(@ysheng66)

Employment

Change the procedure for application of SSDI

I am Ada Juan Sheng, a woman with disability. I always want to work and I hope that my work is akin the work of person without disability . Unfortunately, at 04/11 / 2008, my employer terminated me. After that, I applied a ton jobs, but never got any company to hire me. When I deep illness, I had to apply the benefits of SSA on 2010. I DID NOT GET THE RESULT. I discover some error in the procedure of application of ...View full idea »

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(@willsj1)

Employment

Promote youth development opportunities

Most would agree with the observation that youth with disabilities too often lack the opportunities develop the important social and emotional skills that are increasingly being recognized as essential to be successful in the work place as well as in pursuit of higher education. There are multiple ways for youth to learn such skills including growing youth advocacy groups seeking voice in program decision making. Yet, ...View full idea »

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(@mail00)

Employment

Need to Train the Trainers in HR and Publish the Regulation

1. We need ETA and the Wage Hour Division to come together, develop and publish the Proposed Rule to fulfill Section 14(d) of the FLSA to define when a student/trainee with disabilities becomes an employee in work experience exploration, training and transition. Thirty-nine years is long enough to wait for the regulation. The proposed rule needs to address the options that have developed since 1974, such as customized ...View full idea »

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(@karenrossi2)

Education

Change student loan repayment options for the disabled

Because I have 30K+ in student loans and they're coming due, I have applied for a disability discharge. The problem with this is simple - it promotes my not looking for work, even though I'd much rather work. Due to the nature of my disability (Asperger's), my getting a job is not a guarantee to my ability to pay off the loans - I may get fired because I'm not a good fit with the company. Once I reach the maximum (15k ...View full idea »

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(@allong)

Employment

Business Partnerships

There is a real need to increase awareness and interest in providing work based learning opportunities for students with disabilities in both the public and private sector job markets. We need to create a more effective and efficient private public sector partnership in order to build and sustain viable and meaningful work and educational opportunities for students with disabilities as they transition from school to work. ...View full idea »

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(@puma1021)

Employment

Employment for Individuals with disabilities

I spent the first half of my career assisting individuals with disabilities obtain employment and become Self Advocates. I am now an early childhood special education teacher, and the parent of a young man with disabilities. There are many issues that need to be looked at. In the Education system you have a thrust toward academics and getting students college ready. The Common Core Learning Standards being used were ...View full idea »

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(@skmb00)

Education

Specify Invisible Chronic Conditions in Disability Policies.

Current disability policy and laws, e.g., IDEA and ADA, fail to address the needs of young people with invisible chronic conditions, e.g., diabetes, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease. Chronic conditions are unpredictable; they wax and wane. When young people with invisible conditions feel good, they may not need accommodations, but when they are not well, their accommodations need to kick in immediately. Today’s technology ...View full idea »

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(@skalkot)

Employment

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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(@charlyne1121)

Employment

SWEP-Transition outcomes

Many school work experience/transition programs operate as a one size fits all program disregarding student's individual needs and interests. Many district run programs pay students menial stipends to avoid certification requirements under FLSA. The priority is SED compliance rather than student outcomes priorities. The students are exited from these programs without necessary skills and dumped into adult services. How ...View full idea »

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(@brian02)

Education

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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(@tad.asbury)

Employment

Modify SSA - Ticket to Work rules for youth in transition

Adjust regulations for youth served under Ticket to Work including the following: -- The Individual Work Plan should be modified to reflect the slower progression of youth in transition. The IWP now requires that the primary goal be employment at or exceeding SGA. That is the long term goal for every beneficiary, but for youth in transition the first goal should be employment regardless of earnings level. -- The definition ...View full idea »

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(@jamesriley62)

Employment

Youth Transition to Adult Services Programs

There needs to be an honest and clear defined path for Youth with Disabilities moving from the School/Education entitlement systems to the Adult Services programs. Disabled youth and their families do not have a good thorough understanding of how Transition works and the impact on their lives once they leave the Educational Entitlement systems and move into the Non-Entitlement Adult service programs. There needs to ...View full idea »

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(@karenrossi2)

Employment

Required Disability Awareness Training

This could be required for any business that gets any sort of tax exemption, tax credit, or federal/state training money. It would involve disability awareness training, how to integrate people with disabilities into their business, how to contact OVR or someone similar to address a potential issue (like saying a job coach is needed for a while instead of firing them), and how to avoid "silent" discrimination against ...View full idea »

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(@vwilson)

Employment

Changes to IDEA to strengthen transition reuqirements

As attorneys and advocates for children with disabilities, we often have issues with trying to enforce what to us seems to be pretty clear mandates in the IDEA regulations to provide age appropriate transition assessments and programming for transition age students with disabilities. As with the entire IEP, the legislative requirements are minimized by decisions by the Department of Education, hearing officers and ...View full idea »

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