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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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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).

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disability lead mentoring programs

Create a program that allows older students with disabilities that have successfully transitioned into college or workforce to mentor younger youth with similar disabilities. This could fulfill SSI or HHS requirements. It is empowering for both the youth and their family to view a successful pathway. Hope is an amazing motivator for all.

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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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TEAM Act as a Means for Successful Transtition Outcomes

When the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, other public agencies work closely together early to support and promote the growth and development of youth with significant disabilities, individuals benefit from the coordination of supports that lead to better outcomes. It is critical that systemic changes allow for flexible braiding of resources, coupled with... View full idea »

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Systems Change Grants

Underlying Issues:
 There has been no change in post-school outcomes for students with disabilities over a fifteen year period. The sheer numbers of students who transition into sheltered workshops demonstrate that the majority of students have not been prepared for integrated work in their communities or postsecondary education.
 Students with significant disabilities are often denied access to general education... View full idea »

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Blended Funding Relating to Transition/Employment

A concerted effort to blend funding and strengthen partnerships relating to transition and employment.

My county has shown tremendous success with a blended funding model that has partnered School Districts, DVR, state and local government and individual employment providers to offer a seamless transition from school to work. Students and parents/guardians are provided direction and resources preparing them for adult... View full idea »

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An idea about resolving the Autism / DD Services Gap

The (somewhat) concise part:

What's one issue to lack of adult autism / DD providers?

A lack of research being done related this demographic group concerns.

How that may affect local provider availability and Evidence Based Practices being used?

Payers of services are reluctant to pay for non-EBP provisions; fewer ways for providers to be paid; fewer providers willing to set up shop w/o solid and varied payment... View full idea »

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Back to basics

As an Employment Specialist and supervisor of a placement department, I am amazed at the number of individuals coming out of high school (and older individuals) who do not have a grasp of the basics needed in order to begin the job search process.

It is never too early to have classes in basic job readiness training: 1) Documentation needed (and how to obtain) for job seekers - photo ID, Social Security Number (having... View full idea »

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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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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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