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National RAISE Technical Assistance Center

WHAT IS RAISE? The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center provides information and resources and coordinates collaboration for the Parent Training and Information Centers that are supported by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA-PTICs) and that are serving youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.

RAISE Supports Parent Centers to:

  • Increase knowledge and skills for serving families and youth with disabilities
  • Improve the quality of family and youth resources
  • Collaborate with RSA-PTICs, state agencies, independent living centers and others impacting transition outcomes
  • Increase access to high quality resources
  • Empower the voice of youth and parent
  • Improve the lives of people with disabilities

One page summary of the RAISE Center available here.

A Project of SPAN, Funded by the US Department of Education and the Rehabilitation Service Administration

Peg Kinsell | Project Co-Director
Josie Badger | Project Co-Director
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

Our Partners:

  • RSA & OSEP-funded Parent Centers
  • Parents
  • Youth
  • Self-advocates
  • Center for Parent Information & Resources
  • Military Parent TA Center
  • Native American Parent TA Center
  • Regional Parent TA Centers
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Center for Workforce Development, IEL
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • Disability Rights Network
  • Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
  • National TA Center for Transition
  • TASH
  • Transcen
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
Key Resources of Interest: 



Debra Jennings | Principal Investigator

Peg Kinsell | Co-Project Director

Josie Badger | Co-Project Director