Alliance Partners


The partners below advise the Center and Collaborative in our efforts to help youth and young people with disabilities. Alliance Partners also work to develop some of the programming that occurs within the NYTC.

Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy 

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. A sub-cabinet level policy agency within the Department of Labor, ODEP recognizes the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce.

The Alliance between ODEP, Youth Transition Collaborative (the Collaborative), and MCHB's Center for Health Transition Improvement (Got Transition) has focused on improving health care transition and employment of youth and young adults with disabilities. The Alliance Partners have created a career and health checklist for youth and young adults with disabilities.  The career and health checklist was released in July 2015 in coordination with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To read the Alliance letter and QuickGuide, please click on the links below:

ODEP Alliance Letter
ODEP, YTC, and Got Transition Quick Guide

National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff.

The Alliance with NCD has focused on youth transition issues that impact students of color with disabilities. The HSC Foundation sponsored a forum on the School-to-Prison Pipeline in October 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NCD recently released its Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities that reported the findings and recommendations from the forum. Dr. Chapman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The HSC Foundation, was a forum participant.  To read the report, please go here: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/06182015