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: 7.4, 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).

The STANDARD: 7.2, April 2021

In this issue of RAISE The Standard, as we collectively mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, we focus RAISE on mental health conditions and resources for youth in transition from school to adult life.

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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.

RAISE Transition Summit 2021

Transition in this Brave New World: Please join us on June 21st and June 28th for professional development, networking, and sharing as we work together to improve transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities.

Day 1: Monday, June 21
2:00pm- 4:00pm ET

Day 2: Monday, June 28
2:00pm- 4:00pm ET

The RAISE Blog

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

Be the Best “You”, by Aaron Fajerksi

Be the Best “You”, by Aaron Fajerksi

  It is ironic how, as a person who has lived with a physical disability since birth, one can become so accustomed to being taken care of his whole life.  For a time, it is as if the world, from an individualistic standpoint, consists only of facilities, caregivers,...

“Finding my Heartsong”, by Jessica Keogh, M. Ed

“Finding my Heartsong”, by Jessica Keogh, M. Ed

Approximately 10 years ago, I began my career as an educator in Reading, PA. It was quite an exciting first day that turned into four amazing years of growth. My students, who are now adults (ahh!) taught me a ton about life, and challenged me to be the best I could...