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Welcome to the fourth edition of ACCESS, a monthly digest of transition-related news, perspectives from diverse voices, upcoming events, and resources for young people with disabilities in New York State. Each month, you will receive timely pieces on employment, education, and the rapidly changing NYS service systems that affect our community.

ACCESS is brought to you by NYS Transition Partners: a collaborative project funded by the Rehabilitative Services Administration to help NYS families and young adults with disabilities navigate the transition to productive, independent, and meaningful adult lives. Here’s a brief summary of the project.

We'd also like to take a moment to announce that two of our organizations have recently changed their names:

The Advocacy Center is now Starbridge, and Resources for Children with Special Needs is now INCLUDEnyc.

We invite you to use ACCESS to get the word out when you have an event or a resource you’d like to share with the community. We also invite you to pass ACCESS on to your own network, and to let us know what you think.

—Jenny Hutkowski, Sue Barlow, and Rachel Howard

News & Perspective


Living in the community means working in the community
U.S. Dept. of Labor

“Accommodations” for those with disabilities is an often-misunderstood term in the workplace
Toronto Sun

Advocates push back against wage limits for individuals with disabilities
Post Gazette


New York keeps raising the bar for graduation

Feds aim to help college students with disabilities
Disability Scoop

Diplomas and Special Education: Different state policies, different results
On Special Education

Services and supports for students with disabilities disappear after graduation
The Atlantic

Adult Systems and Supports

IRS proposes rules for new ABLE accounts
Disability Scoop

Social Security Disability Insurance: A bedrock of security for American workers
Center for American Progress

16th Anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision on civil rights for people with disabilities (Olmstead)

Disability and Culture

Why are there so many people with disabilities now?

Longmont restaurant owners create environment to employ people with disabilities


New York City

Sign up here for NY State's Office of People with Developmental Disabilities email distribution list

Online employment and provider resource for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Google tools for people with disabilities
Help your young adult with disabilities learn about accessing accommodations after high school
A closer look at transition out of the special education system
Assistive technology built into mobile devices

Blog of the Month

Rob Rummel-Hudson
Author of Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter


New York City

July 12: Disability Pride Parade: Come march with Extreme Kids & Crew and INCLUDEnyc.
Parade information

Western New York

July 14, 6 - 8 p.m.: Front Door and Self Directed Services, Erie
Parent Network WNY

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