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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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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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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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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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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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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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pre-VR training

I believe that many youth with disabilities do not have the independent living skills needed to be successful in tranisitioning to post-secondary education or work. I would like to see a program specifically developed to teach transition age youth skills in daily living, community travel, technology, and communication offered to every transition youth. They would need to demonstrate certain competencies before they... View full idea »

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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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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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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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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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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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