Welcome to the first 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 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


Employers learn to embrace hiring people with disabilities
Disability Scoop

New York State Employment First Commission: Report and recommendations
NYS Employment First

Support needed for people with autism to manage the social aspects of work life
Washington Post

Career-focused approach to restorative justice
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Adult Systems and Supports

Reform in the intellectual and developmental disabilities service systems poses real-life transition challenges
New York NonProfit Press

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) releases new Front Door manual
More information

A serious portrayal of the difficulties of transitioning from IDEA services to adult life
NBC News


National graduation rates for students with disabilities on the rise
On Special Education

Cuomo Drops Dream Act and Education Tax Credit from budget

Do colleges look less favorably on students with IEPs than 504 plans?

Science and Technology

Is modern technology a threat to braille?

Disability and Culture

The Opportunity Project: Micro-documentary video series to increase positive images of people with disabilities in the media
NY Transition

‘Big Bang Theory’ Star: Here’s to those who empower people with disabilities


How to prepare for and succeed in college for people with disabilities

Guideposts to success for youth with learning disabilities, age 14 – 25
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

A guide toward becoming self determined for youth with disabilities age 10 - 21
Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: How to plan the pathway toward graduation for at-risk students
Transition resources A – Z from
NASA Summer 2015 internships for students with disabilities

Blog of the Month

Recommended Website

Your opinion please...

Ten-minute survey on accessibility for travelers with disabilities
SUNY College at Brockport

Survey to assess the assistive technology needs of the NJ/NY community, and how to fund them
National Disability Institute



April 14: 6 – 8 p.m.: Transition for Families at the Queens NY Foundling
English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin; Presented by United We Stand's Amanda Haught and DOE RSE-TASC Transition Specialist Katea Dale

April 16: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Transition for Families at the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center
English, Cantonese, and Mandarin; presented by RCSN's Lori Gobioff and DOE RSE-TASC Transition Specialist Paula Shorter

Western New York

April 14: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Pathways to Graduation
True Bethel Baptist Church

April 25: 9 - 11 a.m. Pathways to Graduation
Randolph Town Hall

April 25: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Non Diploma Options
Randolph Town Hall

April 25: 2 - 4 p.m. The Family's Role in Work Based Learning
Randolph Town Hall

April 30: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Letting Go - Looking at the Emotional Side of Transition
Cattaraugus/Little Valley High School

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