On February 5, Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) reintroduced the "Transition toward Excellence, Achievement and Mobility" ("TEAM") Act, which is a package of legislation designed to support youths with significant disabilities from adolescence to adulthood and focus federal resources on improved outcomes in post-secondary education and integrated employment. The legislation would ensure schools work proactively with children with disabilities and their families to transition them from school into adulthood. The act would also create an adult transition planning process and system of supports for youth and their families. TEAM seeks to stimulate a national system-change initiative which would establish agencies coordinate services better to produce the desired outcomes of integrated living and employment.
The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), of which ANCOR is a member, has endorsed this legislation. The trio of bills are H.R. 509 ("TEAM-Employment Act of 2013"), H.R. 510 ("TEAM-Education Act"), and H.R. 511 ("TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2013"). Harper's press release regarding the bills may be found here. The bills were referred back to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce after being reintroduced.