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My child’s a teen now.

I want her to have the best life she can. Be as successful as she can. Have a job where people appreciate her for who she is and what she can do. Have friends, independence, a good life.

Life is expensive for families like mine, who have kids with special needs. Her SSI check is one of the few things we can count on. I worry about her future, and the future of our family.


NYS PROMISE is a research project for families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). Our goal is to explore the best ways to help kids who have disabilities and are on SSI transition from high school to successful adult of teens sitting and hanging out

NYS PROMISE will be recruiting youth and their families in three areas of the state: New York City, the Capital Region (Albany), and Western New York (Buffalo). Eligible families will be receiving special invitations to NYS PROMISE orientation and recruitment events through their child's school and/or regional parent center.
Recruitment starts August 1, 2014.

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2,000 families can enroll in NYS PROMISE. NYS PROMISE will provide extra services for 1,000 students and families. Another group of 1,000 youth and their families will receive the transition to adulthood services they are entitled to through their schools and in the community, as well as occasional gifts cards for participating and taking surveys about their experiences.

NYS PROMISE services are designed especially for young people with special needs and their families. Enrollment is FREE, and your family will be helping to make a difference to the entire special needs community. Results from the NYS PROMISE research project will be used to help improve services for youth and families so that all children with special needs—especially those who are from families with limited income—can have more financial security, a better quality of life, and a job that fits their skills, abilities, and interests.

To learn more about NYS PROMISE, check out our FAQs page or email:

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