RAISE Partnering Agencies and Organizations


asan_logo Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) – A nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard.  ASAN’s activities include public policy advocacy, the promotion and cultivation of Autistic culture, and leadership trainings for self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It provides information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects. Website- http://autisticadvocacy.org/
The Branch– The MPTAC, also known as the Branch, is new as of March 2015. It’s available to help Parent Centers increase their visibility with, and support for, military families within their communities. Its website includes a map with links to military installations in the United States and territories. The Branch has designated staff who serve as primary contacts for Parent Centers seeking technical assistance and information on addressing the needs of military families of children with disabilities in the area. Resources in the Branch’s library include one-pagers organized by topic areas, such as military courtesies, the Exceptional Family Member Program, TRICARE (military insurance), and much more. The Branch plans a quarterly e-newsletter that will include information from Parent Centers, military subject matter experts, and resources. Website- https://branchta.org/
 IEL-logo Center for Workforce Development at the Institute for Educational Leadership – It is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC that has worked to achieve better results for children and youth and manages the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. Website- http://iel.org/


National Black Disability Coalition – This coalitions works to promote UNITY among Black people with disabilities, our families and our communities; to advance EQUITY within the disability movement and our communities; To foster OPPORTUNITY for Black people with disabilities.  Website- www.blackdisability.org



National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) – The National Disability Rights Network (“NDRN”), is the non-profit membership association of protection and advocacy (“P&A”) and Client Assistance Program (CAP) agencies that are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Territories. There is also a federally mandated Native American P&A and CAP System. P&A agencies are authorized under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and related advocacy services, and to investigate abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. The P&A System comprises the nation’s largest provider of legally-based advocacy services for persons with disabilities. NDRN supports its members through the provision of training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, and works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination. Website- http://www.ndrn.org/index.php

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – It is a national organization that is focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. Website- http://www.ffcmh.org/
NTACT-LOGO-web-color-MED National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT formerly known as NSTTAC) – The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitation Services Administration (OSEP/RSA; #H326E140004) from January 2015 through December 2019. Our purpose is to assist SEAs, LEAs, State VR agencies, and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) to ensure students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, stay in school, progress in school, and graduate with knowledge, skills, and supports needed to succeed in postsecondary education and employment. Website- www.transitionta.org
Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center– NAPTAC provides Parent Centers with the full array of technical assistance (i.e., universal TA, targeted TA, and intensive TA), as described in the next section. The center focuses on providing universal TA to Parent Centers to build their capacity to provide effective and culturally appropriate services to Native American parents of children with disabilities and Native American youth with disabilities. The NAPTAC  also provides differentiated, targeted, and intensive TA to Parent Centers requesting additional support to build their capacity. Website- http://naptac.org/


Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) – administering grant programs; evaluating, monitoring, and reporting on vocational rehabilitation services, supported employment, independent living, and other related programs for individuals with disabilities; coordinating with other agencies, professional organizations, service providers, and organizations of persons with disabilities for the review of program planning, implementation, and monitoring issues. Website- http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html
TASH TASH – By striving for fully inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities, TASH ensures that all individuals have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life amongst a diverse community of family, friends, and colleagues. As a international leader in disability advocacy for 40 years, ensuring this quality of life is accomplished through a collaboration of stakeholders, including self-advocates, family members, educators, researchers, adult service providers, policy makers, and others dedicated to promoting equity, opportunity, and inclusion. TASH has an uncompromising stand that all people have value and that everyone should be able to determine their own lives.  What makes TASH different? We have the expertise to make it happen.  Website- www.tash.org
TransCen, Inc TransCen Inc. – TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. Our associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation. Website- www.transcen.org