Campaign: Education

Support Services in College

We need to begin a disability initiative modeled after the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. This university has reached it's goal of creating an all inclusive higher education environment (regardless of the level of your disability-they TRULY have thought of everything). The option of attending a university like the U of I should be available in this country for every student that desires to live independently ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Education

Real Jobs for Students before Graduation/earlier VR

The best outcomes are derived when young people (who are planning for employment after high school) work before they leave high school. Since there are often not enough funds for adequate job services in schools to get kids to work outside, ensure job placement in paying jobs before the end of high school (17-21), with the support of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

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Campaign: Education

HS Vocational Opportunities

Vocational element is needed for students with disabilities during their Jr. & Sr. years in HS. Hence, students who are not college bound, and cannot receive a standard HS Diploma, can enter the work force with a Certification in various occupations.

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Campaign: Health and Human Services

Personal Care Services

Currently, millions of people with disabilities need personal care services to live independently. Unfortunately, most of the PCA services are linked to Medicaid, and once people with disabilities become employed, they lose access to the assistance that makes it possible for them to dress, bathe, eat, and be part of the community. I propose a personal care assistant program based on physical needs, not income, because ...View full idea »

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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

Federal student aid

Federal student aid defines a full time college student as one who is taking 12 or more credits. Very often, students with disabilities would benefit from taking a lighter course load - 6 to 9 - while still being considered as a full time student. Our state funding now makes accommodations for this, but the federal funding does not.

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Incorporate soft skills development throughout all HS coursework

We see a significant gap between the soft skills for employment that students exiting high school are able to demonstrate and the reality of what is expected in today's workforce. Soft skill development should be incorporated throughout the entire secondary education curriculum and further enhanced via practical work experiences in the community. Students exiting high school cannot be successful in the workplace without ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Education

Teacher Prep in the Area of Transition/Work

Time and time again, as a teacher you hear from fellow teachers, "They never talked about this in my teacher prep courses". It's time that future teachers be given intensive, hands-on, real-life instruction in what life is really like for our students with disabilities after high school, transition services, and what skills/ courses would be the most helpful for the future. This instruction should include ALL levels of ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Social Security

Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Employment

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) (HR 647/S 313)

The ABLE Act has earned 35 cosponsors in the US Senate and 150 cosponsors in the US House and is being led by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional champions, including: Senator Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). Under current law, ...View full idea »

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Campaign: Employment

Disconnect between schools, voc rehab and adult services

As someone who has worked in both the education and rehabilitation services fields, I have observed a serious disconnect between schools doing IEPs/ITPs and the regional VR and adult programs. VR cases should be opened while the student is still in school (Jr and Sr years) and the regional VR counselors assigned should attend IEP/ITP meetings along with an appropriate adult service provider or guidance counselor if student ...View full idea »

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Transition Skills earlier

I know that transition services do not begin technically before 14-16 years of age, but any lesson at any age can teach transition skills like organization, self-advocacy, goal setting etc. Why wait until it is mandatory?

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