PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - August 2021

Competitive Integrated Employment Grants 2021-2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education is requesting competitive integrated employment grant applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

An informational webinar regarding the grant application process will take place on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. To join the webinar use the following link:

The Request for Application (RFA) and link to the application can be found on the Secondary Transition webpage of the PaTTAN Website by accessing the following link:

Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

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August 10, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT

Presented by TransCen, Inc.(link is external) and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

Students with chronic health and mental health conditions have unique needs and considerations when approaching the college search and selection process. When students graduate from high school and head to college, the law that governs accommodations shifts from IDEA to ADA. This shift also means a change in what is expected of students. This webinar will examine transition and explore:

  • Disability statistics related to college
  • The college search process and considerations for students with health conditions
  • The college accommodations process and the student's role
  • Emergent themes and questions that students and families have

We will also share two student experiences from Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) board members, Val Irwin and Rebecca Eli-Long. They will speak to self-advocacy and self advocacy fatigue, support networks, and share resources for students.


  • Annie Tulkin, Founder and Director of Accessible College
  • Rebecca-Eli, Ph.D. student at Purdue University in the Department of Anthropology and Center on Aging and the Life Course
  • Val Erwin, third-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education at Bowling Green State University

Register(link is external)

Please note: this webinar will be open captioned.

PA Able Webinars

Free webinar for individuals with disabilities, families and professionals.

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.

Employers and HR professionals can participate in an overview webinar about the PA ABLE program, learning:

  • What PA ABLE is
  • Who is eligible
  • How employees use accounts
  • How to set up payroll deduction

Offer PA ABLE Savings Program to Your Employees For FREE:

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

National Parent Center on Transition and Employment

The Center provides a variety of information and resources on transition planning in middle and high school, post-secondary education, employment, and community living for young people with disabilities.

Apprenticeship Resources

The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth posted a new apprenticeship web page. The page offers examples of inclusive apprenticeships in states and resources to expand diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship, such as recently published briefs from the Apprenticeship Inclusion Model.

Visit the Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth apprenticeship web page

This newsletter is brought to you by: The Pennsylvania Community on Transition

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a group of various stakeholders from across Pennsylvania who work collaboratively to ensure appropriate transition outcomes for Pennsylvania youth and young adults.

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a state leadership team consisting of representative from: the State Departments of Education, Health, Labor and Industry, and Human Services; Various Serving Agencies, Young Adults, Parent Organizations, Advocates, Higher Education, and Employers.

The shared vision and common goals of the Pennsylvania Community on Transition is achieved when all PA youth and young adults with disabilities:

  • Successfully transition to the role of productive and participating adult citizens
  • Are empowered to recognize their talents, strengths, and voice
  • Have equal access to resources that will promote their full participation in the communities of their choice.