January 2023 Issue 1 Live, Learn, and Work Independently

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Live, Work, and Learn Independently

A Newsletter for Arkansas

Teens and Adults

with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood

The Center for Exceptional Families' goal is to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all students with disabilities, including teens and young adults (age 14-26) who are transitioning from school to adult life. TCFEF will offer regular workshops, training, resources, and 4 newsletters yearly with information on transitioning to adulthood.

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What is Health Care Transition(HCT)?

Join the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health as they explain what health care transition is for student with disabilities!

Meet TATE, our Teen Adult Transition Expert (TATE).
TATE will give you important facts, vocabulary, and info related to Living, Learning, and Working Independently. TATE was created by a teen with a disability specifically for this purpose!

Health Care Transition is the process of moving from pediatric care to adult care. For more information and tips, Click Here!


TCFEF Events

Stay up to date with our events by checking out our calendar:

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Monthly Events

January 28th- 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Adults on the Autism Spectrum Meeting at Downtown Little Rock Library. 1st Floor. Fribourgh Room. Virtual Option: 

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Every Tuesday 6-6:30 CST: Teens who Spell to Communicate are invited to a virtual social meet up. Click Here

Various Dates: Young Adult Social Group (ages 15-25) Community Connections Little Rock, Conway, Russellville.

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Various Dates: Club Connect for young adults with Down Syndrome. Held every 6-8 weeks. 

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The Independent Futures That Work (IFTW) project is preparing to launch a Learning Management System (LMS) providing various topics on transitioning to independent living, learning, and working. As part of the the project, they would like to include short videos of individuals from each Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) participating in the project. To be considered as a nominee for the videos, we ask that the student be in the process of transitioning from high school to independent living, learning, or working. 

Click Here to download the nomination form. Submit it to: 


Thanks for your consideration and participation in this effort. Please share this information and nomination form with others in your network. Let’s represent Arkansas!

Independent Futures That Work

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To expand the goal of reaching teens and young adults, TCFEF has partnered with The Independent Futures That Work Project. IFTW is a multi-state program with a mission to work together with families, schools, and other organizations to help teens and adults with disabilities plan their futures! Click the link below to learn more and connect with IFTW on their website and social media sites!


Arkansas Resources Spotlight

Be About It: A Teen Violence Awareness Webinar

Join ACASA for a webinar on Teen Dating Violence (TDV) on February 22nd at 1 PM CST. The webinar will explore signs and impact of TDV and discuss how to end an abusive relationship and where to find help.

CLICK HERE to follow the ACASA FB page for updates.

Including You: A Disability Rights Arkansas Podcast

In this podcast, DRA talks about things like accessibility, career and care, and even the nuances of a love life with a disability. Everyone has the right to know their rights including You.


Your Journey to Self Determination Series

Join CADRE as they present quick and simple intros to key concepts and skills needed to support you in becoming self-determined and engaging in your educational planning. 


Arkansas Organization Spotlight

Each newsletter, we will highlight organizations that are part of the Arkansas advisory committee for Independent Futures That Work. These organizations offer different services to teen and adults with disabilites and their families to help with the transtion to adulthood.

Arkansas Independent Living Centers

These centers can help with independent living resources like job assistance, trasnportation, housing, educational opportunities, etc.

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January is Career & Technical Education Month!

We are spotlighting ASU Beebe for their upcoming Career and Technical Safety Classes! They will offer Osha 10, Hand & Power Tool Safety, EPA HVAC, Forklift, ServSafe Manager, American Heart CPR, etc! CLICK HERE to learn more!

988 is now active!

The Suicide and Crisis Hotline has now activated it's new and shorter phone number to make it easier for people to get help! It can be used 24/7 across the United States. To learn more:

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Want to know more?

To see more state and national resources for living, learning, and working independently, click below. The button will take you to the Resources for Teens and Young Adults tab on The Center for Exceptional Familes' website!
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