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OCTOBER 22: Please join us for our Learning Community's special online event, featuring ACCES-VR Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith

Our Learning Community is a great place to share transition-related activities, resources, news, and upcoming events. Please join us on October 22 at 10 a.m. as we explore the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Kevin Smith, the Deputy Commissioner for Adult Career and Continued Educational Services from the New York State Education Department, will be presenting.

To view the presentation online on October 22nd at 10 a.m.:

You can use the following phone number and access code to join the discussion:

Call: (415) 655-0002
Enter access code: 664 738 792

We look forward to you joining our Learning Community!

News & Perspective


Unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities increases
Disability Scoop

How are states reporting on college and career readiness?
College & Career Readiness & Success Center

BLOG: Advice for employers working with people with autism
The Mighty


Post-secondary programs see signs of success
Disability Scoop

NYSED releases information for parents on the NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential

Adult Systems and Supports

Vision for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
US Department of Education

Independent Living

Why a man with intellectual disabilities has fewer rights than a convicted felon
Washington Post

Families object to plan to close group home for people with disabilities

Science and Technology

NYC Adaptive designer and fabricator Alex Truesdell earns MacArthur Fellowship


It’s My Future! iPad app for individuals with developmental disabilities
“Voices of Experience:” Video compilation of successful young adults with disabilities in the workplace
VisionConnect: A free app that provides support for individuals with vision impairment
Free online learning games to assess career interests

Need help with Access-A-Ride in NYC? Attorneys at MFY Legal Services, Inc., can provide advice and assistance with Access-A-Ride denials, suspensions, and other eligibility issues. For more information, please call toll free at 877-417-2427.
More information

Blog of the Month
“Lessons more special than the needs:” Blog about the lives of a mother and her adult son with Down Syndrome


October 31 (deadline): If you are a parent or caregiver of a young person with a disability between the age of 14 and 25, please consider taking a survey on the transition to life after high school for students with disabilities.
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New York City

October: Discoveries: Programs at the Met for visitors on the autism spectrum and with developmental and learning disabilities
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manhattan)

Every Saturday: NYC Parks Wheelchair Flag Football
More information

October 15: Your Guide to Transition and Life After High School
Brooklyn, English, Presented by Anishah Cumber

Western New York

November 2, 6 - 8 p.m.: Families’ Role in Work Based Learning, Cautauqua
Parent Network WNY

November 4: 6:30 - 8 p.m.: Transition Resource Fair!
Parent Network WNY

November 6, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Southern Tier Transition Committee (STTC) Fall Conference
Parent Network WNY

November 19, 6 - 8 p.m.: Transition to Adulthood, Erie
Parent Network WNY

Finger Lakes

October 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Putting the Pieces Together in OPWDD Self-Directed Services; Geneva

October 22, 7 - 9 p.m.: Putting the Pieces Together in OPWDD Self-Directed Services; Belfast

November 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 9th Annual Youth and Family Conference, Step Forward
Finger Lakes Parent Network Teen Group

Long Island

November 6: College and trade school fair for young people with disabilities
Bellmore Merrick SEPTA

Save the Date: January 26: Transition Fair for young adults with disabilities
More information

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