Employment

(@ronnieschepis)

Employment

Origination

The Executive function component makes Organizing looking for work getting people to do your resumes and doing recordkeeping for very difficult Nowhere in the support systems that I had while I was in school was I ever given to compensate of tools to either do recordkeeping or to time managing a way that made my life run efficiently at work or in the business sense at home life coaching work transition will make a big... View full idea »

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(@bettenhausenwestlake)

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Chioces for Employment

Everyone should be allowed to choose the work environment they are most comfortable in and which best meets their needs. Integrated employment is a great idea on the surface, but does not work for everyone. In impoverished rural areas, there are not enough jobs for everyone who is looking for work. Employers can choose the best and brightest people to hire. Those with extensive experience, college degrees, etc.... View full idea »

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(@susang1961)

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Integrated employed as the preferred outcome

All students, including students with the most significant disabilities, should have, in their transition years in high school, that lead to payment of at least minimum wages in integrated settings -- settings in which an individual interacts with non-disabled workers. System Change Grants be created for states to apply with the outcome of shifting the focus of Transition programs to Employment First outcomes: the... View full idea »

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(@rcjackso)

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18 - 22 used for Vocational Preparation

Many students with an IEP can stay to age 22 but I have seen the schools boot them out at 18 even if they would benefit from more schooling. I think age 18-22 should be vocational preparation with joint work between the schools and VR - with VR finding work for the student at some point between 18 and 22 and before they are out of school at age 22

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(@ayerl0)

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Options for Youth with low-incidence disabilities

VR will often deem a youth with a severe-disability as not being able to participate in an employment option. Often this is because not just the criteria, but the tools used for evaluation do not encompass the youth or his needs. Targeted training might open out the "possibilities" to VR counselors. Every state has organizations or projects that work with severe disabilities -- and could provide this training. BUT... View full idea »

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(@katrina)

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Maine is working to reduce and limit wait lists for funding

Working as a Transition Coordinator for a private middle and secondary program in Maine, the barriers that I see for our emerging adults in obtaining their post-graduation goals is centered on the lack of funding. For many of our students that are either seeking employment or plan to attend a day program, it is MaineCare that funds these services. After years of these individuals being wait listed for funding while experiencing... View full idea »

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(@jillcurry)

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Strengthening relationships with the business community

Building relationships with community businesses is a vital piece of transition planning and educating the business community about employing youth with disabilities is a critical aspect of supporting students as they transition out of secondary programs. Although some districts are able to employ job developers or utilize established services to inform community businesses about hiring people with disabilities,... View full idea »

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(@teridoolittle)

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Transition programs such as Project SEARCH

In reading through some ideas and comments, a theme emerges of the need for comprehensive, collaborative transition programs for youth with disabilities who are planning to go to work, but will need significant supports. I note that some have commented that there are individuals whose disability is so severe that they will not benefit from typical VR services; well, there are programs that serve these youth, on a work... View full idea »

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(@jlm000)

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Joint Chamber and Sec of Commerce Training on Disability Employm

The Sec. of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce, along with HR magazines and experts, should host a conference for HR & Diversity Directors of companies on how to maximize your profits by successfully hiring people with disabilities who are the right fit for their needs. Top business case studies and the nuts and bolts/"how to's" should be showcased in the media, political speeches and more. When will the President talk... View full idea »

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(@alyssa.klein)

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VR funds for work experience

Having paid work experience while in secondary school is one the top indicators of employment success for youth with disabilities after high school. However, there is a lot of angst about whose responsibility it is to provide this. With tight budgets in schools and VR programs, it is hard for any one entity to step forward to take a strong lead. I would love to see specific funding allocations provided to VR programs... View full idea »

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(@aepstein)

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Transition-related Policies Should Set Higher Expectations

On the behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force, we offer the following policy principles as a guide in the reauthorization and appropriation processes. Essential Transition Principles for Youth with Disabilities: • Federal and state policy should promote positive transition outcomes including additional education opportunities, competitive integrated employment,... View full idea »

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(@jkester)

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Fragmentation of Transition Services

While we know through many GAO studies there is great fragmentation of transition services across many systems. We also know interagency collaboration is a predictor of post-school outcomes. Because many of the issues tie to legislation and policy, how might the federal depts. make a strategic effort to solicit input on an ongoing basis to identify and potentially address these barriers?

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(@mya000)

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Transition services Funding

The opportunity to provide input on improving transition outcomes for youth with disabilities is appreciated. One area of critical importance is additional, designated funding for transition services provided through the public VR program. The demands for VR services continue to increase; not only for transition youth but also for baby boomers that are working longer and developing disabilities that threaten their ability... View full idea »

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(@jgingerich)

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Funding that encourages innovation

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grants supported the development of many of the current best practices, resources and tools. Even a small amount of flexible funding per state, such as $500,000 per year, would serve to continue that innovation.

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(@jgingerich)

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Recidivism

There is a need to trak data and develop long term supports for young adults who obtain work through vr or the workforcce system, who are not eligible for long term supports and who exhibit a pattern of job loss on an ongoing basis that may indicate the need for long term supports in order to maintain employment.

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