Providing technical assistance to support youth and young adults with disabilities and their Families during Transition

 

 

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About RAISE

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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New Resources from RAISE

Transition Alphabet Soup!  Find out what these acronyms mean?→

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.

Readable Print

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.*

Stay Up To Date with RAISE

 The Standard Newsletter is the official publication from RAISE.

The STANDARD: 8.4, April/May 2022

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.

The STANDARD: 8.2, January 2022

In this issue of RAISE The Standard we explore addictions and substance use disorders, and their impact on youth with disabilities.

Sign up for The Standard Newsletter and other useful RAISE resources and information.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY 101- Sept 20, 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.

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.

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...

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...