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Liaison for transition

When in school, students with disabilities are afforded a team to help develop a plan helping them to achieve their academic goals. A transition plan is part of an IEP, yet after leaving school parents and students are at the mercy of their state's benefit agencies to obtain services. While an individual case manager might not be appropriate to guide all students through the eligibility process, a liaison familiar with... View full idea »

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Employment

Manadate Recreational Therapy In Schools

Recreational Therapy (RT), is a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, yet, to date, this service is under utilized in the school system. Typically the under utilization is due to lack of awareness of its
scope of practice. Recreational Therapists (RTs) are nationally certified/licensed health professionals
who provide services aimed at the development of functional skills aimed toward the successful integration... View full idea »

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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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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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Health and Human Services

Funding to people, not agencies

Funding for any type of services intended to serve people with disabilities should be assigned to those people rather than agencies. Individuals and their families can then purchase needed services wherever they choose, making it more likely that agencies will want to make their services attractive to their consumers.

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Individuals w. Dev Dis as Medically Underserved Population

Individuals who have disabilities face many barriers accessing and utilizing health care, while at the same time facing many health issues (for supporting data please review CDC's Disability and Health Data System-BRFSS data www.dhds.cdc.gov). Elevating individuals with developmental disabilities to the status of "medically underserved" would provide more financial resources to address this health disparity/gap.

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Summary of Performance

The SOP has been a requirement in the law since 2004, yet my experience has been that students, families, postsecondary, and adult service providers do not know what this is and do not use it effectively to assist students in obtaining services and supports after leaving high school. The intent is there in the law, but more can be done to make this a useful tool for students.

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Peer Support on Campus

Colleges/universities around the country should be encouraged to establish and maintain peer support models that focus on full integration between students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities. This should be lead by the students with guidance available if/when needed. It would encourage collaboration, problem-solving and inclusion in the social aspects of university life. University systems often... View full idea »

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Social Security

SSA's Age 18 Redetermination

When a youth has received Social Security benefits as a child they will receive notice on or around their 18th birthday to go through redetermination where they must meet the SSA's adult definition of a disability. To continue with benefits they must prove to SSA that they have a disabling condition that prevents them from earning Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and that disabling condition is expected to last a minimum... View full idea »

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Asset-based Career Assessment and Coaching

There is too much focus in the disability employment field on deficits and challenges and not enough on assets and opportunities. Young people need support in focusing on how their assets and strengths can be used for employment and they need coaching to support them in developing and implementing their plans.

Transition staff also need to understand more about the job market and the opportunities that are available... View full idea »

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Federal Hiring Goals Need to be Enforced

The federal government has failed to meet the mark of hiring 2% of workers with disabilities. I am concerned that one method they are using to avoid this is counting summer interns with disabilities from the WRP (a great program, I am not at all suggesting that they remove the program) to count as Schedule A employees. These interns work for a few months, but in my experience have had little success in being hired on... View full idea »

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Social Security

The right to work and marry

People with disabilities should be able to work without worrying about if they will lose their benefits from the state. And if they absolutely can't work it is not fair that they lose their benefits if their spouse makes more than $2,000. And if spouses are doing the care giving it should be an option to get paid because family members, friends, and significant others get paid for care giving.

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Transition Planning for Students with 504 Plans

There is currently no formal transition planning process for students with 504 Plans who are exiting high school. While not all students with a 504 Plan require a transition plan, many students (including students who previously transitioned from an IEP) would benefit from the process as they plan for postsecondary education and employment.

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Opportunities for Students 18-21 Years of Age

While local school systems continue to create new opportunities for students who exit school at age 21, additional federal resources and guidance could be generated to increase opportunities. In practice, educational programming targeted to this age group does not adequately address the need by many students 18 to 21 years old for age appropriate activities, such as employment experience or exposure to postsecondary... View full idea »

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