Campaign: Education

Change student loan repayment options for the disabled

Because I have 30K+ in student loans and they're coming due, I have applied for a disability discharge. The problem with this is simple - it promotes my not looking for work, even though I'd much rather work. Due to the nature of my disability (Asperger's), my getting a job is not a guarantee to my ability to pay off the loans - I may get fired because I'm not a good fit with the company. Once I reach the maximum (15k ...View full idea »

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Reallocate VR funds to community

Some State VR programs operate their own center-based programs for assessment and training. People with I/DD are better served in their own communities with situational assessments done in their local job market. Funds to operate VR centers should be reallocated to local communities.

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Business Partnerships

There is a real need to increase awareness and interest in providing work based learning opportunities for students with disabilities in both the public and private sector job markets. We need to create a more effective and efficient private public sector partnership in order to build and sustain viable and meaningful work and educational opportunities for students with disabilities as they transition from school to work. ...View full idea »

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Computers as a soft skills learning need

Computer skills so critical . Organizing even pass words entering then link then much more writing dependent GED now cut more more people out employ ability one more inexplicable In competency due to executive function disorders and And intensified practical impact Special tutoring special devices utilization of devices capacities to be taught to be better digital natives to use speech to type Is critical for the burn ...View full idea »

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Employment for Individuals with disabilities

I spent the first half of my career assisting individuals with disabilities obtain employment and become Self Advocates. I am now an early childhood special education teacher, and the parent of a young man with disabilities. There are many issues that need to be looked at. In the Education system you have a thrust toward academics and getting students college ready. The Common Core Learning Standards being used were ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Health and Human Services

Lack of Federal Oversight for Young Adults.

Who looks after Children with Special Health Care Needs when they turn 18? The Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSCHN), MCHB, HRSA, has an excellent agenda for CSHCN that includes health care transition (the move from pediatric- to adult-focused health care and parent- to self/shared-health management). This office only has authority for children and adolescents. Offices that address chronic ...View full idea »

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COLLECT DATA:Young Adults with Chronic Conditions & Disabilities

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) collects data on children up to 17 years of age. Since this survey shows that prevalence increases with age, it is important to know what happens to young adults aged 18-30 years. Young adults are a particularly vulnerable segment, and it is critical to know what happens to them as they venture out on their own. Some of the issuese that beg to be ...View full idea »

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Specify Invisible Chronic Conditions in Disability Policies.

Current disability policy and laws, e.g., IDEA and ADA, fail to address the needs of young people with invisible chronic conditions, e.g., diabetes, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease. Chronic conditions are unpredictable; they wax and wane. When young people with invisible conditions feel good, they may not need accommodations, but when they are not well, their accommodations need to kick in immediately. Today’s technology ...View full idea »

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Recreational Therapy

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is under utilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school ...View full idea »

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Recreational Therapy

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is under utilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school ...View full idea »

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Mandate Recreation Therapy in Schools

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is underutilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school ...View full idea »

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Recreational Therapy

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is under utilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school ...View full idea »

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