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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Society says “ADULT”, we say “they are still our children”: The challenges for transition age youth with mental illness and their families – August 21

The point in time when a youth reaches the legal age of consent begins a period known as “Transition Age Youth” – frequently referred to as a “black hole” in terms of services. This presentation will provide an overview of the most common challenges family members and other caregivers face when the child with mental illness in their care reaches the age that they can legally make treatment and other decisions for themselves – including the decision to leave the caregiver out of the process entirely. There will be tools and other resources shared that can be helpful to those currently navigating the process as well as those who are preparing to navigate the journey.

Date: Monday, August 21st, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

El momento en que un joven alcanza la edad de consentimiento legal comienza un período conocido como “Joven en edad de transición”, a menudo asociado al término “agujero negro” en términos de servicios. Esta presentación brindará una descripción general de los desafíos más comunes que enfrentan los miembros de la familia y otros cuidadores cuando el joven con enfermedad mental bajo su cuidado alcanza la edad en la que legalmente puede tomar decisiones acerca de administrar su propio tratamiento y decisiones de otro tipo, incluida la decisión de dejar al cuidador fuera del proceso por completo. Se compartirán herramientas y otros recursos que pueden ser útiles para aquellos que actualmente navegan por el proceso, así como para los que se están preparando para entrar en esta nueva fase.

Fecha: lunes 21 de agosto de 2023
Hora: 2pm ET

Presentado por:
Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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

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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.