(@s.saeugling)

Education

Accountability For Individual Members of IEP Team

A last section of the IEP could simply be one sentence per member of the IEP team (student, parent, regular ed teacher, special ed teacher, LEA, therapist, etc.) that summarizes what that team member will be held accountable for over the life of the IEP.

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(@lynntg)

Education

College Level Services

Yes, many of our kids DO go to college and are successful in that environment. But it's not because they've been provided any services. Most universities and post-secondary education is SERIOUSLY lacking in the services departments. Any post-secondary institution that accepts government money of any kind needs to have available services for all, not just hard copies of notes and extended test time for those with learning ...View full idea »

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73 votes
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(@smjones)

Employment

Flexible Community Supports

There needs to be more support for providers that are wanting to provide more community based employment supports for people with disabilities. It is difficult to transition from a traditional, facility-based model under current funding structures. Transportation and support needs to be flexible and responsive to people's real needs and real outcomes.

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(@angie4dolls)

Education

Community College Post Secondary Programs

Community Colleges need to expand and develope two year programs for students with disabilities that focus on a skill based cirriculum: life skills for independent living, job preparation, and include options for training for specific types of jobs. Many post secondary programs are expensive. Community colleges allow for affordable programs and greater accessiblity. It also provides youth with a college experience.

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107 votes
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(@zmayer)

Employment

Incentives for businesses to employ individuals w/ disabilities

There are tremendous programs and ideas out there to help serve the special needs community. Companies who employ individuals with special needs should be rewarded for their mission. Employment rates amongst youth with ASD are low and opportunities are minimal. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/09/peds.2011-2864 If companies and programs had tax and monetary incentives to employ those ...View full idea »

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(@drb220)

Education

Include Transition Data in RSA 911

Include mandatory transition-related codes in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) RSA 911 system for youth referrals: source of referral (name school), expected/actual date of graduation/program completion, coord. of IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goal with VR Employment Goal, Transition Employment Services (i.e., after school employment, summer employment, job coaching).

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(@drb220)

Employment

Include Transition Data in RSA 911

Include mandatory transition-related codes in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) RSA 911 system for youth referrals: source of referral (name school), expected/actual date of graduation/program completion, coord. of IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goal with VR Employment Goal, Transition Employment Services (i.e., after school employment, summer employment, job coaching).

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(@gladiany)

Employment

Need for policy changes

As a 25-year-old Hispanic woman with Spinal Muscular Atrophy I can tell you I am grateful that I have been blessed with lots of opportunities to participate in higher education, to the point of reaching a Master’s degree last month, but I can also say that this success is only small step into what is to come. To be honest, I am not sure what is to come. I have seen first hand that there are major roadblocks I will have ...View full idea »

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(@rgreenhaw)

Education

Invest in Interest-based University and College Programs

Colleges and Universities have historically had restrictive access fo people with disabilities. Yet, there would be tremendous benefit for providing routes of access for both the person with the disability and the typical college student and faculty person. The Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University is a model program that provides access for individuals with disabilities to enrichment, vocational, ...View full idea »

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(@eduadvocate)

Education

Entry Criteria should have mechanisms to include SWD

STEM and Magnet programs should have mechanisms to insure that disabled groups are equally included in diverse programming. If they cannot do this STEM and Magnets should be lottery only. Unbalanced profiles of SWD do not fit well with competitive entry matrix criteria. Students may excel in Math or Science while other disability related skills will flatten the SWD profile barring their entry. One of the many reasons ...View full idea »

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(@lynntg)

Education

Incentive Ideas

While we shouldn't have to pat our district personnel on the head and say "Good dog!" when they provide our children the APPROPRIATE part of FAPE, it might be nice to give them incentive to do the right thing. Whether this incentive is positive or negative depends on them. But more and more districts are resisting providing the appropriate services, especially to children of the poor and/or uneducated. There are too ...View full idea »

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(@vickiniswander)

Employment

Human Service Cooperatives

Individuals with disabilities and families who join together and form non-profit organizations are more motivated to promote models of customized employment, and can help to bridge the services gap between school and adult services. Relatively small amounts of funding will allow groups to hire a specialist to assess and negotiate employment for its members.

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(@vickiniswander)

Health and Human Services

Funding to people, not agencies

Funding for any type of services intended to serve people with disabilities should be assigned to those people rather than agencies. Individuals and their families can then purchase needed services wherever they choose, making it more likely that agencies will want to make their services attractive to their consumers.

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