(@ssa100)

Social Security

Taking the Risk

What would make the risk of losing a benefit check worthwhile for a young person who could potentially be self-sufficient for life?

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(@ssa100)

Social Security

Informed Decisions

How can parents and families be educated and encouraged along with kids about the risks and rewards of working and earning enough to go off benefits?

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(@ssa100)

Social Security

Relationships with Service Organizations

Describe the ideal relationship for youth and their families with the school, provider agencies, and other support systems that builds a culture of work and financial independence for youth with disabilities. How young should the kids be when the system starts coordinating? How can we better idnetify kids receiving benefits so they receive appropriate supports?

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(@ssa100)

Social Security

Raising Expectations

How can we raise expectations about the level of work and earnings that is possible for youth with disabilities, and how can we raise those for ALL stakeholders, not just youth and families, but schools, VR agencies, and others?

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(@eduadvocate)

Education

Screen Readers Valid for Reading Comprehension on All Measures.

SWD can use technology that allows them to fully function with reading demands in class, college and the workforce, yet this technology invalidates reading comprehension scores on tests, holding many bright minds to their disability. Because of of this they are excluded from educational opportunities provided to their peers and their self determination stifled. How can education policy keep up with technology, recognizing ...View full idea »

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(@dgill0)

Employment

Collection of adequate data

While there are nationally representative surveys eliciting education and employment outcomes for adolescents, there is limited information in these datasets about health and abilities. We also need to be able to follow these adolescents over time, not just observed their outcomes at one point in time.

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24 votes
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(@ilka.riddle)

Education

Health as Transition Topic on IEP

Many youth with disabilities also face health issues/chronic health conditions. Health care transition from the pediatric to the adult health care system is often not addressed with youth and their families. Addressing health, health care transition and health care self-management as part of the transition IEP would be very helpful for youth with health issues. Only someone who is healthy/can manage his/her health condition ...View full idea »

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(@joani.werner)

Employment

PASS Plan- pass cadre and awics

PASS plans are a very effective way of helping young people meet their employment goal. More outreach is needed from the SSA PASS cadres and AWICs so they can get the message out to the communities. The community partners would have more effective outcomes if they could actually meet, talk and collaborate with the actual SSA staff(the awic and pass cadre) in the community that make the decision on the PASS plan,

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(@icyis01)

Social Security

Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult ...View full idea »

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(@debi.schwartz)

Social Security

SSA's AWICs

Social Security's trained corp of specialists, AWICs, are located in communities throughout the country. They are often seen as the "go-to" person with SSA to resolve transitional youth issues. By providing additional funding for the AWICs to go into the communities to attend transition meetings, visit high schools and vocational training centers, we can maximize our strained federal budgets and provide outstanding ...View full idea »

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(@eduadvocate)

Employment

Technology as a Prothesis

Accessible Technology that allows the disabled to perform “tasks that their disability limits” should supersede outdated policy that limits it’s use or considers it’s use invalid. Should we treat technology as a prothesis, in that we would expect the individual to use it to perform to their potential. With training many could fully function in school and society, benefiting us all.

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(@charles.killen)

Social Security

Use Current Resources before/in addition to Outside Resources

With the AWIC (Area Work Incentives Coordinatior), PAS (Public Affairs Specialist), and PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support) Cadre positions, SSA (Social Security Administration) has a valuable trained and experienced core of expert employees that specialize in these areas. Allowing additional funding for outreach - outreach on which the community advocates and educators can rely will provide consistent information ...View full idea »

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