ACCESS: News & Perspective, Resources, Blog of the Month, Your opinion and Events.
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Welcome to the third 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


Summer jobs can be helpful for teens with learning disabilities

Full-time employment with the right expectations and supports
Real Work Stories

The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act goes into effect July 1! This Department of Labor Fact Sheet outlines major changes for youth 16 - 21
More information


Autism, Post-School Transitioning, and Beekeeping: A reflection on “Summary of Performance” in IEPS
The Life that Chose Me

Student surprises classmates and shares her disability in her graduation speech
Sun Journal

Adult Systems and Supports

Changes recommended for Medicaid Managed Care
Disability Scoop

New disability liaison on board at the White House
Disability Scoop

Feds probe disenfranchisement of people with disabilities
Disability Scoop

Independent Living

Four friends with disabilities are driving cross country to gain independence
The Mighty

Who decides where adults with autism live?
The Atlantic

Science and Technology

Even tiny updates to technology can be obstacles for those with disabilities

Great advances being made in assistive technology
Inside Halton

Google offers $20 million to certain nonprofits as part of disability initiative
Disability Scoop

Disability and Culture

Actor and best friend with Down Syndrome create TV show together
The Mighty

Zoo proves transformative for teen with severe disabilities


New York City

SYEP Alternatives: Summer programs and jobs for young adults
Department of Youth and Community Development


A roadmap to life after high school for children with disabilities
Ten tips to help young adults with autism transition into the workforce

Blog of the Month

Zachary Fennell
Author, freelance writer, editor, and social media strategist with Cerebral Palsy

Your Voice Needed

Petition to maintain funding for NYC City Council's mental health supports and Autism Initiative
The Campaign for Effective Behavioral Supports for Students

Petition NYC DOE to ensure students with disabilities learn to read and write


Finger Lakes Region

June 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Pathways to Graduation, Genesee Valley
The Advocacy Center

New York City

June 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: WEBINAR: Transition for Families: Preparing for Life After High School
English, Presented by Mariko Sakita and RSE-TASC Transition Specialist, Susan Derrickson

June 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Autism Family Support Q & A: Special Education Information and Updates
English, Presented by Lori Podvesker

June 17: Fair housing symposium including rights of people with disabilities

Western New York

June 10, 6 - 8 p.m.: Front Door and Self Directed Services, Erie
Parent Network WNY

June 11: 6 - 8 p.m.: Preparing for High School, Now What?; Cattaraugus
Parent Network WNY

June 17: Preparing for High School, Now What?; Erie
Parent Network WNY

June 24: Transition to Adulthod, Erie
Parent Network WNY

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