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Search the Transition Database

RAISE partners with the Center for Parent Center Information and Resources (CPIR) to provide information on a variety of Transition-related topics. Parent Centers, families, and youth can search the Resource Database, courtesy of the CPIR.

Here are some suggested search keywords: Transition, Employment, Graduation, Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Education, Training, Youth Development, College, Postsecondary, Self Determination, Independent Living, Law, Policy(ies), Rights, Regulations, or other keywords. The tabs that show up in the results will filter the search even more.

Resources for Partners, Parent Centers & Families

Quick Links for Youth & Families


Your Parent Center

The network of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) support families and youth throughout the US.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN offers free, confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Searchable Online Accommodation Resources (SOAR)

JAN’s SOAR system lets users explore accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings.

Social Security Administration: Ticket to Work

The SSA’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries who want to work.

Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS)

With a PASS Plan, an individual with a disability can set aside money to pay for items/services to achieve a specific work goal.

ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues

This Quick Guides on Top Issues report from Education Commission of the States (ECS) addresses questions about ESSA.

 

New from RAISE


youth engagement toolkit

RAISE’s Youth Development Toolkit for Parent Centers

Welcome to RAISE’s Youth Development Toolkit for Parent Centers. Developed in 2020 by RAISE in collaboration with other stakeholders, this toolkit is a resource for Parent Center professionals who are engaging youth on a regular basis and looking to take the next step in supporting youth development. This toolkit is meant to guide professionals and organizations in finding the many opportunities to incorporate programming centered in youth development. Providing meaningful participation to the youth that you serve will propel them forward in their journey of becoming empowered young adults.

 


RAISE’s Youth Leadership Toolkit for Parent Centers

Welcome to RAISE’s Youth Leadership Toolkit for Parent Centers. Developed in 2020 by RAISE in collaboration with other stakeholders, this toolkit is a resource for Parent Center professionals who are engaging youth on a regular basis, have begun to develop and recognize more skills in their youth, and are looking to take the next step in supporting youth leadership. This toolkit is meant to guide professionals and organizations in finding the many opportunities to incorporate programming centered in youth development. Providing meaningful participation to the youth that you serve will propel them forward in their journey of becoming empowered, self-directed, young adults.

The RAISE Standard Newsletter

Webinars

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.

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...

A Framework for Individual Youth Empowerment- April 19, 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...

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,...

Summit Resources

 EVENTS

 

Join us for the RAISE Center Accessibility 101 Webinars

Accessibility 101 Webinar Synopsis

The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is currently at the forefront of the corporate world today yet frequently excludes accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space. There are over 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, and it is crucial that the technology used within industry is not only accessible but also usable by this population.
 
In this 2-part webinar, the American Foundation for the Blind will discuss some of the basics of accessibility and usability, and we will provide some demonstrations with some powerful assistive technology used by people with disabilities, including what they are carrying around in their own pockets.
 

Session 1: Introduction to Accessibility and Implementing an Accessible Site

 
In the first session, AFB will provide context around the concept of “accessibility,” what it means for people with disabilities, and how organizations can be inclusive with their digital platforms. We will briefly touch on legal requirements before setting the stage for how to start determining if your website or app is accessible. We will introduce our accessibility toolkit and provide an activity that you can put into practice to prepare for the next session. 
 
Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 2pm
 
 
 
 

Session 2: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Accessibility

 
In the second session, AFB will cover the tools and methodology used to test accessibility. The goal of this session is to be practical and realistic: what can an organization do to make an improvement right now? We will suggest some actions to take in preparation for the Technical Assistance office hours to be scheduled after this session.
 
Date: Monday, Sept. 27
Time: 2pm
 
 
 
 

Presenters’ Bios

 
Darren Burton is an Accessibility Specialist who has over 25 years of experience working to improve the accessibility of modern technology. After serving as the Director of AFB Tech, Darren served a 4-year stint at Yahoo, where he focused on mobile app accessibility and teaching Yahoo designers and developers about how to build products that are accessible to everyone.
 
Olivia Hall is a Senior Software Engineer specializing in digital inclusion for AFB Consulting, with a background in full-stack development. She evaluates the accessibility of software and offers technical guidance on how to improve digital accessibility.
 
Syed Hassan is a Software Development and Support Engineer and specializes in evaluating the accessibility and usability of digital assets for AFB Consulting. He is an assistive technology user and, therefore, provides a valuable feedback and great perspective when evaluating the accessibility of digital assets.
 
William Reuschel is the Director of Client Services and Technical Development for the American Foundation for the Blind. In his work with AFB Consulting, he manages operations delivering accessibility client services and engages with companies to develop sustainable and effective accessibility programs
 
 
 

RAISE Transition Summit 2021

                                                                                   RAISE Transition Summit 2021

Transition in this Brave New World
                                                                                   2021 RAISE Summit Day 2 Recording
                                                                                   Caption- RAISE Summit 2021 Day 2
                                                                                   Audio in Spanish- audio en español
                                                                                   Presentation Slides in Spanish- Day 2
Topics:
June 21
  • Welcome to the newly funded RSA Parent Centers

Presented by the RSA-PTIs

Description:

During this session, you will gain an understanding of the 8 RSA-PTIs and their work providing 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.

  • Authentic Youth Engagement-Tools that can Help your Center make it Happen

Presenter: Everett Deibler, RAISE Center Youth Coordinator

Description: 

During this session the presenter will help attendees explore the new RAISE Center Youth Engagement Toolkit Series. Learn about how these toolkits can support your PTI’s quest to better engage youth in the programs, services, and overall mission of your PTI. Also learn about how the RAISE Center will be engaging with youth to better inform the technical assistance they provide throughout the year.

June 28

Re-opening of Schools:  Pre-ETS/Secondary Transition Service Delivery and Covid

Presenter: Michael Stoehr – Knowledge Development and Technical Assistance Specialist at National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C)

Description:

This session will provide information from the National Technical     Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C) about supporting students with transition services.  Michael Stoehr from NTACT:C will highlight strategies and resources for providing transition services on a continuum, including remote and virtual options.

  • Making Up Lost Instructional Time Due to COVID

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

Description:

Life and our plans for the future drastically changed in February 2020. During that time students were sent home and services were furloughed. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, there are a lot of changes happening for youth in transition. In this session we will discuss policies, court cases, and how this can affect youth in transition.

 

LEADERSHIP SUMMITS

The RAISE Center’s Advisory Partnership consists of 21 board members, including self-advocates, disability activists, the seven RSA-funded PTIs, and professional partners. They give feedback on RAISE work and materials and are active in the product development work groups. This partnership meets on quarterly conference calls, attends annual face-to-face summits and meetings, working together on an ongoing basis to provide TA to those who need it.

Past summits are listed below, with accompanying materials provided for reference.


RAISE Summit 2020

Click above for all documents, links, and other resources pertaining to the 2020 RAISE Summit (Virtual)

♦ RAISE Summit 2019

Click above for all documents, links, and other resources pertaining to the 2018 RAISE Summit in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with APSE.

♦ RAISE Summit 2018

Click above for all documents, links, and other resources pertaining to the 2018 RAISE Summit in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with APSE.

♦ RAISE Summit 2017

Click above for all documents, links, and other resources pertaining to the September 2017 RAISE Summit in East Rutherford, NJ.

♦ RAISE Summit 2016

Click above for all documents, links, and other resources pertaining to the May 2016 RAISE Summit.

RAISE Center Blog

The RAISE Center Blog is a section of the website that is more personal and includes articles from Co-Director Josie Badger and the occasional guest blogger on Transition-related issues from an “insider’s” perspective.

The opinions expressed on these blogs are those of the authors. They do not necessarily represent SPAN or RAISE ideas.

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 newly published entries.

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