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Supporting and Serving Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This webinar will explore the employment implications for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Learn how Kentucky & Alaska worked collaboratively to design successful practices between their Vocational Rehabilitation and Juvenile Justice Systems.

  • Participants will learn about examples of state level practices for serving youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system
  • Participants will feel empowered to outreach to systems that are actively supporting the needs of students and youth in the juvenile justice system
  • Participants will learn about collaboration partners who are needed to connect students and youth in juvenile justice programs to life sustaining employment and success in life

Register here.

Location: Webinar
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



Supporting and Serving Youth in the Foster Care System

This webinar will discuss national trends and needs of this population as well as provide examples of coordination and best practices.  Specific topics will include outreach strategies, youth goals/activities, working together locally, and ready to use resources. Jacy Farkas will highlight Arizona's work with Foster Care Youth populations (including foster youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities), effective collaboration, and utilizing Person Centered Planning. 

• Participants will learn about foster care needs and transition planning considerations. 

• Participants will be able to apply basic techniques of Person Centered Planning and Trauma Informed Care to their work with foster care youth. 

• Participants will learn about foster care related resources.

Register here.

Location: Webinar
Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



Supporting and Serving Youth who are Homeless

Students and youth who are homeless face many challenges, including possibly having a disability. Additionally, numerous individuals in these situations may not have support from family or caring adults, suffer from malnutrition, poor health and trauma and lack access to quality transition services. This session will provide information on supports and agencies working to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Learn how to support stability in the lives of students and youth who experience homelessness and to create caring atmospheres that generate positive outcomes.   

• Participants will learn about outreach and support design for youth who are homeless 

• Participants will feel knowledgeable about what services are most helpful to these individuals to create stability 

• Participants will learn about collaboration partners who are needed to connect students and youth to life sustaining employment and opportunities

Register here.

Location: Webinar
Date: October 10, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



Supporting and Serving Youth with Significant Disabilities

Youth with significant disabilities often require supports from multiple service systems and agencies. It takes intense coordinated planning to ensure the youth is able to live their best adult life. This session will discuss the legal requirements regarding secondary transition planning, explore the barriers often faced by youth with significant disabilities, and provide examples of effective practices to enhance the implementation of transition and vocational rehabilitation services.

  • Participants will learn evidence-/research-based practices for serving youth with significant disabilities as required under federal regulations.
  • Participants will discuss the barriers to transition and vocational rehabilitation outcomes and feel empowered to enhance implementation of transition services for youth with significant disabilities.
  • Participants will be able to work with teams to provide transition experiences, incorporating person-centered planning, for youth with significant disabilities.

Register here.

Location: Webinar
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



A Free Parent/Caregiver Youth Workshop Series

An Opportunity for Youth and Parents and Caregivers

Young people with disabilities and their parents/caregivers can greatly benefit from connecting with their peers in order to support their personal growth. Additionally, young people want to be heard by their caregivers and receive that support as they grow into young leaders and become more self-sufficient. 

Through this FREE workshop series that brings together both the family and youth perspective, caregivers are given the tools they need to support the young people in their care as a vital part of their transition team through teaching, modeling, and support. This event is free and includes meals, housing and transportation assistance for youth and lunch will be provided on both parent days.

Applications must be received by August 27th. Applicants will be notified of selection status no later than September 5th. Please be advised that participants are required to remain for the duration of the event.

Youth Flyer

Youth Application

Parent Application


Full Announcement

Questions? or 518-432-0333 ext. 19.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Albany Medical Center, 62 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Date: September 15, 2018
Time: Youth: 9/15 - 9/18 - Parents: 9/15 - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AND 9/18 - 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Social Security Administration Releases Updated Guidance on ABLE

On March 8, 2018 the Social Security Administration (SSA) published an updated version of its Program Operations Manual System (POMS) regarding the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts. POMS is based upon the law and is an operational policy reference used by SSA internal staff to conduct SSA business. Highlights include:

  • Partnerships that States can use to administer ABLE accounts.
  • Treatment of duplicate ABLE accounts.
  • Clarification of excluded contributions.
  • Simplification of Qualified Disability Expense (QDE) examples to make them more general at the request of the IRS.
  • Data Exchange.
  • Usage of debit cards.

The Social Security Administration provides some guidance for ABLE Accounts.

View the Road Map to Enrollment



Advancing Race Equity - Move It Forward

Join the effort to advance race equity and attend the NYS Council on Children and Families' upcoming symposium. Be part of the group that moves race equity forward.

The keynote speaker, Professor john a. powell, Director of the Hass Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity and poverty. He is one of the world's most important thinkers and scholars on civil and human rights.

Join the Council on Children and Families for an engaging, informative day and learn how to move race equity forward in your organization.

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I can't make it

Location: NYS Museum - Huxley Auditorium, 22 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship Opportunity


The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing each individual's voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship are due by September 4, 2018.

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