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.


OPWDD Web Conference on Self-Directed Planning: Sept. 17th

Because of the turnout of September 9th’s Web conference, the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is offering an additional Web Conference for individuals who are self-directing and their families. This will provide additional updates and answer questions from participants.

This Web Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

To participate in the conference, individuals and families may connect via the Web or directly through the phone.

Participants will need to pre-register for the Web Conference, if they wish to ask questions.
To register, click on the following link
Then Click on the gray button in the middle of the screen that says “Register.”

Participants who only want to listen, may join by phone by calling : 1-415-655-0003
and entering the access code: 293 873 571


DDPC: QuickRead Guides

From the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council: “QuickRead Guides take about ten minutes to read and provide valuable information in a no-nonsense format using language that’s easy-to-understand.The Guides provide basic information about the things that you need to know to stay safe and healthy and to participate more fully in your community.You can order QuickRead Guides online here.”

Read more via Disabililty News.


The Global Happiness Project | New Tech Network

This project, which took place throughout the spring of 2014, asked teachers and students around the world to explore the following questions:

  • What elements contribute to a happy and healthy society?
  • How well do our own local and global communities measure up?
  • How can we use data, creativity, and community to make the world a happier place?

Through the Global Happiness Project, students engaged in a virtual conversation about the components of a happy society, and co-designed and implemented a survey to measure these components at the local and global level. Later, students analyzed the results of this survey and used what they learned to inform an advocacy project designed to improve at least one area of happiness at the local or global level.

Learn more via The Global Happiness Project | New Tech Network.


Youth Action Council on Transition YouthACT: July 31 Deadline

Are you a youth, age 12-25, who wants to develop leadership and advocacy skills and become a leader in your community who improves opportunities and services for all youth?

Are you a professional or organization who wants to increase youth voice, leadership, and youth-adult partnerships within your organization and community?

If so, apply for the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). Only one week left to apply! Deadline is July 31, 2014

Each YouthACT team consists of two emerging youth leaders ages 12-25, at least one of which has to have a disability, one adult partner, and a sponsoring organization.

The Youth Action Council on Transition YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders and partners with adults and youth-serving organizations to improve youth transition outcomes.

YouthACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth NCWD/Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy ODEP. For additional Youth Development & Leadership resources visit

Learn more via Youth Action Council on Transition YouthACT | NCWD/Youth.