of my disability I rely...