Welcome to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) PROMISE TA Center. The Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) program is an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Social Security Administration. Under this grant program, state agencies have partnered to develop and implement six model demonstration projects (MDPs) that provide coordinated services and supports to youth with disabilities receiving supplemental security income (SSI) benefits and to their families in order to improve the education and career outcomes, Six model demonstration projects have been established serving a total of eleven states.
The AUCD PROMISE Technical Assistance (TA) Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to the six MDPs, provide information about interventions and supports for SSI eligible youth and their families, and link the MDPs in order to create the best possible outcomes for youth and their families.
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April 11, 2017
With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress has reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020. Commenting on the bill’s passage, President Obama stated that the bill “will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.
April 11, 2017
In July 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) after it passed with virtually unanimous bipartisan support in Congress the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs in the 16 years since the passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). A lot has changed since 1998 and our workforce system hasn’t kept up. Low skilled and low income workers face more barriers than ever to securing an education and getting a good job.
April 11, 2017
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
April 12, 2017
In the Northeast Promise youth and family members engage with their Promise DVR Counselor and are engaged in employment related services and supports, but have been hesitant to engage in any other Promise services. For example, they were hesitant to meet with a benefits specialist because they did not want to share their financial information with anyone and didn't want "anyone messing with their benefits". The Promise DVR Counselor and benefits specialist worked together and decided to provide a very short general benefits consult where the benefits specialist would give more general information (so families would not have to share their specific financial and benefit information with the benefits specialist). With the Promise DVR Counselor using MI, Promise youth/families agreed to this short consult. Both the Promise DVR Counselor and the benefits specialist attended this short consult meeting. After this short consult with the benefits specialists, many of these Promise youth/families decided they did want a full benefits consultation and signed the release forms to share individual benefits information with the benefits specialist.
April 11, 2017
This month, one of the ASPIRE parents completed a series of financial education classes and has begun saving through an Individual Development Account. As a refugee, the parent is very motivated to improve his family's long-term economic and social opportunities by expanding his own business. For example, Noor has completed certifications in food handling, food management, and a "Masters of Business on the Street" program, where he has learned about business plans, financial statements and understanding customer markets.
Noor has used his knowledge from the business program to help start a non-profit organization, jasmineutah.org
, in collaboration with other refugees. This program assists refugees with self-sufficiency, independence, education, and social events. In addition, they are using donations to deliver hygiene products to refugee families, assist with costs associated with dental care, and assist refugees in obtaining driver's licenses.
The Case Manager is very impressed and inspired by this parent's activities, motivations, and altruistic efforts to help lift himself and other refugees in the community.
Start: October 23, 2017, 9:00AM
End: October 24, 2017, 5:00PM
Location: Barnard Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Education LBJ Building (400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC)
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