ALERT: 11/24 Conference Call – Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services present:

Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Please Join the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services for a Conference Call with Workforce Development Stakeholders

Monday, November 24, 2014

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm EST
Toll Free: 888-982-4692
Passcode: 2921187

Register at

This will be a conference call with the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Portia Wu, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Johan Uvin, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Janet LaBreck, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg.

The purpose of this call is to share our joint vision for the implementation of WIOA and discuss critical steps that can be taken now by states, local areas, and partners to ensure successful implementation.

During the call, you may send questions to


Research Article on Exploring Transition Partnerships

A research article has been published on collaborative service delivery, free for download. From the Abstract:

“Our research stresses the need for clear guidelines to be established regarding the distribution of roles and responsibilities between the professionals and services involved in transition. Improving communication processes between professionals and between them and young people and their families is underlined as a way to help young people with ID in their transition to adulthood. Reinforcing the role of the local area is also recommended.”

Transition to adulthood for young people with intellectual disability: Exploring transition partnerships from the point of view of professionals in school and postschool services
Maria Pallisera, Montserrat Vilà, Judit Fullana
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Vol. 39, Iss. 4, 2014


Family Connect Conference 2014: The World Is What You Make It – United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 United Cerebral Palsy of NYC is hosting a Family Conference with the theme The World is What We Make It. The day will focus on proposed industry-wide changes to services for individuals with disabilities and the resources and knowledge needed for navigating them.

The conference will take place at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania (401 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor between 32nd and 33rd Streets) from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. and is free of charge to families, professionals, and other interested members of the community.

There is no fee to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided. However, registration is required, and we anticipate registration to fill up quickly. You can register on the UCP of NYC website at, call 718-436-7979 Ext. 704.

via Family Connect Conference 2014: The World Is What You Make It – United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.


Office of Disability Employment Policy Releases Literature Review of Five Federal Systems Serving Transition Age Youth with Disabilities

To support the development of an interagency strategy to improve transition results for youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) funded the development of a literature review that focuses on five federal systems that play key and inter-related roles in preparing youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood: vocational rehabilitation, social security, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and workforce investment. This study summarizes each system’s role, the extent of its use by the population, and central programs and authorizing legislation. In addition, challenges and recommendations for each system are identified, as are common themes and trends across systems.  To read this report, click here.


Transition Age Youth Institute — September 11th in Albany

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Description: Human Service organizations converge in Albany for first collaborative Transition Age Youth Institute

On September 11-12, 2012 rehabilitation professionals will unite at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, New York for a collaborative institute on transition age youth policy in New York State.

This two-day institute, known as the Transition Age Youth Institute, is sponsored by the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA), the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), the New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services, and the New York State Learning Disabilities Association (NYS LDA). It will offer a venue for providers who work with children with intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and providers who work with children with emotional and social disabilities to exchange information on the two systems while they discuss and examine cohesive processes in partnering with school districts.

The Institute offers learning sessions and panel presentations that will create hearty discussions for attendees and clear advocacy in assisting and providing services to children transitioning from high school to post-secondary education and careers. Additionally, New York State Board of Regents Chancellor, Merryl H. Tisch, has will be the guest speaker. Providers will leave the Transition Age Youth Institute with tools and resources for sharing with their school district.

For more information contact Stacie Muscolino-Benfer, Director of Event Planning and Administration at