Webinar: Transition toward Excellence Achievement & Mobility: An Overview of the TEAM Legislation


  • Date:
    Wednesday: January 18, 2012
  • Time:
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Central)
  • Duration:
    1.5 hours


  • Serena Lowe
    Founder & Principal of Aneres Strategies, LLC



During this webinar, participants will learn about a trio of federal legislation, known as Transitioning toward Excellence, Achievement & Mobility (TEAM), that attempts to coordinate cross-systems efforts to improve and ensure that youth with significant disabilities transitioning to adulthood achieve outcomes related to post-secondary education, integrated employment, and economic advancement. Serena Lowe, Executive Director of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (a network of fifteen national disability organizations committed to high impact public policy reform focused on improving outcomes of citizens with significant disabilities) will provide a detailed overview of the three pieces of legislation, including the TEAM-Education Act (H.R. 602), TEAM-Empowerment Act (H.R. 603) and TEAM-Employment Act (H.R. 604). Additionally, the webinar will allow participants an opportunity to provide feedback on the legislation and to discuss ways systems can move forward in voluntarily implementing many of the objectives of the TEAM legislation.

Proposed Legislation -- "Transition toward Excellence, Achievement and Mobility" (TEAM Act)
Groundbreaking Transition Legislation for Youth with Disabilities Introduced in House

Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS), father of a 21-year old son with Fragile X Syndrome, has introduced a legislative package of three bills- "Transition toward Excellence, Achievement and Mobility" (TEAM Act) - that would realign and strengthen federally funded programs to more successfully move youth with significant disabilities toward further education, integrated employment, and community living.

The TEAM Act includes the TEAM-Education Act (H.R. 602), the TEAM-Empowerment Act (H.R. 603), and the TEAM-Employment Act (H.R. 604). The Education Act would amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to start transition activities at age 14 and allow local education agencies to use of funds to contract with experts in transition. The Empowerment Act creates an adult transition planning process and system of supports under the supervision of state intellectual and development disability agencies.

The Employment Act amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to establish firmer accountability for systems charged with providing citizens with significant disabilities job training and support through state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to ensure that the expected outcome for all individuals with significant disabilities receiving VR is economic advancement through pursuance of post-secondary education or integrated employment at minimum wage or higher.

More information is available on the National Collaborative on Work and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

Materials & Resources

Recording of Webinar


NOTE: This is the rough unedited version of the transcript

PowerPoint Presentation

Supplementary Materials

Collaboration to Promote Self Determination