(@teridoolittle)

Health and Human Services

Train everyone on disability laws that apply to adults

Since I began studying transition to adult services in in 2008 (out of desperation and urgent need) I have come to realize that many educators and administrators do not know what they do not know about laws that protect individuals with disabilities. If the only tool they know is procedural safeguards for IDEA or Section 504, then everything looks like an educational accommodation subject to due process, which is perceived... View full idea »

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(@pamela)

Education

Transition Apps

As a retired SPED teacher who has worked at numerous locations, I can attest to the total lack of transition training in high schools. This summer I will be working on creating Transition Apps for the I-Pad. This will include: goal setting, career search, training, job application and work practices. I will then work on a survival app that includes: budget, home search, and further work practices. All of this is missing... View full idea »

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(@rebekahroulier)

Health and Human Services

Inclusive Therapeutic Sports Program with Youth Jobs

Create an inclusive therapeutic sports program for youth to aid with health as well as social skills development. Embed therapeutic models and techniques into this program and train mentors/coaches on said models and give them clinical supervision. Within this therapeutic sports program, jobs for youth can be created based upon their individual goals (refereeing, running the scoreboard, managing the league, assistant... View full idea »

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(@heathen753)

Health and Human Services

2-1-1 should be the nat'l disability information clearinghouse

Are you familiar with our local communities' 2-1-1 information and referral services, that are already in place in most places in the US? Perhaps they're one of the best ways to know what's available in your community for those provisions that local NPOs generally carry for their communities. But, in addition, through marketing / branding, its awareness spans beyond local into state and national awareness, too. Personally,... View full idea »

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(@skoob62)

Education

Transition services accountability

I have read all the ideas posted to date and there are some really good ones and some not so good ones. But they all have one fatal flaw. We can ask for all the legislature, required training, and required services we want, but until there are swift and financially weighted consequences in place when there is a dispute regarding services, there will always be a systemic failure in the support provided to disabled individuals.... View full idea »

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(@skoob62)

Employment

Accountability for transition services

I have read all the ideas posted to date and there are some really good ones and some not so good ones. But they all have one fatal flaw. We can ask for all the legislature, required training, and required services we want, but until there are swift and financially weighted consequences in place when there is a dispute regarding services, there will always be a systemic failure in the support provided to disabled individuals.... View full idea »

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(@kristy.h)

Employment

Emulate SAP's plan-Train autistic employees & coworkers

Software giant SAP has successfully incorporated the unique talents common with autism into their work force. SAP matches skill-sets to appropriate tasks/jobs, provides training specifically designed for the autistic employee, AND trains the rest of the team how best to work and communicate with special-skilled employees. Productivity of the entire team increases with this carefully-implemented program. Article here:... View full idea »

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(@davidb.abramowitz)

Education

Why Emulate General Education?

Inclusion in education for students on IEPs has had many positive aspects. But we need to do better than putting resources and energy into the acquisition of a diploma. IDEA has a bigger purpose than a diploma, with the mandate to prepare each student for further education, employment, and living as independent as possible. Also, general ed is falling short of meeting the needs of many students without special needs by... 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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(@chaulet.alan)

Employment

A hotline for employers employing people with disabilities

Employers would benefit incredibly from the existence of a telephone hotline helping them learn everything about the process of hiring people with disabilities, to answer any questions they might have, help them communicate with all the right people, and plan any meetings with the right people. Many employers and HR Departments do not know how to help people with disabilities transition into employment. This would... View full idea »

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(@chaulet.alan)

Health and Human Services

A single office to help people with disabilities be independent

While having individual departments that each specialize in either employment, education, or health and human services works effectively for disabled individuals, there needs to be more communication between these departments or they need to be divided under a single office. For these individuals and their families, it is very difficult keeping up with so many contacts, offices, people, and forms. If one office or... View full idea »

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(@chaulet.alan)

Health and Human Services

All the information should be in 1 Place

All the information for disabled families is difficult to find and should be made available in one place online. They should also always be able to have a social worker or representative available on the phone or to meet with them to help them understand the resources they do or don't have access to. Maybe they should have people proactively reach out to them on the phone or via hospitals or schools or doctors.... 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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