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.
New Resources from RAISE
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.
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.*
- Creating Readable Text is a video shows how to create readable print material *
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The Standard Newsletter is the official publication from RAISE.
In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we explore the evolving legal and regulatory landscape, as well as the opportunities for youth with disabilities as the global pandemic enters its third year.
In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we explore the entrepreneurial spirit of starting a business.
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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.
Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life
Nov 15, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time
Aligning advocacy activities with an often-changing transition landscape can be a challenge for parent training professionals. Providing effective supports to families requires moving away from traditional compliance-based strategies and moving towards an approach that treats transition as a very human, lifespan activity. This webinar will highlight various ways parent advocacy professionals can adjust and improve their transition supports to families, including examining the pitfalls of systems-based thinking, weaving transition into a continuum of advocacy services, and using a lifespan approach to help families embrace transition sooner.
Sean Roy is the Chief Innovation and Training Officer for TransCen Inc.
Dr. Ann Deschamps is Vice President of TransCen Inc.
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently the President of TransCen, Inc. (TCI).
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.
The RAISE Blog
From an “insider’s” perspective, our blogs feature articles from Director, Josie Badger and occasional guest bloggers on transition-related issues.
My disabled journey to employment (and understanding), by Anomie Fatale Before I became disabled, I wanted to be a doctor or medical researcher. It was a realistic goal. I had the intelligence, drive, grades, and most importantly, I had the health for it. I was a 3.9...
What I didn’t know then: Wildfire displacement as a wheelchair using parent, by Alex Wegman I’ve always understood that access and independence are fluid and mean different things for different people. What’s modified for my access might create barriers for another...
“My Experience with Disability and Leadership”, by Lillian Sellers On her blog, Lillian Sellers expresses that confidence is more important than anything else in the transition process, and shares that it’s so important for schools to include more self-advocacy...