Campaign: Employment

Successful Employment Outcomes Study

We need to study the common characteristics of youth who become successfully employed and develop training programs around those skill-sets.

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Technology as a Prothesis

Accessible Technology that allows the disabled to perform “tasks that their disability limits” should supersede outdated policy that limits it’s use or considers it’s use invalid. Should we treat technology as a prothesis, in that we would expect the individual to use it to perform to their potential. With training many could fully function in school and society, benefiting us all.

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Campaign: Social Security

Use Current Resources before/in addition to Outside Resources

With the AWIC (Area Work Incentives Coordinatior), PAS (Public Affairs Specialist), and PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support) Cadre positions, SSA (Social Security Administration) has a valuable trained and experienced core of expert employees that specialize in these areas. Allowing additional funding for outreach - outreach on which the community advocates and educators can rely will provide consistent information ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Health and Human Services

NO WAITING FOR SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Individual's with disabilities should not be on waiting lists for 8 years before they receive assistance. There should be a NO WAIT IN ANY STATE POLICY for services for individual's with disabilities.

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Campaign: Education

Accountability For Individual Members of IEP Team

A last section of the IEP could simply be one sentence per member of the IEP team (student, parent, regular ed teacher, special ed teacher, LEA, therapist, etc.) that summarizes what that team member will be held accountable for over the life of the IEP.

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Campaign: Education

College Level Services

Yes, many of our kids DO go to college and are successful in that environment. But it's not because they've been provided any services. Most universities and post-secondary education is SERIOUSLY lacking in the services departments. Any post-secondary institution that accepts government money of any kind needs to have available services for all, not just hard copies of notes and extended test time for those with learning ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Employment

Flexible Community Supports

There needs to be more support for providers that are wanting to provide more community based employment supports for people with disabilities. It is difficult to transition from a traditional, facility-based model under current funding structures. Transportation and support needs to be flexible and responsive to people's real needs and real outcomes.

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Campaign: Social Security

Drop the Age of Ticket Eligibility to 16

Consider dropping the age of ticket-to-work eligibility to age 16, and adjust the milestones so that schools can receive ticket payments when students work. That will provide an outcomes-based revenue stream, building capacity while advancing an evidence-based practice:

http://ilr-edi-r1.ilr.cornell.edu/nymakesworkpay/rpm-transition.cfm

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Campaign: Education

Community College Post Secondary Programs

Community Colleges need to expand and develope two year programs for students with disabilities that focus on a skill based cirriculum: life skills for independent living, job preparation, and include options for training for specific types of jobs. Many post secondary programs are expensive. Community colleges allow for affordable programs and greater accessiblity. It also provides youth with a college experience.

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Campaign: Employment

Incentives for businesses to employ individuals w/ disabilities

There are tremendous programs and ideas out there to help serve the special needs community. Companies who employ individuals with special needs should be rewarded for their mission. Employment rates amongst youth with ASD are low and opportunities are minimal. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/09/peds.2011-2864 If companies and programs had tax and monetary incentives to employ those ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Education

Include Transition Data in RSA 911

Include mandatory transition-related codes in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) RSA 911 system for youth referrals: source of referral (name school), expected/actual date of graduation/program completion, coord. of IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goal with VR Employment Goal, Transition Employment Services (i.e., after school employment, summer employment, job coaching).

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Include Transition Data in RSA 911

Include mandatory transition-related codes in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) RSA 911 system for youth referrals: source of referral (name school), expected/actual date of graduation/program completion, coord. of IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goal with VR Employment Goal, Transition Employment Services (i.e., after school employment, summer employment, job coaching).

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