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TATRA Overview

PACER's Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project and other Parent Information and Training programs funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) focus on helping families prepare youth with disabilities for employment and independent living. Projects provide information and training on transition planning, the adult service system, and strategies that prepare youth for successful employment, postsecondary education, and independent living outcomes.

Current vocational rehabilitation policy emphasizes the preferences of individuals with disabilities and recognizes the importance of family expertise. Because they know their family member's strengths, families help make critical contributions to employment. In addition, parents often provide critical supports for their sons and daughters with disabilities long after they reach adulthood.

What’s New:


Podcast answers questions about postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities:

PACER has collaborated with Think College to create a podcast designed to answer questions families may have about postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.  Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Postsecondary experiences can improve employment outcomes as adults.  This podcast answers some basic questions families may have as they begin this process. Go To the Parents and Families’ Frequently Asked Questions Podcast


Access to Health Care 2010

Prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions, and giving parents the option of keeping adult children on their insurance plans until age 26 are only two provisions of the recently passed Health Care Reform Act affecting people with disabilities and their families. Many details have yet to be worked out and numerous organizations are working to develop more authoritative information and a timeline for implementation of the various provisions of the Act, however, the TATRA Project developed a list of provisions of interest to families of children and youth with disabilities.

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