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.
October 22, 2018
Competitive integrated employment (CIE) means jobs in typical workplaces, alongside workers without disabilities, where people with and without disabilities are paid the same. CIE is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. CIE helps people with disabilities access and participate in the broader community, develop meaningful relationships with peers without disabilities, build new skill sand self-esteem, and gives meaning to their days. Perhaps most importantly, CIE provides people with disabilities a pathway out of a life of poverty and towards economic independence. There are recent federal and states policies that are advancing opportunities for CIE, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, and State Employment First policies. These policies provide important opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, providers, and other stakeholders to work together in their states and local communities to expand CIE. This paper provides five suggestions for engagement, as well as additional resources.
August 30, 2018
This webinar was part three of a five-part series on the transition
employment for youth receiving SSI, hosted by Mathematica and sponsored
by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of
Labor. It highlights education interventions that engage students,
families, and professionals and promote the seamless transition from
school to work. Attendees will learn about models that engage students
in career and work experiences that lead to competitive, integrated
employment. Think College will share strategies and lessons learned on
inclusive postsecondary options that prepare youth with disabilities for
careers. CaPROMISE will showcase its secondary education intervention
and the impact of the intervention on education outcomes for youth
receiving SSI. Click here to watch/listen to the webinar
August 30, 2018
Tresjon is a 17 year old senior at Silverado High School in Victorville.
He has one sister and three brothers. Tresjon and his mother Tameka
were interviewed by their Career Service Coordinator (CSC) Alani Sablan
on their experiences with CaPROMISE and Tresjon’s four year academic and
football scholarship to Mount Ida College in Boston, MA after high
school. Listen to the interview or read the interview transcript (also attached below) at https://www.capromise.org/voices-of-capromise/tresjon-thenarse
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August 30, 2018
The following success story highlights an 18-year-old male who currently lives in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The family has been sporadically engaged with PROMISE since 2015. The family consists of the father, MD PROMISE youth and his younger brother. The youth's father does not speak any English and cannot read the English or Spanish language. The MD PROMISE case manager can speak Spanish and can communicate with the factor on a limited basis. However, staff obtained a translator for more in depth conversations with the father. The youth's PPP indicated he likes to work with his hands; he's interested in becoming a mechanic or would prefer to do some type of work outdoors. The youth's goals were to decrease missing days of school, graduate high school, and find employment.
Posted: August 30, 2018
Case Examples from the PROMISE Model Demonstration Projects
This webinar was part four of a five-part series on the transition to employment for youth receiving SSI, hosted by Mathematica and sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. It highlights three projects from the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) Model Demonstration. Using case examples, representatives from Arkansas, Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE), a consortium of six western states, and New York States shared the interventions they tested and their experiences with what works to improve the education, employment, and financial outcomes of youth SSI recipients. Click here to watch/listen to the webinar.
Brent Williams, Arkansas PROMISE
Carol Ruddell, ASPIRE
, New York State PROMISE
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Posted: July 11, 2018
ASPIRE publication in Disability and Health Journal
Full article title: Underrepresentation of adolescents with respiratory, mental health, and developmental disabilities using American Community Survey (ACS) questions.
Authors: Catherine Ipsen, Ph.D., Cathy Chambless, M.S., M.P.A., Ph.D., Noelle Kurth, M.S., Sara McCormick, M.P.A., Rebecca Goe, M.A., M.P.A., Jean Hall, Ph.D.
Background: Disability prevalence estimates are used to identify populations, establish priorities and allocate funding for a broad range of federal, state, and local initiatives. Increasingly, these estimates are based on a set of six questions developed and tested for use in the American Community Survey (ACS). A key assumption about the ACS disability screeners is that they sufficiently capture the entire population of people with disabilities, but some studies indicate that certain disability groups are underrepresented.
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