(@ayerl0)

Education

Person Centered Planning -- NOT a curriculum

To re-emphasize this -- PCP is a process and should be embedded in a child's program. It needs to be mandated by IDEA so that it becomes an essential part of the IEP process -- and not be an outlier. Many years have gone by with those of us who believe in this process, and have seen it work -- but since there is no way to ensure it happens for each child, it is still hit-or-miss. If school administrators knew they... View full idea »

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(@santamanwalk)

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Enforce current laws and require IDEA be provided by States

First, IDEA should be enforced by requiring the individual states to provide the services enumerated in the Act, not requiring that the parents do service provision and then sue for reimbursement, as currently is the controlling Decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Second, require that the states actually provide the services to ALL the disabled, in accordance with current laws. Currently, it appears that... View full idea »

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(@jrock0)

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Improve consistency in federal laws and AYP reporting processes

One of the federal indicators on which local school districts must report is the 4-Year Graduation Rate. This creates a direct conflict with the IDEA right to FAPE through the age of 21, for students eligible for special education services. Local school districts perceive (and perhaps ARE) being penalized for continuing special education services beyond the traditional 4 years. Surely this conflict can be resolved!... View full idea »

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(@lrogen)

Education

An Often Overlooked but Critical Component of Transition

The transition from school to college or work is also the transition from childhood to adulthood, from dependence to independence. This aspect of transition is an essential component that often gets lost in the sole focus on skill development. In those with significant learning disabilities, supporting individual ideation is as essential as teaching the other more concrete living skills such as money and time management,... View full idea »

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(@ayerl0)

Education

Training for state entities

State departments of education, VR, Health (including early intervention and family, EHDI initiatives), Corrections, should mandate one two-day training each year for their staff to learn more about transition with children with low-incidence disabilities (visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, deafblind, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities etc). One avenue for this is to contract with each state's Deafblind... View full idea »

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(@mtemple)

Education

Discretionary Funding for College Transition Programs

Colleges and Universities that sponsor or would like to sponsor a transition program for incoming or perspective students with disabilities to their campuses could benefit from applying for discretionary grants that promote universal design. Ideally these programs would include other students without disabilities to reflect the microcosim of higher education and marketing material that invited participation of students... View full idea »

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(@jkester)

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Transition Competencies

Current OSEP funds long-term training grants to invest in building transition competencies of professionals. There is concern these funds will not be available in the future, which will cause an enormous knowledge gap. How might the federal government address funding this essential program in the future and incentivise building transition competencies at SEA/LEA levels, as well as with VR professionals?

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(@jkester)

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Youth Development & Youth Leadership

There is a growing movement of "by youth for youth" efforts around youth development and youth leadership groups across the country. While we know both are essential elements to effective youth engagement in transition, along with increased self determination/self advocacy skills, how might we engage in action research to connect the efforts nationally to determine whether there should be a paradigm shift where transition... View full idea »

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(@jkester)

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Communities of practice: Context to facilitate collaboration

In the business world, there is evidence communities of practice provide a context for collaboration. In recent studies in secondary transition and through the investment in the IDEA Partnership, communities act as vehicles to improve transition practices. How might the federal government expand efforts to implement communities of practice as a strategy to improve transition practices?

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(@lmastand)

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involvement in extracurricular activities as part of transition

Children with disabilities aren't often steered to the same activities as their nondisabled peers--athletics, music, drama, debate. Their lives are often focused on therapies and academics, while neglecting the activities that make for a well-rounded individual who has a better chance at pursuing postsecondary education.

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(@jgingerich)

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Require colleges and universities to collect data

Colleges and universities should be required to track retention and advancement data for students with disabilities known to the DSS offices in the same manner they track and report on other minority groups. Based on the data, specific strategies then should be developed to ensure all kids who enter college successfully exit.

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(@deborah.bradl)

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Connecting Employers to H. S. credits

I'd like to see the Dept. of Education connecting to employers in the state to help students earn h.s. credit for certain things like computer credit, math credit, etc. by connecting with an employer who can have the student perform work which would help them earn this credit. It would benefit kids who can not fit into the mainstream way of learning or who don't fit into a "typical" h.s. format. Some kids learn better... View full idea »

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(@karenmarttinen)

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Educate the Educators about Dyslexia

The first step in providing a better future for our children is to have all professionals in the Education Field learn extensively about Dyslexia. It affects 20 % of our population. It is a learning disability that is easily re-mediated but not provided for. We now know that 75 % of the inmates of this country have only a 4th grade reading level. How much of this is preventable if they were addressed in elementary school?... View full idea »

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(@cgraham)

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Progressive/developmental transition plan

Every SPED student should have a transition plan based on a Functional Vocational Evalaution, Independent Living Skills Assessment and a comprehensive Transition Assessment. A student focused conference should be conviened to bring all parties together (NOT an IEP) and prepare the goals and objectives for a Transition plan directly from the above assessments.

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(@dcullen)

Education

Using ELO's

What best practices are schools needing using Extended Learning Opportunities? Is there a desire to hear about best practices in this space?

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