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REACH for Transition: Resources for Employment, Access, Community Living, and Hope

REACH for Transition is a collaboration between 9 parent centers serving parents, youth/young adults with disabilities, and professionals, and their Vocational Rehabilitation, Center for Independent Living, and other adult system partners represented on the project’s 22 member Governing Board.  The purpose is to provide innovative and responsive services that are designed with and involve diverse youth/young adults with disabilities and their families, highlight the region’s strengths and collaborative spirit, and evolve as needs and contexts change, through a regional Community of Practice that enhances participating parent center capacity, reach, and partnerships around transition and adult service systems.  REACH targets diverse youth/young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals in the 7 NE states (CT, ME, NH, NJ, NYC, PA, VT) served by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Maine Parent Federation, New Hampshire Parent Information Center, Association for Special Children and Families Community Parent Resource Center in New Jersey, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey, Advocates for Children of New York City, United We Stand of New York City, PEAL Center in Pennsylvania, and Vermont Family Network..

REACH will provide information, training, technical assistance and support to assist youth/young adults with disabilities and their families to (1) access innovative, supportive information on the Rehabilitation Act; (2) receive support in navigating multiple programs and service systems; (c) learn tools and strategies to actively participate in the development of useful, relevant, and meaningful plans for independence; and (d) become collaborative leaders with transition professionals to help youth impacted by disability achieve their goals.

US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - Rehabilitation Services Administration (US DOE OSERS RSA).  The contents of this website were developed in part under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H235F140009. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Tara Jordan.

Dawn Monaco, Project Co-Director
dmonaco@spannj.org
Carolyn Hayer, Project Co-Director
chayer@spannj.org
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

"Parents, youth, young adults, and professionals all need information, training and support to make effective transition to a meaningful and productive life a reality.  By combining resources and learning from each other, the nine parent center partners in this project will make a real difference for youth and young adults who are differently-abled in the NE US."

Key Resources of Interest: 

​REACH Webinar Series

Recorded Webinars

Additional Resources:

Transition to Adult Life On-Line Resource Guide.  This interactive on-line resource guide for youth with special needs and their families provides information on how youth can figure out what they want to learn and earn, and where and how they want to live, and get the services they need to accomplish their goals.

Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Healthcare (English http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/being-healthy-adult-advocating-your-... Spanish), developed by the Boggs Center, is a guide for young adults that includes frequently asked questions and a series of activities to use to become an effective advocate, especially when you have special health care needs.

Transition Tip Sheets for Teens,(English) (Spanish) these fact sheets, in English and Spanish, provide useful tips for teens with special needs and their parents on transition processes and resources.

Use the My Health Passport for Teens with Special Needs to share important information with your medical care providers when you visit a doctor’s office or clinic or stay in a hospital, including  their medical history, medications, allergies, how your youth communicates, how they deal with pain, medical procedures, etc.  Also available in Spanish.

Recorded Transition Teleconferences.  Listen online or download to your IPod and MP3 player:  http://www.spannj.org/resources/index.htm#Transition

YES I CAN!  So Can YOU!.  Young people with disabilities from all over New Jersey are preparing each day as students, family and community members to become integrated and participating members of society.  With that in mind, a group of dedicated parents, self-advocates, and professionals from the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) Action Group, Transition-Subcommittee, collaborated to produce a video which would share information on creating smooth transitions from high school to adulthood and increase understanding of inclusive post-secondary opportunities for young people with disabilities.  YES I CAN!  So Can YOU! is the culmination of their efforts.  Check it out at http://njcie.org/yes-can-can/

Transition to Adult Healthcare: NJ Action Blueprint,  this guide, developed by the Boggs Center University Center of Excellence on Develpmental Disabilities in collaboration with the NJ Developmental Disabilities Transition to Health Care Forum (including SPAN and other members of NJ's Community of Care Consortium for CYSHCN), provides an overview of the barriers and recommendations to achieve patient-centered medical care for emerging adults with disabilities.  www.spanadvocacy.org/content/transition-adult-healthcare-nj-action-blueprint

Changes to services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  Check out ARC of NJ homepage describing how families of children in DDD were moved to PerformCare.  Also see item on the new requirement on Medicaid eligibility for anyone 21 and older for DDD services.  There is also a problem reporting form link.  http://www.arcnj.org/

Healthcare Financing Fact Sheet Series.  This is a series of one page fact sheets on NJ resources to finance needed healthcare for children with special needs, including Medicaid, NJ Family Care, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, etc.  http://www.spannj.org/ISG_HealthcareFinancingFactSheetSeries.pdf

Link to Spanish Fact Sheet Series: http://www.spannj.org/cyshcn/core_outcome_3/Healthcare_Financing_Factshe...

Title: Healthcare Advocacy Across the Lifespan: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to Know

Description: This guide summarizes information on education, health, human services, early intervention, and other agencies that help children with special healthcare needs and their familie

Link: http://www.spannj.org/Family2Family/FV_Healthcare_Across_Life_Span_Booklet.pdf

Check out the ARC Summary of NJ's Medicaid Managed Care changes at http://www.arcnj.org/programs/mainstreaming_medical.htm 

Staff: 

Dawn Monaco, Project Co-Director

Carolyn Hayer, Project Co-Director

Diana Autin, Project Co-Director

Jessica Constant, Administrative Assistant