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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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