(@afhigley)

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Family Transition Training

Parents and families are in dire need of transition training. Schools aren't providing families or students with needed information, and there's a great deal of misinformation or out-of-date information circulating on the internet. Sadly, many families don't understand the ramifications of a decision until after their student has left school. It's too easy to take a wrong turn, when you haven't been given a roadmap.... View full idea »

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(@sasigmon)

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ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE TAUGHT TO DEAF DISABLED CHILD/ADULTS

i AM WORKING WITH A DEAF ADULT WHO WENT TO DEAF'BLIND STATE SCHOOL. HE WAS TAUGHT ASL (AM SIGN LANG) BUT NEVER TAUGHT TO READ AND WRITE IN ENGLISH. BECAUSE OF THIS HE CAN'T PASS A TABE TEST AT 2ND GRADE LEVEL, VR WON'T WORK WITH HIM, NO CAPACITY, THEY STATE, SEE HIS TEST SCORES. WE HAVE OTHER DEAF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN OUR SMALL TOWN. NONE ARE WORKING, EVEN THO ALL COULD WORK, LOW ENGLISH TEST SCORES. THEY WERE NEVER... View full idea »

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(@shariscasa)

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IEP Acceptance Signatures

It should be mandatory that a parent or caregiver needs to sign their agreement/disagreement with an IEP and it's implementation along with an accountability of what each team member will be providing. At this time an ISD can implement an IEP without parental input, acceptance or permission. Many parents don't know what to do or are intimidated by what needs to be done to stop the ISD. The IEP needs to be signed as accepted... View full idea »

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(@ayerl0)

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Job-related skills

What we usually see are the TASKS and not all the skills involved in getting and retaining a job over time. We must ensure children learn all along about organization, stamina, social worth and friendships, etc.

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(@ayerl0)

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Transition Plan and soft skills

Soft skills are and should be part of a child's IEP -- and education -- all through school days. It should not just become a part of transition planning in the final years of school. Different levels and aspects of soft skills to be taught....

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(@ayerl0)

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Soft skills

Targeting soft skills teaching only at HS level is counter-productive. Shouldn't these be targeted right from the start -- pre-school and elementary?? There are different "levels" of soft skills and a student's needs may change -- as will interests and preferences. So modify the soft skills through all levels.

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(@ayerl0)

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Non-recorded skills - include in transition planning

Thinking outside the box -- how do we ensure students develop the endurance and stamina they need to perform tasks? Often, they get a job, but because they don't have endurance training (BOTH physical and mental), after a time they fail to function as they should. This is not something that happens just during the "transition" years -- but from the start. We need to look at Physical Education and related areas of the... View full idea »

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(@ayerl0)

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Transition planning jargon

We need to cut out the jargon and use "plain speak" to ensure that students who participate in their IEPs can have a real opportunity to wrap their minds around what is happening. It is also less intimidating for most parents. Plain speak would not, of course, include all the acronyms that we fling around either!

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(@ayerl0)

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Parent task force

Each state should host a PARENT task force that discusses transition issues and submit ideas to them and the legislature. No stronger voice -- or more "real" an opinion than a parent....

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(@ayerl0)

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Creative coursework at Institutions of Higher Education

Higher Education is not (and should not be!) only about academics. For students with more severe disabilities, it is possible to create and run courses that must be considered "out of the box", but might also attract students who do not have disabilities. For example, "Touch" ceramics/working with clay (Not visual, just touch), music and movement (including for the Deaf/hard of hearing), social skills (including social... View full idea »

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(@jmpasternak)

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School districts should be penalized for post grad failure

There should be penalties assessed (directly in the pay for administrators and staff) via monitoring at the federal level for school districts who systematically graduate students by accumulating credits for graduation, but whose graduates demonstrably do not meet their potential for college and career readiness. This can measured by tracking the students post graduation for 5 years or more; and determining if they are... View full idea »

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