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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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Social Security

Support the family caregivers

It is not an uncommon situation for a parent of a child with a serious and debilitating disability to leave their job to take care of their child in the home. Families in this situation should receive some type of benefit or deduction and receive financial credit for the lost income.

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Health and Human Services

Maintaining Medical Assistance thru Transition

One of the most aggravating systems to navigate is the application/renewal process for Medical Assistance. When my children moved into their adult years, the amount of hassle and paperwork to keep their Medical Assistance active was overwhelming.

There are some disabilities that are simply never going to change. Why then do we have to reapply for Medical Assistance insurance just because they changed in age from... View full idea »

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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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Employment

Equal Pay Protections under FLSA

Having grown up in the aftermath of IDEA and ADA, I believed that I was living in a much more progressive situation for people with disabilities. I was shocked to learn that under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may pay individuals with disabilities below the minimum wage. This law was passed in 1938, long before deinstitutionalization and integrated education. Individuals with disabilities deserve equal... View full idea »

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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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Education

Educating 504 students about services

Students with IEPs are identified through special education and connected with VR services/transition services. However, schools have different individuals oversee 504 students (counselors, vice prinicipals, etc.) and getting these students referred by the schools has been very problematic. At the high schools I work with IEPs are only given to students with learning disabilities. 504s are for students with other health... View full idea »

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Education

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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Education

ITP (Individual Transition Plans)

Individual Transition Plans of course are used to write transition goals and objectives for students with disabilities but they should be updated to better reflect the evolving world where jobs and careers require more technological skills and more outside resources other than community agencies can be involved. Also there should be an added section where documentation can be added so that those involved with the transition... View full idea »

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Education

ABLE Act

We need higher educational opportunities for young folks. While there has been progress on availability of programs, it can be expensive for many of these folks. Unlike typical peers, those who may need to depend on the social safety net programs cannot save for college in a 529 plan as it would disqualify them for MedicAide and SSI if needed. ABLE Act (currently in both houses with bipartisan support) would fix this.... View full idea »

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