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The National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center works with the seven (7) RSA-funded Parent Training & Information Centers to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.


2018 RAISE & RSA-PTI Spotlight

We are excited to share with you: "Making a Difference: Showing the Impact, Spotlight on RAISE & RSA-TIs, 2018." This report highlights the national work by RAISE and RSA-PTIs to support the transition of youth with disabilities into successful employment and...

Check out the latest RAISE blog post!

The latest article from the RAISE Center Blog was just published.  Check it out here! (To read the entries in full, click on the titles below or go directly to the blog at raisecenter.wordpress.com. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed to get updates on...

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Upcoming Webinar: The Makings of a Beautiful Relationship: Vocational Rehabilitation and Parent Training and Information Centers

National RAISE Technical Assistance Center and National Disability Rights Network invites you to join this webinar:

The Makings of a Beautiful Relationship: Vocational Rehabilitation and Parent Training and Information Centers

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
2:30pm – 4:00pm (EST)

This webinar will discuss 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 employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.


  • Discuss the unique and positive relationships between VR and PTIs
  • Identify creative funding opportunities
  • Explore creative ways to improve transition outcomes for youth
  • Alison Lowenthal is the State Transition Coordinator at the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
  • Angela Lindig is the Executive Director of the Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL).
    Carrie Ragsdale is the Program Coordinator for Project STELLAR at MPACT.
    Beth Schaffner is the Director for the Shift Transition Project at PEAK, which provides technical assistance to CO, AZ, UT, NM.

  • IPUL and VR have collaborated through the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition, developing a transition action plan and a statewide Institute in November 2018. They have also created the Work of Art program, using the arts to engage local businesses in supporting students in developing job skills for employment via paid work.

  • MPACT will share how it is able to provide hundreds of youth, their families and individuals who support them with valuable resources, education and support through partnerships with our VR via 18 Regional Transition Networks statewide.
  • PEAK works with its state partners to support working relationships with their state VR agencies to improve transition outcomes.

Materials will be made available.

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