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Training Opportunities

I believe that students with disabilities should have the opportunity to work part time during their senior year. Local businesses should receive an incentive to employ students with disabilities on a part-time training basis. There are many low functioning students that are overlooked. Many of them can perform such tasks as folding sheets and towels for hotels or setting tables at senior centers ect.

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Coordination of IPE and IEP? What's The Barrier?

When one reads the Rehabilitation Services Act (the law that directs rehabilitation units in States) and looks for the definition of the idea of Transition (leaving high school (aka secondary education) Services...then if one turns and reads IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) (the law that drives Special Education), one sees that the definition of transition services are the same in both ACTS! If the target... View full idea »

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disability lead mentoring programs

Create a program that allows older students with disabilities that have successfully transitioned into college or workforce to mentor younger youth with similar disabilities. This could fulfill SSI or HHS requirements. It is empowering for both the youth and their family to view a successful pathway. Hope is an amazing motivator for all.

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Summer Work Experience Program

I developed a partnership with several state of New Mexico Government agencies to create a work experience summer program for disabled youth. It was very successful. The youth were paid by the state for their work experience, and were considered volunteers by the federal government during the summer. Several of them were so good at their work that several agencies wanted them converted into the Federal Pathways student... View full idea »

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Disconnect between schools, voc rehab and adult services

As someone who has worked in both the education and rehabilitation services fields, I have observed a serious disconnect between schools doing IEPs/ITPs and the regional VR and adult programs. VR cases should be opened while the student is still in school (Jr and Sr years) and the regional VR counselors assigned should attend IEP/ITP meetings along with an appropriate adult service provider or guidance counselor if student... View full idea »

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Transition Skills earlier

I know that transition services do not begin technically before 14-16 years of age, but any lesson at any age can teach transition skills like organization, self-advocacy, goal setting etc. Why wait until it is mandatory?

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The TEAM Act as a Means of Sucessful Transition Outcomes

When the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, other public agencies work closely together early to support and promote the growth and development of youth with significant disabilities, individuals benefit from the coordination of supports that lead to better outcomes. It is critical that systemic changes allow for flexible braiding of resources, coupled with... View full idea »

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The TEAM Act as a Means of Successful Transition Outcomes

When the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, other public agencies work closely together early to support and promote the growth and development of youth with significant disabilities, individuals benefit from the coordination of supports that lead to better outcomes. It is critical that systemic changes allow for flexible braiding of resources, coupled with... View full idea »

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TEAM Act as a Means for Successful Transtition Outcomes

When the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, other public agencies work closely together early to support and promote the growth and development of youth with significant disabilities, individuals benefit from the coordination of supports that lead to better outcomes. It is critical that systemic changes allow for flexible braiding of resources, coupled with... View full idea »

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Systems Change Grants

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 There has been no change in post-school outcomes for students with disabilities over a fifteen year period. The sheer numbers of students who transition into sheltered workshops demonstrate that the majority of students have not been prepared for integrated work in their communities or postsecondary education.
 Students with significant disabilities are often denied access to general education... View full idea »

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Remove the Government Doughnut Hole

It seems that the government encourages and subsidizes helplessness and unemployment for disabled folks by removing all assistance if the individual enjoys any career success. The government would send me SSI benefits and a Medicaid card tomorrow if I only asked because I have muscular dystrophy. If, however, I want to use my graduate degree to work as much as possible (and I do), everything becomes trickier. That's why... View full idea »

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Promote career development through common terms in legislation

Various federal laws centered on initial development of workforce skills (e.g. WIA incluidng VR, CTE,TANF, Ticket to Work, ESEA, IDEA) should have common definitions that promote career development. Currently no major piece of legislation even has a definition of this core task. Evidence-based research suggests that any definition should include support for three critical phases of development: self-exploration, career... View full idea »

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