December 2022 Issue 3 Learn 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 are Accommodations?

Join the Regional Assessment and Resource Center as they explain what accommodations are 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!

Accommodations are tools and changes to the process of learning that help students with disabilities learn better! They do not change the curriculum, assessment, or assignment. To see some examples of accommodations, Click Here!


TCFEF Events

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

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Monthly Events

December 17th- 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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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 Center for Exceptional Families (TCFEF) and the Independent Futures That Work (IFTW) project will be looking for Arkansas teens and young adults and their families to participate in short video clips promoting the upcoming Learning Management Systems provided through the IFTW project and TCFEF websites.

The process of recording will be handled by a representative with the IFTW project and/or TCFEF staff.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Karen Lutrick, TCFEF Parent Mentor / AR State Lead with IFTW at or 501-398-1667. For more information about the IFTW project visit Indepndent Futures That Work by CLICKING HERE or TCFEF Youth and Young Adult tab by CLICKING HERE

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodations for ACT or SAT Testing, click on the links below to find out about the process and types of accommodations allowed on the tests:

ACT Testing Accommodations Policy

ACT Requesting Accommodations Steps

SAT Testing Accommodations Policy

SAT Testing Accommodations Steps

Can Smart Homes promote Independence?

Join SPAN for a “Smart Homes" webinar presented by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm. The webinar will walk through PATF's new publication and Smart Homes website.

CLICK HERE to register.

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!

This issue is about Learning Independently. To access The Center for Exceptional Families' previous issues click below.

Working Independently Newsletter

Living Independently Newsletter

Learning Resources from IFTW Website:

College and Disability

Overcoming Obstacles in High School

Training and College Opportunities

IFTW 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.

College Bound Arkansas is a camp held in June for students with disabilities considering or entering college. It is a partnership between Arkansas Transition Services and UCA currently. Make plans to be there! To learn more about past camps,

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EMPOWER — Educate, Motivate, Prepare, Opportunity, Workplace readiness, Employment, Responsibility

U of A offers a 4 year non degree program that helps students with disabilities learn important skills that will help them live, learn, and work independently! To learn more,

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HOWL - Helping Our Wolves Learn

ASU Jonesboro offers a program for students with disabilities to learn important skills that will help them live, learn, and work independently! To learn more, Click Here

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:

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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