|Volume 1 Issue 9|
Congratulations to ASPIRE Colorado for meeting the goal to enroll 400 Colorado youth in ASPIRE.
The remaining five ASPIRE states are still working to reach their enrollment goals. How will each state do this? ASPIRE needs all its Partners to encourage youth and families to enroll. Who are ASPIRE’s Partners? They are agencies such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce or Medicaid. They are local organizations and advocacy groups. They are community members who live with disabilities and their families.
So Partners – please invite ASPIRE to your staff meetings, events and fairs. Share ASPIRE brochures with your staff and your clients. Host informational meetings to meet ASPIRE staff and learn more.
Everyone, but especially the youth, benefit when ASPIRE reaches its target enrollment. As a national study, Congress and federal agencies want to know what services help youth with disabilities more self-sufficient in the future. You’ll find your State Coordinator’s contact information below. Call today! Working together, we all make a difference!
|September 15, 2015|
In This Issue:StateUpdates:
The 2015 Arizona Department of Education Transition Conference at the Talking Stick Resort was fantastic! The conference presented two fabulous key note speakers. On Monday morning, Mario Arnauz Bonds spoke on “What Disability? Redefining What It Means to Be Disabled”. On Tuesday, Father Michael Oleksa spoke on “My Culture? Your Culture? Our Culture? Their Culture?” The ASPIRE team represented well at the conference with our staff assisting with conference preparations, conference staffing as well as two splendid presentations.
Please welcome Nancy Chavarin to the ASPIRE team. She will be a great asset to our team and we are happy to have her with us. If you have questions, would like more information, or to schedule an informational ASPIRE presentation, please contact us at (844)260-2890.
PEAK Parent Center will begin facilitating the Parent Training and Self-Determination Training this month. The first training will take place in Colorado Springs.
ASPIRE Colorado will also be hosting our State Advisory Committee this month. The ASPIRE Advisory Committee will be discussing the relationship between Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, ASPIRE and Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act (WIOA).
Several contracts were signed this past month with organizations that will be working with ASPIRE Montana to provide services to youth in the ASPIRE Services Group. Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids (PLUK) will be providing parent education and training; Rural Dynamics, Inc. will be providing financial education and capability training; North Central Independent Living Services, Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow, Summit Independent Living Center and Montana Independent Living Project will be providing self-determination training. Montana is in the process of contracting for Benefits Counseling services. ASPIRE is excited to work with these outstanding organizations as we strive to help our youth and families explore resources, access services and reach their goals.
ASPIRE Montana is also preparing for its next ASPIRE Advisory Committee Meeting, to be held on Friday, September 18th.
If you would like more information on ASPIRE Montana, please contact us toll free at (844) 442-3167. We look forward to hearing from you!
Parents and youth from Minot, Bismarck and Grand Forks regions attended Self-Determination and Parent Training sessions late this summer. Many youth and their families are also meeting with Benefits Counselors to discuss SSI and other benefits and how working affects their benefits. Students are back to school so Case Managers are meeting with youth in the schools again, and working on coordinating services, supports and goals setting with students’ IEPs.
Recently, ASPIRE North Dakota staff attended a two day “Bridges Out of Poverty Training” that was very beneficial and included some great ideas to consider when working with families. ASPIRE staff also participated in Minot's largest volunteer coordinated day of giving on Friday, Sept. 11th called the Minot “Magic Day of Giving.” This was a fun day to give back to the community and make the city a cleaner place!
As always, please contact ASPIRE North Dakota to learn more, request information or schedule a meeting. We are happy to meet with you! Please contact ASPIRE North Dakota at (800) 233-1737.
It is important for ASPIRE youth to understand the services which are available to help them as they move through high school and transition into the adult world. The South Dakota Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) sponsors Transition Forums throughout the state from September to November. The forums are geared toward youth, family members and teachers to help them become acquainted with adult agencies and to learn what services those agencies provide and how to access them. If you or someone you know are interested in attending a Transition Forum, contact the TSLP staff at 1-800-224-5336 to register or an ASPIRE staff person for more information.
To learn more about ASPIRE in South Dakota, call 1-800-224-5336.
One of the essential components of the ASPIRE project is self-determination training for youth. Starting in August, youth began enrolling at the Salt Lake Independent Living Center and Ability 1st Utah (Provo) to receive this valuable service. The number of youth who participated in the intake interview with a self-determination trainer were few, but we are happy to get this important service started. The Red Rock Center for Independence in St George is also conducting intake interviews with youth in preparation for self-determination activities.
Beginning in September, the Utah Advisory Committee will be formed with partner agencies and organizations. The purpose of this committee is to provide advice and feedback on the implementation of ASPIRE Utah as well as to ensure that programs and services are accessible to ASPIRE youth and families.
For additional information on ASPIRE Utah, especially enrollment, we invite you to contact us at (844) 880-9171 toll free.
As of August 15, 2015, ASPIRE has enrolled 1113 youth and their families in the ASPIRE study.
Enrollment by State
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Tynell Millner is the Enrollment Specialist for the ASPIRE South Dakota team. She works for Black Hills Special Services Cooperative in Pierre, South Dakota. Tynell also provides case management for youth in central South Dakota as well as self-determination training for youth across the state. Prior to working for ASPIRE, Tynell worked for the Pierre School District in the Native American Education department where she helped high school students work toward high school graduation and plan for post secondary education.
Tynell lives in Pierre, South Dakota with her new husband, step son, and their dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and spending summers on the Missouri River. She loves sports and participates in softball, volleyball, and bowling leagues. Tynell was a member of the University of Minnesota-Morris women’s basketball team from 2005-2009.
Staff Highlight - Becky Kinyon
Becky Kinyon is a case manager in Denver, Colorado. She received her master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Becky also has earned bachelor degrees in Business Finance and Marketing from University of Colorado and a bachelor degree in Audiology, Speech, and Language Sciences from University of Northern Colorado.
In her personal life Becky loves to be with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. She is known as everyone’s favorite aunt. Becky also loves to travel, play golf, and go out. Becky is also involved in her community, volunteering for the Down Syndrome Association and volunteering with her church.
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