REAL Transition Partners connects families and individuals with disabilities who are transition age (14-26) to information, supports, and services to achieve their future vision.
REAL Transition Partners provides innovative and responsive services that are designed with and involve diverse youth/young adults with disabilities and their families, highlight the region’s strengths and collaborative spirit, and evolve as needs and contexts change, through a regional Community of Practice that enhances participating parent center capacity, reach, and partnerships around transition and adult service systems. FCSN is the lead partner in Region A-1 and works with 26 other Parent Centers in Region A.
REAL Transition Partners also coordinates and works closely with the Massachusetts Parent Training Information Center (PTIC) at the Federation for Children with Special Needs to strengthen parents’ ability to participate fully in their children’s education at school and at home. REAL specifically supports families in addressing transition-related concerns.
National RSA Partnership
REAL Transition Partners is a Rehabilitative Service Administration Parent Training and Information Center (RSA-PTI) and is jointly managed by SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (NJ), Federation for Children with Special Needs (MA), and New York State Transition Partners (INCLUDEnyc, Parent Network of WNY, Starbridge). REAL provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families. Twenty-six Parent Centers in Region A are working together to serve parents, youth/young adults with disabilities and professionals. Additionally, these Centers work with each state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Commission, Centers for Independent Living, and other adult system partners represented on the project’s 22 member Governing Board.