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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 certain areas of 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 lives.

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 started September 8, 2014

Recruitment ends April 30, 2016.

Parent Centers

Parents Centers support the entire family of those who are enrolled in the NYS PROMISE program whether they are assigned to the Extra Services or Services as Usual group. Parent Centers will provide information and referrals for all NYS PROMISE participants, and send additional special invitations to training events for families assigned to the Extra Services group. These trainings will include opportunities for parents of enrolled youth to learn more about Transition Services, Advocacy, Career Planning, and Financial Planning. To learn more about NYS PROMISE in your region, and to contact your regional parent center, please click:

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2,000 families can enroll in the study. 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 for all youth who receive SSI. Results from the NYS PROMISE research project will be used to help improve services for youth and families so that all children who receive SSI 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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