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

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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Lower age for starting transition

The age to begin transition service planning should be lowered back to 14, or sooner. Waiting to age 16 to initiate planning is too late.

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Schools, adult services, voc rehab working together

My son recently transitioned out of high school and into adult services and I also work in Employment Services for a adult agency. I feel there is a disconnect between all agencies involved in the transition process. I also feel everyone plays a part in transition NOT working. Schools-no communication with adult agencies, put students with cognitive disabilities into "slot" jobs for 1 hour a week, don't understand adult ...View full idea »

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Health as Transition Topic on IEP

Many youth with disabilities also face health issues/chronic health conditions. Health care transition from the pediatric to the adult health care system is often not addressed with youth and their families. Addressing health, health care transition and health care self-management as part of the transition IEP would be very helpful for youth with health issues. Only someone who is healthy/can manage his/her health condition ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Employment

Make adult services transferable between states

Currently, if a person who continues to need employment support is funded for that support in one state, parents are unable to leave that state without losing that support. A move can mean going to the end of a very long waiting list. IEPs transfer from state to state. Adult services should, also.

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Transportation

Transportation, transportation, transportation...need I say more? If a community does not offer adequate public wheelchair transportation options serving individuals with disabilities and their families, then there should be some sort of assistance program to help individuals and their families acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle!

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Transition Class as part of HS Grad Requirement

All students should be required to take a course focusing on transition skills built with units to provide exposure to transition related questions and topics including state agencies, disability awareness, employment possibilities, college readiness, family involvement and support, consumer mathematics, recreation and safety (just to name a few). The idea would be to give our students a strong knowledge base and idea ...View full idea »

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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 system, schools do not regularly employ RTs, ...View full idea »

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Change the high school graduation requirements

Special needs students need community based instruction while in high school. They need jobs and job training, recreation and leisure experiences, home living experiences, community participation and post secondary training/learning. They cannot learn this while sitting in a classroom. When I taught for 32 years I used the Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale for all of my students as a guide to make sure they were ...View full idea »

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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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