ACCESS: News & Perspective, Resources, Blog of the Month, Your opinion and Events.
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TUESDAY MAY 12, 2015

Welcome to the second 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


Young adults with autism more likely to be unemployed, isolated

Positive change in the workforce for people with disabilities
Best Buddies Blog

Different perspectives on closing sheltered workshops for workers with disabilities
Disability Scoop

Outsmarting my disability: From struggling student to conservation educator
USFWS Pacific

Adult Systems and Supports

What families face when children with autism age out of education system
NBC News


Letter to the NY State Board of Regents calling for state testing reform
Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma

Independent Living

Practical tips on independent living for individuals, families, and teachers
Center on Transition Innovations

Building financial literacy and acceptance for people with developmental disabilities
The ARC Blog

Disability and Culture

Toward a more inclusive definition of diversity in the disability community
Administration for Community Living

Disability and the advertising industry
Disabled World

First-time filmmakers explore how romance and autism intersect


New York City

Work independence program for students with disabilities and higher functioning autism

NYC Summer Youth Employment Program for students with disabilities; application deadline 4/24

Access-A-Ride yellow taxi debit card program


A transition guide to life after high school for young adults on the autism spectrum
Ten tips to help young people with disabilities transition into adulthood
Social Security disability programs for individuals with learning disabilities

Blog of the Month

The JJs List Blog
News, updates, and thoughts on all things disability-awareness

Your opinion please...

Your voice needed on proposed rules to implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
US Department of Education

NY State students’ opinion wanted on high school graduation options
Advocates for Children


May 14, 1 - 4p.m.: Online career fair for individuals with disabilities

Finger Lakes Region

May 19, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH), Genesee Valley
The Advocacy Center

May 21, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH), Wayne Finger Lakes
The Advocacy Center

New York City

May 14, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Your Guide to Transition and Life After High School, Brooklyn

May 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Transition for Families, Brooklyn

June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 11th Annual Bronx Mental Health Forum
More information

Western New York

May 6, 6 - 8 p.m.: Transition to adulthood workshop, Cattaraugus
Parent Network WNY

May 9, 9 -11 a.m.: Pathways to Graduation, Cattaraugus
Parent Network WNY

May 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Transition to Adulthood, Cattaraugus
Parent Network WNY

May 9, 2 - 4 p.m.: Your Mama Doesn’t Work Here Anymore, Cattaraugus
Parent Network WNY

May 11, 4 - 8 p.m.: O/N BOCES Transition Conference, Niagara
Parent Network WNY

May 13, 4:30 - 6 p.m.: Health-Ability: Now and for the Future Workshop, Erie
Parent Network WNY

May 14, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Buffalo Public Schools Multilingual Parent Resource Night, Erie
Parent Network WNY

May 28, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2015 Conference, Niagara
Parent Network WNY

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