RAISE hosts webinars for the RSA PTIs, individuals with disabilities and their families, and for our partners. Recordings of the webinar are available here and on our YouTube page. Each webinar is accompanied by a PowerPoint slide deck, a list of relevant resources, and other handouts for use by participants. Click on any title below to view that webinar in more detail.

Introduction to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Jan 24, 2022

This session will provide a basic overview of the services available from the vocational rehabilitation system for people with disabilities. It will cover eligibility, developing the Individualized Plan for Employment, available services, and financial factors to consider.

Date: Monday, Jan. 24, 2022
Time: 2pm ET


Ron Hager, Managing Attorney for Education and Employment, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Ron Hager is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, DC. Ron provides training and technical assistance to the P&A/CAP network on special education and assists in overseeing training and technical assistance to CAP. He has specialized in disability law, particularly special education, since 1979, when he started his legal career in Buffalo as a VISTA attorney. After that, he was a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School for nine years, supervising the Education Law Clinic. In 1991, Ron moved to Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) where he represented clients in a wide variety of disability-related cases. As part of NLS’s National AT Advocacy Project, Ron also was a frequent author on disability-law-related issues. He was co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities for four years, and was the President of the Board of Directors of Autistic Services, Inc., in Western New York, for 10 years. Ron earned a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Amy Scherer, Senior Staff Attorney for Vocational Rehabilitation

Joining NDRN in December 2009, Amy Scherer provides training and technical assistance to the P&A network on issues related to Vocational Rehabilitation and the Client Assistance Program. She is a member of NDRN’s employment team which focuses on a variety of issues related to helping individuals with disabilities achieve competitive wages and integrated jobs in the community. Prior to arriving at NDRN, Amy worked for seven years at a vocational training facility for individuals with a variety of disabilities in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked primarily with VR clients as both a case manager and as a certified vocational evaluator. Amy earned a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling/Vocational Evaluation from Auburn University, and a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law.

Amy happens to be wheelchair user which has contributed to her strong interest in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and employment law. She wholeheartedly believes that all people with disabilities are capable of working in the community. The keys are appropriate job matches as well as the effective implementation of reasonable accommodations.

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

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Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life – Nov 15, 2021

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. Continue Reading Reimagining Advocacy: Promoting an Authentic Transition to Adult Life – Nov 15, 2021

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. Continue Reading ACCESSIBILITY 101- Sept 20, 2021

A Framework for Individual Youth Empowerment- April 19, 2021

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Tips and Tricks for Creating Accessible Content- Feb. 16, 2021

2020 has shown us that the virtual learning is not going anywhere any time soon. So, web content accessibility is more important than ever. There are some tricks of the trade that can improve the accessibility of content you create today using Microsoft Office Suite,...

How Language Can Impact Accessibility and Inclusion- Jan. 19, 2021

We all want the families and youth that interact with our PTI's to feel welcome and included. One of the ways to create a welcoming and inclusive environment is to use language that is accessible, easy to understand, and culturally aware. During this webinar you will...

Webinar: Parent Centers and Pre ETS Across the Country

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Webinar: The Foundations of Youth Engagement and Parent Centers

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Webinar: The Family Guideposts–Engaging in Youth Transitions

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Webinar: Smart Homes Made Simple

This presentation focuses on defining and learning about "smart home" technology and how these devices can be integrated into home and work environments to enhance independence, safety and quality of life. Funding resources for the acquisition of smart home devices...

Webinar: The Makings of a Beautiful Relationship-VR and PTI Centers

This webinar discusses three relationships between Parent Training and Information Centers and their state's Vocational Rehabilitation. These partnerships have discovered and implemented multiple programs and statewide policies that have improved transition and...

Webinar: Breaking Barriers-Reaching the Hard to Reach

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Webinar: Family Support in Post Secondary Education

This webinar looks at positive ways that families can help support their youth with disabilities in post-secondary education opportunities. Youth and families both need to adjust to the new experience of post-secondary education and it is important to know the major...

Webinar: Developing Financial Capability Among Youth

Developing the capacity to manage financial resources effectively is an important part of preparing for adulthood. Families have significant influence over youth’s financial knowledge and can assist them in practicing money management and decision making skills. Learn...

Webinar: Resiliency–Finding Your Inner Strength

This NAPTAC Webinar: "Resiliency–Finding Your Inner Strength" from February 22, 2017 was presented in partnership with RAISE. Presenter: Sacheen Smith NAPTAC Website: www.naptac.org