HSC Foundation (HSCF)
HSCF displays CDE "Because" campaign posters in their office lobby
ODEP and the Collaborative will work together to achieve the following education, communication, and outreach goals:
- Disseminate ODEP's and its technical assistance centers' disability employment related policy products, training's, and education materials on evidence-based research and effective transition practices at conferences, local meetings, forums, round table discussions, etc. to develop an understanding among the Collaborative's members on how to help youth and returning veterans with disabilities prepare for and attain competitive, integrated employment. Also promote ODEP-funded programs such as the Workforce Recruitment Program.
- Jointly develop information and materials on the advancement of the employment of people with disabilities and in communicating such information (via print and electronic media assistance tools through ODEP's and the Collaborative's web sites) to the Collaborative, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders serving youth and returning veterans with disabilities.
- Raise awareness and engage a larger community among the Collaborative, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders to facilitate an open dialogue and enhance partnerships that result in solutions that benefit partners, and youth and returning veterans with disabilities.
About the HSC Foundation
The mission of The HSC Foundation is to facilitate access to appropriate services for individuals with special needs and their families in the Washington metropolitan area, and to participate in related local, regional, and national projects with government, private, and philanthropic organizations.
Youth Transition Initiative
The HSC Foundation's Youth Transitions Initiative is a long-range project designed to assist young people with disabilities and chronic illness in the Washington metropolitan area and beyond to move from school to adulthood to the world of work. The aim is for the Initiative to become a central resource in the field of youth transitions, filling gaps in information and providing support for organizations that are involved in transitioning youth. The Foundation's approach to youth in transition is intended to be comprehensive, and as such, includes health, education, vocational training, youth development, employment, and social components. The Initiative's ultimate goal is to strengthen transition programs and services and stimulate other investments in the field.
National Youth Transitions Center
The National Youth Transition Center (NYTC) is a collaboration of more than 40 non-profit organizations helping disabled young adults including veterans obtain jobs and live independently. CEO Thomas Chapman said he envisions a center that provides programs for people with disabilities, their families and welcomes young veterans, offering them a place to congregate, get training and referrals and conduct job searches.