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High school program utilizing a multi-sensory, developmental and language-intensive curriculum tailored to students in grades nine through 12, with language and learning disabilities and/or high-functioning autism.
Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP grant program.
Creates transformational experiences for students that foster academic and professional achievement, leadership and civic engagement. Serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, DC for academic credit.
Support for a Civic Engagement Project around disability issues that helps students develop a greater understanding of the disability rights movement and current issues faced by the disability community. Project partners include: American Association of People With Disabilities, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, DC Association of Special Education, DC Metro Business Leadership Network, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, Job Accommodations Network, Kids Included Together, National Council on Independent Living, Schooltalk, Inc., TASH, The HSC Foundation, TransCen, Inc., US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, and US International Council on Disabilities.
Partners with member-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students; identifies and prepares students attending member-schools who have significant leadership potential; and creates a pipeline for employers to highly qualified member-school students and alumni.
Support for the Inclusion Scholars Program, a program of disability inclusion at historically black colleges and universities.
Organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) provides leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living. In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, OSERS and the Youth Transitions Collaborative provide Collaborative members and other stakeholders with information, technical assistance and access to resources that help build the capacity of regional and national organizations to empower youth with disabilities to create a self-directed path to employment. Outcome: Hosted a second educational webinar entitled, Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment. At this webinar, OSERS-funded Technical Assistance Centers, and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers shared guidance, tools, and resources on the importance of self-advocacy and transition planning. Over 500 people participated in this webinar.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor’s FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy. ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor, providing national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. Under the Alliance, ODEP and the Youth Transitions Collaborative exchange information, technical assistance and access to resources that help build the capacity of regional and national organizations to empower youth and young veterans with disabilities to create a self-directed path to employment. Under the current Alliance, ODEP, the Youth Transitions Collaborative, and the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement exchange information, technical assistance and access to resources and focuses on demonstrating the linkages between the health care transition and employment transition fields. Outcome: Drafted tips sheets on health care transition and employment transition information based on information collected from the Youth Transitions Collaborative. The tip sheets will target the following audiences: youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions, family members of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and youth service professionals. Once finalized and approved, the tip sheets will be released at an ODEP event.
Educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Through an affiliate network, UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.
Support for “Engage: A Diverse Event Series,” a program to engage youth and young veterans with disabilities, with the overall goal of improving mutual awareness and understanding of both communities.
Connects people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, they inspire growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. They are all about access, inclusion and opportunity and operate in a manner that facilitates full participation by everyone, including people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.