October Edition (2019), Volume 52

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      October 14, 2019 | Volume 52
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PROMISE Track @ AUCD Conference 2019

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The AUCD Conference will have a PROMISE track with three presentations throughout the day on Monday November 18th Along with conference attendees, the PROMISE federal partners are invited to attend these sessions:

Session 1 Changing Expectations, Changing Systems: Lessons Learned from PROMISE Youth and Families on SSI @ 10:15am

·         PROMISE was a national research and demonstration effort focused on improving the self-sufficiency of transition youth with disabilities and their families.  The lessons learned from PROMISE and implications for culture and systems change will be explored.  Discussions will focus on organizational culture, parent and professional expectations, and the limitations imposed by system-centered vs. person/family-centered paradigms.  Presenters will provide both a state-specific perspective and a national perspective. Presenters: Kelly Nye-Lengerman, PROMISE TA Center, Mari Guillermo, and Fred McFarlane, CalPROMISE

Session 2: Building PROMISE with American Indian Tribes: Increasing Educational and Employment Outcomes for Tribal Youth and Families @ 2pm

·         American Indian communities are underrepresented in research, federal and state initiatives. Tribes in six states participated in the PROMISE Model Demonstration Project, a joint project of SSA, DOE, DOL, and HHS.  ASPIRE, one MDP, partnered with tribal IRBs/Councils to culturally and creatively support tribal youth and families receiving SSI, to pursue education and employment. This session leverages lessons learned as tools for developing future initiatives in partnership with Tribes. Presenter: Carol Ruddell, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, PROMISE ASPIRE

Session 3: Engaging transition-aged youth with disabilities receiving SSI and their families to improve employment outcomes @ 3:30pm

·        This presentation will report on findings from the ASPIRE, Maryland PROMISE, and Wisconsin PROMISE projects, three of six PROMISE demonstration projects focused on improving the economic outcomes of adolescents with disabilities receiving SSI and their families. It will explore different dimensions of youth and family engagement including (1) strategies for effective case management, (2) strategies for effective training delivery, and (3) use of incentives for increasing engagement in future-oriented activities. Presenter: Catherine Ipsen, PROMISE ASPIRE, Ellie Hartman Wisconsin PROMISE, Jade Gingrich, Director, MD PROMISE

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PROMISE Catalytic Convening: Bridging the Divide Between Disability and Poverty Services

Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income’s (PROMISE)lessons learned and impact can extend far beyond the service systems and states of the PROMISE grants.  Applying lessons, exploring connectivity, and bridging divides in service and policy systems is of great interest to each of the model demonstration projects (MDPs).  To extend the impact and lessons of PROMISE, a catalytic convening was held in September 2019. The MDP Directors shared lessons learned and engaged partners in a facilitated discussion with thought and practice leaders in order to develop a series of action steps to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities and their families who are experiencing poverty.

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Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation focused on design, implementation, and impact of the national PROMISE demonstration

The special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR) is dedicated to the work of PROMISE. This edition continues the national dialogue that PROMISE initiated and suggests that innovations will continue to be taken to scale to improve the employment, education, and economic outcomes of those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families.

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Wisconsin PROMISE partnered with Wisconsin's HCBS to present at annual conference

Wisconsin PROMISE partnered with Wisconsin's Home and Community Based Waiver Services (HCBS) to present at the annual HCBS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The presentation focused on Wisconsin PROMISE lessons learned and the impact these lessons are having on better connecting individuals receiving long term care services to competitive integrated employment (CIE). Ellie Hartman, Wisconsin PROMISE Project Manager at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and Kiva Graves, Director of Adult Quality and Oversight in the Division of Medicaid Services at the Department of Health Services (DHS), discussed the importance of inter-agency collaboration.

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AUCD Conference 2019

November 17-20, 2019

Washington, D.C.


How to sign up for the new PROMISE TA Center Listserv: please sign-up to the PROMISE staff listserv located at the AUCD PROMISE TA Center website.  You can sign-up by using this link:  http://www.promisetacenter.org/promise_ta_grantees_listserv.  If you have any questions, please ask Leon ([email protected]) or Michael ([email protected]).


The AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) PROMISE TA Center produced this newsletter under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs associated with PR Award #H418P14. The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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