RSA Parent Centers

“RSA PTIs” are Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) funded by the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) under the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), which is part of the US Department of Education.

There are eight (8) RSA PTIs throughout the US that provide various training and programming to youth/young adults with disabilities and their families, professionals, and other PTIs on the issues surrounding Youth Transition, the period of time between adolescence and adulthood.

The RSA PTIs support these various entities across the country.

 

REAL Transition Partners

A1: REAL Transition Partners (Federation)

REAL Transition Partners, a collaboration between all 26 Region A parent centers will provide innovative services that involve diverse youth/young adults with disabilities and their families, highlight the region’s strengths and collaborative spirit, and through a regional Community of Practice,  enhance participating parent center capacity around transition and adult service systems. FCSN is the lead partner in Region A-1 for parent centers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

REAL Transition Partners

A2: REAL Transition Partners (SPAN)

 

REAL Transition Partners, a collaboration between all 26 Region A parent centers will provide innovative services that involve diverse youth/young adults with disabilities and their families, highlight the region’s strengths and collaborative spirit, and through a regional Community of Practice,  enhance participating parent center capacity around transition and adult service systems. SPAN Parent Advocacy network is  the lead partner in Region A-2 for parent centers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

 

B1: Waze to Adulthood (PEATC)

WAZE to Adulthood is an RSA-funded project of Virginia’s Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) aimed at providing youth/young adults with disabilities, their families and those professionals who serve them up-to-date, high-quality resources, information and training to meet their diverse needs.  This project will focus on the topics of transition to adulthood, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, navigating through systems of supports, and building self-advocacy skills to help individuals with disabilities to enter post-secondary education, attain competitive, integrated employment, and reach their independent and community living goals. WAZE to Adulthood will prioritize meeting the needs of traditionally underserved populations. PEATC will work in collaboration with parent training centers and other disability organizations throughout the 6 state region that includes Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida to identify and to address state-specific gaps in services and systems to help improve long term outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

 

 

B2: Independent Futures That Work (APEC)

“Independent Futures That Work” is a joint project of Parent Centers across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  This center will provide training and information that will empower and support youth in transition to access independent living and employment as they transition to adult lives.  This project supports youth, their families, and professionals to improve their capacity to support youth with disabilities on their journey.

C1: Project Launch (PACER)

 

PACER Center’s “Project Launch” will partner with other parent centers to improve employment and independent living goals of individuals with disabilities in an 8-state region (Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan.) PACER will coordinate joint activities with parent centers in these states to share expertise among centers and support training and information activities that meet the needs of transition-age youth with disabilities and their family members.  The project will include focused activities to ensure it meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse and other underserved families.

 

Pathfinder Services of ND

C2: Midwestern Collaborative
(Pathfinder of ND)

 

The Midwestern Collaborative brings a unique opportunity for 8 Parent Training and Information Centers (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) to explore, create, and celebrate statewide services that focus on the development of self-advocacy, self-discovery, and independence for youth with disabilities. Working closely with professionals from both Vocational Rehabilitation Centers and Centers for Independent Living will bring collaborative and innovative services to guide youth with disabilities and their families to services centering on secondary transition and life after high school.

 

Multi-Cultural Transition TA Project (Open Doors for Multi-Cultural Families)

D1: Multi-Cultural Transition TA Project (Open Doors for Multi-Cultural Families)

Open Doors for Multicultural Families (WA) has established a Multicultural Parent Training and Information Center that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate information about transition to adult services, post-secondary resources and services for culturally & linguistically diverse (CLD) youth with developmental & intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) and their families in states in the northwestern region of the US. Technical Assistance is provided through the RSA Multicultural Technical Assistance Project to professionals working with transition age youths and their families in the Region D1 states comprised of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Hawai’i, American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

D2: Shift Project (PEAK)

The Region D2 RSA Shift Project assists young people with disabilities and their families in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah to meet their transition needs by collaborating with and providing technical assistance to the OSEP-funded PTIs and CPRCs located within the area served. The project links youth and families to current, cutting edge resources, tools and support through a range of activities and products, including: an interactive, fully accessible project webpage, online and print tools, youth guides, topical webinars, virtual and in-person training curricula, and technical assistance to parent centers designed to assist them in providing successful transition outreach, training and support to the youth and families in their state or area.