Are you a parent of a young person with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26?

From New York State Transition Partners: “NYS Transition Partners needs your help to better understand your experience with the transition process for students with disabilities here in New York. What’s going well? What isn’t going so well? What needs improvement?

The results of this brief survey will be used to create useful resources to help you in the transition process. Your experience, challenges, and suggestions will be shared with state and local policymakers and members of the transition community in order to start a conversation about how best to affect meaningful change.

All of your information is confidential. Thank you in advance for your time!

Please click here to take the survey!


Transition to Adulthood | Center for Parent Information and Resources

From the Center for Parent Information and Resources:

“Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.”

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Learn more… Transition to Adulthood | Center for Parent Information and Resources.


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.


Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family | NCWD/Youth

From NCWD-Youth: “The world of work has changed. A high school diploma alone no longer guarantees a decent living wage. A typical career path today does not necessarily follow the traditional course of high school, college, and long-term employment. Rather, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, with the workforce’s youngest employees staying less than 3 years. That means that they will have 15 to 20 jobs over their working lives. One reality of today’s workforce, however, that has remained the same is that youth need to develop skills to be employed. To be able to acquire these skills and effectively change jobs, and plan and manage multiple careers over one’s life time, career development skills are important. The process by which youth get to know their strengths and interests, learn how different jobs connect with those interests, and build these career planning and management skills is called career development.”

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Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH): A Four-Part Webinar Series

From The Advocacy Center: Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH) is a four part series which will provide information to help students with disabilities and their families plan and prepare for life after high school. Topics to be covered include:

Session 1 ~ May 6 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Developing a Vision
~ Getting and Keeping the First Job

Session 2 – May 13 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Pathways to Graduation – Understanding Diploma and Credential Options

Session 3 – May 20 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Transition on the IEP

Session 4 – May 27 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Overview of Services and Eligibility for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
~ Overview of 17 A Guardianship for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This series is being presented online only.

Use this link to register for the entire series:

Presented by: The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services, in collaboration with Future Care Planning Services, and Midwest Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC).