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bring back funding from state/ fed levels

Program Bridgepoint in Evanston had 10 students. Funding cut, program closed. All 10 young adults separated and in substandard programs or none.

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Agency Collaboration

Establish federal oversight of state agencies involved in transition to ensure the most efficient, effective delivery of services. Case in point: Currently our state is divided into several different VR regions. It's also divided along different lines into several different Bureau of Developmental Disablities Services regions. VR and BDDS must collaborate on elibility and service delivery, but they're often in completely ...View full idea »

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Disconnect Medicaid Waiver Services from Medicaid

In many states, a child or transitioning young adult must pass eligibility requirements for Medicaid before they can be eligible for Medicaid Waiver Services, i.e., they need to be impoverished. I'd like to see Transition Services kept separate from Medicaid and extended to youth with disabilities beginning in their final year of high school so that more of them have a chance to become independent. We discovered that ...View full idea »

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self determined lives via self directed supports

it is vital that grads with IDD and their families are able to reach out to those still in transition and share the stories of their experiences "outside the box" in the real community via PCP and Circles of Support and the possibilities that exist outside the realm of traditional segregated agency centered services----the group home/dayhab/sheltered workshop track

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Dead Malls into centers for youth development

Collaborate for Youth! There are Dead Malls across the country. In our small state, right in the center, perfectly accessible is a giant Dead Mall. Currently a few large chains stores have attached themselves to the outside but do not provide access into empty the mall. I've heard some investor has bought it and plans on bringing in more retail chains. INSTEAD, these massive retail corporations should vacate the mall ...View full idea »

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Mandated training

More often than not, staff from Departments of Education, VR, Health etc who are part of the transition process have little or no knowledge of low incidence disabilities. I believe that each year a two-day training should occur -- to include relevant staff from each collaborating department. Trainings should not be too difficult to organize since every state has federal projects that have training as a focus -- e.g., ...View full idea »

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Let Parents Control Housing Placements

Currently in our state, an adult child with a disability will only be placed in a group home when the parents declare an emergency situation. Then, the individual will be taken to any place there is a vacant room. There is no transition time and the resident is placed in a home where he/she knows no one and no one knows him/her. This has led to a slew of placements which involve much older roommates and a lot of behavioral ...View full idea »

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Families with Multiple Disabled Members

All 4 people in our family are on SSI Disability. I want to provide life long housing for my children. I want to purchase a home with enough property to set up an in-law/visitors cottage to teach my boys how to live with a roommate and/or on their own but I have nothing toward a down payment because if my financial resources increase then our SSI stops, I can't save anything. The current Rural Development Program is too ...View full idea »

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obtaining medical practitioners

New York State Department of Health and its agencies continue to claim to have no knowledge whatsoever of any neurologists, physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and/or speech therapists anywhere in the world, and direct parents and guardians of the disabled that the parents/guardians must seek out any of these which the parents/guardians desire. Also, the NYSDOH and associated agencies continually ...View full idea »

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Person Centered Planning begins at the beginning

As the title says -- this process should begin for each child when they are young -- and DEVELOP as they get to transition age. The plan will then make more sense since it has evolved rather than just been a "transition planning" outcome. It will result in improved results for the child, the team(s) working with the child -- and the families.

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PROMISE

Please be aware of new PROMISE project by the Dept of Education. Pilot was on Federal Register as of May 21, 2013. Many of these ideas can be used in this grants. This is for 14-17 year old youth with disabilities. The notice can be reviewed at the following Federal Register Web site: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-21/pdf/2013-12083.pdf This is for the whole family and across multiple programs for ...View full idea »

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Falling through the Cracks

I think it is important to overhaul how eligibility for adult services is determined. Having worked in education as a special education teacher and having worked in the VR system as a Voc. Rehab. Counselor, I have seen first hand how many individuals with disabilities fall through the cracks for services. In the VR system, some individuals are too severe to benefit from services. In the mental health system, these ...View full idea »

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