The NYS PROMISE project produced this website under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs associated with PR Award # H418P130011. Andrew Karhan, Thomas P. Golden, and Arun Karpur served as the project officers. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education or its federal partners. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. This product is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted.

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The NYS PROMISE program is made possible by generous funding from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The NYS PROMISE staff would like to thank these agencies for their continued support, as we work together to improve outcomes for youth SSI recipients.



Numerous individuals contributed to the development of this toolkit and resources. In alphabetical order, their names are:

  • Rebeckie Bennington (Illustrations)
  • Ray Cebula
  • Thomas Golden
  • Mike Hollenbeck
  • Elizabeth Jennings
  • Edwin J. Lopez-Soto
  • Hannah Rudstam
  • James Sheldon
  • Wendy Strobel Gower
  • Camille Gynsun Lee
  • Michelle Podolec
  • Mike Ward
  • Jordan Worley (Illustrations)