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.

Getting on the Same Page: Helping Families and Youth to “Think College”

Join us for this free webinar to learn about the current picture of inclusive higher education in the US, and hear from college students with intellectual disability from around the country, along with educators and family members, to learn how we can “Think Higher. Think College.” together.

Date: Monday, March 18th, 2024
Time: 2pm ET
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A New Parent Training Resource: Helping Families See Possibilities in Employment

A RAISE Center Webinar in collaboration with REAL Transition Partners.

This “train the trainer” session will provide content information and delivery strategies related to using the materials effectively. Key topics include understanding the value of employment, examining families expectations, building work skills and addressing family concerns. If you are a parent trainer, or if you just want to have better conversations with families about employment, this session is for you.

Date: Monday, Nov 6th, 2023
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Tools and Strategies for Independent Living Advocates Mentoring Families of Children with Disabilities

A Webinar Collaboration of The National Council on Independent Living and The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center

Parent-led organizations and disability-led Centers for Independent Living have a shared objective of facilitating the transition of youth with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Join this webinar to hear from a panel with lived experience about how families and CILs can collaborate to support the self-determination, empowerment, and independent living goals of youth preparing for and experiencing transition. Continue Reading Tools and Strategies for Independent Living Advocates Mentoring Families of Children with Disabilities

Society says “ADULT”, we say “they are still our children”: The challenges for transition age youth with mental illness and their families – August 21

The point in time when a youth reaches the legal age of consent begins a period known as “Transition Age Youth” – frequently referred to as a “black hole” in terms of services. This presentation will provide an overview of the most common challenges family members and other caregivers face when the child with mental illness in their care reaches the age that they can legally make treatment and other decisions for themselves – including the decision to leave the caregiver out of the process entirely. There will be tools and other resources shared that can be helpful to those currently navigating the process as well as those who are preparing to navigate the journey.

Date: Monday, August 21st, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

Presenter:
Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

El momento en que un joven alcanza la edad de consentimiento legal comienza un período conocido como “Joven en edad de transición”, a menudo asociado al término “agujero negro” en términos de servicios. Esta presentación brindará una descripción general de los desafíos más comunes que enfrentan los miembros de la familia y otros cuidadores cuando el joven con enfermedad mental bajo su cuidado alcanza la edad en la que legalmente puede tomar decisiones acerca de administrar su propio tratamiento y decisiones de otro tipo, incluida la decisión de dejar al cuidador fuera del proceso por completo. Se compartirán herramientas y otros recursos que pueden ser útiles para aquellos que actualmente navegan por el proceso, así como para los que se están preparando para entrar en esta nueva fase.

Fecha: lunes 21 de agosto de 2023
Hora: 2pm ET

Presentado por:
Teri Brister, PhD, LPC
Chief Program Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)

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Introducing PATF’s Family Guide: Big ideas for Teaching Financial Education – June 26

Please join us for a webinar on June 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. where we will introduce PATF’s new Family Guide. Money is never easy to talk about but introducing money concepts to our children can be intimidating. At what age do you start? Allowance or not? Need or want?

We will cover how the Family Guide provides easy-to-digest and relatable financial education strategies and tips from parents and families of children with disabilities to parents and families of children with disabilities. The webinar will focus on the big ideas for introducing financial education, anecdotes on what worked (and what didn’t), and provide resources for families.

Date: Monday, June 26th, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

Presentamos la guía de PATF para familias: grandes ideas para enseñar educación financiera

Acompáñenos en un seminario web el lunes 26 de junio de 2023 a las 2:00 p.m. donde presentaremos la nueva Guía de PATF para Familias. Nunca es fácil hablar de dinero; y presentar conceptos de dinero a nuestros hijos puede ser difícil. ¿A qué edad se empieza? ¿Se les da mesada o no? ¿Necesidad o capricho?

Cubriremos cómo la guía para familias proporciona estrategias y consejos de educación financiera prácticos y fáciles de comprender de parte de padres y familias de niños con discapacidades para padres y familias de niños con discapacidades. El seminario web se centrará en las ideas importantes para introducir la educación financiera, ejemplos prácticos sobre lo que funciona (y lo que no funciona ) y brindará recursos para las familias.

Fecha: lunes 26 de junio de 2023
Hora: 2pm ET

Se ofrecerá interpretación al español y ASL (lenguaje de señas americano)

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9th Annual RAISE Summit- May 16th- Charlotte, NC- PAYCHECKS not PITY!

The National RAISE Center will be hosting its 9th Summit in Charlotte, NC. It will be a time for leadership development, networking and team building.

Location: Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC.
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 at 9am – 1pm ET

This summit will focus on developing and strengthening relationships with key partners to improve transition outcomes. The sessions will include:

– A Young Adult Showcase
– MPACT Presentation “Walking the Walk: Recommendations for Experience-Focused Transition Programming”
– RSA Parent Centers spotlight

Travel and hotel is at your own expense. We are only covering lunch at the summit.

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Supporting Families to Focus on Student Self-Determination- April 24

Self-determination is the ability for an individual to make their own decisions and guide the path of their lives. Youth and young adults with disabilities often lack opportunities to develop and practice being self-determined. This session will provide family training and advocacy professionals with strategies and tools that assist parents and caregivers in building key self-determination skills in their youth. The Essential Elements of Self Determination will be highlighted and useful goal setting and supported decision making tools shared. Family involvement and student self-determination can coexist. By helping families see the value in self-determination we can support students to build confidence and take charge of their futures.

Presenters:
Sean Roy, Sean, Chief Innovation and Training Officer for TransCen Inc.

Dr. John McNaught, Principal Investigator for I’m Determined

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

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Why Financial Education Matters Webinar- March 20

Will saving jeopardize benefits? How will employment impact benefits? ABLE account or Special Needs Trust? What is Supported Decision-Making? How to protect against identity theft?

Please join us for an informative webinar presented by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) on March 20, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Recognizing that financial education is the foundation for independent living, everyone needs financial skills to make informed decisions about money. In this webinar, we will address fundamental building blocks and the unique financial education needs of students with disabilities. We will explore PATF’s Cents and Sensibility: A Money Management Guide and the Educator Companion Manual and how these guides can help you make financial education engaging and fun. We will also take a tour of PATF’s online financial education resource, StudyMoney.us and its interactive content, activities, and resources.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

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Smart Home Technology: Leading to Independence Webinar- Jan 23

This webinar will introduce the power of Smart Home technology. Assistive technology does not need to be specialized or costly to be life-changing for students with disabilities and their families. In fact, generic, off-the-shelf, smart home devices can make it possible to live with greater independence, autonomy, safety, security, and joy!

Please join us for a “Smart Homes” webinar presented by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 2:00 pm. The webinar will walk through PATF’s new publication (English/Spanish) and corresponding Smart Homes website. It will provide you with the information you’ll need to help your community explore the most current smart home technology, create a framework to choose technology, and how to build a team to support this technology.

It will provide you with the information you’ll need to help students, families, and teachers learn about smart home devices, create a framework to match goals with devices, learn how to build a team to support this technology, and find additional resources. This guide is available to download.

New Date: Monday, Jan 23, 2023
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

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Creating Content: How to Engage Youth and Families Webinar- Sept 19

During this fun and engaging session, Katy Albert will train you on the best practices of social media engagement and creating social media content that will captivate and activate youth and families. The session will include a Q&A with Erin Thomson, Youth Advocate for Change committee member and Communications Consultant.

The webinar has the following objectives:
1. Educate attendees on best practices for social media content.
2. Showcase how social media content can be created to engage with, educate, and activate followers.
3. Empower attendees to get the most out of their efforts on social media.

Presenters: Katy Albert, VP, Blender Inc. and Erin Thomson, Youth Advocate for Change committee member and Communications Consultant

Date: Monday, Sept 19, 2022
Time: 2pm ET

ASL interpretation & Spanish interpretation will be offered!

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