IHD Awarded Second Five-Year, $5M Cooperative Agreement to Provide Training and Technical Support to Tribal VR Projects Nationwide

For the last six years, the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) has played a vital role in supporting vocational rehabilitation personnel who help American Indians with disabilities obtain gainful and fulfilling employment. Now, thanks to another five-million-dollar, five-year cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, this important work can continue. A



Getting and Keeping Iowa ON-TRAC for Health

Iowa's UCEDD recently received an award from ACL to implement a plan for community-based transition to adult health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Get the Facts: Managing Resources to Help Youth with Disabilities Transition from School to Employment

Employment First Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment (MPTE) has released a series of fact sheets for family members and support providers of youth with disabilities who are transitioning to competitive integrated employment.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD Co-director Aims to Expand Inclusive Higher Education in the U.S. Through Accreditation Committee Work

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UEDD, LEND) UCEDD co-director Elise McMillan, J.D., recently served on a national workgroup of experts to develop model program accreditation standards for inclusive higher education (IHE) programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The 2021 Think College! National Coordinating Center Accreditation Workgroup wrapped up its work with the recent release of its latest five-year report.



The Latest ThinkWork State Date Blue Book is Here - What's happening in your state?

What does the data say about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your state? Since 1988, the ICI has collected data from state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) agencies, the vocational rehabilitation (VR) system, the Social Security Administration, US Census, the Department of Labor, and other entities to describe trends in day and employment services for individuals with IDD.



Path's Graduate Abigail Junek

Abigail is excited about working at River Bend Elementary School and feels confident and prepared to begin her work as a paraprofessional in a SpEd setting in the fall. She is looking fo growing and learning in her career. Her ultimate goal is to earn a degree from Texas A&M University and become a certified Special Education Teacher. She stated that the PATHS program was a great first step for her.





Got Transition Anticipates ACP Pediatric to Adult Care Transition Tools

In May this year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) will be releasing new transition readiness/self-care assessment and medical summary tools modeled after Got Transition's "Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition."



Got Transition Releases New Resources for Young Adults and Health Care Providers

Got Transition has partnered with the Office of Disability Employment (Department of Labor) and the Youth Transitions Collaborative to create a Transition QuickGuide for youth and young adults (ages 12-30), including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The QuickGuide includes information and resources about health insurance, self-care management, transition from pediatric to adult health care, decision-making, and career planning to help young people manage their health care needs in order to make their career goals a reality. A related joint letter from ODEP and HRSA�s Maternal and Child Health Bureau emphasizes the importance of expanding access to health care services and work-based experiences for youth with chronic health conditions and disabilities.



Healthcare Transition For Youth With I/DD

A Policy Brief from ASAN

This policy brief addresses the health care needs of autistic youth as they transition to adulthood. The brief, produced by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and funded by the Special Hope Foundation, provides recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care, as well as support in taking on adult levels of autonomy with respect to their own health care needs. Please direct any inquiries on this resource to Samantha Crane at [email protected]


Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

The Need for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities:Youth with physical or mental disabilities represent special populations at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, educational failure, and poor employment outcomes and often have multiple, overlapping risk factors. Such youth can and do benefit from mentoring relationships.

The Need for Inclusive Mentoring Programs:Youth with disabilities typically to receive mentoring within disability-specific programs rather than in inclusive, community-based programs that have a diversity of resources that promote education, job readiness, development of employment skills, and/or training in and exposure to entrepreneurial activities.

The Benefits:

  • Youth with disabilities can participate with their typically developing peers in mentoring programs,
  • The community capacity to serve people with disabilities would be enhanced with training, technical assistance, and programmatic supports,
  • There is a social value to providing inclusive supports and services, and
  • Through building the capacity of community-based mentoring programs to serve all youth well-including those with special physical or mental challenges-is more cost-effective than supporting multiple specialty services.


AUCD has developed a factsheet that provides an overview of mentoring youth with disabilities, and gives examples of promising practices from the AUCD network. Click here: factsheet in PDF